[Athen] UC Berkeley Job Opportunity - Document Accessibility Specialist

Joseph Polizzotto jpolizzotto at berkeley.edu
Fri May 24 09:31:48 PDT 2019

Hi Everyone:

UC Berkeley will be hiring *two *Document Accessibility Specialists. Please
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UC Berkeley - Document Accessibility Specialist

About Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic
teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a
perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and
social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s
culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic,
political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty
and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a
high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty
and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at
Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of
the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: June 6, 2019
Departmental Overview
The Disabled Students’ Program (DSP) is recognized for its commitment to
ensuring that all students with disabilities have equal access to
educational opportunities at UC Berkeley and helps students to achieve
academic success through its programs. The Disabled Students' Program
employs nearly 40 staff members and serves approximately 3,200 students.
Currently, DSP serves approximately 7% of the UC Berkeley student

DSP is under the umbrella of the Equity and Inclusion division, as
disability is a part of the diversity fabric. While the primary focus and
mission of DSP is to serve documented disabled students, DSP staff also
work closely with faculty, as well as administrators and staff to build a
more accessible learning environment. The DSP staff outreach benefits not
only DSP students, but also other students who could benefit, but may not
have self-identified need for accommodations such as wounded warriors, who
may not even be aware of their disability rights.

This position involves the provision of alternative media to students with
disabilities in accordance with state and federal law that assures students
access to their academic coursework. DSP handles more than 10,000
alternative media projects during the academic year, serving more than 100
- 150 students. The employee assists in the production of alternative
media. The purpose of this position is to convert standard print material
into a format that is accessible for the student (electronic or audio). The
employee also creates and maintains bCourse accounts for the dissemination
of alternative media to students, and updates the alternative media
database systems.
• Breaks down scanned image files into smaller files, and adds appropriate
file names.
• Converts course materials into an electronic format using appropriate
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.
• Manipulates scanned files using appropriate Optical Character Recognition
(OCR) tools.
• Reviews and proofreads course material to ensure accuracy and
effectiveness of converted text. Edits documents that contain extensive
markup, symbols, images, and tables.
• Imports diagrams, charts and graphics into Photoshop or MS Word and
creates or manipulate accurate graphical representations that can be
converted into Tactile Graphics.
• Imports scanned files into the appropriate software application based on
a student’s individualized disability needs.
• Adds appropriate tags and audio descriptors and alternative tags to
Tactile Graphics.

• Prepares materials for electronic conversion (i.e., disassemble and
organize textbooks in preparation for scanning).
• Analyzes instructional materials and makes appropriate adjustments to the
scanning software and hardware settings and resolution.
• Obtains, scans, and returns ‘clean’ articles and textbooks to/from
lending sources.
• Prints and embosses hardcopy materials for students with print
• Reassembles students’ hardcopy materials into a re-usable format.
• Updates database records. Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
• Ability to work independently.
• Knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems.
• Knowledge of document scanning and alternative format conversion
• Ability to type at a speed of no less than 70 words per minute.
• Ability to format in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.
• Knowledge of Google Drive.
• Knowledge of mathematics.
• Effective written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Detail oriented.
Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge and understanding of multiple alternative media formats.
• Knowledge of OmniPage Professional, AbbyyFineReader, and Adobe Acrobat
• Knowledge of Kurzweil 3000.
• Knowledge of MathType and Scientific Notebook.
Salary & Benefits
The hourly salary range of the position is $20.81 - $27.09, commensurate
with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the
University visit:

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected
veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative
action policy see:


*Alternate Media Supervisor*
Disabled Students' Program
University of California, Berkeley
(510) 642-0329
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