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Assistant Director, Digital Accessibility

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL,US

Description:

This position works with ACCC and other University IT units to proactively and systemically address accessibility of University IT systems and infrastructure to improve the compliance, usability and interoperability of IT resources and related services including instruction delivery mechanisms for people with disabilities.
Duties:

• Develop and implement policies, procedures, and processes to meet institutional compliance with laws, regulations, and established technical standards related to accessible technology, including but not limited to the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

• Identify, evaluate, and coordinate implementation of tools for monitoring digital product accessibility standards for current and procured media content including websites, web-based learning and classroom applications, web-based documents, software, and equipment.

• Ensure captioning and audio description accessibility requirements are adhered to in accordance with the digital accessibility policy.

• Build and maintain working relationships with all campus constituents, leading towards a defined goal of a fully accessible public web presence and other accessible technology initiatives.

• Develop and offer educational opportunities for faculty and staff in the use of universal design and accessibility techniques.

• Maintain knowledge of emerging assistive technology information, instructional technologies and solutions, related laws, and common practices.

• Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.

• Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned
Qualifications:

A minimum of a Bachelors degree in computer science, instructional technology, assistive technology or a
related field; Masters degree preferred.

Five years of experience in the use and implementation of assistive technology is required. Experience
working in a higher education environment preferred;

Experience with developing in web code languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, ARIA, and
knowledge of Web content management systems required.

Knowledge of accessibility standards and guidelines including but not limited to the Illinois Information
Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended.

Knowledge of accessibility auditing and testing tools and strategies including but not limited to Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 validation toolsets.

Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, particularly the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts and solutions verbally and in writing to both technical and non-technical individuals.

Experience working in and leading teams.

Ability to work effectively with diverse populations in a higher education setting.

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