Unit-Specific Responsibilities 1) Ensures that technology-based tools and resources are accessible to and usable by any individual who participates in the University of Chicagoâ™s programs, services and activities.
2) Collaborates across campus to resolve technological access barriers in the curricular, information and employment environments. 3) Partners with Student Disability Services and the Office for Access and Equity in solving individual student and employee information and technology access problems, conducts system and user need analysis and plans, designs, analyzes, tests and implements accessibility solution. 4) Consults on the development and implementation of accessible websites, enterprise level systems, online instruction platforms, and other information technology. 5) Develops and implements training opportunities, processes, checklists, and how-to documents to support an accessible campus EIT environment. 6) Provides technical guidance regarding the accessibility of University applications, systems analysis, design, development and implementation of accessible systems. 7) Recommends accessibility standards and techniques based on current trends, including testing standards, tools, and methods. 8) Develops tracking systems, evaluates results and creates reports.
9) Evaluates new software before purchase; confers with vendors, buyers and department representatives; identifies accommodation solutions if access problems are identified in selected software. 10) Responds to user-reported accessibility issues. Works with user and developers, if necessary, to determine a solution in a timely manner and documents solution.
Unit-Preferred Competencies 1) Skilled in using programming and scripting languages, analyzing and responding to user requests; writing technical and functional documentation; conducting applications technology research and implementing appropriate testing and documentation protocols. 2) Knowledge of applications programming theory, principles and practices; software development life cycle; current and emerging application programming and scripting languages; current and emerging technology, service protocols and standards. 3) Knowledge of assistive technologies hardware and software on multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android; knowledge of designing and testing methodologies on each platform. 4) Knowledge of accessibility standards and guidelines (WCAG 2.0, Section 508, ARIA); accessibility auditing and testing tools and strategies including but not limited to VPAT and WCAG 2.0 validation toolsets. 5) Ability to effectively communicate technical concepts and solutions verbally and in writing to both technical and non-technical audiences. 6) Strong understanding of IT accessibility as it relates to the higher education environment.
1) Standard office environment
1) Bachelor's degree in (e.g. Information Science, Information Design, Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Instructional Design, Quality Assurance, Learning Technology, Assistive Technology, etc.) related field.
1) Minimum five years of experience in assistive technology application, training, and assessment including experience in assessing accessibility compliance and creating strategies to meet legal requirements.
2) Minimum two years of experience selecting and supporting accessibility software. 3) Minimum two years of experience auditing websites for accessibility.
2) Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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