Alternative Format Specialist

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park

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Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Johnson County Community College

Position Title
Alternative Format Specialist

Student Success & Strategy

Position Type
Part-time Temporary, Non-Exempt

Number of openings

Work Schedule, Hours per week
Varies depending on department needs, 20 hours per week

Position Grade

Pay Range
$14.06- $17.58(actual pay depends on qualifications)

Overland Park Main Campus

Benefits Category
No benefits

JCCC Benefits Information

Job Summary
Established in 1969, Johnson County Community College is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities through learning. Located in Overland Park, Kansas, JCCC has enjoyed a national reputation for educational excellence and student success for more than 50 years. That's five decades dedicated to smaller class sizes, more resources and a thriving campus culture - not to mention our competitive tuition rates and extracurricular experiences that transcend the norm.

The Alternate Format Specialist is involved in the provision of alternate media to students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal law that assures students access to their academic
coursework. The alternate format specialist assists the Accessible Technology Coordinator
in the production of alternate media and review of software. The Alternate Format Specialist converts standard print material or inaccessible online content into an alternative format (electronic, tactile, braille and/or audio) that is accessible for the student. The Alternate Format Specialist maintains the online screening tool for review of software and assists the Coordinator in gathering necessary documents from publishers/vendors.

Job Duties
Job duties include but are not limited to:
  • 1. Text Conversion- The Alternate Format Specialist will convert hard copy text and inaccessible electronic text into an accessible electronic format based on the direction of the Accessible Technology Coordinator and the needs of the individual student. Performance is acceptable when: a. Materials are prepared for electronic conversion b. Course content is converted into electronic text c. Converted electronic text is reviewed for accuracy
  • 2. Coordinate Accessibility Review for Online Content- The Alternate Format Specialist will coordinate the online content review process for instructional material including ebooks and online publisher platforms and document the process, including all Equally Effective Accessibility Plans for inaccessible content. Performance is acceptable when: a. Clear processes are established and maintained for review of online content b. Documentation of all reviewed content is maintained c. Professional communication with publishers, faculty, and other interested parties in maintained
  • 3. Creation of tactile graphs, images, and braille - The Alternate Format Specialist will create tactile graphs and images and emboss braille for instructional content needed for students use. Performance is acceptable when: a. Diagrams, charts, and graphics are manipulated in photo editing software to produce accurate graphical representations which will be converted into tactile graphics b. Appropriate tags and audio descriptors and/or alternate references are added to tactile images c. Braille embosser and other tactile software are appropriately utilized
  • Document alternate format processes - Create and maintain accurate records to document the Alternate Format Process for each item processed and communicate with students, faculty, and staff on the progress and completion of the conversion. Performance is acceptable when: a. Detailed records are maintained of alternate media transactions, including request and order fulfillment dates, progress towards completion, and a searchable database of all alternate media materials b. Document correspondence with student, Access staff, Faculty, and third-party vendors. c. Communicate with students, Access staff, Faculty, and other College staff in a respectful and collaborative manner

Duties and responsibilities, as required by business necessity, may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing. Scheduling, shift assignments and work location may be changed at any time, as required by business necessity.

Required Qualifications
High school diploma or GED and 2 years of technology experience
Ability to work independently
Knowledge of PC operating systems
Knowledge of document scanning and alternative format conversion processes
Ability to format in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point
Knowledge of Google Drive and OneDrive
Knowledge of process for formatting documents with navigational elements and descriptions of visual and graphical elements
Effective written and interpersonal communication skills
Strong organizational and time management skills
Detail oriented

Preferred Qualifications

Required application documents

Cover Letter

Every employee of the college is expected to treat all members of the college community with dignity and respect demonstrating professional, courteous and respectful behavior and engage in constructive conflict resolution, when needed.

In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. Individual hiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of the applicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require those selected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degrees obtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the review date listed in posting.

Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. JCCC provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonable accommodation in the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email [email protected].

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Working at Johnson County Community College

With more than 34,000 students enrolled in credit and continuing education classes each semester, Johnson County Community College is the state's third largest institution of higher education and the largest of its 19 community colleges.

JCCC offers a full range of undergraduate credit courses that form the first two years of most college curricula. The college has more than 100 transfer agreements with area colleges and universities that ensure admittance to specific programs such as business, engineering and education. JCCC students are able to begin their first two years of a four-year degree program here and complete that degree on schedule.

In addition, more than 50 one- and two-year career and certificate programs prepare students to enter the job market in high-employment fields. The college maintains extensive student support services such as computer labs, math labs, a writing center and a learning center.

JCCC’s continuing education program is the largest, most comprehensive in the Kansas City area. Through the Center for Business and Technology, participants can take courses in management and computer application or seminars and workshops that lead to professional certification and licensure. Personal enrichment classes, on topics ranging from gardening to money management, are also offered, while nationally and internationally performing and visual artists appear in the performance spaces and Gallery of Art in JCCC’s Carlsen Center.

The campus, centrally located in the county on 234 acres, opened in 1972. There are 18 major buildings on campus. Currently under construction are the Regnier Center and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

JCCC’s full-time faculty and staff numbers about 875. Another 1,800 people work as adjunct faculty or part-time staff. Most faculty members have master’s degrees, and many have or are earning doctorates.

JCCC returns about $2.70 to the community for every tax dollar it collects. The college's total tangible economic impact on the community is more than $182 million annually.

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