This is your opportunity to join the University of Chicago – a global leader in research and education. Accessibility is essential for ensuring that everyone is included in utilizing our technology, as well as providing equal access to educational opportunities for all students, including individuals with disabilities. The University of Chicago’s Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) currently has an opening for Director, Digital Accessibility. This position will serve as the University’s primary digital accessibility technology expert. The role will oversee the Center for Digital Accessibility, leading a team of three accessibility experts to develop and enact a rigorous plan of ongoing assessment, remediation, outreach, consulting, training, and support.
The director collaborates with key offices, peers, and community members to lead the development and implementation of a campus-wide understanding and adoption of digital accessibility standards and to lead the governance of the Center’s efforts. The director is also the direct representative of the CIOs office responsible for leading the efforts to ensure the University complies with state and federal accessibility requirements. The position maintains a roadmap, and leads governance efforts for campus digital accessibility - focused on continuous, measurable improvement, providing for the technical direction, assessment, and implementation of existing, and new technologies and support modalities which advance University digital accessibility efforts. Additionally, the University of Chicago offers excellent benefits, including flexible work arrangements – working from home, no travel, tuition discounts for employees and their children.
Serves in a lead position to develop standards of practice and uniform business processes to drive ongoing improvements to the level of campus technology accessibility compliance, including with regard to WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA.
Oversees regular audits and remediation efforts of campus-wide digital assets and develop plans for continual improvement.
Builds and maintains effective partnerships with campus peers and constituents, to increase the awareness and importance of digital accessibility on campus and advance the accessibility of the University’s public web properties and digital artifacts.
Works closely with partners and advocates to support campus-wide accessibility initiatives.
Maintains proficiency with regard to accessible technologies, related laws, and common practices, by maintaining a diverse professional network of accessibility peers and experts and other means of research.
Positions the Center as the primary digital accessibility resource and training resource for all members of the campus community (e.g., faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community partners).
Builds and maintains extensive resources for the campus community to reference in support of digital accessibility.
Provides for regular training opportunities, awareness campaigns, on-demand consulting services, and assessment/remediation support.
Identifies or develops tools and processes for evaluating technology assets, platforms, and services for compliance with accessibility standards (in particular, in conjunction with procurement processes).
Organizes and prioritizes accessibility requirements and engages with relevant campus partners, vendors, and content and application owners to facilitate acquisition of accessible technologies.
Directs the work of entire staff of accessibility specialists as well as any contractors acquired in the pursuit of accessibility projects.
Play a senior role in the ITS senior leadership team and direct the ongoing evolution of the Center for Digital Accessibility.
Commitment to accessibility issues.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work effectively within a highly collaborative environment across diverse populations in a higher education setting.
Deep knowledge of disability law (as applies to higher education), state, and national disability resources.
Education, Experience, and Certifications
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.
Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.
Minimum four years of management experience and seven years total in the field of digital accessibility with extensive remediation, documentation creation, and oversight experience.
Minimum three years of deep expertise related directly to accessibility standards and guidelines (WCAG 2.0, Section 508, ARIA); including accessibility auditing and testing tools and strategies such as VPAT and WCAG 2.0 validation toolsets.
Minimum three years of experience with assistive technologies hardware and software on multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android; knowledge of designing and testing methodologies on each platform.
Experience with project management principles, methods and techniques.
Experience working in a higher education environment.
Experience managing a team of campus-facing professionals.
Extensive knowledge and experience with digital accessibility and understanding of accessibility issues related to emerging technologies, multimedia, and learning environments.
NOTE: When applying for this position, all required documents MUST be uploaded into the RESUME/CV section of the application.
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