Assistant Director, Digital Accessibility
The University of Illinois at Chicago
This position contributes to the mission of the Digital Accessibility Program to proactively and systematically address the overall accessibility of UIC’s digital resources, including websites, video, and other online content. The Assistant Director, Digital Accessibility is the technical, on-the-ground expert working directly with campus partners to identify, remediate and educate on digital accessibility challenges and opportunities. Ideal candidates are individuals who have a passion for digital accessibility and are excited by the opportunity to contribute to the University’s efforts to create and sustain an inclusive digital environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
Duties include but not limited to:
Monitor, implement and advise on University policies, procedures, operations, and programs and training for compliance of Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA), and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) under supervision of the ADA Coordinator, and in collaboration with ACCC and campus IT staff.
Serve as a subject matter expert on accessibility of all student and staff facing information technology and digital platforms, including websites, software, and mobile apps.
Identify, evaluate, and coordinate the monitoring of digital accessibility standards for new and currently procured technology including websites, web-based learning and classroom applications, web-based documents, software, and equipment.
Establish working relationships with campus stakeholders to maintain a fully accessible web presence and facilitate accessible technology initiatives for faculty, staff and students.
Maintain knowledge of emerging assistive technology information, instructional technologies and solutions, related laws, and common practices.
Develop and offer educational opportunities for faculty and staff related to state and federal laws and university policy and procedures and the use of universal design and accessibility techniques.
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned
A Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
Three years of experience developing, assessing, and remediating electronic media for accessibility.
Experience with accessibility audit and quality assurance tools and processes and the use and implementation of application systems using relevant technologies; experience working in a higher education environment preferred.
Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations related to ADA, Title VII and, accessibility standards and guidelines including but not limited to, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA), Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Knowledge of assistive technologies such as (JAWS, VoiceOver, Dragon NaturallySpeaking).
Familiarity with WordPress.
Highly proficient computer skills; working knowledge of learning management systems and assistive technology including screen reader software.
Excellent communication 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.
Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously.
Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
Experience working in and leading teams.
Ability to work effectively with diverse populations and promote a climate of inclusion and participation in a higher education setting.
Ability to translate technical concepts to non-technical audiences