[Athen] Job opening in Portland, Oregon

Samantha Johns samanj at pdx.edu
Tue Sep 12 15:53:59 PDT 2017

Hello Athen folks,

If you know of anyone who may be interested in this position please forward


Portland State University (PSU) seeks to enhance the intellectual, social,
cultural, and economic qualities of urban life by providing access to a
quality liberal arts education for undergraduates and an appropriate array
of professional and graduate programs especially relevant to the Portland
metropolitan area. PSU is located in beautiful, vibrant downtown Portland.
Easily accessible by bike and public transit, PSU is surrounded by many
restaurants, food carts, parks, and local businesses. We hope you will
consider joining us and experience our motto in action: Let Knowledge
Serve the City.

PSU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) -- recently ranked one of the Best
Places to Work in IT <http://www.computerworld.com/bestplaces/detail/1434>
-- empowers students, faculty, and staff through technology. Our number one
value is our employees: we actively encourage a healthy work-life balance
and strive to support our employees professionally and personally. This is
fostered through many avenues. We strongly support professional
development, and there are many opportunities on campus and in the local
Portland area. PSU offers a sizable tuition discount and we encourage our
staff to take advantage of this, be it for pursuing a degree or personal
interest. In OIT, we believe that this type of support creates a positive
environment for our employees both at work and in their personal lives. We
are a department of dynamic, engaged, collaborative, and communicative
people, and seek to attract more of the same. Read more about why we’re a
great place to work at https://www.pdx.edu/oit/employment

In this position, you will be the primary accessibility technology expert
for campus with responsibility for the support, technical direction,
assessment, and implementation of new and existing technologies at Portland
State University. As part of it’s core values, PSU is committed to “promote
access, inclusion, and equity as pillars of excellence.” This position will
be a direct representative and architect of that ethos through their work
to ensure University technologies are in compliance with State and Federal
accessibility requirements, as well as the institution’s commitment to
access, equity, and Universal Design.

Housed in the Office of Information Technology (OIT), this position will
collaborate extensively with campus accessibility advocates including: the
ADA/504 Coordinator in Global Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of
General Counsel, the student Disability Resource Center, University
Communications, Human Resources, the Office of Academic Innovation, and

An overview of the job duties for this position are as follows:

Develop Accessibility Capabilities-

Take a leading position within the University in developing standards of
practice and uniform business processes that create repeatable,
prioritized, and meaningful impacts on the level of compliance of
technology to accessibility standards including WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA.
Organize large-scale audit and remediation projects towards these goals,
and present outcomes and strategies for continual improvements towards our
campus accessibility goal of Universal Design.

Universal Accessibility Coordination-

Build and maintain working relationships with all campus constituents,
leading towards a defined goal of a fully accessible public web presence
and other accessible technology initiatives. Continually develop
understanding of accessible technologies, related laws, and common
practices through the development of a diverse professional network and
engagement in development opportunities to stay abreast of major trends in
the field.

Training and Support of Accessible Technology-

Act as the primary web and technology accessibility trainer for the campus
community ranging from academic and administrative executives to faculty
and students. Build and maintain extensive resources for the campus
community to reference in support of universal design. Work closely with
partners and advocates to support University-wide initiatives with
technology expertise and recommendations.

Evaluate Products and Services for Accessibility-

Develop tools (e.g. VPATs) and processes for evaluating technology assets,
platforms, and services for their ability to comply with accessibility
standards. Organize and prioritize accessibility requirements and
communicate with vendors, content owners, application owners, and
stakeholders to implement improvements based on impact vs. resources

Skills and Requirements

- Bachelor’s degree, or 3 years of relevant experience in place of a degree.

- Strong commitment to accessibility principles.

- Project management skills including communication, organization,
facilitation and independent decision making.

- Experience building and maintaining relationships, problem ­solving,
teamwork, and collaboration while managing multiple and sometimes competing

- Ability to synthesize complex concepts or criteria and develop into
concise written form (i.e. best-practice guidelines, project plans, policy
frameworks, timelines/roadmaps, project status, executive summaries, etc.).

- Exceptional oral communication skills including presenting in front of an

- Knowledge of assistive technology hardware and software and computing

- Ability to communicate technical concepts and ideas to non­technical

Key Cultural Competencies

- Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates

- Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the
context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and
cultural backgrounds.

- Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in
diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change
for continual improvement.

- Adheres to all PSU policies including the policies on Prohibited
Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $55,000
and $65,000/year with an excellent benefits package including 95%
premium-paid healthcare for employees and family members; significantly
reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse, or dependent at any of the
seven Oregon public universities (details and restrictions apply); and a
generous vacation and retirement package. PSU contributes approximately 13%
of your compensation to retirement with no requirement for a matching
contribution from employees. Wellness offerings include an extensive and
affordable recreation center and free classes on topics such as investing,
sustainability, and saving for retirement. More information on compensation
and benefits can be found at: http://pdx.edu/hr/core-benefits. For a
comprehensive view of the monetary value of the PSU benefits package, visit
the Total Compensation Calculator at https://www.pdx.edu/hr/psu-

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity for you, please read the
qualifications in the full job announcement and apply at https://jobs.hrc.

Warm Regards,

*Samantha Johns*

(Pronouns: she, her, hers)

*Accessible Media Coordinator*

*Office of Academic Innovation*

Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway
Smith Memorial Student Union, Mezzanine 209
Portland OR 97201
(503) 725-2754

Caption Badge: Universal Design for learning 2016

“The one argument for accessibility that doesn’t get made nearly often
enough is how extraordinarily better it makes some people’s lives. How many
opportunities do we have to dramatically improve people’s lives just by
doing our job a little better?” ― Steve Krug
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