Alternative Media Specialist - Disability Services
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
January 5, 2018
Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 37,
Salary commensurate with education, experience and other qualifications. Comprehensive University benefits package.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant University, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. In all its activities, the University aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The University welcomes and honors people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity. The University intends that its graduates will promote the values and institutions of representative democracy and be prepared to lead lives of personal integrity and civic responsibility.
Position Summary: Under the general direction of the Director, this position performs technical and administrative functions to provide access to instructional materials, including but not limited to books, articles, audio/visual materials, websites, email, mobile applications, and presentations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and other university, state, and federal policies, procedures, or mandates. Oversees and coordinates acquisition of materials, employee schedules and duties, and collaborates with faculty in providing alternative media to students with disability-related accommodations.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Utilizes expertise and knowledge to determine appropriate alternative format materials for students with disabilities
Obtains and/or converts appropriate instructional material into alternative format, ensuring timely delivery of requests
Works collaboratively with vendors and university libraries to seek alternative format materials
Recruits, hires, trains, and manages student and temporary employees, ensuring high quality, efficient, and standardized service delivery
Manages the alternative media database
Engages students in an interactive process to develop accommodation plans
Researches and evaluates new technologies to maintain the highest level of production and accessibility for students
Train students on use of software needed to access alternative format materials
Provides instruction to faculty, staff, and students through one-on-one training sessions or workshops
Perform as subject matter expert in alternative format and digital technology for Student Disability Services
Assists with the maintenance of software, hardware, websites, mobile applications, database management, etc.
Collects statistics to report semester and annual data for the department
Conducts purposeful and intentional assessment of alternative media services and proposes implementation plans for improved and enhanced service delivery.
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.