[Athen] Job Announcement - California State University, Sonoma

Scott Kupferman scottk44 at gmail.com
Fri May 28 14:01:46 PDT 2010

Dear ATHEN Listservers,

Please forward the job announcement below to any potentially
interested/qualified individuals. In addition to its wine country location,
Sonoma State University is also home to the EnACT grant (
http://enact.sonoma.edu/) and other innovative disability-related programs.


Best regards,

*Assistive Technology/Alternate Media Specialist* Information Technology
Consultant - Career Level *Disability Services for Students (DSS)* First
review of applications: June 11, 2010. Please refer to #3208 in all
correspondence regarding this position.

Under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Disability
Services for Students (DSS), the Assistive Technology/Alternate Media
Specialist is responsible for providing technical expertise and support in
furtherance of DSS's mission to provide equal access to higher education for
students with disabilities. Working independently, oversees the production
of alternate media enabling students with a print-related disability access
to instructional materials. Scans text material using Optical Character
Recognition software and converts it into alternative forms of output;
arranges for other alternate media services a timely manner. Ensures the
completion of requests for alternate media by prioritizing, organizing and
monitoring the status of each order. Prepares and submits requests to
publishers and authors for permission to adapt materials. Catalogs materials
and information and maintains database of inventory, including the use of
the CSU CAM database, AccessText, and Bookshare; maintains inventory records
of all source materials borrowed. Serves as the primary contact person on
campus as it relates to alternate media for students with disabilities.
Provides alternate media orientation and training; learns, develops, and
implements new and emerging alternate media strategies, production
techniques, and technologies. Assists in the development and implementation
of goals, objectives, and priorities in providing access to alternate media
for students with disabilities. Oversees the operation of assistive
technology hardware and software; ensures that workstations are operational
and are kept current; trains and serves as lead consultant to IT staff and
other staff regarding accessible and universal design strategies for
technology projects, including technical advice in support of the CSU
Assistive Technology Initiative; and works with faculty and other campus
departments to insure that students with disabilities have access to
technology. Installs and maintains assistive technology hardware and
software; Supports the campus-wide integration of assistive technology;
assures the delivery of technical services and resources needed to fulfill
reasonable accommodations identified for students with disabilities; trains
and educates the campus on assistive technology. Serves as the campus point
of contact in the area of assistive technology and accessibility of general
technology, supports existing assistive technology resources, and
participates in the development and expansion of electronic access for
students with disabilities. Provides essential consultation for the campus
to ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations mandating equal
access. Assesses group and individual student needs and provides necessary
accommodations; orients, instructs and assists students and faculty in the
usage of alternate media and assistive technology, including direct
instruction and assistance with equipment and software, and workshops and
classroom presentations; develops usage standards, procedures and scheduling
practices; diagnoses equipment and software failures; supports and promotes
the development and implementation of universal design and universal design
for learning; participates as a technical consultant and collaborator for
grants and programs related to universal design for learning; and ensures
the continued development, usage and success of the EnACT-developed
Coll at borATe program. Coordinates and implements the technological
requirements necessary for providing remote and in-class real time
captioning; and acts as a liaison to other CSU campuses.

Requires the equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university
and a minimum of four years experience in computer related services,
including demonstrated ability to assist users in MacIntosh and Windows
environments; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Requires a foundation of knowledge and skills in technical information
systems and application program packages; knowledge of standard computing
applications, including productivity applications such as word processing,
spreadsheets, and presentation packages; multi-media applications; graphics
applications and network applications such as WWW tools, including
WebContent Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web
Accessibility Initiative, or be able to rapidly assimilate this knowledge.
Experience working with assistive technology and alternate media hardware
and software or the ability to rapidly assimilate this knowledge is also
required. Working knowledge of Kurzweil, JAWS, Dragon Naturally Speaking,
Inspiration, Zoomtext or similar programs strongly preferred. Familiarity
with the ADA required. Experience working with late adolescents and adults
with disabilities preferred. Requires outstanding communications skills,
public speaking skills, training and facilitation experience, and human
relation skills. Requires the ability to regularly sit/stand for extended
periods of time; and coordinate the placement of electronic equipment
weighing up to 25 lbs, and the assembly of hardware and adaptive equipment.
The ability to assemble hardware, adaptive equipment including accommodation
tables is preferred. Must be able to adapt to change in the work
environment, accept feedback, effectively handle and prioritize multiple
tasks and competing demands, work cooperatively in group situations and work
actively to resolve conflicts. Requires the ability to work in a fast-paced
environment; work well with others in a team approach to fulfilling tasks
and mission; and comply with safety laws and university safety policies and
*Qualification Note*

Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) required at time of hire.
Salary and Benefits

The salary range is $4,314 to $8,831 a month. Starting salary placement will
not exceed the beginning of the range. This is a full time, exempt position,
which will lead toward permanent status following the successful completion
of a probationary period. A comprehensive benefits summary for this position
is available at
or by request at Human Resources.
Application Process

A completed SSU Employment Application
<http://www.sonoma.edu/es/forms/application_in_word.doc>form is required for
each desired position by the filing deadline. Filing deadlines may be
extended to meet the needs of the recruitment. A resume may be submitted in
addition to the application. Please be aware that any resume submitted
without a completed application will not be considered. Unless specifically
requested, letters of reference are not accepted with the application. More
information on the application
available. You may also contact Employee Services to have an
mailed to you. Materials submitted with your application will not be
returned. Employee Services must receive applications for staff positions by
4:30 p.m. on the filing deadline date, unless otherwise specified. The
available to assist individuals with disabilities in need of
accommodation in the hiring process.
In addition to meeting fully its obligations of nondiscrimination under
federal and state laws, Sonoma State University is committed to creating a
community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an
atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and
sensibilities of each individual, without regard to economic status, ethnic
background, political views, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.
Sonoma State University is an Equal Opportunity /ADA Employer.
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