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Web Accessibility Officer

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY,US

Required Qualifications (As evidenced by an attached resume):
Bachelor’s Degree (Foreign equivalent or higher degree). Three years of experience utilizing three or more of the following: HTML, CSS, JAVA, ARIA HTML, and Web Content Management Systems (such as OUCampus). Experience with web design and/or development.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree (Foreign equivalent or higher degree). Experience with WCAG 2.0 AA & WCAG2.1 AA accessibility standards and guidelines. Experience with WAI-ARIA 1.0 techniques for web content. Experience with assistive technologies (e.g., JAWS, VoiceOver, Dragon Naturally Speaking, etc.). Experience with accessibility audits and/or quality assurance tools and processes. Experience with project management. Experience with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, Section 508 accessibility requirements, and/or other relevant federal and state laws in a complex institutional or public sector environment. Experience with web communication accessibility barriers.

Brief Description of Duties:
The incumbent will develop and oversee the implementation of a campus accessibility action plan. The Web Accessibility Officer will need strong communication skills in order to create and present technical reports and collaborate with colleagues. They also need effective analytical abilities to properly evaluate code and determine solutions for accessibility issues. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and project management skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively and independently lead projects to completion.

Develop and oversee the implementation of a campus accessibility action plan that meets technological accessibility standards, adopts best practices, and meets legal/policy standards. Working with departments throughout the University to develop, edit and publish digital and web content that is accessible. Establishing policies and procedures that support shared institutional obligations to provide accessible online environments for campus community members and visitors. Collaborating with stakeholders to assign roles and responsibilities for achieving compliance.
Conduct reviews of websites, web-based applications and digital materials using various methodologies including automated testing tools, manual assessments and usability tools. Maintaining the ADA Website and confidential complaint database. Providing routine updates to OIDE’s database. Database management requiring close attention to detail and understanding OIDE’s complaint structure to ensure that cases/inquiries are documented appropriately. Presenting findings to director and creating publication of findings as assigned.
Act as subject matter expert and consultant to a number of audiences. This includes partnering with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) in its role in developing, coordinating, and implementing training programs for an array of constituents (i.e., faculty, web designers, content providers, etc.). Partnering with campus stakeholders to respond to questions about accessibility and requirements of EIT and course-related/online content. Receive and work to resolve complaints concerning accessibility of EIT and course-related/online content.
Assist in the procurement process by working collaboratively with SB Procurement Department and campus departments. Will work with potential vendors to review accessibility of products under consideration. Will also work with current providers and vendors to increase the accessibility of resources and document identified solution.
Stay abreast of SUNY’s EIT related efforts, evolving EIT trends and advise campus leadership of system-related policies, procedures, requirements, standards, or guidelines. Develop materials and other resources to support the ongoing implementation of SUNY’s EIT initiative. Effectively report findings and make recommendations to adhere to best practices and legal obligations.
Serve as chair of the ADA & Technology Steering Committee.
Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.

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