[Athen] [ATHEN] FW: Job Posting-Academic Tech. Specialist
ron.stewart at dolphinusa.com
Mon Jan 21 19:49:06 PST 2008
Maybe some day if your real nice I will share my Stanford story, not to
dissimilar to a CSUN story of more recent vintage
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Wink Harner
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 10:35 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] FW: Job Posting-Academic Tech. Specialist
Walking on water IS included if you think about the salary and the location!
Definitely would have to walk on water to get to work (grin).
>-- Original Message --
>From: "Ron Stewart" <ron at ahead.org>
>To: "'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'"
<athen at athenpro.org>
>Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 13:43:12 -0500
>Subject: [Athen] FW: Job Posting-Academic Tech. Specialist
>Reply-To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
<athen at athenpro.org>
>Looks like Stanford is hiring again. Surprised that walking on water is
>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),
>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
>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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