Alternative Media Specialist

Pittsburg, California
$3,943 per month (First step)
Oct 13, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Los Medanos College


Alternative Media Specialist

Job Number: 0001033

Salary: $3,943 per month (First step)

Deadline: Open Until Filled


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Position Definition    

To coordinate and arrange for the conversion of a wide variety of instructional materials for students with visual, audio, or related disabilities, and students with special information processing needs; to serve as a campus resource and trainer on disability-related technology; and to train students on and coordinate access to assistive technologies.


Examples of Duties/Essential Functions    

Duties may include, but are not 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 and laws for persons with disabilities.

Designs, develops and delivers one-on-one or small group training on instructional assistive computer technologies for students with learning, visual, hearing, or physical disabilities.

Performs set up and maintains a variety of equipment and adaptive computer software and hardware.

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.

Serves as a Disabled Students Programs and Services/Disability Support Services (DSPS/DSS) liaison to a variety of departments and divisions campus wide to support access to instructional and informational materials; maintains college DSPS/DSS website.

Arranges for and schedules teleconferencing equipment, phone services, etc.

Coordinates the installation, configuration, and maintenance of various adaptive equipment and technologies.

Trains faculty members, staff, student assistants 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 inventory records of instructional materials. 

Performs related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience    


Two (2) years of experience formatting instructional materials for use by persons with disabilities.


One (1) year of experience providing computer or software technical assistance in an instructional or educational setting.


Possession of an Associate degree from an accredited college, with a major in English, computer science, electronics, liberal arts or a related field, or the equivalent.


Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of    

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.

Accessible hardware, such as, but not limited to: closed circuit TVs, accessible keyboards and mouse, monitors, desks, Braille note, recorders, alphas smarts, laptops connections, interpreters, classmate readers, and victor streams.

Materials and media necessary for Braille writing.

Resources available for the reformatting of instructional and informational materials into formats accessible by persons with disabilities.

Educational barriers of persons with special learning needs.

Basic principles of mechanics used in the set-up and operation of adaptive equipment.

American Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 and how it pertains to students with disabilities.


Minimum Qualification-Skill To    

Skill/Ability to: 

Coordinate the production or adaptation of informational and instructional materials into formats easily accessible to persons with disabilities.

Create tactile graphics and maintain accessible web sites.

Set up and maintain materials and media necessary for Braille writing.

Set up and maintain equipment used to provide access to information in alternate media formats.

Troubleshoot software and hardware configurations and problems.

Duplicate audio and video materials.

Train others to operate instructional media equipment properly.

Learn characteristics of new systems and equipment and update technical skills to adapt to changing technology.

Maintain equipment and supply inventories.

Communicate information effectively to persons with disabilities.

Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties. 

Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff, and with all individuals encountered in the performance of required duties.


Desirable Qualifications    

1.    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.


It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identity, race, color, ancestry, religion, marital status, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, parental status, citizenship or because an individual is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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