Under the general direction of the Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC), the EText Access Specialist (Program Specialist 2) will provide technical leadership for the campus and community in the application and the use of E Text for the retention of students who have disabilities. The EText Access Specialist will coordinate through research and analysis of disability-related barriers the appropriate EText for student accommodation. The employee will evaluate and train students on the use of EText, and orient faculty and other campus staff in its use.
Under general direction of the Director of the Disability Resource Center, the eText Access Specialist (Program Specialist 2) identifies and implements specific academic accommodations that are deemed appropriate for program participants with disabilities, and coordinates all day-to-day alternative media accommodations for program participants. These services include but are not limited to: scheduling and conducting new student access meetings, scheduling and conducting updated student access meetings, review and approve disability documentation, approving disability related accommodations, assist in the review and application of accommodations, problem solving accommodation issues with students, staff, and faculty, train students on use of technology and act on behalf of fellow Program Specialists in their absence.
Specific to alternative media, the eText Access Specialist coordinates all acquisition or production of materials in alternative formats (including Braille, audio books, electronic text, large print or captions), scheduling and supervising student employees including work study students, as well as effective and timely dissemination of alternative format to program participants. The eText Access Specialist acts as a DRC program liaison ad provides consultation to program participants, including faculty, and outside entities. The position interprets, reviews and applies college, state and federal disability laws as it pertains to approved academic accommodations and alternative media policies, procedures and regulations, including the quarterly assessment and reporting to DRC staff and external parties of current and projected needs. The eText Specialist composes written communications, provide verbal presentations, and establish and maintain reliable records relating to program operations.
Additionally, the eText Access Specialist will carry a general student caseload. In this role, the position identifies, approves, and implements specific academic accommodations deemed appropriate for DRC program students with disabilities, and coordinates accommodations for program participants. This position has extensive day-to-day contact with students and faculty and acts as a DRC program liaison to provide consultation to program participants, including faculty, and outside entities. The position reviews, interprets, and applies BC policy, State and Federal disability laws as it pertains to approved accommodations and alternative media policies, procedures and regulations, including the quarterly assessment and reporting to DRC staff and external parties of current and projected needs. This position composes written communications, provide verbal presentations, and establish and maintain reliable records relating to program operations.
COMPREHENSIVE WAGE AND BENEFIT PACKAGE
We offer comprehensive compensation package with salary and benefits as the main components. Competitive salary is within the Range stated above, and commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience. Generous benefits package is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid holidays, sick, and vacation plans; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts and memberships, etc.
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ABOUT THE COLLEGE
Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 44% students of color and over 1,100 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.
We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our mission and goals, diversity, equity and pluralism are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The DRC is dedicated to service excellence in the provision of comprehensive and flexible accommodation plans which contribute to the successful academic endeavors for qualified students who have disabilities. The DRC works in innovative ways to provide teaching and learning opportunities to college employees and community partners which further the understanding and success of the students we serve. The DRC nurtures and coaches its students in skills necessary to achieve success academically and in promoting essential life skills which will integrate students who have disabilities into the overall pluralistic fabric of the community. The DRC aligns itself with the social justice model of disability and promotes this on campus in a variety of forms.
Identifies, approves, and implements accommodations for DRC program students
Conducts initial and updated student access meetings
Communicates and coordinates approved academic accommodations within the DRC, faculty, and staff
Problem-solves accommodation issues with students, staff, and faculty
Acts on behalf of fellow Program Specialists in their absence
Confers regularly with DRC and disability office staff regarding interpretation and implementation of disability laws, DRC and college policies
Inputs student data information to the DRC and Bellevue College (BC) databases; sending information and archiving as needed
Refers students appropriately to other student services and educational departments
Contacts students to review their progress and support student retention and completion strategies
Teaches students self-advocacy skills and facilitates student groups and/or workshops, as needed
Maintains confidentiality of all student information in accordance with FERPA laws and regularly updated case notes on students
Handles with precision and flexibility difficult student situations
Monitors email and voicemail accounts, and responds to inquiries in a timely manner; including responding to DRC account as needed
Evaluates students’ alternative media needs and trains students, faculty, and others
Assesses needs of students who need alternative media services as accommodations
Trains all eligible students to use appropriate alternative media computer software and other technologies. Educates students concerning the ways these technologies may reduce disability-related barriers
Recruits, interviews, evaluates, hires, trains, and supervises student staff (eTexters) for the production of accessible media
Coordinates assignments of alternative media amongst eTexters to ensure accurate material and timely delivery to student
Supports and serves as a resource to the Policy 188 Coordinator and Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer in the compliance of accessible media with the mandates of the ADA, Section 508 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Policy 188
Researches current developments and trends in alternative media fields
Advises the DRC team, ITS, and campus concerning the selection of products as it pertains to accessibility
Trains ITS, eLearning, faculty and staff to use accessible media software
Serve as DRC point person with Kurzweil, ABBYY FineReader, Adobe, etc. in ensuring contracts and programs remain active and updated
Coordinates with BC Bookstore and faculty to obtain classroom media for conversation into accessible media formats
Participates in establishing program standards and identifying areas for program development
Participates in establishing DRC program policies, procedures and regulations
Communicates with DRC Director and Asst. Director and other personnel in disability offices in the area to determine appropriate accommodations and procedure updates
Assists in discussion reviewing annual performance and determining improvements; help implement program improvements
Participates in the planning of DRC special events and educational presentations
Participates in weekly staff meetings as a fully engaged team member
Supports the DRC Director to recruit, screen, supervise and direct the work of program volunteers, interns, and student employees
Assists DRC Director and Asst. Director in coordination of parttime and student staff
Provides periodic coverage for other sections of department as needed to ensure continued operations
Participates in student, staff and faculty trainings as requested by DRC Director and Assistant Director
Promotes the DRC, its policies, procedures and activities to current and prospective students, college staff and faculty, as well as outside organizations
Attends meetings and conferences representing and presenting on behalf of the DRC
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/experience in student affairs or a social sciences field of study. Relevant years of experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act and accommodations in higher education (note: personal usage of accommodations suffices)
Awareness of either breadth or depth of alternative media available to disabled persons (note: personal usage of alternative media suffices)
Effective verbal and written communication skills (note: application materials are used to evaluate written communication skills)
Demonstrated ability to use computers for data entry, web applications, searching the internet, and troubleshooting computer issues.
Bachelor’s Degree in Disability Studies, Human Services, Education, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or closely related field
Two (2) years of work in Social Work, Disability Resource Office, Mental Health, learning disability testing, or closely related field
Experience working with disabled people in higher education
Knowledge of current interpretation of laws and regulations that impact disability services such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act, HUD and state policies
Experience with various types of adaptive technology and production of class and electronic materials and media into accessible formats
Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning in higher education
Experience that illustrates a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and ability backgrounds of community college students
Intermediate to advanced in Microsoft Program computer skills
Demonstrated ability to multitask and attend to student needs and program duties in a busy office environment
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
Effective interpersonal skills and problem solving skills
Bellevue College is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination to applicants and employees without regard to race or ethnicity; creed; color; national origin; sex; marital status; sexual orientation; age; religion; genetic information; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; or whether a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Please see policy 4100 at www.bellevuecollege.edu/policies/. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-564-2271. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 425-564- 2641, Office C227, and EEOC/504 Compliance Officer, 425-564- 2178, Office R130.
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