Accessibility Technologist for Learning and Instruction


Job title: Accessibility Technologist for Learning and Instruction

$60000 – 65000 per year

Company: University of Denver

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Job description: The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is located within the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs within the Office of the Provost. The OTL mission is to improve student learning across the University by fostering innovation and strengthening practices in teaching, course design, curriculum development, and assessment. The OTL staff supports faculty by advancing skills in course design, pedagogy, and academic assessment.

Disability Services Program (DSP) is dedicated to giving students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the University’s programs, courses and activities. DSP provides accommodations at no cost to any student who has a documented disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Accommodations are designed to afford students equal opportunity to participate in the University’s programs, courses, and activities.

Position Summary

The Accessibility Technologist for Learning and Instruction reports to the director of the Office of Teaching and Learning which is the central faculty development office, reporting to the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost. The DSP is the central office for providing and facilitating reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities, reporting to Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence (SAIE). The Accessibility Technologist is physically housed in the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) and splits their time with the DSP office, working in close collaboration with the DSP director and accommodations specialists.

The Accessibility Technologist for Learning and Instruction provides expertise in course design, development, and the integration of technology tools to create instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skills more efficient, effective and appealing. The Accessibility Technologist will lead and train faculty in designing and creating accessible courses and course materials, with a focus on remediation and providing course-level support.

This is a one-year (12 month) temporary staff position with full benefits. The ideal candidate is adept at interacting with faculty across different disciplines and knowledgeable about Universal Design for Learning and accessibility.

We seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, inquisitive, resourceful, detail-oriented, creative, ethical, collaborative, and committed to inclusive excellence. The ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks in a dynamic environment while maintaining quality work products is crucial for success in this position.

Essential Functions

  • Provide support and training, and create educational resources aimed at faculty for accessibility in all courses regardless of modality, including but not limited to, course design, delivery, testing, and other assessments.
  • Provide professional development workshops regarding course design, technology, and instructional delivery options using Universal Design for Learning principles to advance accessibility compliance.
  • Serve as a referral source and liaison between faculty and DSP, including supporting faculty in understanding the basics of accommodations, how to access and how to implement accommodations in their specific course, on course materials/instruction and with testing and other assessment.
  • Provide individualized consultation to faculty and/or departments to enhance knowledge around UDL, accessibility, educational and assistive technology (both free and paid for) such as Kurzweil, JAWS, Dragon, LMS, Respondus etc.
  • Support faculty and provide training on textbook accessibility and course readings including sharing accessible electronic documents. Focus on creation, selection and remediation processes with course materials.
  • Support in creating a DU course on accessibility
  • Audit on accessibility across different departments
  • Collaborate with the Information Technology (IT) department, the Disability Services Program (DSP), the Office of Equal Opportunity (EOE) and other departments as needed to educate faculty on policy and procedure changes around Disability Services, ADA, Section 508, copyright laws, and accessibility.
  • Collaborate with IT Digital Accessibility Specialist to ensure accessibility of forward-facing OTL and DSP materials including web presence and establish a process for review and remediation.
  • Collaborate with IT Digital Accessibility Specialist to test, remediate and improve accessibility of new and existing large-scale technologies hosting/captioning with Kaltura, Canvas or other LMS experience, e-textbooks, etc.
  • Create instructional materials using different modalities and learning environments (face-to-face, hybrid, online, etc) for faculty and staff members.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong Web Content Accessibility Guidelines skills (WCAG 2.0 and above). This includes not only familiarity with guidelines, but the knowledge and expertise to remediate web content including but not limited to WordPress, Drupal and any other online platforms.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations associated with ADA compliance, including sections 504, 508 and general Information & Communications Technology (ICT) accessibility standards.
  • Knowledge of different types of assistive technology, including but not limited to screen readers and text to speech programs (JAWS, NVDA, ReadSpeaker, Kurzweil, etc), speech to text (Dragon Naturally Speaking), ZoomText and others.
  • Proficiency in content remediation, including but not limited to all types of multimedia (videos, podcasts, etc), all document formats (PDF, Word, Powerpoints, etc) and course(s) remediation.
  • Familiar with disability accommodations in higher education, such as alternate text format (AFT), working with publishers to ensure accessibility of textbooks, and third-party vendors.
  • Knowledge of accessibility in various platforms, including but not limited to Windows, MACs, mobile operating systems, browser accessibility (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) and other accessibility features in electronic devices. Understanding of cross compatibility, mobile responsiveness and web development standards with accessibility.
  • Strong knowledge of Universal Design for Learning, accessibility features, and remediation processes using Creative Cloud platforms (Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, etc.), Microsoft Office 365, Zoom and other technologies.
  • Experience in quality assurance, quality control and technical/usability testing to ensure full accessibility.
  • Skilled in designing, developing, and evaluating online learning programs and courses.
  • Skilled in collecting, analyzing, and reporting data.
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service to a broad range of diverse constituents in an inclusive environment.
  • Ability to creatively and diplomatically resolve conflicts, questions, and problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively in visual, oral, and written form as appropriate for the needs of the audience, including writing effective copy, instructional text, audio, and video scripts to make course materials accessible.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively with a team and independently with clear vision of pending tasks, prioritizing based on upcoming deadlines.
  • Experience facilitating and developing trainings in online and face-to-face learning environments using a variety of delivery methods.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Working knowledge of adaptive technology products such as NVDA, JAWS, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil, ReadSpeaker, and others.
  • Familiarity with educational copyright laws and Open Educational Resources (OER).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in education, instructional design, assistive technology or related field or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Experience working with instructional and educational technology and online course design in a higher education institution.
  • Proficiency with multimedia development, editing and production.
  • Experience implementing nationally recognized standards of course design, such as Quality Matters.

Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 10.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $60,000 – $65,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits
The offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the .

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: August 11, 2021
Applications close:

Location: Denver, CO

Job date: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 03:05:41 GMT

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