[Athen] FW: Job Posting-Academic Tech. Specialist

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Mon Jan 21 10:43:12 PST 2008

Looks like Stanford is hiring again. Surprised that walking on water is not
in the listing.


Stanford web site:
http://jobs.stanford.edu/find_a_job.html (Job ID# 28052).

Academic Technology Specialist, Office of Accessible Education (OAE),
Stanford University

Position Description

During the past decade, technological innovations have dramatically
increased post-secondary educational opportunities for students with
disabilities. The Office of Accessible Education at Stanford (OAE) is
charged with providing a centrally
coordinated, campus-wide program of assistive technology resources
for students with disabilities. A major goal is to integrate
assistive technology into the areas of instruction, research, and
employment for persons with disabilities and to support access to
computers and online information resources for persons with

The Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) will provide technology
leadership for the Office of Accessible Education, assisting the
Director with technology-related programmatic development and
strategic planning for the use and evaluation of learning
technologies. The ATS will also act as a resource for the campus
community in the development of accessible resources and in promoting
the campus-wide adoption of Universal Design principles in both
learning and instruction. The ATS will also actively encourage and
support the use of assistive technology by investigating and
implementing new tools and resources for students, disseminating
knowledge of these tools throughout the University, and creating and
supporting an infrastructure that allows use of the tools in teaching
and learning.

The incumbent will be a member of the Academic Technology Specialists
Program within Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information
Resources. The Office of Accessible Education is one of several
departments and programs participating in a program that provides
specialists to assist with the integration of technology into
teaching, learning, and research activities. Academic Technology
Specialists are placed within schools, programs or departments based
not simply on technical expertise, but on their respective
discipline-specific backgrounds. They participate in the departmental
culture and share academic interests with the faculty. As members of
both the academic and the IT community, Academic Technology
Specialists are uniquely positioned to bridge different cultures and
to facilitate a creative and mutual exchange.

In addition to working with the OAE, the Academic Technology
Specialist will devote 20 percent time to the ATS Program. There the
ATS will engage with other ATSs in projects of common interest,
organize and attend meetings with technology experts, and contribute
to the development of the ATS Program.


o Support OAE efforts to move toward campus-wide adoption of
Universal Design (UD) principles in both learning and instruction.

o Initiate ideas, implement solutions, and find resources for
use in providing technology access to students with disabilities.
Work with vendors and external partners in testing and developing new
technology and services.

o Support enhanced technology resources, services, and programs
for the OAE's Schwab Learning Center which serves students with
learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Collaborate with OAE staff on efforts to develop and proliferate a
model for providing such resources and services to this student

o Provide technology leadership to OAE staff on assessment,
learning strategies, and training needs.

o Lead the Proteus R&D project that capitalizes on current and
developing technologies to create a more inclusive learning
environment for students with disabilities as well as enhanced
pedagogical opportunities for instructors.

o Help develop long-term funding plans for institutional
oversight of assistive technology expenditures. Coordinate assistive
technology policies, procedures, and support.

o Support the institutional web accessibility program,
including membership in the university's Subcommittee on Accessible
Technology. This subcommittee is tasked with promoting and
facilitating creation of accessible webpages and compliance with
institutional legal obligations concerning accessibility.

o Oversee a computer lab providing assistive hardware and software.

o Test and evaluate new technologies, recommend purchase and
develop strategic plan for future acquisitions and capabilities.

o Coordinate accessible computing resources with other departments.

o Act as a liaison with external consultants and service
providers to meet student needs.

o Consult with students, faculty and staff who have assistive
technology needs. Assess and recommend solutions, and provide
training as necessary.

o Provide individual and group training for OAE staff in the
use of assistive technologies, including speech recognition, screen
magnification, Braille systems, writing/compositional aids,
alternative computer input devices, electronic organizers, and

o Support specialized technology systems necessary for
alternative format conversion. Work with OAE staff in the conversion
of printed material into alternative formats.

o Consult with faculty members as necessary to provide access
to their curricula for students with disabilities.

o Review professional literature; attend conferences; network
with colleagues within and without the University; participate in
newsgroups and other forums to continually improve knowledge of
assistive technology and post-secondary instruction.


The ideal candidate will have a record of innovation and creativity
in providing assistive technology services to individuals with
disabilities and demonstrated leadership and resourcefulness in
identifying and integrating technological solutions to pedagogical
and learning needs.

Specific requirements include:

o An advanced degree, plus at least five years experience
working with assistive technology, or the equivalent combination of
education and experience. Coursework and direct experience
implementing Universal Design principles in an academic environment.

o Experience consulting with individuals with sensory,
learning, and/or physical disabilities. Preferred experience working
in an academic setting with students at a post-secondary level.

o Thorough knowledge of assistive computer hardware and
software, including speech input and output, screen magnification,
scanning and OCR, Braille conversion and output devices, and
alternate input devices.

o Expertise in xhtml, dhtml, html and css with thorough
knowledge of web standards generally, and familiarity with the WAI
guidelines and techniques.

o Expert knowledge of Macintosh and Windows operating systems,
experience with unix bash scripting, and familiarity with python,
perl, php, ruby, or other web programming language.

o Demonstrated experience developing and delivering technical
training to a non-technical audience.

o Excellent time management and project management skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks,
and use good judgment in providing services based on goals.

o Excellent teaching, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with members of the
academic community; experience working in an environment where
colleagues have diverse backgrounds and customs.

o A commitment to the confidentiality of student, staff, and
faculty training needs and disability status.

o Familiarity with state and federal laws pertaining to rights
of persons with disabilities, particularly in reference to computer
and library access.

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