Alternative Media Specialist

Location
Pittsburg, CA
Posted
Mar 16, 2017
Institution Type
Community College


Position Definition

Under general supervision, coordinates and arranges for the adaptation of a wide variety ofinstructional and student services related materials for visually impaired students and students with specialinformation processing needs, and, provides advice and consultation to faculty members, staff, and studentsregarding "access technologies" and the availability of Braille, large print, audio, and related alternate media options.


Position Title
Alternative Media Specialist

Location
Los Medanos College

Posting Number
0000956

Salary
$3,943 per month (first step)

Distinguishing Characteristics

Alternative Media Specialists serve as a resource on "access technologies" and adapt and produce a wide variety of instructional and related materials into a format that can be accessed by students with visual, audio, or related limitations.


Examples of Duties/Essential Functions

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: Adapts and/or supervises the production or adaptation of a wide variety of instructional and related materials into a format that can be readily accessed by students with visual, audio, or related limitations. Provides technical assistance and consultation to the campus community on access requirements for persons with disabilities. Maintains a database of strategies for adapting informational and instructional materials into formats that can be readily accessed by persons with disabilities. Serves as a resource on access to E-learning and distance learning issues. Sets up and maintains a variety of equipment and adaptive computer software and hardware. Arranges for and schedules teleconferencing equipment, phone services, etc. Coordinates the installation, configuration, and maintenance of various adaptive equipment and technologies. May train faculty members, staff, student workers and students in the use of adaptive equipment and software. Obtains permission to reproduce materials in Braille or large print as required. Orders, receives, catalogs, ships, and maintains records of instructional materials. Performs related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience
Education/Training: Equivalent to an Associates Degree in English, Computer Science, Electronics, or the Liberal Arts.Experience: One year of paid or volunteer experience formatting or reformatting instructional or informational material for use by persons with disabilities or one year of experience providing computer or software technical assistance in an instructional or educational setting


Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of
Equipment, computer software, and up-to-date technologies used to adapt a variety of instructional and informational materials into formats easily accessible by persons with disabilities; E-learning and distance learning access issues; materials and media necessary for Braille writing; community and college resources available for the reformatting of instructional and informational materials into formats accessible by persons with disabilities; educational issues of persons with special learning needs; and basic principles of mechanics used in the set-up and operation of adaptive equipment.


Minimum Qualification-Ability To
Coordinate the production or adaptation of informational and instructional materials into formats easily accessible to persons with disabilities; set-up and maintain materials and media necessary for Braille writing; set-up and maintain equipment used to provide access to information in alternatemedia formats; duplicate audio and video tapes; train others to operate instructional media equipment properly; learn characteristics of new systems and equipment and update technical skills to adapt to changing technology; and, maintain equipment and supply inventories.


Desirable Qualifications
. Experience working with students who have a broad range of various disabilities and education limitations.
2. Knowledge of sections of the California Education Code and Federal and State regulations applicable to students with disabilities in the community college system.
3. Knowledge of high and low alternative media related assistive technology for students with disabilities.
4. Knowledge of alternative media related adaptive hardware and software for students with disabilities.
5. Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


Special Instructions to Applicants
This position coordinates and arranges for the adaptation of a wide variety of instructional and student services related materials for visually impaired students and students with special information processing needs. The successful applicant will be shared between two college DSP&S programs: Los Medanos College DSP&S, 32 hours on-site; and Contra Costa College 8 hours on-site. Both DSP&S programs regularly collaborate to support students with disabilities.

Note: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $3,943 per month. Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on an annual basis, until the maximum step of $4,803 per month is reached on the salary schedule.


Job Close Date:
04/12/2017

Open Until Filled
No

The Contra Costa Community College District does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.

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