Accessibility Specialist MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS 33 reviews

About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:

At MCLA, we're here for all – and focused on each – of our students. As a 2019 Top Ten Public College, classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

Job Description:

The Accessibility Specialist, reporting to the Director of Academic Support and Disability Resources, coordinates and delivers a range of supports and services to students with documented disabilities. The Accessibility Specialist: assesses the needs of students regarding the use of technology and alternate forms of course materials; manages assistive technology accommodations and services; provides instruction and training in the use of assistive technology; coaches individual students in effective learning strategies/study skills; and coordinates the note taker and assistive technology loan programs. The Accessibility Specialist also assists in developing/managing the department's webpage and on-line orientation program. The Accessibility Specialist serves as an integral member of the Academic Support and Disability Resources Team regarding strategic planning, data collection and special projects.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide instruction and training for students with disabilities in the use of Assistive/Adaptive Technology i.e. Voice-to-Text software, Live Scribe pens, Screen Readers, Screen magnifiers, Adaptive Keyboards, and more.

  • Provide instruction and training for students with disabilities on use of assistive/adaptive software. Assist students in person with installing/updating/troubleshooting assistive technology software and hardware.
  • Support student in requesting books in alternate format from approved vendors/publishers as required for students who need this accommodation.
  • Evaluates, researches, recommends purchase of new hardware and software to stay current with new advances in the field.
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff in planning proactively for accessible information and technology for students with disabilities.
  • Coordinate Live Scribe notetaking pen and audio recorder loan programs. Perform maintenance and inventory of equipment; recommending upgrades and updates for equipment software and hardware.
  • Explore and advance as accommodations emerging assistive technologies which may benefit MCLA learners.

Coordinate class notes for students with notetaking accommodation. Arrange for peer note takers to meet student requests.

  • Provide training of student notetakers on the scanning of classroom notes and other materials.
  • Coordinate gift cards at end of semester.

Coordinate the proctoring of tests and exams taken at the Disability Resources Testing Center.

  • Hire, train and assign proctors and oversee exam-proctoring program.
  • Ensure secure, timely and accurate storage and delivery of exams.
  • Enforce and convey testing guidelines to proctors, testers and faculty.

Provide general advising and academic support to students.

  • Coach and present to students around learning, study, and self-management strategies.
  • Act as an advisor to undeclared students in the process of selecting a major. Help students to make informed decisions by referring students to other sources of information, such as career services, department chairs and faculty members.
  • Work with students at academic risk to set and attain goals and work to develop student individual success plans.

Requirements:

  • Minimum earned Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Sociology or related field.
  • Experience supporting students with disabilities in a college setting preferred.
  • Experience working with assistive and/or adaptive technology preferred.
  • Proven strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with students, staff, and faculty both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time (37.5 hour/week), 10-month fully benefited position in the APA Bargaining Unit. Salary for this position is $38,000 per year.

Deadline for applications is February 26, 2021.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its educational programs, activities and employment practices. The college complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates must apply electronically and should submit a letter of interest and resume .

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