Staff Assistant, Assistive Technologist, Disability Resources
Department Summary: Bridgewater State University is committed to ensuring that all individuals have equal access to program and service offerings as fully integrated, participating members of our campus community. The Office of Disability Resources in the Academic Achievement Center provides a number of services to students who have a documented medical condition, are physically challenged, or have psychological or learning disabilities.
Position Summary: The Assistive Technology Specialist is responsible for coordination of assistive technology accommodations for students with disabilities, provision of alternative format texts and materials, and coordination of accommodated testing. This is an exempt, APA unit position and is subject to the terms of that union agreement. Supervision Received: Reports to the Assistant Director for Disability Resources in the Academic Achievement Center.
Essential Duties: 1. Oversee the Disability Resources adaptive laboratory. Monitor computers and peripheral equipment for working order. Coordinate maintenance, updating of software and/or adaptive equipment with IT department. Serve as resource for other assistive technology sites on campus. 2. Utilize resources for obtaining digital files, pre-recorded, and converted books including directly from publishers, or through other entities which provide book sharing. 3. Convert inaccessible electronic files and printed copies of educational materials (textbooks, class handouts, quizzes and exams) into accessible alternative format including: a. Electronic end-user file formats (doc.rtf,rxt,kes,pdf,mp3,html,xml Daisy) b. Braille, literary grade 1 and 2 and math Braille (Nemeth code) c. Tactile graphics d. Enlarged print e. Video captioning f. Audio recordings 4. Oversee provision of accommodated testing to students, ensuring security and adherence to required protocols throughout the testing process. Coordinate testing materials pre- and post test. 5. Provide one-on-one and small group training in the use of adaptive and assistive technology to enhance the academic experience of students with disabilities. Develop individualized strategies for accessing computer resources. 6. Advise faculty, staff, and other departments on technology related accessibility issues. 7. Maintain record of in-house conversion of educational materials and use of outside sources for provision of accessible texts. 8. Maintain record of equipment on loan to students each semester. 9. Update and enhance the Disability Resources Office website. Serve on the University's website board. 10. Enhance professional knowledge of assistive technology through review of training materials, AT websites, list serves, resources offered through AHEAD, and attendance at training conferences. 11. Compile data on provision of accommodated testing for students. 12. Maintain data input into University's Banner system. 13. Assist the Disability Resources Office staff with other projects and duties, as assigned. 14. Functions as a team member of the Academic Achievement Center staff in the development and implementation of processes necessary to accomplish the goals and philosophy of the department and the University.
Required Qualifications: 1. Bachelor's Degree in assistive technology, information technology, rehabilitation services or related field plus a minimum 1(one) year of experience. 2. Experience supporting college students in the use of assistive technology, including JAWS, Braille production, Kurzweil, and translation software. Experience also required in provision of alternative format materials for students with print disabilities. 3. Position requires knowledge of and sensitivity to the needs and abilities of individuals with disabilities. 4. Familiarity with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 as they apply to postsecondary education. 5. Excellent oral and written communications skills to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and students.
Preferred Qualifications: 1. Master's degree 2. 3 to 5 years of experience preferred. 3. Experience working with the Banner student information system. 4. Experience providing and/or coordinating delivery of American Sign Language (ASL) services is highly desirable. 5. Experience working in a higher education setting is strongly preferred.
Physical Demands: Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities. Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5 pounds.
Special Conditions: Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.
EEO Statement: Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.
Salary Range: $48,000 - $52,000
Special Instructions: Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position: *a minimum of one (1) employment history entry. *a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.