Disabilities Services Coordinator

Mount Mercy University is a Catholic, coeducational University founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928 enrolling approximately 1800 students.  The University offers a variety of liberal arts, professional, accelerated and graduate degree programs on a picturesque campus overlooking the city.

Mount Mercy University is currently seeking candidates to fill the position of Disabilities Services Coordinator. This position is responsible for working with prospective, newly enrolled and continuing students to understand their needs, offer guidance in securing required documentation, review and approve accommodation requests; and provide individual assistance in areas such as self-advocacy; and monitor progress.  The Disabilities Services Coordinator must have successful experience in implementing services or programs for students with disabilities, including individual assistance as well as workshops or other training; an understanding of legal requirements and professional recommendations for disability services in higher education; demonstrated ability to interact supportively and communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and external constituents; and a commitment to promoting access and providing appropriate support to a diverse population.

This is a part-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Director, Academic Center for Excellence.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct services to students with documented disabilities or seeking assistance in receiving diagnostic or support services related to disabilities.
  • Coordinate the management and assessment of the University's disability services program.
  • Facilitate the acquisition, assignment, and use of assistive technology and other learning resources for students with disabilities with support from Administrative Assistant Academic Center for Excellence and Business Department. 
  • Serve as the primary contact and coordinate student support services for students with documented disabilities requesting support services or in need of assistance in securing required documentation while enrolled at Mount Mercy.
  • Assure compliance with legal requirements, keeping current on pertinent legislation, expectations and best practices related to disability services in higher education.
  • Coordinate the testing services, policies, protocols, and administration for students with documented testing accommodations.  Work closely with the Coordinator of Academic Support Services and Administrative Assistant Academic Center for Excellence and Business Department. 
  • Participate in programs and initiatives (eg. Orientation, Registration days, Peer Educator training and Orientation) that address and support students with learning and physical disabilities including the successful transition into the Mount Mercy community, collaborating with ACE staff, other departments, faculty, staff and students to create a culture of awareness and inclusiveness at Mount Mercy.
  • Provide current and accurate assessment data, information and reports as requested regarding students utilizing Disability Services resources, for student persistence planning and programming.
  • Keep ACE informed on new trends in addressing the needs and supporting students with disabilities.
  • Develop and administer programming and support for faculty members in working effectively with students who have disabilities.
  • Conduct on-going assessment of the campus climate as it relates to legislation and best practices related to the persistence of students with disabilities and in need of accommodations.

Successful candidates will have earned a Bachelor’ degree, however, a Master’s degree in a related field (e.g. special education, disability services, counseling); successful experience in implementing and providing services or programs for students with disabilities, understanding of legal requirements and professional recommendation for disability services in higher education; demonstrated ability to interact supportively and communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and external constituents; and a commitment to promoting access and providing appropriate support to a diverse population. Candidates must also demonstrate a willingness to support Mount Mercy's mission as a Catholic University providing student-focused education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Mount Mercy University welcomes those of different faiths and is committed to excellence in education and community service.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Application materials should be emailed as a Microsoft Word or Adobe.pdf attachment to: hr@mtmercy.edu with the subject line “Disabilities Services Coordinator.”  Paper application materials will not be accepted.  Position will remain open until filled.  Screening of candidates will begin immediately.

Mount Mercy University is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke-free campus.