Accessible Technology Specialist
VP of Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services
Job Description Summary:
Job ID: 5606 - FT - Unclassified (salaried)
The Accessible Technology Specialist leads the accessibility procurement process and provides central oversight, technical leadership, expert guidance, coordination, and support to the institution’s departments and programs in procuring accessible technology.
Develop tools and processes for evaluating technology assets, platforms, and services for their ability to comply with accessibility standards.
Organize and prioritize accessibility requirements and communicate with vendors, content owners, application owners, and stakeholders to implement.
Lead the accessibility evaluation process for new technology before purchase; confers with vendors, buyers and department representatives.
Participate in the development and maintenance of guidelines, checklists, how-to documents and Web-based resources to support an accessible campus.
Partner with Student Disability Services to identify accommodation solutions if access problems are identified.
Respond to user-reported accessibility issues. Works with user and developers/vendors, if necessary, to determine a solution in a timely manner and documents solution.
Conduct accessibility testing against WCAG 2.x success criteria and federal requirements.
Develop and implement training on accessibility standards and best practices for a wide variety of audiences including faculty, staff and students.
Develop reports to monitor and assess University or departmental accessibility efforts.
Build departmental support for accessibility advocacy through presentations and consultations on accessibility-related topics.
Actively promote a customer-oriented approach throughout IT Services.
Participate in professional development activities.
May teach an approved one credit bearing course per semester on an as needed basis and with division approval.
Perform related duties as required or assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in related field, earned by date of hire
1-2 years of experience working with technology vendors and developers to identify and eliminate accessibility barriers, preference for higher education environment.
Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience providing the knowledge/skills/abilities listed above may be substituted. Experience in these knowledge/skills/abilities may be earned concurrently.
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Computer and Information Systems, Business Systems or other similar related area of study, earned by date of hire.
Demonstrated experience working with technology vendors and service providers (procurement, implementation, modification/customization, incident remediation, etc.).
Demonstrated experience with accessibility analysis, testing, design and development.
Working knowledge of US ADA Section 504 and Standards published by the World Wide Web Consortium such as WCAG 2.x, ATAG, UAAG, WAI-ARIA, and MathML, DAISY Standard and EPUB3
Working knowledge of accessibility barriers.
Strong communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills.
Ability to work independently, in a team, and with or without direction.
Experience working effectively in highly collaborative, team-oriented environments.
Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.
Accessibility certifications through organizations such as IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals).
Hours Per Week/Percent Time:
40 hours per week
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