Digital Accessibility Specialist

Employer
University of North Texas
Location
Denton
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

Job Details

UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

Digital Accessibility Specialist

Department:

UNT-Univ Brand Strategy & Comm-Gen-180000

Job Location:

Denton

Full Time/Part Time:

Full-Time

Salary Information:

Commensurate with experience

Department Summary:

As the chief communications organization for the University of North Texas, the Division of University Brand Strategy and Communications (UBSC) collaborates with internal and external partners to:
•Advance and protect UNT’s institutional identity and reputation.
•Reinforce and grow UNT’s brand in graphics, images and words.
•Increase UNT’s visibility in public and in the higher education marketplace.
•Support UNT’s student recruitment, retention and graduation goals.
•Strengthen UNT’s relevance and value to key audiences, including alumni, donors, faculty and staff members, and encourage community engagement.

Position Overview:

The Division of University Brand Strategy and Communications at the University of North Texas is seeking a Web Accessibility Coordinator to provide central oversight, technical leadership, expert guidance, coordination and support to the University’s faculty and staff in order to achieve and maintain digital and web accessibility compliance.

This position will collaborate with multiple stakeholders across campus to ensure that the web and digital presence of the University is compliant with state and federal regulations and that all audiences with disabilities can easily access our websites and digital resources.

Reporting to Director of Web Strategy and Development, this position will lead the charge to provide an accessible and positive online user experience for all of our audiences. The ideal candidate would act as an accessibility/universal design advocate and work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure accessibility is a key component of the initial requirements for any digital technology or design initiative at UNT.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrable knowledge of UDL principles, WAI-ARIA and WCAG 2.1 guidelines, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and/or assistive technology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in higher education and/or in the digital marketing and communications industry.
  • Web and digital accessibility certifications (e.g., CPACC or WAS through IAAP).
  • Hands-on experience supporting industry-leading assistive technologies such as JAWS, VoiceOver, NVDA, ZoomText, and Dragon Naturally Speaking.
  • Professional experience utilizing automated accessibility audit and quality assurance tools and processes.
  • Experience leading and creating accessibility training programs

Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00

Driving University Vehicle:

No

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Digital Accessibility Spec.

Physical Requirements:

Sitting, Standing

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Develops and implements University-wide initiatives for assessing the accessibility of online university resources. Creates accessibility standards, policies and procedures when appropriate, ensuring updates are implemented as necessary.

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Conducts accessibility testing (automated and manual) of University websites & electronic documents, develops remediation priorities. Executes or coordinates remediation on University pages and websites.

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Offers web development expertise and assists in the creation and maintenance of enterprise-level web templates to ensure compliance with WCAG 2.1 guidelines via expertise in HTML, CSS and knowledge of Javascript.

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Conducts user testing and accessibility interviews with students, faculty and staff needing accommodations to understand use cases, prioritizes needs and plans strategy.

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Leads efforts to implement training programs for University employees including accessible web design practices, content creation and the use of assistive technology in navigating websites; develops and manages a web-based repository for web accessibility training materials and reference guides.

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Performs accessibility reviews and provides written remediation recommendations on third-party applications that are being evaluated for purchase. Works with third-party vendors and the University’s procurement partners to ensure the procurement of accessible products and improve the accessibility of third-party products.

Posting Number:

S2153P

Quicklink for Posting:

https://jobs.untsystem.edu/postings/46748

Organization

Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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