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Assistive Technology & Accessibility Specialist (Management Analyst 3)

Pierce College District

Pierce, WA,US

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Position Summary
The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation (2021), Pierce College is an innovative, mission-driven, data-informed, and equity minded community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals, with a focus on racial and social equity and justice.

The District Assistive Technology/Accessibility Specialist position will serve as the subject matter expert in matters relating to assistive technology, technological accessibility and technology accessibility standards, policy, and law for Pierce College.

Reporting to the District Director of Access and Disability Services (ADS), this position provides consultative support to faculty, staff and students by evaluating technological requirements, providing interventions and solutions for accessing course information, technologies and resources. This position is also responsible for the operations of the District Assistive Technology Lab at the Fort Steilacoom campus, as well as overseeing the provision of alternatively formatted materials, furniture placement, and distribution of assistive devices for students.

About the District:
Pierce College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in innumerable partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. Want a feel for our District. Take a peek with aerial campus views!

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community, recreational park, and Waughop Lake.

Pierce College Puyallup
Located on an expansive site with 125-acres of wooded land with beautiful hideaways.

Pierce College at JBLM
Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active-duty families that are serving our country.

Essential Functions
Accommodation Services Support


Create a brave, empowering, and inclusive environment that centers on anti-racism and equity for students, staff, and college community.
Assess the needs of students approved for alternative format accommodations to determine the most effective and appropriate adaptive technology to use for print conversion to alternate.
Identify, report, and participate in the removal of systemic barriers to accessing ADS services by Black and Brown, single parents, economically disenfranchised, and all marginalized student populations.
Serve as a liaison between students and faculty to secure and produce accessible instructional materials in a timely manner for students with disabilities working with ADS.
Provide technical and educational assistance and support to faculty, staff and students working with accessible instructional materials, adaptive technology as well as other alternative media devices.
Manage daily operations of the ADS alternate format, the assistive technology program and the Assistive Technology Lab.
Participate in recruitment, training, and supervision of staff to assist in completing tasks associated with the ADS alternate format program or related accommodation/service programs.
Supervise and perform conversions of electronic and physical documents, including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) material into various for students with print access disabilities. Use specialized software to convert files, proofread documents in a variety of subjects for conversion errors, create written descriptions of graphical elements as needed, and perform quality control on electronic documents before the distribution of materials.
Establish and maintain accurate records and files of alternate format program and ADS equipment; establish and maintain appropriate security procedures to minimize loss of equipment and supplies; design and maintain database for programs.
Maintain the ADS alternate format library of recorded and electronically converted materials per ADS records retention cycle.
Collaborate with the district’s Information Technology Department to ensure that ADS computer hardware and software used for the production of alternative media in the ADS office and testing center(s) is appropriately installed, maintained and remains operating at optimum levels.
Regularly review ADS policies and procedures and make recommendations for modifications to improve services. Develop and recommend new policies and procedures to ensure the effective and timely provision of accommodation and services within assigned programs of responsibility.
Prepare a quarterly report for the ADS Director for each assigned accommodation/service program to include information on faculty/student usage, summary of programs/services efforts, budget information and tracking, and other pertinent or requested information.
Maintain the confidentiality of student records and information.
Institutional and IT Accessibility
Provide subject matter expertise on the development and implementation of policies and processes to meet institutional compliance with laws, regulations, and established technical standards related to access technology, including but not limited to, Section 508, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standards, and American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Recommend accessibility standards for software, equipment, and components.
Upon request, perform regular audits of educational information technology (EIT) on campus, and make recommendations for compliance with accessibility laws, regulations, and standards.
Assist in performing research of new technology that may be suitable for implementation within the District; participate in all aspects of implementation including developing and providing training. Recommend installation and configuration of approved access technology equipment and software across the district to ensure continuous operation, desired performance, and services.
Assist with the review of online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses for compliance with accessibility laws and regulations such as Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Level AA and ADA accessibility standards; make recommendations for compliance.
Identify and analyze problem areas regarding accessibility in order to facilitate changes. Provide supervisor with reports of areas of concern and recommendations for change.
Work in conjunction with eLearning to create and provide instructors with a checklist and resources to bring courses into compliance. Update checklist regularly to reflect changes in EIT and accessibility standards.
Collaborate with IT in the development of tools and processes for evaluating technology assets, platforms, and services for their ability to comply with accessibility standards.
Collaborate with faculty and staff to identify accessible third-party applications and websites.
Assist campus departments, divisions, and/or administrative units in identifying and incorporating access needs and regulatory compliance in their comprehensive planning process.
Assist in the creation and maintenance of materials to support the implementation, evaluation, monitoring of accessibility.
Design and provide training, training materials, training exercises, job aids and support for multi- platform computer operating systems, general software applications, web-authoring software applications, instructional technologies, and institutionally supported specialized applications (operational and administrative).
Work in conjunction with web content personnel to provide training, resources, and support to faculty and staff to ensure websites and webpages meet accessibility compliance standards.
Collaborate with IT in the development of tools and processes for evaluating technology assets, platforms, and services for their ability to comply with accessibility standards.
Collaborate with faculty and staff to identify accessible third-party applications and websites.
Assist campus departments, divisions, and/or administrative units in identifying and incorporating access needs and regulatory compliance in their comprehensive planning process.
Assist in the creation and maintenance of materials to support the implementation, evaluation, monitoring of accessibility.
Assess and set priorities for user training needs for media content, and other technology related topics.
Design and provide training, training materials, training exercises, job aids and support for multi- platform computer operating systems, general software applications, web-authoring software applications, instructional technologies, and institutionally supported specialized applications (operational and administrative).
Work in conjunction with web content personnel to provide training, resources, and support to faculty and staff to ensure websites and webpages meet accessibility compliance standards.
Collaborate with other campus groups to provide training, resources, and support for faculty to ensure accessible course design, instructional materials, and EIT; may provide other technology training as needed.
Develop a consistent message regarding accessibility, instructional design, inclusivity, and communicate throughout the district, by way of accessibility related workshops, trainings, webinars, professional development opportunities, virtual office hours, or other communication strategies.
Engage with district campus partners to understand current perspectives from students with disabilities and to help create better student experiences.
Maintain current knowledge of industry advances, and changes to related laws and regulations; research and evaluate accessibility changes on multiplatform computer operating systems, software applications, and emerging software applications; monitor and advise on new or changing laws and technical standards related to accessibility of EIT and online course content.
Participate on college committees to make recommendations on accessibility compliance; may participate on other technology committees as directed.
College Engagement
Participate in District Student Success EDI CARES staff, student, and overall district activities.
Participate on appropriate college committees, and represent the college at community educational and outreach events.
Comply with all college policies and procedures.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Education Required


Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology Services, or a related field.

Experience Required
2 years of experience working in Computer Sciences, Information Technology, Assistive Technology, or related field.

Special Requirements
The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment.

Required Competencies
Understanding and application of equity, diversity and inclusion as it relates to people with disabilities.
Value organizational diversity; treat others with respect; promote cooperation; effectively manage relationships. Understand the uniqueness of self and others and demonstrate openness toward diverse points of view.
Ability to anticipate, identify, understand, and be responsive to student needs and expectations.
Ability to think in terms of desired outcomes, not just reactive, quick solutions; ability to find ways to turn the ideal into reality; able to discuss and project the aspects and impacts of issues and decisions.
Support Pierce College's commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution.
Application Process
Application Requirements:

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.
Complete the online application profile at: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/hr.
Apply for the specific job opening.
Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. (Cover Letter)
Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: www.naces.org/members.html (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)
Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)

Provide a response to the following question (Supplemental Question):
Briefly describe how you have worked in your previous or current positions to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in your organizations and how you would do that in this position? Please limit your response to 500 words or less.
Special Note: To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

All correspondence regarding your application status will be sent to the email address associated with your NeoEd account. Please make sure to check your spam folder periodically, in the case of an automated, incorrect delivery.

Terms of Employment:
This is a full-time (40 hours per week) classified, overtime-eligible position with Pierce College District. This position is permanent after serving a 6-month probationary period. The primary work location is Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, but occasional travel and travel to other Pierce College sites will occur. Typical work hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All positions may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits:
The starting salary of this position is $5,214.00 dependent upon qualifications, with periodic increments up to $6,349.00 monthly. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/hr- benefits

Physical Work Environment:
This position is required to work indoors in an open office environment, which requires visual concentration on detail, dexterity, precision, and is subject to frequent noise and interruptions.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration.

Conditions of Employment:
Pierce College is a “fully vaccinated campus” under the state’s higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination is highly encouraged for all employees and students.

Prior to the start of employment, finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW 28B.112.080.

An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Bargaining Unit:
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).

Equal Opportunity:
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: jobs@pierce.ctc.edu

Salary Range: $62000 - $76000

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