TITLE Associate Director, Project Access
CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 2545
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Project ACCESS-Autism Program Specialist
MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
The Associate Director, Project ACCESS serves as an Autism Resource Specialist and is responsible for collaborating with the Director in coordinating project priorities and program activities. The Associate Director, Project ACCESS develops training materials and in-service training workshops for public school teachers and other service providers and provides a variety of professional development presentations in response to collaborative initiatives between the University and the State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as identified by the Director, Project ACCESS - Autism Program Specialist. As needed, the Associate Director, Project ACCESS provides consultation services to public school personnel regarding educational programs for students with autism. The Associate Director, Project ACCESS assists with the development of policies and procedures related to Project ACCESS initiatives and performs the Director’s duties in his/her absence.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
Education: A Master’s degree is required; a Master’s degree with an emphasis in Special Education or a related area is preferred.
Experience: Two years of responsible experience in the public school system with and emphasis in Special Education or related services is required. Significant experience in working with students with Autism, preferably gained in the public school system is required.
Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Strong interpersonal skills in working with teachers, parents, administrators, and other constituencies are required. Organizational and demonstrated planning skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Public speaking skills and computer literacy skills are preferred.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Helps to ensure the success of the University’s commitment to the Project ACCESS mission by providing assistance and autism resource information to Missouri public schools.
2. Facilitates the accomplishment of the Project ACCESS mission by assisting the Director in developing and administering policies and practices.
3. Assists in providing appropriate educational programs for students with autism by consulting with public school administrators and teachers regarding the development of those programs.
4. Facilitates the ability of public school teachers and other service providers to develop and manage educational programs for students with autism by planning, coordinating, and conducting in-service training workshops.
5. Assists the Director in advising the State of Missouri DESE regarding appropriate strategies for educating students with autism by serving as a resource professional for the DESE Office of Special Education.
6. Assists the director in promoting an awareness of the services available through Project ACCESS by publicizing project activities and project services, presenting professional papers at state and national conferences, conducting educational and informational programs, writing public service announcements and news releases, and participating in media interviews.
7. Serves as the Director in his or her absence and in matters delegated by the Director.
8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Director, Project ACCESS-Autism Program Specialist.
10. Contributes to the overall success of Project ACCESS by performing all other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The Associate Director, Project ACCESS is supervised by the Director, Project ACCESS-Autism Program Specialist and supervises professional and clerical staff.
OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES