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Faculty/Department: Student Affairs
Employee Group: Administrative
Campus: Trafalgar (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan Campus)
Reference Number: 18/A/95
Hiring Range: $109,010 - $115,824
Salary Range: $109,010 - $136,263
Application Deadline: November 5, 2018
Reporting to the Associate Dean, Student Development, the Manager, Accessible Learning provides strategic leadership, vision, and operational management for the programs and services that support accessible education for Sheridan’s learning community. The Manager promotes Sheridan’s commitment to ensuring accessibility as a partnership between learners, professors and the Accessible Learning department and takes a collaborative, inclusive and integrative approach to learner and faculty support.
The Manager builds and maintains exceptional partnerships both internally (e.g. Student Affairs, Academic Faculties, Student Union, etc.) and externally, to enhance case management, support intersections, integrate efforts, and enhance the culture of accessibility across the college. The incumbent creatively champions and leads the support for learner exceptionalities through supporting creative curriculum delivery and evaluation methods. As the Accessible Learning leader, the Manager enhances operational effectiveness and provides expertise to their team, learners, Academic Faculties and other staff for complex cases and issues. The incumbent inspires the Accessible Learning team in providing exceptional guidance to faculty, staff and students and external partners on accessible education at Sheridan.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Analyzes programs and services for operational efficiencies and effectiveness, making changes where necessary in order to maximize support for the learning community
- Plans and implements evidence-informed services and programs in response to the evolving environment of accessibility within post-secondary education and employs best practices and service innovation
- In partnership with Academic Faculties and other support services, leads the building of institutional capacity in the area of accessible, equitable and inclusive education for the learning community at Sheridan
- Provides exceptional leadership, guidance, inspiration and direction to staff, while optimizing staff performance through coaching and mentoring
- Builds a team approach with staff to support the learning community at Sheridan. This includes regular consultation and collaboration with Academic Faculties and other support services to meet community needs
- Promotes a culture of learning and growth within the department, ensuring that staff have appropriate professional development to ensure currency of practice
- Maintains knowledge of accessibility in post-secondary education and current environment at Sheridan so that challenges can be identified and addressed
- Ensures Sheridan compliance with all legislative requirements e.g. Human Rights Code, AODA, Employment Standards Act, etc. as they relate to accessibility
- Develops metrics to analyze the impact of services and programs on the student experience
- Leads the development and implementation of policies and operating procedures for Accessible Learning
- Participates in threat and risk assessment processes, providing accessibility expertise to high-risk student cases
- Accountable for the development and implementation of the Accessible Learning budget including the optimization of revenues and expenses
- Liaises or partners with the external community (e.g. local agencies, governments, employers, educational institutions, etc.) to optimize accessible learning for the Sheridan community
- Performs other projects, initiatives and activities as required
- Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. Education, Counselling, Social Work, Social Sciences, Psychology, or related discipline) is required; PhD with a focus on accessible education preferred
- 7 years of leadership experience in a student, community or service focussed role ensuring high standards of support, preferably in a post-secondary setting, is required
- Leadership and management training as well as training/certification in development and implementation of accessible learning for youth and adults
- Solid understanding of the post-secondary student life cycle and Student Development Theory
- Commitment to accessibility with an awareness of current systemic barriers and knowledge of solutions
- Ability to analyze and respond to complex student challenges, using a supportive and holistic approach
- Knowledge of relevant regulations (e.g. The Code, AODA, Occupational Health and Safety Act, etc.)
- Experience with program design, implementation, and evaluation with a focus on accessibility
- Effective interpersonal communication skills to build relations with diverse groups of students, staff and faculty
Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process. At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.
Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.