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Director of Disabilities Services (Full-Time)

Position Summary:

The Director of Disability Services will direct daily operations of the disability services to ensure equal access for students with disabilities to all aspects of campus life (programs, services and activities) as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Director will also contribute to campus awareness of students with disabilities through committee work, trainings, and presentations to the campus community. The Director will participate as an active member of the Academic Support Services team in the Center for Academic Success, and will consult with leaders within student life and health professionals in our Health and Wellness Center. The Director will consult with parents and newly admitted students to facilitate a successful transition to the College. The Director will supervise and oversee the delivery of all disabilities services (e.g. test proctoring services, notetaking services, etc.). This position will share a department assistant and will report to the Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Success.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary contact for college students, serve as the compliance officer for ADA in academic and physical areas.
  • Conduct in-depth intake interviews with prospective, new, and currently enrolled students requesting accommodations; determine reasonable accommodations, implement accommodations, provide orientation, referrals, educational planning, and on-going case management.
  • Collect and professionally manage current and appropriate documentation for students with disabilities.
  • Research and purchase assistive technology, and maintain budget.
  • Supervise, plan, direct, provide, and arrange for services with the assistance of the Center for Academic Success team.
  • Serve as a liaison between students and faculty instructors.
  • Advise faculty and staff on methods and means to assist students with disabilities; organize and arrange awareness activities.


Administrative Functions:

  • Maintain records, manage case files, and provide reports as needed.
  • Maintain policy updates in accordance with latest case law.
  • Consult with the Associate Dean of Student Success on policies, resources, procedures, and programs.
  • Maintain knowledge of applicable disability law and demonstrate ability to apply this understanding.


  • Master’s degree in education, higher education, student affairs, counseling, psychology, social work, or other related fields.
  • Experience working with students with disabilities, preferably in a college or university setting.
  • Working knowledge of the federal mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its amendments.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sensitivity, and thoughtfulness.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with other staff members.
  • Ability to work independently and contribute to team environment while effectively managing multiple priorities and deadlines.

Please email a resume and cover letter to Dawn Abt-Perkins, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Success at abtperki@lakeforest.edu.  

Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented groups.