[Athen] AT job Question

Ron Stewart ron.stewart at dolphinusa.com
Fri Mar 30 09:00:03 PDT 2007


This payscale is indicative of what I have seen for years across the
spectrum. Since it is a disability related position and resides in DS
typically the pay is 15-20% lower than it should be.

I always recommend you look at a comparable IT position and see what the
payscale is for that. One of the things that OSU did when I left and they
transferred part of my duties back to DS was to radically lower the pay
scale. The new position should have been lower and based on the duties of
the PD should have been paying at the same rate as a third level IT support
person but instead it was really listed at the rate of a first level support

Ron Stewart

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Kevin Price
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:02 PM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: Re: [Athen] AT job Question

I think it looks a little low for all the specific expertise required
(programming/web developer/training/media conversion). I see multiple
positions wrapped into one person. (I have looked for AT positions as well
as hired for AT positions.) I don't know the pay ranges of other positions
at this University but they are asking a lot for the money.
Not sure you could attract anyone at that pay range, with all the expertise
My opinion and would like to hear what others think. Some reason the AT
field is getting consistently low wages for all the expertise needed.

Kevin Price MSW, ATP
Assistive Technology Specialist
Disability Resource Center (MC 321)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Suite 1190, Student Services Building
1200 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7163
(312) 413-0886 Fax (312) 413-7781
Email: pricek at uic.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Humbert, Joseph A
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 11:26 AM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] AT job Question

Hi all!

Is a salary range of 42,000 to 46,000 to low for this job? It's in

The position of Adaptive Technology Specialist supports all
aspects of adaptive technology for students, faculty and staff on their
resident campus. Responsibilities include but are not restricted to:

Oversee general operations of the Adaptive Technology Center with
limited on-site supervision. Perform testing, installation, trouble
shooting and maintenance of all adaptive hardware and software including
operating systems in the Adaptive Technology Center and other campus
locations. Provide counseling with regard to appropriate adaptive
technology and training for students, faculty and staff who need access
to adaptive hardware or software. Develop training on adaptive hardware
and software - written, web-based and multimedia.

Interpret, enforce and assist with development of operational procedures
for the Adaptive Technology Center. Prepare and edit alternate media for
clients of the Adaptive Technology Center including electronic text,
Braille and tactile graphics. Maintain checkout system for loaner
hardware and software used by students, faculty and staff. Collect and
report on client usage data. Provide expert web development including
development and support of accessible web best practices, accessible
web-site development and maintenance for the ATC web pages. Develop,
maintain and teach a web accessibility best practices certification
class. Lead the functional and coding web accessibility testing project
for the [College] and [COLLEGE] campuses web sites. Develop web pages
for the Adaptive Technology Center. Research, evaluate and recommend new
adaptive technology for the Adaptive Technology Center. Prepare and
disseminate information about the [COLLEGE] Adaptive Technology Center
to various campus units via advertising, print materials including
brochures, and meetings. Collaborate with campus Adaptive Education
Services on issues of technology and issues affecting students, faculty
and staff with special needs.

Assist with general operations of the Adaptive Technology Center (ATC)
with limited on-site supervision Serve as [COLLEGE] Adaptive Technology
Center Program manager and Web Developer. Use expert, in-depth
knowledge of all components of PC and MAC operating systems, networking
and complex adaptive software, hardware for networked and standalone
deployment of complex software licensing models. Including Must
provide multiplatform and operating system analysis for application
deployment; program analysis to determine how to effectively deliver
applications in very diverse operating system environments; crisis
management to ensure uninterrupted services. Full and detailed knowledge
of all networking policies and procedures required to safely deploy
applications. testing, installation, trouble shooting and maintenance of
all adaptive hardware and software. Develop/write detailed and complete
training materials to support clients using adaptive hardware and
software. On a case-by-case basis, analyze client need and recommend
adaptive technology that will best meet the special needs of each
client. Develop and write up procedural documents for the ATC client
and adaptive technology workflow and operations.

Requires expert knowledge of server deployment, support and
administration. Expert knowledge of operating systems for PCs and
MACs, ghosting and image building, networking, and all security best
practices is required. Requires interpretation, enforcement and
modification of current operational procedures for the ATC. Responsible
for data gathering and reporting for all ATC activities. Ability to do
database programming required. Analysis and implementation of the
following technologies required:


-database programming and administration

-all adaptive technologies and services

-operating systems

-all aspects of network, workstation and laptop security

Analysis of client needs, new and current adaptive technologies needed
to develop operational

planning for the ATC is required.

Develop all adaptive technology training and support for students,
faculty and staff. Provide case specific individual client counseling
and training in use of adaptive hardware and software. Through

programming with C#.net, Perl, MySQL, SQL Server, PHP, HTML, CSS, SMIL,
Dolphin Easy Publisher, VBScript create tools for use with the alternate
media production, database, work flow support and web work of the ATC.
Must have expert knowledge of the multimedia applications like
Macromedia, AVID and Camtasia. Develop with written and multimedia
components, training on adaptive technologies and services, ATC web
content and conference materials for adaptive technology. Create
accessible web development practices for use in accessible web trainings
which will be delivered by CD, video and the web. Develop and maintain
the database system for all ATC workflow including client transactions,
inventory and ATC workflow.

Supervise [COLLEGE] ATC alternate media preparation for the campus.
Prepare and edit alternate media for clients of the ATC. Alternate
media includes but is not limited to all forms of electronic text,
Braille, tactile graphics, audio and captioned videos. This requires
knowledge of high-speed scanning, several optical character recognition
applications and familiarity with Braille software and hardware.
Knowledge of the production of tactile graphics also important.
Meticulous editing of alternate media documents required; attention to
detail and excellent knowledge of MS Word required.

Lead the ATC WEB Team. Develop and maintain the ATC web site as a model
of fully accessible, media rich web pages. Develop and promote
accessible web page best practices.

Develop hands-on advanced accessible web page development class. Lead
the ATC's web accessibility testing service for the University. Through
this service, web pages of [COLLEGE] departments are evaluated for
accessibility from both the functional and coding perspective.
[COLLEGE] Departments are provided with an accessibility evaluation of
their web pages along with suggestions for page repair to bring the
pages into compliance with [COLLEGE]'s baseline accessibility standards.

Develop all [COLLEGE] publicity, outreach and teaching modules related
to the services of the ATC. Prepare and disseminate information about
the ATC to various campus units via advertising including

but not limited to print materials including brochures, fliers,
newspaper articles, videos, etc. For specific departments, prepare
adaptive applications for delivery through departmental computing labs,
offices, etc. packaging adaptive applications for delivery over a wide
variety of departments throughout the [COLLEGE] campus

Joe Humbert
Assistive Technology Specialist
Purdue University - ITaP - TLT
Office: STEW 111
Email: jhumbert at purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-4387

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