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Digital Accessibility & Web Content Specialist

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT,US

Job Description:

The successful candidate for Digital Accessibility & Web Content Specialist will provide central oversight, technical leadership and expert guidance in the development and use of accessible web and digital content.

Responsibilities Include:

Chair the Digital Accessibility committee, the official governing body responsible for overseeing accessibility policies and procedures.
Work with departments throughout the university to develop, edit and publish digital and web content to ensure accuracy, consistency, integrity and accessibility of Sacred Heart University websites.
Work in close collaboration with SHU administration, department heads, the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Information Technology, Student Success Center and other content providers to support faculty and staff in the development of accessible digital and web content.
Assist in the procurement process by working collaboratively with potential vendors to review accessibility of products in consideration and current service providers to increase the accessibility of resources that do not meet accessibility standards.
Develop and implement training on accessibility standards and best practices for a wide variety of audiences, including faculty, staff and students.
Maintain the University's Web Accessibility Resources website, which provides guidelines, checklists, how-to documents and other web-based resources to support and foster a digitally accessible campus for adherence to the WCAG 2.0 AA standard.
Support each area's efforts to complete accessibility compliance audits by conducting reviews of websites, web-based applications and digital materials, using various methodologies including automated testing tools, manual assessments, and usability testing.
Develop reports to monitor and evaluate University or departmental accessibility efforts and communicate issues to the respective departments.
Work with Student Services to respond to user-reported accessibility issues on public facing websites. Work with departments and developers/vendors, if necessary, to determine a solution in a timely manner and document solution.
Research and keep abreast of emerging technology, industry accessibility standards, guidelines, best practices and tools for developing accessible digital and web content.
Work with department heads and web liaisons to develop new and edit existing web pages on the Sacred Heart University website.
Research and keep abreast of latest web development technology, what peers institutions are doing and make suggestions for improvements to website, content, applications, navigation, SEO, etc.
Master the content management system (CMS), answer questions and conduct CMS training with new and current users.
Additional duties as assigned.


Requirements:

Bachelor's degree required or equivalent combination of education and/or experience in web development/universal design, information technology, computer science, human computer interaction or other related field.
2-4 years working in digital accessibility, instructional materials development, information technology or related field. Deep understanding of accessibility and accessibility barriers in teaching and learning materials, including the accessibility of websites, web applications, and documents.
Certification(s) in web accessibility preferred.
Knowledge of disability law, federal and state requirements including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Knowledge and experience with WCAG 2.0 and WAI-ARIA accessibility standards and guidelines.
Experience in web accessibility auditing and web accessibility testing tools.
Familiarity with assistive technologies such as JAWS, WAVE, NVDA
Knowledge and experience with web technologies (CMS, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, XML)
Experience developing and delivering training workshops and webinars.
Experience working with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe PDF Creator.
Experience with content management systems. Knowledge of Terminal Four Site Manager a plus.
Experience with project management.
Strong leadership skills with ability to work with a variety of departments across campus, work under deadlines, plan, organize, and execute multiple and continuing assignments.
Effective written and oral communication skills.


Application Instructions:

Please apply online, faxes and emails will not be accepted. A cover letter is appreciated.

Sacred Heart University, rooted in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Liberal Arts, embraces a vision for social justice, educates students in mind, body, and spirit to prepare them personally and professionally to make a difference in the global community. Sacred Heart University aspires to achieve prominence through innovative teaching and learning while cultivating a campus community that is recognized as caring and creative.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sacred Heart University encourages qualified members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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