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DASS Alternative Media Specialist

Apply now Job no: 513036
Work type: Staff
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology


Information Technology Consultant - Career


Provide technical expertise and support to the Alternative Media program. Coordinate the processing and production of alternative media, enabling students with disabilities to have equitable access to course materials in a timely manner.  Conduct individualized assessment to determine effective and appropriate solutions based on alternative format needs. Make modifications to instructional materials including but not limited to all printed materials, video captioning, and verbal descriptions for specific student disability needs. Convert and produce braille materials and tactile graphics by creating appropriate Braille transcriptions for students with visual disabilities (i.e., contracted and uncontracted). Convert exams, textbooks, and other printed materials into alternative formats such as enlarged print, accessible electronic formats, and braille, etc. Ensure that students who require alternative formats receive the appropriate type and level of service and that services are delivered in a timely manner. Consult with DASS Counselors on required accommodations as appropriate.

Collaborate with faculty as needed for specific instructional materials for each student. Review inaccessible textbook materials as identified and make suggestions to faculty about how to improve, as needed. Communicate with faculty and Teaching Leaning & Innovation (TLI) about the importance of timely adoption of course materials and proper listing of course materials on the bookstore website and related documents. Initiate contact with faculty and other appropriate staff within Academic Affairs if required books are not posted in the schedule of classes and/or are not provided well in advance before the request deadline. Prepare and submit requests to publishers and authors for permission to convert materials into accessible formats.

Catalog, inventory and maintain publisher’s permission information on databases, including AIMHub, AccessText, and Bookshare. Compare accessible materials catalog to those of similar institutions. Provide reports and metrics on adoption or reuse rate of materials. Help ensure the completion of requests for alternative media by prioritizing, organizing, and monitoring the status of each work order while tracking each request for status and compliance.

Provide alternative media orientation, training, and outreach services for current and prospective students. Orient and train staff and faculty on accessibility to include direct instruction and assistance with equipment and software, as well as creating workshops and classroom presentations. Hire, train, and provide day to day oversight student staff. Support and promote the development and implementation of accessible instructional materials throughout the campus. Research and implement new and emerging alternative media strategies, production techniques, and technologies. Performs additional related duties as assigned.


Education: Any combination of training and/or experience equivalent to the completion of four years of college level coursework in information technology, education, communication, sociology, psychology, or a closely related field required; Master's degree in assistive technology, human services, or educational technology preferred.

Experience: At least two years of professional experience administering/implementing adaptive computer technology (software and hardware) required.

Other Knowledge/Skills: Knowledge of assistive technology for persons with disabilities; and familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508 and other pertinent legislation and regulations relevant to information access for persons with disabilities. Ability to exercise a high degree of independent judgment. Research, evaluate and implement production of alternative media for persons with disabilities; ensure compliance with mandated access requirements related to curriculum, distance education, and all types of digital and non-digital sources of information; demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in order to interact successfully with faculty, students, staff, vendors and community members; develop and deliver presentations and training seminars; conduct meetings; collect data, compile complex reports and meet deadlines; problem solve and demonstrate creativity regarding access issues; plan, organize and schedule programs and projects; evaluate processes and products and make recommendations for improvement; communicate well orally and in writing. Knowledge of materials, methods, and techniques used in the process and production of alternative media formats is required. Experience working with assistive technology and alternative media hardware and software. Working knowledge of Kurzweil, JAWS, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Zoomtext and Accessible Information Management System (AIMS). Knowledge of Braille formatting and the process of converting documents to Braille using Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT). Requires knowledge of standard computing applications, including productivity applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation packages; multi-media applications; and network applications such as WWW tools and Outlook email. Requires outstanding communications skills, public speaking skills, training and facilitation, and human relation skills. Requires the ability to regularly sit/stand for extended periods of time; and coordinate the placement of electronic equipment weighing up to 25 lbs, and the assembly of hardware and adaptive equipment. Must be able to adapt to change in the work environment, accept feedback, effectively handle and prioritize multiple tasks and competing demands, work cooperatively in group situations and work actively to resolve conflicts. Requires the ability to work in a fast-paced environment; work well with others in a team approach to fulfilling tasks and mission. Work after hours and weekends might be required as needed.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

Hiring Salary: $4,372 to $5,561 per month

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