Instructional Accessibility Specialist (12 months, 100%, Classified Position)

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Instructional Accessibility Specialist (12 months, 100%, Classified Position)
Ohlone College

Closing date: 02/22/2021



Ideal Candidate Statement
Please note: There are 2 open positions. 1 position is under the Academic Affairs Division (Instructional Accessibility Specialist). The 2nd position is under the Administrative Services Division (District ICT Technician). The decision to place the incumbent either in the Academic Affairs or Administrative Services Division will be at the discretion of the District.

The ideal candidate will have the interpersonal skills and experience working with various employees - administrative assistants, instructional aids, staff, administrators, and faculty. The ideal candidate will have a customer-service approach while balancing the act of empowering others by conducting workshops and trainings effectively. The person will also possess technical skills using various tools and techniques to ensure electronic or information and communications technology accessibility on various platforms.

Job Description Summary
Under the general direction of the Administrator, provide expertise in universal design application and assist faculty and other instructional staff with ensuring that documents and other materials are accessible using universal design techniques.

Essential Duties
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

 

  • Designs and delivers training and course materials for faculty and staff in the areas of online accessibility.
  • Advises and assists faculty and staff in learning management system(s) and other technology to create content that integrate with assistive technology.
  • Maintains database that tracks course reviews and progress towards accessibility compliance; interfaces with internal and external resources to support captioning needs.
  • Perform live trainings for employees on universal design.
  • Perform complete audits and validation testing on software and documents, based upon Section 508 and/or W3C WCAG 2.1 accessibility guidelines.
  • Maintain current knowledge of emerging trends related to accessibility of information and communications technology.
  • Work in collaboration with Information Technology Services, Student Accessibility Services, Distance Education, and other related departments to plan, coordinate and educate the college community about the importance of universal design.
  • Identify and recommend areas where existing policies and procedures require change, or where new ones need to be developed, especially as it relates to information and communications technology accessibility.
  • Participates in conferences and activities related to technology and accessibility.
  • Write detailed findings to document identified issues and recommend potential solutions and best practices for remediation of accessibility violations.
  • Work with third-party service providers, vendors, and serve as a liaison for information and communications technology accessibility services.
  • Monitor and advise on new or changing laws and technical standards related to technology accessibility.
  • Prepare and conduct training on accessibility related topics.
  • Assist in making complex documents accessible and recommend solutions for future reference.
  • Develop training materials and guides - to make various documents accessible such as manuals, training videos, and quick tips.
  • Inspect documents manually to ensure the accuracy of automatic accessible checkers.

    OTHER DUTIES:
    Perform related duties as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    KNOWLEDGE OF:
  • Fundamentals and techniques of creating and producing online forms, and digital media;
  • Development, assessment, and remediation of accessible web pages;
  • Accessibility testing tools;
  • Web accessibility laws and web standards, including ARIA and HTML 5, and WCAG 2.0;
  • Use of latest methods for progressive enhancement and responsive/adaptive design;
  • Current technology including web development tools, computer graphics packages, courseware authoring tools and/or learning management systems, content management systems, with particular expertise in accessibility features of MS Word and Adobe Acrobat software;
  • Teaching and or presentation experience;
  • Experience with course or program development;
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Instructional Material Accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in accordance with California Government Code §7405.

    ABILITY TO:
  • Work collaboratively and effectively communicate with faculty and staff
  • Solve problems and provide recommendations and solutions
  • Plan and organize work
  • Prepare for and conduct training sessions
  • Serve as a technical resource for ICT accessibility to faculty and staff
  • Interpret, apply, and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Operate a computer and assigned office equipment
  • Meet schedules and timelines
  • Work in a team
  • Maintain records and files
  • Differentiate colors and provide guidance on color contrast requirements that meet WCAG standards
  • Prepare comprehensive narrative and reports
  • Provide services at both Fremont campus and Newark Center.
  • Effectively and independently lead projects to completion

    Education and Experience
    Any combination equivalent to: Bachelor's degree with significant coursework in computer science, instructional design, instructional technology, digital arts or related field; one year experience with accessibility compliance techniques and testing tools in creation and repairing of documents.

    Physical Characteristics
    ENVIRONMENT:
    Office environment, classroom/training environment.
    Night, weekend, and off schedule work may be required from time to time.
    Driving vehicle to conduct work.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
    Ability to exchange information and make presentations.
    Ability to operate a computer keyboard.
    Ability to process variety of materials
    Sitting, standing, and walking for extended period of time.
    Pushing, pulling, lifting or carrying moderately heavy objects

    Salary Range
    Range 38 ($54,960 - $70,152 per year)

    Foreign Transcripts
    Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

    Benefits Statement
    HEALTH AND WELFARE BENEFITS *
    1. Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD
    2. Membership in Public Employees' Retirement System Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA)
    3. Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security)
    4. Paid vacation
    5. Paid sick leave
    6. Paid holidays and district-paid floating personal days
    7. Summer 4/10 schedule (Fridays off)
    8. Longevity pay step increase based on your years of service
    9. IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan
    10. 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes)
    11. 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes)
    *Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%

    Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986
    Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

    District Statement
    A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

    EEO Statement
    The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

    If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

    Conditions of Employment
    Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.

    To be considered, applicants must submit ALL of the items listed below via our on-line applicant tracking system available by visiting: direct link listed above or https://employment.ohlone.edu/postings/48189/ (Click on Search Jobs for available opportunities). The College reserves the right to modify, rescind or re-advertise this recruitment at any time.

    Required documents for this position are:

    1. Completed Ohlone College application form - completed online
    2. Cover Letter
    3. Current Resume
    4. List of at least three Professional References including name, position, organization, phone number, email and their relationship to you;
    Please do not submit letters of reference at this time.
    5. Supplemental Questions
  • What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity, and how would you apply this commitment as you conduct your job responsibilities?
  • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?





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