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POST DATE 9/17/2016
END DATE 10/15/2016

University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree


Job Number

Recruitment Type

Job Title
Accessible Technology Specialist

Provost/EVC, Office of [301]

Student Success

Hiring Unit
Disability Resource Center

Job Open Date

Position is open until filled; initial review of application materials will begin on:

Appointment Type
Career [2]

Start Date
Immediate Opening

End Date

Shift Differential


Furlough time period

Full time

Days per week

Average hours per day

Percent of Time

Fixed or Variable*

Average hours per week

Days of the week


Additional Comments
This position is being filled at either the SAO 2 or SAO 3 level. Applicants are encouraged to apply to both positions: SAO II Accessible Technology Coordinator (Job #1606709) and SAO III Accessible Technology Specialist (Job #1606710).

Salary Information
Minimum Starting Salary: $4,166/monthly.

Benefits Eligibility
This position is eligible for Full benefits.


Personnel Program
Professional Support Staff (PSS)

Salary Grade

EEO/Affirmative Action Statement
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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

Summary Statement
Under general supervision of Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC), analyze, develop, coordinate, and manage technology-based accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure equal access to UC Santa Cruz's educational programs in accordance with policy and federal law. Decisions and performance of responsibilities are critical to University compliance and liability. Address and resolve a wide range of issues related to assistive software, hardware, and devices, as well as accessibility of websites, processes, and applications. Assess students with full spectrum of disability-related needs for technology options; advise and train students in selecting and using accessible technologies. Provide consultation and guidance to DRC Specialists, students, faculty, staff, and others (including outside experts and vendors) on accessibility requirements and solutions. Design, plan, and implement specific technology based accommodations for individual students as well as systems and processes for addressing broader problems. Oversee E-Text (conversion of print materials to alternate formats), supervising student staff. Oversee operations and services of the Inclusive Computing and Technology Lab (ICAT Center).

Provide critical project management and analytical expertise for multiple special and complex initiatives. Network with other educational institutions, agencies, businesses, manufacturers, developers, and individuals to identify and secure the most functional and cost effective technology options for students with disabilities. Serve as recognized special resource for the DRC, the campus, and the UC system. Represent DRC and speak for technology needs of students with disabilities on campus and system wide committees, work groups, and teams relating to issues of accessible technologies and electronic resources.

Qualifications / Competencies
Bachelor's degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.

Significant years' experience working in higher education, including serving students with disabilities.

Knowledge of current issues, legal requirements (ADA), and cutting-edge developments/methods for accommodating disabilities. Knowledge of disabilities, human relations, assistive technology devises and services.

Computer skills in a wide variety of accessible software and devices, including remote transcription, mobile devices, speech to text and text to speech, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Braille, alternative media, and 3-D printing; knowledge of general principles and methods of computer/network hardware and software systems related to accessible technologies; skills to use and troubleshoot such systems.

Strong problem solving skills with the ability to independently use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.

Strong analytical skills with exceptional attention to detail.

Ability to work independently and respond to requests in a timely manner.

Strong interpersonal and written communication skills.

Ability to interact in a positive manner with students, faculty, and staff.

Demonstrated supervisory and training skills.

Management, planning and evaluation skills; experience managing multiple work streams/projects in constantly changing, fast-paced environment.

Strong cultural competency skills to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications / Competencies
Familiarity with Academic Information Systems (AIS) Enterprise Portal.

Experience with conversion and delivery of text into alternate accessible formats.

Experience training on Universal Design for Instruction.

Experience with public speaking or presenting at national workshops.

Experience in absorbing complex technical and conceptual information, identify key issues and details, and presenting understandable alternatives, both orally and in writing to individuals of varying technical expertise at all levels of the organization.

Certificate or credential in assistive technology.

Special Conditions of Employment
Selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check.

Ability to work a flexible schedule with occasional evening or weekend shifts.

The ability to move materials weighing up to 30lbs. with or without accommodation.

Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here:*section=pen&group=11001-12000&file=11164-11174.3

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Background check(s) required
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Does this position require an E-Verify check*

(Note: Certain positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check which confirms the individual's eligibility to work in the U.S.) No, this position does not require an E-Verify Check.

Will the employee be required to participate in the DMV Pull Notice program*

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