Instructional Technology Accessibility Coordinator

Company Description:

The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success.  Fredonia is focused on ensuring that all Fredonia students, utilizing knowledge developed through a broad range of intellectual experiences, will be:

  • Skilled (develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge),
  • Connected (engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship),
  • Creative (demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation), and
  • Responsible (activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism).

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Job Description:

Fredonia is expanding the number of online courses and programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Instructional Technology Accessibility Coordinator is needed to ensure that these courses and programs are accessible according to WCAG and ADA standards. This position will train and support faculty in developing accessible courses and course material, assist with evaluating campus wide technologies for accessibility, and work with faculty and students in using assistive technology.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation plus comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, and vision insurance and retirement plan options including a fixed pension plan or a 401(A) with generous employer contributions;
  • Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.

KEY RESPONSBILITIES

Reporting to the Coordinator of Disability Support Services, the successful candidate will:

  • Create and offer in-person and online training related to accessibility issues for online instructors;
  • Assist the campus Instructional Designer in the creation of accessible course templates to be used campus wide and modified for specific online programs;
  • Create the accessibility standards that will be added to the online course review process prior to course approval;
  • Create guidelines and offer workshops for instructors to use assisting them in creating and sharing accessible content with an emphasis on the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Make recommendations on assistive technology purchases, closed captioning planning and budgeting, and other resources needed to assist students completing online courses;
  • Offer training and resources to assist students and faculty in using assistive technology; and share these resources across the SUNY system;
  • Test online courses during the online course approval process to assure course accessibility;
  • Assist in creating a process for evaluating accessibility of hardware and software prior to purchase;
  • Identify the online campus accessibility needs including evaluating current campus assistive technology;
  • Contribute to curriculum development and refinement;
  • Participate in committees and provide service to the department, college, university, and profession;
  • Be aware of, understand, and follow all university policies.

Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution;
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office to create accessible files;
  • Experience in creating closed captioning and/or transcripts;
  • Demonstrated understanding of pedagogical issues related to technology enhanced teaching, learning, and accessibility;
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and constituents in support of campus and department mission;
  • Experience with instructional technology;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the university, division, and profession.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework;
  • 2+ years working within higher education;
  • 2+ years working directly with faculty and students supporting assistive technology;
  • Experience teaching or learning online;
  • Interest in, and commitment to, community engagement.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, term appointed (permanent-track), UUP-represented Instructional Support Technician (SL3) position beginning June 2018

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates shall apply and submit the required documents listed below by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Complete applications received by April 23, 2018 will be given full consideration.  Names and contact information for three professional references are required as part of the application.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV

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