Digital Accessibility Coordinator

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

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Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm; occasional nights and/or weekends as needed 


Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Digital Accessibility Coordinator will support Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges in their requirement to ensure equal access to programs, services, and activities offered in digital environments for all students, staff, and faculty, and the public as mandated by federal and state laws.  A fundamental goal of the position is to promote equitable and inclusive access to campus technologies. 

The Digital Accessibility Coordinator will provide subject matter expertise, program development and implementation support, and technology assessment at the individual colleges in response to their specific needs.  This may include consultations or hands-on assessment work related to educational technology, administrative applications, event management solutions, or other relevant technologies used to support college programs, services or activities, any of which may include a hybrid element.  The role will also be responsible for tracking and recording consultation or assessment outcomes.  This person will serve as a liaison between the different campuses to share information and coordinate where appropriate.  This person will be an employee of Mount Holyoke College in a shared services model. 

Five Colleges, Incorporated is a consortium of campuses located within 20 minutes’ drive of each other in western Massachusetts.  Five Colleges, Incorporated and its member institutions are equal opportunity, affirmative action employers with a history of commitment to enhancing diversity in their curricula, student bodies, and faculties.  This position is hosted at Mount Holyoke College.

Mount Holyoke College’s Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Division empowers a diverse and inclusive learning community equipping every person to purposefully engage the world.  We connect people with the information, expertise, spaces, and technologies that enhance their work and fuel scholarly endeavor.

Reporting to the Director of Campus Technology and Media Services, the Digital Accessibility Coordinator will work closely with the Five College Technology Accessibility Committee and stakeholder college partners including: Accessibility Directors, CIOs, IT Directors, as well as each of the individual campus Technology/IT Accessibility (Tech Access) Committee.

 Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide guidance subject matter expertise, or leadership to college departments where Electronic Information Technology (EIT) is developed, procured, or supported. 
  • Recommend best practices for EIT accessibility for new and existing technologies.  Recommend and advise on EIT accessibility criteria for integration into college processes.
  • Perform EIT accessibility testing and document testing outcomes; identify and recommend tools for developing and testing.  Coordinate external testing services as needed. 
  • Advise and support Campus IT accessibility plans and related communications.  Execute plan elements or coordinate plan execution as appropriate.  Document programs, plans, processes and procedures as needed.
  • Develop, execute or maintain educational programs and training that clarify IT Accessibility requirements, priorities, and recommendations to raise the level of accessibility amongst the Five College partners and at campus level (Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges). 
  • Advise and support the Colleges in developing and/or maintaining campus-specific EIT plans for maintaining and monitoring compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable regulations, as appropriate, to ensure compliance in the application of and use of technology for college programs, services, and activities. 
  • Assess, evaluate, and advise the Colleges about assistive technologies.  Support the Colleges in planning for the growth and scalability of assistive technologies.  Maintain currency with industry developments. 
  • Coordinate communities of practice across the Colleges and develop opportunities for system-wide collaboration on existing and emerging technologies to solve common campus problems effectively and efficiently. 
  • Serve as a liaison to a range of departments, including Five College Risk Management and campus-specific departments, such as Disability/Accessibility Services, Office of General Counsel, Libraries, Procurement, and Campus Services. 
  • Track and report EIT accessibility status, progress, and other relevant information to the College IT stakeholders and other campus-specific administrators, such as campus 504/ADA Coordinators. 
  • Work closely and collaboratively with key vendors of EIT, ensure coordination of efforts and/or communication related to advocating for product developments that improve function, services or access. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
  • Qualifications: 

    • College degree or combination of education and relevant Digital/EIT Accessibility experience.
    • One or more International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)
    • Certifications preferred -
      Certified Professional of Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)
      Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS)
      Certified Professional of Web Accessibility (CPWA)
  • Minimum three years of work experience in a higher education setting providing solutions in a complex technology environment for persons with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in daily work and the workplace culture. 
  • Demonstrated experience with W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other applicable regulations and standards.
  • Working knowledge of contemporary assistive technologies, such as voice output (JAWS, Kurzweil 1000, Kurzweil 3000, TextHelp), voice recognition, text enlargement (preferably Zoomtext), optical character recognition, Braille translation programs, electronic notetakers (e.g., BrailleNote, Pac Mate, LiveScribe Pen, etc.), and other technology used in academic settings.
  • Working knowledge of current methods, materials, equipment and technologies used to acquire and produce alternate formats to print for use by individuals with disabilities and proficiency with range of accessible media file formats and programs, such as HTML and XML files, PDF, DAISY standards; digital recording software; word processing; file translation and conversion programs and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of current disability law and IT Accessibility best practices, applying State and Federal disability laws, and Universal Design (UD) principles.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development related to accessibility technologies and state/federal law and regulations.
  • Excellent written, oral, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills; sound judgment, initiative, flexibility, and detail‐orientation.
  • Project or program management experience, with the organizational and facilitation skills, and desire to untangle complex, subtle problems.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a diverse group of people; ability to work independently and autonomously; ability to prioritize among conflicting demands.
  • Must be able to travel from campus to campus, as needed, and to be able to arrange for your own transportation. 
  • Position may be eligible to perform a combination of remote work and on-site work.  The remote work schedule will be subject to approval and periodic review in alignment with the College’s Flexible and Adaptive work processes.
  • Preferred Qualifications:


    Compliance Requirements: 

    Physical Demands: 

    • Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
    • The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
    • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.  Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
    • Sufficient clarity of speech required includes those, which permit the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone.

    Working Conditions: 

    • Employee operates office equipment and computers to perform essential duties and responsibilities.
    • The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).  

    Background Checks:

    Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college.  As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires.  Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

    Special Instructions for Applicants: 

    Apply online; application materials must include:

  • A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  • A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
  • Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse.  The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students.  In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

    Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 



    Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective liberal arts institution with a long tradition of educating women for active engagement in the world. A diverse community of approximately 2000 students (13% international, 17% U.S. women of color), the College is committed to the creation of a powerful learning environment which seamlessly links the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of campus life in a way that affirms identity, builds community and prepares women for leadership in a pluralistic world.mount_holyoke_college1.jpg

    Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

    mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

    • academic excellence in a global learning environment
    • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
    • a worldwide network of alumnae
    • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

    Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

    Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



    • 49 departmental and interdepartmental majors
    • Option to design your own major
    • 33 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
    • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 32 percent; social sciences, 42 percent; natural and applied sciences, 26 percent

    Class Size

    • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
    • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
    • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

    Student-to-Faculty Ratio
    9 to 1

    After College
    Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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