University of Alabama at Birmingham — Assistive Technology Specialist


To provide consultative and supervisory support in the areas of Assistive Technology and principles of universal design for instruction. To promote technology-related solutions based on principles of universal design for instruction that supports equal opportunities to learn; as well as address and/or remove access barriers to learning.


  1. Serves as the institutional expert in assessing Assistive Technology needs and recommending appropriate and cost effective systems to enhance access for individuals with disabilities.
  2. Researches existing and new Assistive Technology developed for use in higher education; stays abreast of literature and computer programs relevant to Assistive Technology needs of the Disability Support Services (DSS) office and the institution.
  3. Serves as coordinator for all requests for books and materials in alternative format for students with print disabilities. Collaborates with publishers, third party vendors and students to fulfill requests for books/materials in alternative format; conducts alternative format conferences with eligible students; prepares educational and informational materials in alternative formats. Conducts assistive technology evaluations and makes recommendations for students in the use of assistive hardware and software. Provides budget forecasts for technology related to student accommodations to the Director.
  4. Serves as the university coordinator for media captioning requests. Manages the AT interns and work-study students, including hiring, supervising, termination, training, scheduling, and assigning duties.
  5. Serves as the administrator for, DSS database systems and, website(s). Also provides technical support for DSS staff members including technical support for test proctoring.
  6. Creates and provides leadership, training and expertise in electronic access issues related to web, learning management systems, media, and other electronic resources (adaptive hardware and software programs) utilized within the institution by students, faculty and staff.
  7. Serves as accessibility expert to institutional departments in order to promote accessibility of instruction. Works with faculty/staff to determine technological interventions, integration, and processes that assist in maintaining an accessible learning environment. Holds faculty and staff trainings regarding Universal Design for Instruction, and audits course materials, presentations, web sites, and third party technologies for accessibility.
  8. Assists with mounting, hookup, adjustment, operation, and physical maintenance of instructional technology equipment.
  9. Serves on multiple committees: DSS Existing and Emerging Technologies Committee, e-Learning and Professional Studies Existing Technologies Committee, e-Learning and Professional Studies Canvas Success Committee.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, computer science, information systems, educational technology or a related field and three (3) years of related experience. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement.

The ideal candidate should have experience in Information Technology, Organizational skills, Interpersonal Skills, Customer Service Skills, Presentation skills, Verbal and Written Communication Skills.

Primary Location

Job Category
Clinical Research

142004000 Disability Support Services

Employee Status

Day/1st Shift