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IT Accessibility Program Director

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH,US

The University of Cincinnati's Information Technologies invites applications for IT Accessibility Program Director to join a thriving and engaged team of scholars and professionals supporting excellence in learning technologies.

The Office of Information Technology has long collaborated with other campus offices to provide technology and support for students, faculty and staff for eLearning. Under general supervision of the Assistant Vice President, Innovation and Partnerships, the IT Accessibility Director provides the entire university with leadership and professional technical expertise in partnership with UC Central Purchasing to ensure all technology purchases are vetted and implemented to support the EIT Accessibility Policy and WCAG 2.0AA guidelines. The IT Accessibility Program Director will be responsible for review of VPATs, RFPs for technology purchases, attending technology vendor demos when applicable, and supporting the UCIT Project Management Office in ensuring accessibility of new systems. This individual will also have a focus on ensuring the development, revision, publication and maintenance of accessible web, digital and mobile content in conjunction with emerging technologies and industry transformation.

The IT Accessibility Program Director, in collaboration with the program sponsors from UCIT, will serve in a leadership capacity on the Accessibility Network, collaborating with key partners around the university to support the strategic priorities of the program’s governance.

Characteristic Duties

Duties include leading the Accessibility Network efforts to educate the university community about ADA/504/508 accessibility compliance initiatives (e.g. workshops, seminars, and consultations) centered on UCIT technology purchases.

This position will contribute to the ongoing operations of the Accessibility Network such as:

Develop procedures surrounding external inquiries or concerns regarding the accessibility of electronic and information technology.
Partner with the EIT Coordinator to form strategy and implementation efforts, including audits and data tracking, for EIT Accessibility.
Support the development of corrective action strategies to address accessibility audit concerns, particularly around third party systems and applications being purchased or upgraded.
Represent the Accessibility Network in IT@UC Governance process to ensure that university processes, policies and standards ensure compliance with applicable laws.
Other duties as assigned

Candidates must have the ability to organize and effectively communicate complex information, problem solve, and apply creative solutions. Other essential qualities include a strong team orientation, flexibility, interpersonal communication skills, public speaking experience, program development, strong time management, and prior teaching/training.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with three (3) years of experience; -OR- Associate's degree with five (5) years of experience; -OR- seven (7) years of experience.
Experience must be in program development or business administration. Experience must include at least one (1) year of supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience supporting faculty/staff in the implementation of accessibility requirements and best practices; specifically related to technology purchases, implementations and upgrades.
Understanding of regulatory standards and requirements for web accessibility (such as the WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 accessibility standards)
Completion of Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent and effective communication skills; ability to interact with stakeholders from all levels of a complex organization.
Strong understanding of functional accessibility of websites, web applications, and electronic documents for people with disabilities.
Experience with disability non-discrimination provisions of state and federal laws or at least 1-year experience in regulatory compliance.
Significant knowledge of current and emerging accessibility development practices and assistive technology.

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