Amherst College — IT Accessibility Specialist

Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the IT Accessibility Specialist. The IT Accessibility Specialist is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $60,000. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Amherst is committed to being a fully accessible community in which students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors to campus, regardless of abilities, are valued and empowered to participate.

The IT Accessibility Specialist supports campus-wide solutions, instruction, and guidance in the area of accessible technology to our diverse students, faculty, and staff with the goal of providing an inclusive digital experience for all users of all abilities. The specialist provides guidance on universal accessibility of digital systems and services, coordinates processes to ensure compliance with the latest regulatory standards for digital accessibility, oversees the conversion of materials and media to accessible formats, and supports students in the use of assistive technology.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Accessibility Coordination

  • Serve as primary expert and resource for the campus in supporting accessible technology, including software, hardware, web-based applications, and documents
  • Conduct and coordinate accessibility reviews of digital products and services throughout their lifecycle
  • Organize remediation projects, and coordinate outsourcing as needed
  • Coordinate, communicate, and consult with students, departmental leadership, faculty, and staff to support their efforts in providing accessible digital services and content
  • Organize and prioritize accessibility requirements for procurement and communicate with vendors, content owners, application owners, and stakeholders to ensure accessibility of new technology
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in accessible technology
  • Collaborate and coordinate as needed with the Office of Communications and other units of IT on accessibility initiatives
  • Work with institutional partners, such as the college’s Accessibility Working Group, to develop and implement governance to achieve optimal levels of digital accessibility

Curricular Support & Accessible Content Development

  • Fulfill alternative format accommodation requests for students requiring accessible course materials
  • Oversee the conversion of academic and administrative documents and print materials to an accessible format
  • Oversee video captioning or other accessible media services. Coordinate outsourcing of captioning as needed
  • Coordinate alternative access plans for materials or technology used in the classroom
  • Collaborate and coordinate as needed with the Office of Accessibility Services, Center for Teaching and Learning, Writing Center, and other college partners to incorporate digital accessibility concepts into teaching & learning at the college (something like that???)

Assistive Technology Support

  • Provide support, training, and outreach to students in the use of assistive technology such as Kurzweil and Dragon
  • Make recommendations on the purchase of assistive technologies for the college
  • Maintain a preventive maintenance schedule for assistive technology equipment

Accessibility Training & Outreach

  • Maintain and socialize accessibility standards across the institution
  • Develop and provide educational programs for faculty, staff, and students that raise the level of digital accessibility awareness at the college and clarify digital accessibility requirements, priorities, and recommendations

Qualifications
Required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Two years of relevant experience
  • Strong commitment to accessibility principles
  • Knowledge of WCAG 2.1 AA requirements, experience testing for accessibility compliance, and knowledge of testing tools (such as WAVE)
  • Knowledge of regulations related to digital accessibility (e.g., Section 508, ADA)
  • Experience remediating electronic documents (PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills
  • Able to take initiative, and work independently and collaboratively with a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail with emphasis on quality and accuracy

Preferred:

  • A Master’s degree in instructional design, computer science, special education, access technology, education or a related field
  • Experience working in higher education or an academic setting
  • Experience assisting and training college students, faculty, and staff
  • Experience provisioning academic materials in an alternate format for students with disabilities
  • Experience with assistive computer technologies such as Kurzweil 3000, JAWS, and Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Experience using instructional technology to design and develop training materials in a variety of delivery modes, preferably in an educational environment

During the 2021-22 academic year, Amherst is running a Remote Work Pilot Program, which is available to employees residing in Massachusetts only. Options for this role will be discussed during the interview process.

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs. Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

To find information about job group and level (JGL) follow this link.

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