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Coordinator, Residential Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

October 22, 2021

Plymouth, WI
Full Time

Position Purpose:

Lakeland University seeks a mission-oriented individual passionate about creating a more inclusive world to develop and coordinate an innovative residential program for students with intellectual disability slated to open on its campus in Fall 2022. The program is designed to provide students with a residential collegiate experience while preparing them for the next steps in their lives, whether that would be continuing with higher education or moving into employment and the community. The coordinator will play an important leadership role in creating the program as well as overseeing its implementation relating to academics, socialization, career development, and independent living. Along with administrating the program, the coordinator will teach program seminars/courses, as well as oversee a graduate assistant and undergraduate student supports. 

General Expectations: 

All Lakeland University staff members are expected to:

  • Demonstrate in their words and actions an appreciation for the history of Lakeland University and a commitment to its stated mission. 

  • Represent unequivocally in their behavior the stated values of the institution. 

  • Be good stewards of the institution’s resources, including its personnel and the goodwill of its friends, its alumni, and local community.

  • Work collaboratively (as opposed to competitively) with their peers to meet objectives and achieve our goals.

  • Keep their supervisor appropriately informed.

  • Be forthright and honest in their communication with all members of the college community.

  • Treat all members in a manner of teamwork and respect.

  • Advise their supervisor with respect to all matters that require their attention, including their own performance.

Essential Duties:

The program coordinator, with team support, will:

  • Provide leadership for the creation and development of a residential collegiate program for students with intellectual disability.

  • Develop and implement strategies for ongoing program improvement.

  • Oversee program operations, providing hands-on facilitation of day-to-day programming.

  • Assist in recruiting, advising, and retaining students in the program including providing informational sessions to prospective students and their families.

  • Work with family members and students from inquiry to graduation and beyond to problem-solve and ensure a successful experience.

  • Collaborate with high schools and community organizations to create a successful transition into programming.

  • Collaborate with community agencies to support students and programming.

  • Lead the development of program curriculum and learning experiences.

  • Develop, monitor, and update person-centered plans based on student strengths, needs, and future vision.

  • Work with faculty and students in creating individualized learning plans to support instruction and learning in university coursework.

  • Ensure that each student develops a long-range transitional plan, whether that involves transition to work and the community or continuing in higher learning after exiting the program.

  • Teach program seminars/courses.

  • Facilitate support of medical needs.

  • Hire, lead, and evaluate program personnel including a graduate assistant and undergraduate student supports responsible for mentoring, academic coaching, and assisting with residential and student life programming.

  • With the program team, organize events and activities, including outings in the community.

  • Administrate and monitor the program budget.

  • Track and report progress toward program goals using a range of metrics.

  • Meet with potential donors as requested to assist in raising support for the program.

  • With the program team, plan program graduation ceremonies.

Qualifications and Skills:

The program coordinator will:

  • Hold a master’s degree or higher in special education, rehabilitation psychology, or vocational rehabilitation, or related degree. K-12 licensure and qualifications to teach educator preparation coursework is desirable but not required.

  • Have at least 5 years relevant teaching or related experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities at the secondary or post-secondary level, including experience coordinating services.

  • Possess knowledge and skill relating to assessment, development of person-centered and individualized course learning plans, creating accommodations and modifications, and Universal

  • Design.

  • Be committed and able to promote positive change through an inclusive learning environment.

  • Have experience coordinating educational programs in an educational setting and/or administrative management of services for adult learners with disabilities.

  • Possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills.

  • Have the flexibility to work, daytime, evening, and weekend hours as required to carry out the responsibilities of the position.

  • Have the ability to use computer software and other technology to effectively manage the program.

  • Be able to travel to volunteer and/or employment sites.

  • Be energized by the opportunity to build, implement, and continuously improve a new program to serve our community.