The University of Connecticut invites applicants for an Assistive Technology Coordinator. Under the general direction of the Associate Director for the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD), the Coordinator will collaborate with University IT departments to assist with new and on-going accessibility efforts for a broad portfolio of technologies, including the learning management system, educational technology tools, academic course materials and more. The incumbent is the hands-on assistive technology expert who will work directly with campus partners to identify, assess and provide direction for the implementation of technology and content that is accessible. The Assistive Technology Coordinator will provide consultations and trainings on the accessibility of technology and assistive technology, developing useful resources and tools, and helping to implement policies that promote the accessibility of technologies at UConn.
The successful candidate is expected to work with a fair amount of independence, within the goals and objectives established by the CSD. The incumbent will be sensitive to and have an understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds of University students and staff while establishing and maintaining a positive working relationship with relative constituents. The Assistive Technology Coordinator assists in ensuring that all University entities comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and other relevant state and federal legislation, including ICT standards and guidelines and WCAG 2.0.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Serves as the primary technical consultant for assistive technology used at CSD and across UConn; resolves problems and addresses concerns related to student services and access involving assistive technology; addresses issues that arise regarding content access, alternate media and captioning.
Collaborates with existing University IT departments, to implement the use of classroom-based and/or standard University technologies to coordinate accommodations and ensure course content access; collaborate with faculty and staff to remediate course materials and resources to ensure minimum levels of accessibility.
Collaborates with experts from IT, Procurement and the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) on creating and implementing accessibility technology standards, best practices and uniform business processes to ensure a minimum level of compliance to tech-related accessibility laws and national standards across the University.
Investigates, evaluates and pilots new assistive technology products, identifies trends, evaluates need for and recommends acquisition of technology; ; communicates with vendors regarding pricing and usability of various technologies to be used by students with disabilities; performs cost/benefit analysis of technology ; develops budget recommendations for assistive technology.
Conducts outreach activities designed to promote CSD's technology initiatives to faculty and staff;; collaborates with CETL and ITS staff to provide faculty and staff training on how to make content accessible, the accessibility of teaching/learning technology, along with the use of assistive technology in the classroom. Manages CSD's assistive technology (AT) program (CSDTech), which oversees the provision of technology-related accommodations, including but not limited to: alternate media, technology-based notetaking assistance, text-to-speech software, and captioned media; recommends and implements appropriate technologies based on student's functional limitations.
Supervises the CSDTech team members in conducting technology needs assessments for students with disabilities and develops customized technology services suites, including both assistive technology and learning technology as appropriate; creates technology instructional modules as needed to support student use of AT.
Oversees the administration of the technology equipment loan program by the CSDTech team; maintains a current inventory of hardware, software, supplies and other equipment needed for the operation of the assistive technology support program; monitors equipment for upgrades/damages/viruses; troubleshoots problems and arranges for repair or replacement; performs minor maintenance and repair.; Implements replacement cycle and upgrade plans to ensure minimum disruption to services; collaborates with SAIT to maintain security of assistive technology. Technology includes but is not limited to smart pens, reader pens, recorders, laptops, tablets and FM systems
Interviews, hires, trains and supervises graduate and undergraduate student employee staff to assist with the implementation of assistive technology support program. Develops work schedules as well as writes and maintains CSDTech Team Student Employee Handbook (i.e. "how to" guide).
Collects and analyzes data related to assistive technology use semester to semester using an Access database; reports on data for CSD annual report; uses data for making recommendations regarding technology purchases, upgrades, use and sun-setting.
Serves as the web administrator for the CSD website using WordPress and HTML for content updates.
Performs related duties as required or assigned.
Keeps informed of new requirements/regulations regarding technology and digital access issued by the Office of Civil Rights, Federal Government, U.S. Access Board, etc. (e.g., ICT Standards and Guidelines, WCAG 2.0, etc.).
Bachelor's degree in Special Education, Educational Technology, Computer Science, Rehabilitation, Vocational Education, or related field, or equivalent training and experience.
Four years of IT experience, which must include at least 2 years of experience with assistive technology (AT), or a Master's Degree in a related field and 2 years of AT experience.
Demonstrated experience with the functionality and limitations of current assistive technology and accessible features embedded within technology, including Microsoft and Apple applications, Adobe Acrobat Pro, smart pens, Read & Write, and other assistive technologies (e.g., Dragon, Jaws, etc.).
Demonstrated experience in evaluating and recommending assistive technology or accessibility features of mainstream technology to provide access.
Basic website administration skills.
Experience working with students with disabilities and demonstrated judgement and sensitivity to their unique and confidential needs.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.
Demonstrated knowledge of legal mandates, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as compliance requirements regarding assistive technology and web accessibility, including best practices and standards as outlined in Section 508 and the W3C WCAG 2.0 guidelines.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
Demonstrated ability and experience conducting workshops.
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to audiences with a wide range of technical skills.
Demonstrated supervisory skills.
Ability to work effectively across campuses and travel to regional campuses (Waterbury, Stamford, Hartford, Farmington, and Avery Point).
Assistive Technology Certification or advanced degree in related technology field.
Experience working with students with disabilities in higher education.
Extensive experience with and understanding of universal design principles and accessibility principles related to emerging web technologies, multimedia, and learning environments.
Previous experience in supervising staff, including undergraduate and graduate student employees.
Ability to leverage data collection tools such as surveys, questionnaires, and interviews and compile into compelling narratives in both written, verbal, and statistical forms.
Demonstrated experience working with technology vendors and service providers.
Experience with instructional design and training.
This appointment may require weekend or evening hours on occasion due to the nature of the Center's work. Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, 12-month position.
Please apply online athttps://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #494501 to upload aresume, cover letter,and contact information forthree (3) professional references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on October 28, 2020.
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