Alternate Media & Technology Specialist
8/5/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
Access and Ability Center
Under the direction of the Director, Access and Ability Center
(AAC), the Alternate Media and Technology Specialist will be
responsible for providing district-wide technical assistance and
instruction to faculty and staff in the production and use of
alternate media for students with disabilities. This position will
also provide technical assistance in the implementation of the
course management system and electronic materials used by faculty
to ensure accessibility to persons with disabilities. Additionally,
this position will help address students' limitations and barriers
utilizing various best practices, strategies and technological
solutions to support student success by assisting students with
their use of various specialized equipment, materials and
This is a full-time, classified position with hours of M-F
from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
College of the Sequoias Community College District serves a
diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving
Institution. COS provides a wide range of opportunities in
transfer, general education, career and technical programs for our
students. We are dedicated to recruiting employees who are
committed to helping a diverse population of students achieve their
educational goals. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding
and commitment to the community college mission, and who have a
passion for student success.
Job duties include:
Serve as liaison between faculty, students and the AAC to
secure and translate instructional materials into alternate formats
in a timely manner.
Utilize textbook repository sites such as ATN, Bookshare, ATPC,
AIMHub, etc. to obtain textbooks and instructional materials for
students with disabilities.
Collaborate with book publishers to request electronic files on
behalf of students with disabilities.
Convert inaccessible textbooks and instructional materials into
formats used with screen readers, such as Read Write Gold and
Upload, organize, and refer to converted materials in the
current internal AAC digital library.
Maintain detailed records of students' requests each semester,
including dates of requested materials to ensure compliance of
legal delivery timelines, and provide data to internal data
specialist when requested.
Offer individual and group trainings on specialized equipment,
materials and assistive/adaptive technology to students with
disabilities such as Kurzweil, Learning Ally, Dragon Naturally
Speaking (and/or Dragon Professional Anywhere), JAWS, ZoomText,
Smart Pens, and make recommendations for the most appropriate
technology solutions and strategies for student success.
Offer individual and group trainings on built-in accessibility
features in Microsoft Edge, Google, Windows, Apple, Adobe,
Provide direct consultation to staff and faculty regarding
adaptive and assistive technological solutions for students.
Assist students and/or staff on accessibility tools within
Canvas to support online learning.
Master and support new software and hardware products and train
staff as needed.
Troubleshoot equipment/software failures including running
diagnostic software where appropriate, visually inspecting various
computer parts, and determining the most efficient course of action
to place the failed unit back online.
Master and support AIM (Accessible Information Management)
software used by the AAC by remaining abreast on updates,
collaborating with AIM rep, arranging department trainings and
assisting AAC staff with technology challenges as needed.
Maintain contact with various assistive technology vendors and
make recommendations to AAC Director.
Arrange equipment loan pickup/drop-offs with individual
students and maintain detailed inventory records.
Collaborate with COS IT department to ensure accessibility
across the district's student-computers, etc.
Continuously ensure COS website is compliant in accessibility
and offer recommendations to COS Webmaster.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Any combination equivalent to: two years college-level course work
in computer science or information systems and two years of
experience with technology related to persons with
A bachelor's degree in a technology or Assistive Technology field
Valid California driver's license and an incumbent must be
insurable at the “standard rate” by the employer's insurance
carrier at all times while employed in this classification.
Knowledge and Abilities
Adaptive and assistive technologies such as Kurzweil, Learning
Ally, Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS, ZoomText, Smart Pens as well
as built-in accessibility features in Microsoft Edge, Google,
Windows, Apple, Adobe, etc.
Windows and Macintosh operating systems, MS 365 (and later),
Adobe, various web browsers, and data management systems (e.g.
AIM), Canvas, and a wide variety of computer applications.
Laws, regulations and requirements related to DSP&S, Title
5, ADA, Section 504, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
and Section 508 implementations and compliance.
Textbook repository sites such as ATN, Bookshare, ATPC, AIMHub,
Produce alternate media;
Communicate clearly in both oral and written form;
Collaborate with AAC Director to develop and implement
policies, procedures and programs related to enhanced use of
computer technology in the delivery of services to students.
Demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for the diverse
ethnic, cultural and disability backgrounds of community
college students and staff
Ability to prioritize in a dynamic environment with multiple
Stay current with trends and technological advancements in
assigned areas of
Work cooperatively in an environment of shared governance by
effective working relationships with students, staff and
Interpret, apply and explain district policies and other laws,
regulations and requirements related to assignment
Work cooperatively with other educational institutions and
agencies (i.e., universities, Chancellor's Office, other community
colleges, county office of
education and K-12 schools.)
Apply principles and practices of data processing
Learn and apply new concepts quickly and think intuitively
Maintain records and prepare reports
Utilize strong analytical skills to analyze situations
accurately and adopt an effective course of action
Meet schedules and timelines
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
Subject to constant interruptions
Travel across Main campus and to Hanford and Tulare campuses as
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer and office
Ability to communicate clearly to provide information over the
telephone and in person
Ability to hear and speak to communicate with
Ability to see and read documents
Ability to sit and stand for extended period of time
Ability to reach in all directions
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
Ability to drive vehicle from site to site to conduct business
of the College
Frequently exposed to the risks of computer-generated video
radiation and other hazards associated with working computers
Applicants must submit
following required materials before or by the filing
Recruitment Analyst: John Bratsch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To apply, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cos/jobs/3162344/alternate-media-technology-specialist
COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL
OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The College of the Sequoias Community College
District is committed to the principles of equal employment
opportunity. It is the District's policy to ensure that all
qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and
equal access to employment opportunity and are not subject to
discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the
basis of ethnic group identification, race, gender, color,
language, accent, citizenship status, ancestry national origin,
age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, parental
status, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental
disability or medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived
- An online job application.
- Letter of interest, which addresses how the applicant's
experience and/or education enables him/her to be able to perform
the job duties.
- Unofficial copies of transcripts of all college/university
work. Official transcripts required upon employment.