Executive Director

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Educational Equity
Student Disability Resources
Full/Part Time:


The Pennsylvania State University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. We are uniquely concerned with the institutional change required for envisioning and realizing a more socially just university. Penn State is seeking an Executive Director for its Student Disability Resources (SDR) office. The Executive Director of Student Disability Resources reports to the Vice Provost for Educational Equity. Located at University Park, the Executive Director’s principal role is to provide leadership and vision for Student Disability Resources at all 24 Penn State campuses through the development of programs, policies, and processes that provide timely and effective support and advocacy for students with disabilities. In addition, this position is responsible for identifying and assessing program goals; contributing to Educational Equity’s strategic plan; compiling reports on program activities and services; developing program policies; conducting and/or applying research and evidence-based practices; and recommending University policies and procedures for incorporation in the University’s policy statements. With oversight of a nearly $1 million budget and a current staff of 11 direct reports, the Executive Director is responsible for developing and monitoring the budget as well as hiring, training, developing, supervising, and evaluating all staff. The Executive Director interprets, applies, and assures compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to accommodating students with verified disabilities. Provides consultation and training to faculty and other campus departments regarding access for students with disabilities and implementation of reasonable accommodations. Prepares and reviews various reports and analysis denoting progress or adverse trends, and takes appropriate action related to the Student Disability Resources office. Evaluates trends and advances in technology affecting assistive technology and accommodative service delivery. Seeks scholarship opportunities and writes successful grant applications to secure additional funding from external sources and other constituencies. The Executive Director coordinates and collaborates with key University and external partners, including but not limited to the University Access Committee, the ADA Coordinator, General Counsel, Student Care and Advocacy, Counseling and Psychological Services, Career Services, Housing, Affirmative Action Office, the academic colleges, Commonwealth Campuses, and federal, state, and local agencies to help build strong relationships. Typically requires a Master’s degree or higher in rehabilitation counseling, higher administration, student personnel or similar discipline; appropriate credentials and licensures; plus eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Doctoral or terminal degree preferred. Requires demonstrated experience in the disability services field with knowledge of applicable laws and vast working knowledge of disability services and disability justice. Requires demonstrated skill and commitment to equity and social justice principles and working with diverse student and employee populations. Staff supervision with excellent interpersonal skills both verbal and written; detail oriented; experience working with administration at all levels; knowledge of assistive and adaptive technologies as well as accessible technology and information are critical to this role. Strong management skills, along with demonstrated organizational change management and team building experience, and the ability to work respectfully and effectively with individuals with a variety of disabilities are highly desirable. Experience as Associate Director or higher level preferred. All submitted documents should be in compliance with Penn State Policy AD69: Accessibility of Electronic and Information Technology (https://policy.psu.edu/policies/ad69).

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088