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Employment Opportunity

Position: ACCESS SPECIALIST   
Salary:
$3,701/month
Range 20
Closing Date:
October 2, 2013, 5:00 pm
Beginning Date:
November, 2013 (approximate)

This is a categorically funded assignment contingent upon year-to-year funding.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Associate’s degree or the equivalent from an acceptable accredited institution with completion of coursework in alternate media production, access technologies for the disabled, computer science, computer applications, digital media, education of students with disabilities AND
  • One year of experience as a computer technician or in a position with major responsibilities in the areas of alternate media production and/or access technologies, or the equivalent, OR
  • One year of paid or volunteer experience formatting or reformatting instructional or informational material for use by persons with disabilities OR
  • One year of experience providing computer or software technical assistance in an instructional or education setting
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs. (approx. weight of an office computer and/or printer)
  • Valid California Driver License
  • Current DMV printout
  • Be sensitive to and understand the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students

Preferred:

  • BS in Computer Science or Computer Information Science
  • Experience implementing and supporting Assistance technologies
  • Demonstrated experience in working with individuals from diverse disciplines to customize access solutions for students with disabilities in a complex technology environment

General Description:

Under the general supervision of the Director of Disabled Student Services, coordinate and arranges for the adaptation of a wide variety of instructional and student services related materials for visually impaired students and students with special information processing needs, and, provides advice and consultation to faculty members, staff, and students regarding “access technologies” and the availability of Braille, large print, audio, and related alternate media options. Provide technical and hands-on assistance to faculty and staff regarding access by students with disabilities to web based information, distance education, alternate media, and electronic information.

Essential Functions

  • Act as primary contact person to faculty and staff for questions related to alternate media and access to distance education and electronic information for students with disabilities
  • Provide group and individual training on access technology for faculty and staff in the areas of alternate media, distance education, and electronic information
  • Assist in the recruitment, hiring, training and scheduling of help to provide technical instructional support faculty/student using access technology
  • Serve as resource/liaison person to external agencies and campus entities dealing with issues of requirements pertinent to access technology
  • Assist in performing research and development with new access software that may be suitable for implementation in the college environment
  • Assist in coordinating adaptive technology needs of Disabled Student Services
  • Advise on development and implementation of a process to meet college Brailing and captioning needs
  • Develop and maintain a current resource bank of access strategies for the various types of student disabilities for the various instructional and information media used by faculty and staff
  • Supervise and assist in the production of information in alternate formats
  • Keep abreast of developing new access technology and guidelines/laws relating to individuals with disabilities and alternate media, distance education and electronic information
  • Participate with district/college committees/organizational units and advise on access requirements
  • Assist individual units to incorporate access needs into their comprehensive planning process and ensure these needs are identified in the College’s Master Plan
  • Maintain a friendly and supportive atmosphere for faculty, staff, students and the public
  • Serves as a liaison between faculty, students and the DSS program to secure and translate instructionally related materials into alternate formats in a timely manner
  • Adapts and/or supervises the production or adaptation of a wide variety of instructional and related materials into a format that can be readily accessed by students with visual, audio, or related limitations
  • Provides technical assistance and consultation to the district community on access requirements for persons with disabilities
  • Work closely with the test proctor area staff to ensure student accommodations for service is met
  • Work closely with the Los Banos campus personnel to ensure student alternate media requests are met in a timely manner
  • Maintains a database of strategies for adapting informational and instructional materials into formats that can be readily accessed by persons with disabilities
  • Serves as a resource on access to E-learning and distance learning issues
  • Sets up and maintains a variety of equipment and adaptive computer software and hardware
  • Arranges for and schedules teleconferencing equipment, phone services, etc.
  • Coordinates the installation, configuration, and maintenance of various adaptive equipment and technologies
  • May train faculty members, staff, student workers and students in the use of adaptive equipment and software
  • Selects, trains and supervises work study students working in alternate media services
  • Obtains permission to reproduce materials in Braille or large print as required
  • Orders, receives, catalogs, ships and maintains records of instructional materials
  • Works with the office staff in the preparation of special accommodations for all students’ alternative media test proctoring needs
  • Works in the program office and other program areas in a team environment
  • Proctor tests for program students that need special alternate media support
  • Performs related duties as assigned

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and techniques of analyzing and adapting work processes for new and revised electronic computer applications
  • Installation, maintenance and configuration of software programs
  • General functions, policies, rules and regulations of a community college
  • Strong public and interpersonal communications, planning and organizational skills
  • Equipment, computer software, and up-to-date technologies used to adapt a variety of instructional and informational materials into formats easily accessible by persons with disabilities
  • E-Learning and distance learning access issues
  • Materials and media necessary for Braille writing
  • Community and college resources available for the reformatting of instructional and informational materials into formats accessible by persons with disabilities
  • Educational issues of persons with special learning needs
  • Basic principles of mechanics used in the set-up and operation of adaptive equipment properly
  • Learn characteristics of new systems and equipment and update technical skills to adapt to changing technology
  • Maintain equipment and supply inventories

Ability to:

  • Operate and install software and assimilate new software releases
  • Work effectively under stress with a keen sense of urgency and organization
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with faculty, staff, students and the public
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form using correct English, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Understand and independently carry out oral and written instructions
  • Learn, interpret and successfully apply office policies, procedures, rules and regulations
  • Coordinate the production or adaptation of informational and instructional materials into formats easily accessible to persons with disabilities
  • Set-up and maintain materials and media necessary for Braille writing
  • Set-up and maintain equipment used to provide access to information in alternate media formats
  • Duplicate audio and video tapes
  • Train others to operate instructional media equipment
  • Prioritize work and give attention to detail

How to Apply: All applicants must provide the following items by the closing date in order to be considered for this recruitment.  If materials are emailed or faxed in order to meet the deadline, it is the responsibility of the candidate to send originals immediately.  Email to:  HR@mccd.edu, Fax 209-384-6103

1.  Obtain application from the Office of Human Resources or download from the Application Section below and complete the entire form.
2.  Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
3.  Resume
4.  Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) are acceptable at this point.  The transcripts must include the date the institution granted the degree.   Official copies are not required unless applicant is hired.  Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation.
5. Copy of valid CA Driver License
6. Current DMV printout

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are in the Human Resources Office on the filing deadline.  Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Application for Download

Classified Position Application [Word Doc 206k]
This application may be downloaded, saved to disk, and filled out using Microsoft Word 97 or higher. You may navigate the application blank by tabbing from field to field or pointing and clicking with the mouse. The blanks where information is to be filled in are non-printing characters. If there are additional pages in your application because of the information you included, that is OK.

All materials submitted in your application file become District property and will not be returned to you.  Please send to:

        Cathy Harris Office of Human Resources
        Merced College
        3600 M Street, Merced, CA  95348-2898

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process.  Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee.  Finalist interviews with district administrators may follow.  A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews.  Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.

Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only, as well as paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be livescanned and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment.  The Immigration Reform Act of 1986 requires verification of the right to work in the United States. Applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All classified employees, as a condition of employment, must become members of California School Employees Association or pay a representation fee in an equal amount to a charity agreeable to CSEA. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer