[Athen] IT Accessibility Coordinator Job Posting at Portland State University

Jen Dugger jen.dugger at pdx.edu
Tue Feb 12 11:31:44 PST 2019

Hi everyone,
We are very excited to announce the posting of the IT Accessibility
Coordinator position at Portland State University (Oregon)! This comes on
the heels of the Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Policy
getting signed here! This will be a big job and we need the right person!
Is that you? Do you know someone great? I'm on the search committee - let
me know if you have any questions! (And scroll or tab to the bottom to find
the link to the PSU website where you would apply!)

Have a great day!
Jen Dugger


The IT Accessibility Coordinator 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 its core values, PSU is committed
to “promote access, inclusion, and equity as pillars of excellence.” This
position will support that ethos by assessing that University technologies
are in compliance with State and Federal accessibility requirements, as
well as the institution’s commitment to access, equity, and Universal

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 Web Accessibility Capabilities-

Define and work towards a goal of a fully accessible public web presence.
Take a leading position within the University in developing standards of
practice and uniform business processes that adhere to WCAG 2.0 Level A and
AA guidelines.

Project Management-

In collaboration with key stakeholders, develop a prioritized list of
electronic and information technology (EIT) accessibility needs. Organize
large-scale audit and remediation projects, present status reports, and
develop strategies for continual improvements towards compliance with the
PSU EIT Accessibility policy and Universal Design.

Web Accessibility Technology Training and Support-

Act as the primary web accessibility trainer for the campus community,
ranging from academic and administrative executives to faculty and other
campus partners. Build and maintain extensive resources for the campus
community to reference in support of online accessibility.

Evaluate Products and Services for Accessibility-

Develop tools and processes for evaluating technology assets, platforms,
and services for their ability to comply with accessibility standards.
Identify and prioritize accessibility issues and communicate with vendors,
content owners, application owners, and on-campus stakeholders.

Portland State University (PSU) is a thriving campus of 27,000 students in
downtown Portland, easily accessible by bike and public transit and
surrounded by many restaurants, food carts, parks, and local businesses.
PSU is committed to offering opportunity to students from a variety of
backgrounds, and prides itself on providing access for low-income and
nontraditional students. Our motto to “let knowledge serve the city”
reflects our dedication to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to
local and global problems. Our location in the heart of one of America’s
most dynamic cities gives our students unmatched access to career
connections and an internationally acclaimed culture scene.

PSU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) empowers students, faculty,
and staff through technology, and has been ranked on the Computerworld Best
Places to Work in IT in the nation for two years running. Our number one
value is our employees: we support a culture of inclusion, actively
encourage a healthy work-life balance, and strive to support our employees
professionally and personally. PSU offers an impressive tuition discount
and we encourage our staff to take advantage of this, be it for pursuing a
degree or personal interest. 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

Academic & Technology Services (ATS) facilitates the use and understanding
of technology to connect the campus’s needs with the best IT solutions. Our
support teams are the first stop for tens of thousands of campus community
members in need of technology assistance each year. The ATS teams are
customer-focused and have specializations in the design, planning,
deployment, support, and administration of the core academic and business
tools as well as technology-driven learning spaces.

Skills and Requirements

Bachelor’s degree, OR any combination of 3 years experience in project
management, accessibility, or web design/development.

Experience creating accessible content in accordance with accessibility
standards for web sites, documents, or other digital assets.

Strong commitment to accessibility principles and the concept of Universal

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

Ability to synthesize complex concepts or criteria and develop into concise
written form (such as best-practice guidelines, support articles, project
plans, and status reports).

Exceptional oral communication skills including presenting in front of an
audience and delivering technical concepts to non technical audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

Extensive experience with accessibility principles related to web
technologies, multimedia, and digital document design.

Experience providing oversight for EIT accessibility solutions in a higher
education environment.

Experience developing training and/or presentation materials, either in
group or one on one settings.

Hands-on experience supporting industry leading assistive technologies such
as JAWS, NVDA, ZoomText, and Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Professional experience utilizing automated accessibility audit and quality
assurance tools and processes.

Formal project management experience or certification.

Proven record of exceptional customer service that creates a welcoming and
supportive environment.

Demonstrated experience working with technology vendors and service
providers (procurement, implementation, modification/customization,
incident remediation, etc.).

Creativity to review solutions and processes critically to make
recommendations for continuous improvement.

Demonstrated experience working with people with disabilities.

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

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 $60,000
and $70,000/year with an excellent benefits package including 95% employer
paid premiums (employees and eligible dependents) and significantly reduced
tuition rates for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Oregon
Public Universities. After completing six full months employees are
eligible to choose between our two employer paid pension programs in
addition to two voluntary retirement programs. Wellness options include
access to the PSU rec center at a reduced rate and free wellness programs.
For a comprehensive view of all PSU benefits, visit the PSU Total
Compensation Calculator page.

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity for you, please read the
qualifications in the full job announcement and apply at

If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in
order to apply for a position or once you receive a position with Portland
State University, please call 503-725-4926 or email askhrc at pdx.edu.

Disability Resource Center
Portland State University

Phone: (503)725-2035
Fax: (503) 725-4103
Email: drc at pdx.edu
URL: http://www.pdx.edu/drc
Pronouns: she / her / h

Disability Resource Center
Portland State University

Phone: (503)725-2035
Fax: (503) 725-4103
Email: drc at pdx.edu
URL: http://www.pdx.edu/drc
Pronouns: she / her / hers
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