The IT Accessibility Coordinator will be the primary accessibility technology expert for campus with responsibility for the support, technical direction, assessment, and implementation of new and existing technologies at Portland State University. As part of it's core values, PSU is committed to "promote access, inclusion, and equity as pillars of excellence." This position will be a direct representative and architect of that ethos through their work to ensure University technologies are in compliance with State and Federal accessibility requirements, as well as the institution's commitment to access, equity, and Universal Design.
Housed in the Office of Information Technology (OIT), this position will collaborate extensively with campus accessibility advocates including: the ADA/504 Coordinator in Global Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of General Counsel, the student Disability Resource Center, University Communications, Human Resources, the Office of Academic Innovation, and more.
An overview of the job duties for this position are as follows:
Develop Accessibility Capabilities- Take a leading position within the University in developing standards of practice and uniform business processes that create repeatable, prioritized, and meaningful impacts on the level of compliance of technology to accessibility standards including WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA. Organize large-scale audit and remediation projects towards these goals, and present outcomes and strategies for continual improvements towards our campus accessibility goal of Universal Design.
Universal Accessibility Coordination-
Build and maintain working relationships with all campus constituents, leading towards a defined goal of a fully accessible public web presence and other accessible technology initiatives. Continually develop understanding of accessible technologies, related laws, and common practices through the development of a diverse professional network and engagement in development opportunities to stay abreast of major trends in the field.
Training and Support of Accessible Technology-
Act as the primary web and technology accessibility trainer for the campus community ranging from academic and administrative executives to faculty and students. Build and maintain extensive resources for the campus community to reference in support of universal design. Work closely with partners and advocates to support University-wide initiatives with technology expertise and recommendations.
Evaluate Products and Services for Accessibility-
Develop tools (e.g. VPATs) and processes for evaluating technology assets, platforms, and services for their ability to comply with accessibility standards. Organize and prioritize accessibility requirements and communicate with vendors, content owners, application owners, and stakeholders to implement improvements based on impact vs. resources required.
- Bachelor's degree, or 3 years of relevant experience in place of a degree. - Strong commitment to accessibility principles. - Project management skills including communication, organization, facilitation and independent decision making. - Experience building and maintaining relationships, problem solving, teamwork, and collaboration while managing multiple and sometimes competing priorities. - Ability to synthesize complex concepts or criteria and develop into concise written form (i.e. best-practice guidelines, project plans, policy frameworks, timelines/roadmaps, project status, executive summaries, etc.). - Exceptional oral communication skills including presenting in front of an audience. - Knowledge of assistive technology hardware and software and computing systems. - Ability to communicate technical concepts and ideas to nontechnical individuals.
- Extensive experience with, and understanding of universal design principles and accessibility principles related to emerging web technologies, multimedia, and learning environments. - Experience providing oversight for IT accessibility solutions in a higher education environment. - Experience developing training and/or presentation materials. - Demonstrated experience assisting individuals in the application of accessibility standards and principles. - Hands-on experience supporting industry leading assistive technologies such as JAWS, Window-Eyes, ZoomText, and Dragon Naturally Speaking. - Professional experience utilizing automated accessibility audit and quality assurance tools and processes. - Ability to leverage data collection tools such as surveys, questionnaires, and interviews and process into compelling narratives in both written, verbal, and statistical forms. - Formal project management experience or certification. - Proven record of exceptional customer service that creates a welcoming and supportive environment. - Demonstrated experience working with technology vendors and service providers (procurement, implementation, modification/customization, incident remediation, etc.). - Creativity to review solutions and processes critically to make recommendations for continuous improvement.
Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 ba...chelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community. As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's Strategic Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and the preparation of it students as world citizens. For more information visit http://www.pdx.edu/about-portland-state