Director, Disability Inclusive Culture

Posting Number 2021-8356
Posted Date 4 months ago(9/16/2021 8:59 AM)
Location : Location
US-NY-New York
Office of the SVP Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation
Office of the President (WS1029)
Compensation Grade
Band 54
Business/Professional Administrative

Position Summary

The Director of Disability Inclusive Culture will serve to actualize integrating disability as part of the global inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and access (Global IDBEA) work throughout NYU. Through University-wide initiatives, the Director will promote an integrative, collaborative approach to transitioning the disability-friendly culture of NYU to one of even greater inclusivity and belonging with an emphasis on equity.


Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Global Faculty Engagement and Innovation Advancement, this Director will work closely with the NYU university-wide Provostial Committee on Disability, Inclusion and Accessibility as well as the Center for Disability Studies. The incumbent will coordinate, augment and strengthen the ongoing work related to disability access, culture, equity, inclusion, and education across NYU by creating policies and programs that move the University beyond compliance to promoting accessibility for all, finding new opportunities to expand the full participation for people with disabilities at NYU. To promote and strengthen the aforementioned, the Director will work across disciplines and schools to advance a culture of disability inclusive/disability culture, as well as provide education and support across constituent groups, with a particular focus on faculty. Related work will include, but is not limited to, providing additional support for faculty with disabilities while setting strategic direction for fostering a Global IDBEA organizational workplace culture that focuses on universal design and increased access for any persons with disabilities on NYU campuses. The individual will engage with stakeholders from across the University (including current and prospective faculty members, employees, students, alumni, or visitors).


Working with internal and external stakeholders, the Director will work to promote cultural transformation relevant to research- and evidence-based best practices as well as cultural initiatives emerging from the disability community; develop and implement policies and procedures across the University; and, focus on universal design to promote full accessibility to NYU classes, events, web-based services, buildings and facilities, and programs and services. In support of the advancement of University Global IDBEA goals as they intersect with disability studies, and in compliance with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Director will partner with the NYU Office of Equal Opportunity, the Moses Center for Student Accessibility, the Center for Disability Studies, the Office of General Counsel, Facilities and Construction Management, University Human Resources, and other University personnel/departments as necessary and provide subject-matter expertise and consultative services.


Required Education:
Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration, Special Education, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Public Administration, or related field.

Preferred Education:
Doctoral Degree in related field.

Required Experience:
7+ years of progressively responsible experience developing and delivering programming and services to diverse constituencies with a particular focus on those with disabilities. Extensive conversation and program facilitation experience in small and large groups for multiple levels of audience, from students to senior leaders. Experience leading functional and cross-functional team projects with shared objectives. Must have a strong history of developing and implementing research-informed action-oriented innovative models of practice, approach and policy for promoting disability culture. Must have experience working with academic and business leadership, ideally within large and complex organizations, to deliver an institution-wide impact. 

Preferred Experience:
Experience working within large, complex institutions.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Excellent written and oral communication, presentation, negotiation, influence, and consensus-building skills. Ability to interact effectively with diverse populations at all levels. Subject-matter expertise to successfully work across a diverse spectrum including the nuances of intersectionality (intersections of gender, sexual identity, SES, religion, age, race, ethnicity, equity, etc.) for persons with disabilities. Strong proactive analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to evaluate experiences, programs, processes and look for continuous improvement opportunities. Must have knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations and higher education trends that pertain to persons with disabilities (i.e., Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, etc.). Demonstrated knowledge of higher education landscapes and centrality of research-oriented approaches to programming and engagement. Ability to engage with faculty across disciplines and promote disability inclusive culture contextualized within various areas of study. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and Zoom.

Additional Information

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