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Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind
  • Position Number: 5040938
  • Location: Talladega, AL
  • Position Type: Disability Services

R-9814 Director, Student Life- Alabama School for the Deaf (260 days)

Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind

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R-9814 Reference#3120165565

Posting Date: February 21, 2024

Candidates who are blind or visually impaired and/or deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to apply for this position and may be given preference in hiring as permitted by federal laws. Information related to disability is not required, and if disclosed voluntarily, will be used only in AIDB's efforts to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Non-disclosure will not subject any applicant to adverse treatment.

POSITION TITLE: Director, Student Life

Alabama School for the Deaf (260 days)


The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world's most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are Deaf, Blind, DeafBlind and multidisabled and their families. Founded in 1858, AIDB serves more than 36,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year.

Our services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, ten regional centers located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Shoals, Opelika and Decatur with programs that range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state's largest employer of adults who are blind and deaf


Our employees are among the organization's most valuable assets and resources. We share compassion for leveling the playing field for all. Our Mission makes AIDB a unique place to work and we invite you to be a part of the miracles that happen every day,

As the Director of Student Life for the Alabama School for the Deaf (ASD) you will be responsible for working in partnership with other departments at ASD, AIDB units, etc. The Director of Student Life here at ASD plans, directs, and administers all aspects of the ASD Student Life department in collaboration with the ASD Leadership Team (Principal and other directors) in promoting academic, social, emotional, and life planning growth for residential students. ASD is committed to meeting our students where they are. The right candidate for this job will have a passion for working with students and colleagues to ensure all students receive an excellent residential experience.


You will play a vital role in the lives of our students and be a part of the miracles that happen every day at AIDB and ASD. This will be accomplished by demonstrating flexibility, a positive attitude, agility, and professional maturity.

  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Education, Counseling, Special Education, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum three (3) years of administrative experience.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience working directly with students in school and/or residential settings.
  • Must provide documentation of sign language proficiency evaluation (SCPI available through AIDB).
  • Must possess a sign language proficiency evaluation of INTERMEDIATE upon employment.

  • Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, Special Education, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Possess a sign language proficiency evaluation of ADVANCED upon employment.

  • Behavior Management certification
  • CPR - every 2 years
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Using an AED
  • Mandatory Reporting - DHR
  • Policy and Procedure Review
  • Erin's Law
  • Jason Flatt Act

  • Must possess a sign language proficiency of INTERMEDIATE upon employment. INTERMEDIATE PLUS must be obtained within the first twenty-four (24) months of employment. ADVANCED must be obtained within the first thirty-six (36) months of employment.
  • Provide administrative leadership to the faculty and staff assigned to the program unit.
  • Provide leadership in coordination with ASD Management Team to maintain a plan for continuous improvement as part of the AIDB Strategic Plan, Accreditation (COGNIA and CEASD), etc.
  • Works to support the AIDB mission in alignment with organizational priorities and the AIDB Strategic Plan
  • Constantly review the effectiveness and performance of each member of his/her staff. Assist and direct staff members in professional and personal development and improvement where needed. Complete performance evaluations on all staff.
  • Determine and prioritize departmental needs related to equipment, supplies, materials, etc.
  • Oversee enforcement of ASD policies and documentation of Student Life incident reports and disciplinary actions in Student Life
  • Assist in planning, organizing, and implementing in-service training schedules for ASD residential program.
  • Must possess knowledge of federal and state statutes and laws concerning educational administration and programming, particularly as they relate to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Develop student life advisors' work schedules and reassign staff as needed to maintain a safe environment.
  • Set up and leads ASD Student Life meetings for employees of the unit to increase professional development and knowledge of Student Life in supporting students' independent living, and academic and social skills.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule to accommodate student and staff needs including; nights, weekends, first, second and third shifts.
  • Supervise the planning of recreational activities (through the recreation staff) as well as intramural activities and ensure information regarding upcoming activities or planning of activities are communicated to the principal.
  • Evaluate accountability procedures for day, weekend, and closed weekend student care and transportation. Provide oversight for closed weekend tasks.
  • Assist in ensuring the periodic fire, tornado drills, and other safety drills are conducted according to AIDB policy.
  • Plan for, and monitor the most effective use and care of residential materials, supplies, equipment, building, and grounds, and take inventory of equipment and supplies.
  • Manage the residential budget in a fiscally responsible manner and keep accurate records. Verify and sign residential payroll.
  • During special events, the residential director will be on duty or required to be present on campus unless released from responsibility by the principal.
  • Must be available to respond to all campus-wide and building crises.
  • Work with campus security on an ongoing basis; serves as essential personnel and respond to emergency situations according to AIDB procedures.
  • Along with the principal, assist with the development, supervision, and oversight of ASD Summer Camps.
  • Along with the principal, work with parents regarding sharing knowledge about Student Life programs, complaints, and concerns pertaining to the residential program.
  • Upon offer of employment, the applicant must submit to a fingerprint background check at an agency designated and paid by AIDB

SALARY: $54,950 - $95,014 Scale A1 Rank 04

Direct deposit is required.

260 Days

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance available
  • TRS retirement
  • Deferred compensation options available
  • Paid time off
  • 12 paid holidays


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