[Athen] DO-IT is hiring!

Terrill Thompson tft at u.washington.edu
Wed Oct 20 11:13:02 PDT 2010

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology) at the University of Washington has a position open for a Coordinator/Counselor.

The full job description and application forms are available on-line at:
http://uw.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl (search for Req #68690).

Here's an overview:


Req #: 68690


Appointing Department Web Address: http://www.washington.edu/doit

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Posting Date: 10/15/2010

Closing Info: To ensure consideration, Apply By 10/29/2010

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


This position may be 80-100% of full time, depending on candidate preference. The duration depends upon future grant funding.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) is a collaboration of the College of Education, the College of Engineering, and UW Information Technology. DO-IT activities serve to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers.

DO-IT has an outstanding opportunity for a Coordinator/COUNSELOR who will play an important role in this organization by supporting DO-IT projects related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in academic programs and careers, especially those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Working on the program staff team, the Coordinator/COUNSELOR will coordinate and implement aspects of several of DO-IT's programs that lead to high levels of independence, productivity, and academic and career success for people with disabilities, employing technology as an empowering tool.

Duties include:

-Implement evidence-based practices to increase number of people with disabilities moving through critical junctures toward computing and STEM careers.

-Coordinate on- and off-campus program activities that may include dissemination efforts, training, conferences, presentations, panels, and exhibits for students with disabilities, K-12 teachers, postsecondary faculty, administrators, parents, service providers, and others.

-Counsel students, deliver instruction, coordinate activities, and chaperone in dorm during live-in programs. Arrange activities for students, transportation, disability-related accommodations. Hire, train, and supervise volunteers, interns, staff, and instructors to assist with activities. Arrange academic and work-based experiences for youth with disabilities.

-Support students, parents, mentors, volunteers, faculty, school contacts, and other partners and engage with them via online forums. Foster synergistic relationships with stakeholders; influence, engage, and collaborate with program participants and partners; assess their needs and identify workable solutions.

-Deliver presentations locally, regionally, and nationally.

-Develop and write publications and electronic materials to help students successfully transition to college, succeed in college, and prepare for careers and K-12.

-Help postsecondary educators, administrators, and employers fully include students with disabilities in their classes, programs, workplaces; consult with program partners to ensure their websites and offerings are accessible to people with disabilities.

-Conduct surveys and focus groups to measure progress moving through critical junctures and institutional change.

-Assist with managing program budgets and records in compliance with UW and funding source requirements.

-Administer mini-grant awards.

-Assist with developing new project ideas, identifying funding sources, and developing grant proposals.


Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience. Demonstrated experience and ability to work with youth and people who have disabilities. Must be versed in issues related to the education and/or employment of students with disabilities, including legal issues and appropriate accommodations. Must have basic understanding of computing, STEM, and accessible technology; able to work with high-level and subject matter experts in the field; and able to translate technical jargon into layman's terms. Excellent computer skills, including Internet (email, web), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and database entry. Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills; excellent planning, problem-solving, and organizational skills; experience with project administration and/or event management and the ability to coordinate multiple staff, departments, and deadlines. Experience hiring and/or supervising staff.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Master's degree or Ph.D. Experience managing budgets, using adaptive technology, developing instructional materials/publications, developing web pages.

Condition of Employment:

Work will take place in the DO-IT Center in Seattle. Some evening/weekend work is required. Some travel is required to conferences and events nationwide. May need to live in a dorm at the University of Washington for a portion of a 2-week summer program each year. Valid WA state driver's license.

A satisfactory outcome from criminal background verification is required prior to hire.

Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist
DO-IT, UW Accessible Technology
UW Information Technology
University of Washington
tft at uw.edu | 206/221-4168

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