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DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY COORDINATOR - Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

Pennsylvania, PA,US

The Digital Accessibility Coordinator is a full-time position responsible for leading University efforts toward more usable and accessible digital content. The coordinator will provide leadership, advocacy, training, and technical assistance to ensure digital content will meet ADA guidelines, principles of effective universal design, and Web accessibility standards. This Coordinator will also research, recommend and implement systems, procedures and policies that promote and support digital accessibility.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Web Strategy in the Office of University Communications, the Coordinator will work in the Marketing Group, a team that oversees central front-end Web Development, social media and digital strategy, SEO and advertising on behalf of the University.

The ideal candidate will be a creative thinker and problem solver who believes that digital accessibility is the responsibility of all content creators — and will be passionate about advocating for accountability for all digital content authors. The ideal candidate will also look for efficiencies in workflows and ideate learning solutions to share with the Drexel community.

Essential Functions

The Digital Accessibility Coordinator has the following responsibilities:

Collaborate with appropriate areas to develop, implement and assess a policy that supports digital accessibility.
Administer, manage and train users on automated web assessment tool(s) for the campus (e.g. SiteImprove, Wave, etc.).
Participates in professional networks in the area of digital accessibility and universal design. Researches and remains current with accessibility laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 AA.
Perform accessibility reviews (automated and manual) utilizing assistive technologies software applications (JAWS, ZoomText, VoiceOver) and provide written remediation recommendations on campus websites, electronic documents (including PDFs).
Develop remediation priorities and execute remediation on all high-level University pages and websites.
Develop a web-based repository for web accessibility training materials and reference guides for Web Content Management System (Sitecore).
Lead group or individual training for departmental website contributors and other campus departments regarding accessible website content.
Coordinate with website contributors to develop remediation plans and program implementation plans.
Collaborate with the Office of Information Technology's web integrations team to audit and test and establish technical specifications to bring all internally built web applications up to current accessibility standards.
In collaboration with the Office of Information Technology, University Communications and Academic Information Systems lead campus efforts to develop and implement campus-wide initiatives for assessing the accessibility of online university resources, creating accessibility standards, implementing best practices when appropriate and creating campus awareness of technology accessibility in general.
Provide quarterly web accessibility statistics and/or written reports regarding campus-wide website compliance effectiveness.
Develop and maintain current campus-wide best practices for meeting web and electronic, document accessibility compliance requirements.
Required Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, educational technology, communications or a related field (or equivalent training and applied experience).
Demonstrates a strong understanding of universal design and ability to guide faculty and staff in meeting digital accessibility standards. Demonstrates knowledge of best practices for accessible documents, media, and other digital tools.
Demonstrates an understanding of relevant legislation, regulations, and compliance requirements for higher education, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG).
Demonstrates knowledge of captioning and transcription production for video and audio files.
Working knowledge and skills in the area of assistive technology and understanding of how individuals with disabilities interface with accessible digital content.
Experience conducting and assessing training sessions and workshops and/or teaching experience. Must be able to communicate and build positive relationships with all stakeholders including faculty, staff, and students.
Must have excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills. Able to work independently and attain project goals with minimal direct supervision
Self-motivated and able to organize and prioritize work
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Preferred Qualifications

Previous work experience as an Accessibility Specialist or comparable position.
Previous experience using Site Improve or similar automated web accessibility evaluation.
Experience in accessible website design and development in a professional setting.
Ability to balance the needs of current web design trends and desires of campus consumers with current accessibility standards and principles.
knowledge of and the ability to use, write or debug HTML/CSS/JS.
Physical Demands

Typically sitting at a desk/table
Typically standing, walking
Location

Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement

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