The University of Connecticut is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the IT Accessibility Coordinator. This position provides primary leadership and assistance to the University to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other relevant federal and state laws pertaining to IT accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
The IT Accessibility Coordinator will have demonstrated knowledge of disability access specific to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which includes, but is not limited to: University websites, online learning environments, course management systems, electronic books and documents, search engines and databases, classroom technology and multimedia, information kiosks and transaction machines, multifunction office machines, videos, software, and applications.
Responsibilities include collaborative leadership on ICT access, including interpretation and implementation of applicable regulations related to ICT. The IT Accessibility Coordinator will play an integral role in shaping and defining the direction of University compliance in regards to ICT accessibility.
The University of Connecticut has been named the top public university in New England for over a decade and is ranked among the top public universities in the nation. The University of Connecticut is also a Carnegie Foundation Research University, a prestigious honor shared by only the nation's top higher education institutions.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
Serve as the University’s IT Accessibility Coordinator, ensuring the University’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility, with particular focus on the University’s websites and online learning environments.
In collaboration with appropriate university leadership, monitor University compliance with regulations and regulatory guidance specific to ICT and implement plans for enhancement in collaboration with other administrators, faculty and staff.
Assist the University community in understanding accessible ICT, including assistance with the drafting and dissemination of policies and educational information reflecting best practices.
Work with appropriate campus departments to ensure that appropriate processes are in place to respond to identified inaccessible ICT, including online barriers for individuals with disabilities.
Provide guidance and assistance to campus departments in integrating accessible technology into the classroom and workplace environments and develop and implement staff and faculty training programs related to accessible technology and instruction for students and employees with disabilities.
Maintain a working knowledge of changing regulations and policies regarding ICT, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and relevant state statutes, regulations and regulatory guidance pertaining to ICT.
Compile and prepare ICT accessibility-related reports and guidance documents for the Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer as well as other University leaders, as needed.
Serve on institutional committees and tasks force as needed, including but not limited to the University’s Access and Accommodations Committee and ICT sub-committee.
Participate in community, statewide or national conferences, committees, task forces and/or networks to promote ICT accessibility.
Hire, train, and supervise consultants as needed to assist with compliance mandates.
Other related duties as required
A Bachelor’s degree in information technology, assistive technology, educational technology, or a related field.
A minimum of three (3) years of recent experience providing guidance on compliance with the ADA, Section 504 and related disabilities law specific to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in a complex institutional or public sector environment.
Demonstrated leadership in ICT compliance and the ability to effect institutional change to enhance the experience of individuals with disabilities.
Knowledge of key legislation (Rehabilitation Act, ADA, state regulations) related to ICT accessibility and the functional impact various disability conditions have on accessing ICT.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with website design, including basic knowledge of HTML and CSS and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
Knowledge and experience with computer and assistive technologies including but not limited to software, printers, scanners, braillers, communication devices, note takers, etc.
Excellent written and oral communications skills.
Demonstrated ability to teach workshops and create training materials.
Ability to work both independently and as a collaborative teammate and meet deadlines.
Full proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Master’s degree in information technology, assistive technology, educational technology, or a related field.
Five (5) years of recent experience providing guidance on compliance with the ADA, Section 504 and related disabilities law specific to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in a complex institutional or public sector environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of academic and employment accommodations for individuals with disabilities in an academic environment.
Demonstrated ability to interact well with people and groups from academically and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Relevant professional certification(s).
This is a full-time, permanent position. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience. For additional information regarding benefits visit: http://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-summaries/. For additional information about the University visit: http://www.uconn.edu/ and for detailed position information and the job description visit: http://uitsjobs.uconn.edu.
Please apply online at www.jobs.uconn.edu, Staff Positions. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and resume that demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications and any preferred qualifications you may have for this position, and a list of contact information, including phone numbers for three professional references.
Screening will begin immediately. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form within three days of hire. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018089)
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on October 6, 2017.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
The University of Connecticut is one of the nation's leading public research universities. UConn's main campus in Storrs is admitting the highest-achieving freshmen in University history. Student diversity continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice.