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Instructional and PeopleSoft Accessibility Specialist

Walla Walla Community College   Walla Walla, WA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on July 5, 2021

 

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is accepting applications to fill the role of Instructional and PeopleSoft Accessibility Specialist on the Walla Walla campus. 

 At Walla Walla Community College we inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We have identified three core themes that describe the fundamental aspects of the College’s mission by translating it into practice. The core themes are: Student Success, Strong Communities, and Resource Stewardship. As an organization, we value learning opportunities, a sense of community, diversity, health and humor, excellence, integrity, teamwork, innovation, personal and professional growth, and sustainability.
 
General Responsibilities
Walla Walla Community College is seeking an Instructional and PeopleSoft Accessibility Specialist to provide central oversight, technical leadership, expert guidance, coordination, and support to the College’s faculty and staff in order to achieve and maintain best practices in digital accessibility compliance.
 
This position will collaborate with multiple stakeholders across campus to ensure that the digital presence of the College adheres to state and federal regulations and that all audiences can easily access the College’s resources and learning environments.
 
Reporting to the Director of eLearning, this position will lead the charge to provide an accessible and positive online user experience for all of our audiences. The ideal candidate would act as an accessibility/universal design advocate and work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure accessibility is a key component of the initial requirements for any digital technology or design initiative at WWCC.
 
Essential Functions: 
Primary Role: Instructional Accessibility - eLearning Department Lead for Accessibility and Universal Design

  • Serves as primary contact for eLearning accessibility efforts and reviews (as requested) online course content for compliance of College, state and federal laws and guidelines and alignment with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 standards and Section 508 rules
  • Develops and delivers training programs incorporating universal design for learning principles for college faculty and staff
  • Provides support and consultation services for faculty/staff in utilizing UDL and digital accessibility
  • Provides technical assistance to faculty and staff in creation or remediation of materials for accessibility compliance including captioning, screen reader technologies, reading and second language assistive technology, creating accessible documents
  • Advises and assists faculty to create course content that works well with assistive technology and can work inside the learning management system (Canvas) to create accessibility compliant course materials 
  • Keeps abreast of changes in accessible technologies, relevant laws for delivery of content, and best practices for accessibility of digital course content  
  • Establishes and implements processes for supporting closed captioning for recorded media to build accessibility compliance 
  • Develops and maintains expertise with the College’s current learning management system (Canvas) and accessible functionality within it
  • Provides eLearning helpdesk coverage, as needed
  • May supervise and organize student work study employees

 Secondary Role: PeopleSoft Accessibility Lead

  • Serves as the college lead with SBCTC for accessibility related to PeopleSoft functionality 
  • Uses universal design and accessible training techniques to provide new and existing employees with general PeopleSoft training and support in activating new accounts, submitting time sheets, requesting travel approval, and other employee self-serve activities.
  • Assists Business Analysts, IT, and departments with accessibility issues related to PeopleSoft functionality and configuration
  • Collaborates with Student Services to create accessible PeopleSoft training materials and guides for students and staff
  • Serves as the college lead with SBCTC for accessibility related to PeopleSoft functionality 
  • Uses project and change management methodologies as well as universal 

Competencies

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office and Canvas learning management system
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High proficiency and comfort level with educational and assistive technology
  • Ability to work independently, professionally, and with minimal supervision
  • Self-starter with the ability to convey information with enthusiasm and positivity
  • Ability to independently seek answers and information as needed to assist others with accessibility and technology 
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty/staff who have a variety of technological skill levels and understanding of accessibility compliance
  • Demonstrated understanding of accessibility issues related to PeopleSoft and the ability to provide workarounds as needed
  • Problem solving skills – must be able to troubleshoot solutions without direction of a supervisor and report back via email, phone, etc. with updates and any other required follow up
  • Ability to create and maintain cooperative working relationships 
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to, and respect for, a diverse population 

Qualifications: 

  • Degree in educational technology, instructional design, adult or secondary education, or closely related field 
  • Experience with supporting and training on accessibility in an educational organization
  • Experience with PeopleSoft and comprehensive knowledge of supporting its accessibility issues
  • Advanced degree in either education, instructional design, educational technology, or closely related field desired
  • Experience supporting accessibility and universal design in a higher education institution desired
  • Change management or project management experience and/or certifications

Conditions/Terms of Employment

This full-time position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment. Official college transcripts required at time of hire. Candidates may be subject to a criminal history background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check may not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. The college is a tobacco free institution.   
 
Typical work schedule is Monday–Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm. The summer work schedule is normally adjusted to a 4/10 Monday through Thursday work week. 
 
Work Environment/Physical Demands/Travel Required:  Work is performed throughout the campus in classrooms and offices. Sitting at a desk or computer station, standing and walking, and light lifting are required throughout the shift. Generally, no weekend or evening hours anticipated. Some travel may be required, and is typically local or regional for training.
 
Duties require the use of standard office furniture and instructional equipment (e.g., computers, projectors, web cams, etc.)
 
Compensation
Annual salary range: $53,000 - $56,000. The college has an excellent benefit program including paid sick leave; medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; retirement and two optional deferred compensation programs.  All full-time employees will automatically have 3% of taxable income deferred into the State of Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). All administrative exempt staff set aside 1% of their gross salary in a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) (VEBA). All exempt employees are required to participate in this program. Walla Walla Community College requires all employees to participate in direct deposit for payment of salary.

Required Application Materials

This position will remain open until filled. For priority consideration, applications should be received by July 11, 2021. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following: 

  • Online NEOGOV application.
  • Cover letter (In your cover letter, please describe your educational and work background as it relates to your ability to perform the duties described in the announcement.)  
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Unofficial transcripts for application purposes; official transcripts are required prior to an official start date.

 
WWCC also reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position, or make a direct appointment. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.
 
If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at 1-855-524-5627. 
 
Walla Walla Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all educational and employment applicants as well as for its students and employed staff, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression/identity, marital status, age (over 40), the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or status as a Vietnam and/or disabled veteran, National Guard member or reservist in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Federal Rehabilitation of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and any other applicable Federal and Washington State laws against discrimination. To qualify for veteran's preference, you must attach a copy of your DD214 or NGB 22. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodation in the application/ employment process, please call (509) 527-4323 - TDD (509) 527-4412.