Position Overview As an integral part of the University’s Digital Accessibility Center, the senior digital accessibility specialist will work to improve the accessibility of University web sites, web applications, IT tools and systems, and procured vendor products. This position is responsible for collaborating with the University’s IT community and stakeholders to provide expert guidance and support for IT accessibility. It will help develop, maintain, and guide the evolution of the University’s best practices for digital accessibility across the Twin Cities campus by leading digital accessibility analysis, design, implementation and testing efforts.
Specifically, this position will work with University partners to conduct accessibility evaluations, provide training, assist with the remediation of identified digital accessibility issues to bring the University’s digital presence and IT infrastructure into compliance with the W3C WCAG standards, ADA, Section 504, and other accessibility related laws.
Position Responsibilities and Duties: Institutional Support â— Collaborates with University partners to ensure that technology-based tools and resources are accessible to and usable by any individual who participates in the University’s programs, services, and activities. â— Develop, maintain, implement, and consult regarding digital accessibility technologies, policies, standards, and best practices, including code-level recommendations and solutions. â— Partner with stakeholders to include digital accessibility in systems analysis, design, implementation and testing. â— Implement digital accessibility audit, reporting, and remediation system. â— Consult regarding individual assistive technology needs of students and employees with disabilities. Conduct system and user need analysis; plans, design, analyze, test and implement accessibility solutions. Provide ongoing training and support. â— Evaluate vendor products for accessibility and contribute to information technology procurement processes. Confer with vendors, buyers, and department representatives; identify accommodation solutions when access problems are identified in selected software. â— Lead development and implementation of training opportunities, processes, checklists, and how-to documents to support digital accessibility. â— Work actively to create a positive and productive work environment. â— Serve as an effective spokesperson for digital accessibility. â— Ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehab Act and other relevant legislation by advising, developing, implementing and evaluating University procedures. â— Demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement. â— Demonstrate a substantial knowledge of issues regarding diversity. â— Understand and support teamwork in the workplace. â— Develop, coordinate and implement services, programs and activities in coordination with various stakeholders. â— Build and maintain effective partnerships with campus peers and constituents, to increase the awareness and importance of digital accessibility on campus and advance the accessibility of the University’s public web properties and digital artifacts. â— Work closely with partners and advocates to support campus-wide accessibility initiatives.
Professional Activities â— Provide leadership in the field of digital access locally, regionally, and nationally, including attendance and presentations at conferences and events. â— Advise or assist non-University organizations through formal committees, advisory boards, etc. â— Participate in community-based accessibility-related organizations. â— Stay abreast of evolving social and legal issues and best practices with regard to digital accessibility â— Maintain proficiency with regard to accessible technologies, related laws, and common practices, by maintaining a diverse professional network of accessibility peers and experts and other means of research.
As one of the top research universities in the U.S., the University of Minnesota changes lives—through research, education, and outreach. Our high employee satisfaction scores are comparable to top-performing corporations. Surveys consistently show that U of M employees are happy with their jobs, the people they work with, and the benefits they receive. The University is dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy—physically, emotionally, financially, socially, and professionally. Here are just some of the many benefits you'll enjoy at the U:
â— Competitive wages, vacation and sick leave â— Full medical, dental, and pharmacy plans â— Retirement, life insurance, and short-and long-term disability insurance â— A wellness program that rewards you for doing healthy activities â— Tuition benefits to further your education while you work â— Opportunity for public employer student loan forgiveness â— Leadership development and training opportunities â— Opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
Preferred Qualifications â— Three years of experience with assistive technologies, hardware, and software on multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android; knowledge of designing and testing methodologies on each platform. â— Demonstrable knowledge of Drupal and other content management systems. â— Experience with web accessibility testing tools like Deque WorldSpace Comply, Siteimprove, etc. â— Experience working in a higher education environment.
Selection Criteria â— Knowledge and understanding of digital accessibility trends, issues, and laws. â— Demonstrated experience actively creating and supporting a positive work environment. â— Demonstrated problem-solving skills. â— Demonstrated commitment to creating more equitable digital and IT resources. â— Effective verbal and written communication skills. â— Ability to work effectively within a highly collaborative environment across diverse populations in a higher education setting.
Internal Number: 337614
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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