Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G8018 / Dir,Accessibility Resource Ctr
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Within the Division of Student Affairs, provides strategic direction, consultation and support to the University community in addressing in an integrated way the educational needs, prospects and related concerns of a large, targeted student population typically exceeding 1,000 students and/or addressing specific needs impacting the University student population. Serves as a resource to institutional departments and leaders, as well as external constituencies, agencies, community members, and/or government entities as it relates to the interests of the student population. Oversees a multifaceted operation with integrated programs and services that enrich the student experience and ensure institutional compliance with federal, state, and other applicable regulations. Seeks resources and/or revenues to support program objectives, with a budget typically exceeding $1 million.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs and manages the activities and operation of the Accessibility Resource Center function of the University. Develops, implements, and maintains multiple student service programs that enhance the successful retention and campus experience of students with disabilities, as well as ensure institutional compliance with federal and/or state regulations and guidelines, as applicable to the program.
  2. Plans, implements, and directs programs, policies, and services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with disabilities.
  3. Advises administrative, service, and academic units on matters concerning disabled students; coordinates campus-wide efforts to accommodate the special needs of disabled students.
  4. Develops and disseminates information regarding services and programs to students, faculty, administrators, and service staff through publications, informational presentations, orientations, workshops, and other methods.
  5. Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures; may serve on university planning and policy-making committees regarding ADA matters.
  6. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  7. Directs the integration of multiple program activities, manages departmental budgets typically exceeding $1 million, and negotiates agreements with internal and external entities regarding program services, initiatives and offerings.
  8. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  9. Represents the university to various institutional divisions as well as externally to the media, governmental agencies, prospective funding agencies and individuals, prospective vendors, and/or a range of constituencies within the community at large.
  10. Oversees the advisement of student organizations and facilitation of student mentorship and leadership development initiatives; serves as a subject-matter expert regarding issues, concerns, and priorities impacting the population of interest.
  11. Serves as a Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact and work effectively with administrators, academic leadership, faculty, students, community leadership, public officials, funding agencies, and members of the community at large.
  • Knowledge of academic and student development and student retention issues and programs.
  • Knowledge of student retention and academic development/enrichment principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards, policies and procedures within specialty area.
  • Ability to work with University Faculty regarding ADA/compliance matters.
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and resolve complex and sensitive problems and issues associated with student academic retention and success.
  • Ability to lead thoughtful discussions and activities regarding student experience.
  • Ability to establish, develop and implement processes and procedures that align with institutional goals and objectives, industry standards, and best practices.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to develop, plan and implement short- and long-range goals and strategic planning.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Ability to negotiate partnerships, as well as foster and maintain relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Program evaluation and outcomes assessment skills.
  • Advanced analytical, evaluative, and objective critical thinking skills and the ability to effectively summarize and present information.
  • Knowledge of current and developing issues and trends associated with college student recruitment and retention.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Knowledge of student support programs and services.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/08/2020