The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Digital Accessibility Coordinator who is passionate about accessibility and about helping to make online resources available to everyone. If you have the desire to play a leadership role in the University's evolving accessibility activities and enjoy working in a higher education environment committed to equal access, please consider applying for this position!
The Digital Accessibility Coordinator (DAC) reports to the Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion and provides leadership and coordination of the University of Pittsburgh's commitment to accessible electronic information technology. The DAC will partner with colleagues throughout the University community to promote, access, inform, train, and coordinate compliance with the governing authority on digital accessibility including Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 and the American with Disabilities Act and its amendments.
The DAC will act as the primary liaison with University leadership and community, and external stakeholders, on issues of accessible electronic information technology. The DAC will provide guidance and resources to University personnel, who are partners in ensuring that the University is meeting government mandated accessibility standards.
In conjunction with a University committee dedicated to accessibility that will be established, the DAC will develop and coordinate a compliance program and a robust and sustainable model that serves the entire University community (faculty, staff, students, interactive public, etc.); assist in developing and implementing University policies, procedures, guidelines, and processes for digital accessibility compliance; engage in compliance oversight of accessibility initiatives with relevant federal, state, and local regulations; develop an internal review program for digital accessibility compliance; and develop, coordinate and implement training and education programs.
The DAC will develop processes so that University partners can strive to regularly monitor and evaluate programs, policies, guidelines, and procedures to ensure their effectiveness and to identify opportunities for improvement and/or the necessity of updates in accordance with federal regulations and for the development of the best practices.
Minimum Related Experience Level Required
5-6 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
Bachelor's degree in information science, library science, educational or instructional technology or a related field and 5-6 years in the application of computer, web-based, and assistive technology such as Drupal and WordPress.
Must demonstrate progressive experience in implementation of accessibility initiatives. Must demonstrate exceptional interpersonal as well as written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with multiple and diverse populations. Strong organizational, analytical, and judgment skills required.
Experience in application of assistive and/or adaptive technology as it pertains to persons with disabilities is strongly preferred. Experience in a higher education environment is strongly preferred.
Child Protection Clearances
The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Scheduled Work Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:
Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match
Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance
Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)
Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
Pitt... faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.
Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.
Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.