Position Title: Academic Technology Specialist
Employment Type: Full Time
Employer: Stanford University
Location: Stanford, CA
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Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a record of innovation and creativity in providing
assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities, and demonstrated leadership and resourcefulness in identifying and integrating technological solutions to pedagogical and learning
Specific requirements include:
An advanced degree, plus at least five years experience working with assistive technology, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated knowledge and application of UDL principles.
Thorough knowledge of assistive computer hardware and software on Windows and Macintosh platforms, including speech input and output, screen magnification, scanning and OCR, Braille
conversion and output devices, and alternate input devices.
Demonstrated knowledge of Kurzweil 3000, WYNN, JAWS, speech recognition, mind-mapping software, and related programs.
Experience consulting with individuals with sensory, learning, and/or physical disabilities. Preferred experience working in an academic setting with students at a post-secondary level.
Thorough knowledge of web standards generally, and familiarity with the W3C-WAI guidelines, Section 508 Requirements and related techniques.
Expert knowledge of Macintosh and Windows operating systems, experience with unix bash scripting, and familiarity with web programming languages.
Demonstrated experience developing and delivering technical training to a non-technical audience.
Excellent time management and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks, and use good judgment in providing services based on goals.
Excellent teaching, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with members of the academic community; experience working in an environment where
colleagues have diverse backgrounds and customs.
A commitment to the confidentiality of student, staff, and faculty training needs and disability status.
Familiarity with state and federal laws pertaining to rights of persons with disabilities, particularly in reference to computer and library access.
Type of Work: The Office of Accessible Education at Stanford (OAE) is charged with providing a
centrally coordinated, campus-wide program of assistive technology resources. A major goal of the OAE is to integrate assistive technology into instruction, research, and employment for persons with disabilities, and to provide and enhance the campus-wide coordination of access to computers and on-line information resources to persons with disabilities.
The OAE is one of several participants in the Academic Technology Specialist Program, which provides departments and programs with specialists to assist with the integration of technology into teaching, learning, and research activities. Academic Technology Specialists (ATS) are placed within schools, programs or departments based on both technical expertise and their
respective discipline-specific backgrounds. They participate in the departmental culture and share academic interests with the faculty.
As members of the academic community and the IT community, Academic Technology Specialists are uniquely positioned to bridge different cultures and to facilitate a creative and mutual e
The Academic Technology Specialist for the OAE will:
1. Provide technical Leadership for the OAE, setting direction for the use of technology in all areas of OAE activity
2. Lead the Universal Design for Learning initiative
3. Coordinate assistive technology resources, services and staff
4. Participate in ATS Program activities and initiatives
The ATS will assist the OAE Director with programmatic development and strategic planning for the use and evaluation of learning technologies. The ATS will act as a resource for the campus community in the development of accessible resources and in promoting the campus-wide adoption of Universal Design principles in both learning and instruction.
The ATS will also actively encourage and support the use of assistive technology by investigating and implementing new tools and resources for students, disseminating knowledge of these tools throughout the University, and creating and supporting an infrastructure that allows use of the tools in teaching and learning.
In addition to working with the OAE, the Academic Technology Specialist will devote 20 percent time to the ATS Program (http://ats.stanford.edu). There the ATS will
engage with fellow specialists in projects of common interest, organize and attend meetings with technology experts, and contribute to the development of the ATS Program.
Support OAE efforts to move toward campus-wide adoption of Universal Design (UD) principles in both learning and instruction.
Provide technology leadership to OAE staff on assessment, learning strategies, and training needs, including training in the use of speech recognition technology, screen magnification technology, Braille systems, writing and compositional aids, alternative computer input devices, and electronic organizers.
Initiate ideas, implement solutions, and find resources for use in providing technology access to students with disabilities. Work with vendors and external partners in testing and developing new
technology and services.
Support enhanced technology resources, services, and programs for the OAE's Schwab Learning Center which serves students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Collaborate with OAE staff on efforts to develop and proliferate a model for providing such resources and services to this student population.
Lead the Proteus R&D project that capitalizes on current and developing technologies to create a more inclusive learning environment for students with disabilities as well as enhanced pedagogical
opportunities for instructors.
Help develop long-term funding plans for
institutional oversight of assistive
technology expenditures. Coordinate assistive technology policies, procedures, and support.
Oversee a computer lab providing assistive hardware and software.
Test and evaluate new technologies, recommend purchase and develop strategic plan for future acquisitions and capabilities.
Support specialized technology systems necessary for alternative format conversion.
Work with the OAE staff in the conversionof printed material into alternative formats for students.
Consult with faculty members as necessary to provide access to their curricula for students with disabilities.
Review professional literature; attend conferences; network with colleagues within and without the University; participate in newsgroups and other forums to continually improve knowledge of assistive technology and post-secondary instruction.
Participate as a member of the ATS Program team within Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources. This will include sharing expertise generally and collaborating on projects to develop and implement technologies to enhance teaching, learning and research at Stanford.
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