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Accessibility and Compliance Specialist

Rio Hondo College

Whittier, CA,US

Full Job Description
Under the direction of Dean of Distance Education, perform a variety of specialized duties involved in identifying and recommending potential solutions for accessibility barriers based on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standards as well as compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508, and other accessibility related laws for Information and Communication Technology. To include, but not limited to, review online courses and online learning resources to meet accessibility requirements.

Representative Duties
Provide assistance to the development and implementation of processes to meet institutional compliance with laws, regulations, and established technical standards related to access technology, including but not limited to, Section 508, W3C WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards, and ADA. E

Assist campus departments, divisions, and/or administrative units in identifying and incorporating access needs and regulatory compliance in their comprehensive planning process. E

Audit current electronic and information technology (EIT) on campus, including educational center sites, and make recommendations for compliance with accessibility laws, regulations, and standards. E

Provide high-level recommendations for online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses regarding conformance with accessibility standards and regulations such as Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility standards; make recommendations for compliance. E

Provide training, resources, and support to faculty and staff to ensure websites and webpages meet accessibility compliance standards. E

Review and test third-party electronic and information technology Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for accessibility compliance, including publisher materials, LTI tools for instruction, and other institutional systems. E

Recommend accessibility standards for software, equipment, and components. E

Assist in performing research and development with new technology that may be suitable for implementation within the District; suggest accessibility solutions as part of implementation. E

Participate on college committees/organizational units to make recommendations on accessibility compliance; may participate on other technology committees as directed. E

Consult with faculty on the strategies for using the College’s Learning Management System (existing or other evolving platforms) and other online tools to meet instructional objectives and comply with accessibility requirements. E

Maintain and update online support resources, guidelines for online content/instruction, and other professional development resources. E

Work in collaboration with College departments to support campus-wide initiatives in compliance under ADA rules and regulations. E

Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires us to identify the essential (E) duties/functions of the position. We have indicated those duties with an E on the job description.

Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of:

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to area of assignment including: Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; California Government Code 11135; Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act; Section 225 of the Telecommunications Act; Section 501 and 505 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act; and Office of the State CIO, Information technology (IT) Policy Letter 10-10;
Various standards related to area of assignment including EIT accessibility standards; W3C WCAG 2.0 Level AA web content accessibility standards; and Assistive Technology Act of 1998;
California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative and California Community Colleges Accessibility Center;
Technical aspects of field of specialty; EIT accessibility best practices; EIT and Web access for individuals with disabilities; current computer, web based and access technologies; protocols and procedures for setting up new EIT equipment and installation of software; methods and techniques used in troubleshooting and performing routine maintenance on various EIT hardware and software applications;
Equally effective alternative solutions for EIT accessibility; best practices in EIT and accessibility training protocols for faculty and staff;
Basic principles and practices of project management; principles and procedures of record keeping; oral and written communication skills.

Ability to:

Perform a variety of specialized duties involved in identifying and suggesting potential solutions for accessibility barriers; provide specialized and technical support and assistance; analyze and solve complex and difficult accessibility problems related to people, processes, and technology;
Install, program, configure and maintain accessible EIT equipment, software, and devices; maintain current knowledge of applicable guidelines, rules, regulations, requirements, and restrictions;
Act as a conduit between District service organizations, such as Institutional Technology and Procurement, and areas with direct contact with students such as Academic Affairs and Student Affairs;
Act as a conduit to DSPS when faculty require support with accommodating students in their course;
Provide training for faculty and staff on accessible EIT and Section 508 compliance; develop and deliver presentations related to area of assignment; conduct effective meetings; collect data and compile reports; understand and follow oral and written directions; work independently with very little or no direction;
Operate computers and peripheral equipment properly and efficiently; operate a variety of office equipment;
Plan and organize work to meet schedules and time lines; work productively and cooperatively with others; work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, disabled, sexual orientation, and cultural populations of community college students; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Demonstrate proficiency in the District’s Learning Management System (Canvas).

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related technical field, AND;
Three years of experience in researching and implementing new technologies and providing training to end users.

Salary Range: $6000 - $7700

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