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The DO-IT Program has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Computer Specialist.
Assist with Accessible Technology Services project efforts and UW-IT initiatives that facilitate the transition and support of students with disabilities from high school to post-secondary studies and careers, using computer and Internet technologies as empowering tools. Provide computer, assistive/adaptive technology, and Internet technical support to participants, mentors, and staff of DO-IT and other ATS projects to increase the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary academic programs and careers and the use of accessible IT. Provide consultation and training for organizations partnering and collaborating with DO-IT regarding the accessibility of their websites, documents, videos, and other IT. Draft newsletter articles and develop; update, and disseminate electronic information resources; assist in grant writing. Deliver presentations, participate in organizations and otherwise promote the development, procurement and use of accessible IT, such as accessibility best practices for websites, digital documents, and videos. Work with an agile team that develops project proposals, secures external funding, and manages projects under the rules of a variety of funding sources.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Computer and Project Support: Research hardware and software products to choose and implement assistive/adaptive computer technology and science lab equipment access devices and other access strategies for students and adults with disabilities so that they can be fully integrated into academic and employment settings. Test equipment and software, collect data on DO-IT participants, research appropriate technology and strategies for accessing the Internet, apply technical knowledge to solving access issues for specific individuals, recommend purchases of computers and assistive/adaptive technology. Provide technical support to ATS participants, mentors, staff, and partner organizations. Coordinate the procurement, set-up, and maintenance of technology resources at DO-IT Summer Study and other ATS events. Assist with the development and delivery of the DO-IT Summer Study curriculum, lessons, and activities, and field trips. Travel to DO-IT Scholar homes to set up computers, assistive/adaptive technology, and Internet access; provide training; provide in-person, by-phone, and via-email consultation. Assist with tracking progress of Scholars through high school and college and employment. Assist with project reports, budgets, records management, inventory, research, and evaluation. Manage, monitor activity, and provide technical support of ATS electronic communities. Facilitate and contribute to e-mail and in-person communication between students, staff, mentors, and employers associated with ATS projects. Otherwise provide technical support and otherwise assist with programs and activities sponsored by ATS.
Accessible Technology Specialist: Assist members of the UW IT Accessibility Team with evaluating websites and software products for accessibility, remediating PDFs and other digital documents for accessibility, and captioning videos. Provide accessible IT and other technical consultation to staff and participants. Develop technical resources and deliver presentations.
Resource Development, Dissemination and Outreach: Develop publications and web resources, including articles for the DO-IT Knowledge Base and websites maintained by ATS. Distribute ATS resources and deliver presentations at workshops, meetings, conferences and other events, especially on IT accessibility topics. Represent DO-IT/ATS in WAPED (Washington Association of Postsecondary Education and Disability) and, as part of that role, help educational institutions in Washington State make their Web pages and other IT accessible. Serve on task forces, advisory boards and committees and engage in ATS-sponsored online communities as well as those sponsored by other organizations, including AHEAD and ATHEN.
Technical and A/V Support for Events: Provide technical and A/V support for hosted events such as capacity-building institutes, UW IT Accessibility Liaison meetings, and other UW events.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field. Or equivalent experience. •Minimum of 2-3 years of work experience. •Ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and fix computer equipment and software. •Experience in testing/using assistive/adaptive technology for computer users with disabilities. •Excellent oral, written, and electronic communication skills. •Excellent planning, problem-solving, and organizational skills. •Ability to communicate technical subjects to non-technical students, faculty and staff in face-to-face, small group and large group settings.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Demonstrated experience and ability to work with youth and with people with disabilities. •Experience with two or more screen reading applications. •Experience with Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. •Experience working in the higher education environment. •Knowledge of standards and techniques related to accessibility of websites, videos, and digital documents such as Word, PowerPoint, and PDF.
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