Napa Valley College is seeking an Instructional Software and Accessibility Specialist for the Distance Education department.
Napa Valley College’s hybrid and online courses are conducted through the Canvas online learning management system. Distance Education provides training and technical support to students, staff and instructors using a variety of online learning tools.
The incumbent in this position will be providing technical assistance, training, and resource materials to faculty and staff in the areas of web accessibility, accessible online education, and accessible digital media to meet ADA regulations; consulting with and training faculty on how to create accessibility compliant course materials; ensuring institutional compliance with relevant rules, guidelines and laws related to accessibility in online instruction; designing and maintaining the Distance Education webpages to meet web accessibility guidelines; and producing a variety of computer and/or web graphics and multimedia.
This job reports to the Senior Dean, Distance Education, Language Arts, Library, and Social Sciences.
This is a full-time, 12-months-per-year, classified position. The salary has an appropriate placement on range 13 of the current Classified Salary Schedule. The starting salary range is $3,966 to $4,590/month, with future steps up to $5,580/month. Placement is made based on experience. The college offers a fringe benefit package including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, employee assistance program, and public employee retirement system membership.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Advises and assists faculty and staff with formatting resources (e.g. reviewing, modifying and/or redesigning online course content; integrating media technologies, etc.) for the purpose of creating and ensuring accessibility compliant course materials.
Advises and assists in the development of online course content, activities, and assessments (e.g. course templates, images/graphics, video production, etc.) for the purpose of meeting accessibility requirements.
Collaborates with a variety of internal parties (e.g. Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS), Distance Education Team, faculty, staff, administrators, etc.) for the purpose of addressing concerns related to accessibility in online courses and accommodation requirements for online students.
Consults with faculty on the strategies for using technology (e.g. Learning Management System, assistive technology, other online tools, etc.) for the purpose of meeting instructional objectives and complying with accessibility requirements.
Develops materials (e.g. course materials, web-based documents, etc.) for the purpose of providing training to faculty and staff in the areas of web accessibility, accessible online course materials, and accessible digital media.
Directs the maintenance of services and the implementation of new programs and/or processes (e.g. closed captioning for Distance Education, etc.) for the purpose of providing services within established timeframes and in compliance with related requirements.
Maintains a variety of files, documents and/or records (e.g. course review database, progress reports, Distance Education webpages, procedures, guidelines, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and complying with mandated requirements.
Participates in meetings, workshops and/or training for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform job functions.
Prepares a wide variety of materials (e.g. procedures, guidelines, resources, trainings, etc.) for the purpose of making presentations and providing reference materials for accessible online course content.
Provides technical assistance to faculty for the purpose of creating or remediating course materials for accessibility compliance.
Researches a variety of topics (e.g. online course technologies, relevant laws, best practices for accessibility of online course content, etc.) for the purpose of being knowledgeable on changes and/or making recommendations that address a variety of requirements.
Serves as primary resource (e.g. to faculty, staff, etc.) for the purpose of reviewing online course content for compliance of District, state and federal laws and guidelines and alignment with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 standards and ADA Section 508 rules.
Trains faculty and staff in online accessibility (e.g. web accessibility, accessible online course materials, accessible digital media, etc.) for the purpose of meeting District, state and federal accessibility standards.
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the department.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: operating standard office equipment including utilizing pertinent software applications; proficiency with multimedia (audio/video/graphic); developing effective working relationships; presentation, writing, communications, understanding, problem-solving and interpersonal skills; effective organization; and applying job-related codes, regulations and laws.
KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math, including calculations using fractions, percents, and/or ratios; read technical information, compose a variety of documents, and/or facilitate group discussions; and solve practical problems. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: web accessibility laws and web standards, including ARIA and HTML 5, and WCAG 2.0; methods for progressive enhancement and responsive/adaptive design; current technology including web development tools, computer graphics packages, courseware authoring tools and/or learning management systems, content management systems, with expertise in accessibility features of MS Word and Adobe Acrobat software; wide range of technology resources and their appropriate application to teaching and learning; online course development; concepts of grammar, spelling and punctuation; assistive technology; distance education and training; and web design.
ABILITY is required to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others in a variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using a variety of standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a wide diversity of individuals; work with data of varied types and/or purposes; and utilize a variety of job-related equipment. Problem solving is required to identify issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is moderate. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: demonstrating accessibility compliance techniques; using accessibility testing tools; creating and producing accessible web pages, online forms, and digital media; developing, assessing, and remediating accessible web pages; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; working with multiple projects, frequent interruptions and changing work priorities; working with detailed information/data and maintaining accurate records; accuracy and attention to detail; analyzing issues and determining appropriate course of action; working as part of a team; and demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic background of community college students.
Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; operating within a defined budget. Utilization of resources from other work units is often required to perform the job's functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the organization’s services.
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 75% sitting,
15% walking, and 15% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.
Three (3) years of job-related experience within a specialized field is required.
Community college and/or vocational school degree with study in job-related area.
Criminal Background Clearance
Experience working with students with disabilities in a college setting.
Experience with assistive, adaptive technology devices and services in a community college setting.
Ability to work effectively with instructors, staff, and campus departments to provide equal access to students with disabilities.
Knowledge of disability law including ADA, 504, 508 and Title 5.
Title 8, USC, Section 1324-A requires verification of eligibility for employment in the United States.
Applicants must complete the online application through GovernmentJobs.com. All elements of the application, including supplemental questions, must be submitted in order for the application to be considered complete.
Internal applicants are still required to submit a complete application packet for this position. This includes submission of transcripts and all other required application materials.
The District will not accept materials by e-mail, fax, or mail for this position.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: If you are in need of special services or facilities due to a disability in order to apply or interview for this opening, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Training & Development.
Napa Valley College, an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, maintains a drug-free workplace and requires that employees abide by that policy.
For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources, Training & Development: