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Alternate Media Specialist

State Center Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 20, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Alternate Media Specialist

Salary: $76,411.00 - $93,975.00 Annually
Location: Madera Community College, CA
Job Type: Permanent
Division: MCC Student Services
Job Number: 2024044
Closing: 7/11/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

General Purpose

Under general supervision, assesses communication needs of students and faculty with disabilities and converts oral, written and visual materials into alternate media formats including braille, e-Text, audio, large print and tactile graphics; arranges for captioning services; determines and assists in installing and troubleshooting other assistive technology solutions to meet the needs and requests of students and faculty; and performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
  • Based on counselor assessments of disabled students' learning needs, meets with students to determine their current technology skills and the most appropriate alternate media and assistive technology equipment and software to meet their current needs and maximize their learning opportunities in the courses in which they are enrolled; works with students to assist them in developing a practical understanding of the type of assistance and support available and how to use it; when necessary, researches assistive technology solutions to identify devices and evaluate their applicability to student needs and technology skills; trains students on the uses and operations of assistive equipment and software.
  • Works with counselors to develop the most effective courses of action in difficult and complex student situations; communicates with faculty to identify alternate media alternatives appropriate to meet course learning objectives; sets up equipment, installs or develops installation instructions for specialized software and works with Information Technology to troubleshoot and resolve problems with equipment and software as they arise; provides training on set up and use of the technology/equipment in the high tech center.
  • Utilizes computers, specialized equipment such as braille embossers and tactile graphics machines and software such as Kurzweil and CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) transcribing software to convert and adapt course and other materials into the most appropriate alternate media, including braille, all types of e-Text, audio, large print and tactile graphics, that will match the type of media to the student's individual needs; arranges for the use of outside resources to close caption audio and video materials.
  • Establishes and manages accounts for students with various alternate media databases to provide additional resources to aid in their learning processes.
  • Acts as a resource to faculty to assist them in ensuring that course curriculum and teaching methods are adapted properly to serve the learning needs of disabled students; provides counsel and assistance in determining alternative media to use in communicating course content most effectively.
  • Maintains inventory records of the College's assistive equipment and software; prepares purchase requisitions and obtains quotes from vendors and suppliers to order software and equipment.
  • Stays abreast of trends and development in the fields of alternate media and assistive technologies through research, literature review and professional associations.
  • Assists in the DSP&S laboratory; demonstrates the use of specialized equipment and software to students and staff; schedules students for appointments in the lab.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of historically minoritized groups and participates in professional development activities to increase cultural competency to enhance equity-minded practices within the District.

  • May act as a resource to faculty to assist them in ensuring that course curriculum and teaching methods are adapted properly to serve the learning needs of disabled students; provides assistance in determining alternative media to use in communicating course content most effectively.
  • Assists in proctoring tests as the testing center as needed.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards / Minimum Qualifications


Knowledge of:
  • Trends and developments in alternate media and assistive technology tools, equipment and software available to address the specific needs of students in a college-level environment.
  • Application and adaptation of media forms, including braille, e-Text, audio, large print and tactile graphics, in conveying a wide range of college-level curriculum using varied methods of instructional delivery to meet individual disabled student learning requirements.
  • Techniques, uses and operations of computers, specialized equipment and software to produce materials in alternate media formats.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act and other local, state and federal laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to providing accommodations and support to students, faculty and staff with disabilities.
  • Basic principles of learning and learning styles and limitations associated with various types of disabilities.
  • Methods and procedures for diagnosing, troubleshooting and resolving equipment and computer hardware and software problems in a DSP&S laboratory environment.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communication; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • District budgeting and purchasing policies, practices and procedures.
  • District environmental safety policies and procedures and safety methods and practices applicable to the assigned laboratory.
  • Office practices and procedures, including recordkeeping.

Skills and Abilities to:
  • Assess the learning support needs and level of technology skills of disabled students to determine the most appropriate alternate media and/or assistive technologies to meet their individual needs and preferences.
  • Analyze situations accurately, evaluating alternatives and adopting effective courses of action.
  • Organize, set priorities and exercise sound, independent judgment within area of assigned responsibility.
  • Interpret, apply and explain District policies and procedures and reach sound decisions in areas applicable to the work.
  • Convey empathy and work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds who have differing types and degrees of disability and who bring a range of developed skills in handling an educational environment.
  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports and other written materials.
  • Operate a computer, enterprise software, specialized alternate media equipment and software and other standard office equipment.
  • Organize and maintain specialized files.
  • Maintain confidentiality of College and student files and records.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential student issues and situations.
  • Effectively engage and support historically minoritized groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.


An associate degree in special education, information systems or a related adaptive technology field, and at least three years of progressively responsible experience in making assessments and determining appropriate alternate media and assistive technologies to meet the needs of disabled students and experience in developing accessible content; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. A bachelor's degree in a technology or assistive technology field is preferred.


A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District's vehicle insurance program.


The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit, stand and walk; talk or hear, in person and by telephone, and distinguish operating equipment sounds; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. Employees are frequently required to lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, the ability to distinguish between basic shades and/or colors and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work; work on multiple, concurrent tasks with constant interruptions; deal with dissatisfied or upset individuals; and interact with District managers, faculty, staff, the public and others encountered in the course of work.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employees in this class work under typical office or laboratory conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet. The employee may be required to travel to locations other than assigned work site and to adjust to work schedule changes and requirements to work overtime.

Assessment Process

To move forward in the selection process, you must complete an online application through our web site at Please attach to your application a copy of your transcripts (including when degree[s] was awarded) or your application may be considered incomplete. Resumes may also be uploaded but cannot be used in lieu of a completed application.


When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

All required documents must be submitted by the applicant. Personnel Commission staff will not upload your documents for you. The State Center Community College District does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.

The application review process includes an evaluation of training and experience based on given application information and answers to supplemental questionnaire. Only the most qualified applicants, who pass the minimum qualifications review, will be invited to the assessment process.

The assessment process will include a competency assessment (40% weight) and an oral interview assessment (60% weight). Of those achieving a passing score on the competency assessment, only the most qualified candidates, plus ties, will be invited to the oral interview assessment. Passing score is 75% out of 100% on each assessment section.

TESTING TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS:Competency Assessment: July 16, 2024Oral Interview Assessment: July 24, 2024
The assessment process / assessment date is subject to change as needs dictate. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email to the address listed on your application.

Candidates who attain a passing score on each part of the assessment will be placed in rank order on a Madera Community College Open-Competitive List. Using the same process, a separate Promotional List will be established and both Lists will be used concurrently. The eligibility list will be used to fill current vacancies districtwide for six (6) months.


Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the State Center Community College District Personnel Commission Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.
SCCCD is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering innovation and inclusivity. We respond proactively to the diverse needs of the community and welcome individuals excited to join our District's purpose to support student success both locally and globally. United, we the faculty, classified professionals and administrators pledge to treat all applicants and employees fairly and equitably.

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