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Academic Technologist (Accessibility Focused)

The University of Minnesota

Twin Cities, Minnesota,US

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience.
Understanding of inclusive design principles, guidelines, and relevant policies, including web and IT accessibility standards.
Knowledge of and interest in leading-edge academic technologies (e.g., mobile, open content, learning analytics, etc.) as well as universal design and accessibility/disability issues related to academic technology, multimedia, and education.
Solid understanding of and appreciation for higher education, especially the role of a land-grant research university.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master or graduate degree in instructional design/technology, curriculum and instruction.
Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with a large and diverse group of stakeholders and identify their strategic needs.
Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects of varying complexity and scope.
Demonstrated expertise with web-based standards such as WCAG 2.0 and ePub3.
Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) Certification.
Demonstrated knowledge of the implementation of WCAG 2.0 for instructional purposes.

About the Job

Academic Technology Support Services within the Office of Information Technology supports faculty in producing instructional content and learning tools for high-quality face-to-face, online, and blended courses. We currently offer the opportunity for a talented academic technologist to support our services and provide expertise to ensure accessibility for all learners, including those with disabilities. This position reports to the manager of academic technology and will be a part of one or more cross- functional teams in a matrix-managed organization. Successful candidates will possess an ability to interact with instructors of various knowledge and comfort levels, ambition for continuous improvement and high performance standards, and experience with web accessibility standards and assistive technologies for effective consultation and implementation of instructional content and web applications.

Job Responsibilities (new):

Consult with, train, and assist faculty and team members on web accessibility; convert digital materials, including HTML and multimedia formats that conform with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA for purposes of course design and development.
Analyze and document interactive web-based learning software for accessibility; oversee content and course auditing program to document compliance with the University’s accessibility policy.
Provide faculty and staff recommendations on alternative approaches to providing course content based on universal design principles.

Lead system wide projects and initiatives related to the redesign of entire courses and programs to integrate sound instructional technology practices within University courses and programs.
Learn new applications, technologies and skills through hands-on experimentation and direct application to client needs.
Be actively involved in academic technology ecosystems at the University.
Coordinate the activities of multiple faculty and staff to ensure that all project tasks and deliverables meet identified timelines and quality standards.
Typically functions as team and project lead and provides training and guidance to less experienced staff.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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