Accessibility and Compliance Specialist
- Rio Hondo College
- Location: Whittier, California
Admin-Assessment, Accreditation, and Compliance
- Posting Date: 11/23/2021
- Application Deadline: 12/05/2021
Position TitleAccessibility and Compliance Specialist
Position TypeClassified Full Time
Number of Months Assignment12
Starting DateAs soon as possible
Current Work Schedule
About Rio Hondo College
Río Hondo College welcomes and embraces all students in their educational and career pathways. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), our College has a student population of 22,000, of which 18,000 are Latinx students. We were the first college in Los Angeles County to provide two years of free tuition to first-time, full-time college students through our Río Promise program. We are proud to acknowledge that many of our students have transferred to high ranked institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, USC and UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, and Whittier College to name a few.
Our caring and dedicated student-centered staff, faculty, and administrators are devoted to the advancement of educational justice, equity, and opportunity for all our students. Our College’s 900 employees, with close to 600 faculty, hold themselves accountable for the academic success of disproportionately impacted student populations. Our entire staff, with unwavering team collaboration, work hard to ensure our students reach their full potential by eliminating gaps in academic outcomes that traditionally hinder students of color.
Río Hondo College is committed to the recruitment of qualified and diverse employees who are dedicated to our students’ success. We recognize that diversity in an academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for our students. We are steadfast in our hiring practices and staff development processes which reinforce the goals of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. Our practices and processes also support the importance of a workforce that reflects the community and the diverse student population we serve.
Río Hondo College employs approximately 55% tenured track faculty of color; 60% part-time faculty of color; 85% classified staff of color; and 50% administrators of color.
Río Hondo College offers 30 associate degrees that guarantee transfer (ADTs) to Cal State Universities, a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology, more than 60 certificates, a Pathway to Law School, dual enrollment with K-12 districts, state championship speech & debate team, top-notch athletic teams, student leadership opportunities, travel abroad experiences and more.
In collaboration with the communities in Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, South El Monte, Whittier, portions of Norwalk, La Mirada, Downey, La Puente, the City of Industry, Los Nietos and Avocado Heights, Río Hondo College provides an exceptional academic curriculum to meet the unique needs of our region and strengthen our communities.
Assist campus departments, divisions, and/or administrative units in identifying and incorporating access needs and regulatory compliance in their comprehensive planning process. E
Audit current electronic and information technology (EIT) on campus, including educational center sites, and make recommendations for compliance with accessibility laws, regulations, and standards. E
Provide high-level recommendations for online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses regarding conformance with accessibility standards and regulations such as Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility standards; make recommendations for compliance. E
Provide training, resources, and support to faculty and staff to ensure websites and webpages meet accessibility compliance standards. E
Review and test third-party electronic and information technology Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for accessibility compliance, including publisher materials, LTI tools for instruction, and other institutional systems. E
Recommend accessibility standards for software, equipment, and components. E
Assist in performing research and development with new technology that may be suitable for implementation within the District; suggest accessibility solutions as part of implementation. E
Participate on college committees/organizational units to make recommendations on accessibility compliance; may participate on other technology committees as directed. E
Consult with faculty on the strategies for using the College’s Learning Management System (existing or other evolving platforms) and other online tools to meet instructional objectives and comply with accessibility requirements. E
Maintain and update online support resources, guidelines for online content/instruction, and other professional development resources. E
Work in collaboration with College departments to support campus-wide initiatives in compliance under ADA rules and regulations. E
Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires us to identify the essential (E) duties/functions of the position. We have indicated those duties with an E on the job description.
Knowledge and Abilities
- Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to area of assignment including: Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; California Government Code 11135; Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act; Section 225 of the Telecommunications Act; Section 501 and 505 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act; and Office of the State CIO, Information technology (IT) Policy Letter 10-10;
- Various standards related to area of assignment including EIT accessibility standards; W3C WCAG 2.0 Level AA web content accessibility standards; and Assistive Technology Act of 1998;
- California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative and California Community Colleges Accessibility Center;
- Technical aspects of field of specialty; EIT accessibility best practices; EIT and Web access for individuals with disabilities; current computer, web based and access technologies; protocols and procedures for setting up new EIT equipment and installation of software; methods and techniques used in troubleshooting and performing routine maintenance on various EIT hardware and software applications;
- Equally effective alternative solutions for EIT accessibility; best practices in EIT and accessibility training protocols for faculty and staff;
- Basic principles and practices of project management; principles and procedures of record keeping; oral and written communication skills.
- Perform a variety of specialized duties involved in identifying and suggesting potential solutions for accessibility barriers; provide specialized and technical support and assistance; analyze and solve complex and difficult accessibility problems related to people, processes, and technology;
- Install, program, configure and maintain accessible EIT equipment, software, and devices; maintain current knowledge of applicable guidelines, rules, regulations, requirements, and restrictions;
- Act as a conduit between District service organizations, such as Institutional Technology and Procurement, and areas with direct contact with students such as Academic Affairs and Student Affairs;
- Act as a conduit to DSPS when faculty require support with accommodating students in their course;
- Provide training for faculty and staff on accessible EIT and Section 508 compliance; develop and deliver presentations related to area of assignment; conduct effective meetings; collect data and compile reports; understand and follow oral and written directions; work independently with very little or no direction;
- Operate computers and peripheral equipment properly and efficiently; operate a variety of office equipment;
- Plan and organize work to meet schedules and time lines; work productively and cooperatively with others; work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, disabled, sexual orientation, and cultural populations of community college students; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the District’s Learning Management System (Canvas).
Education and Experience
Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an Evaluation Service prior to the closing date. Certification must be attached with copies of transcripts.
Applicants must submit a complete online application that includes the items listed.
- Rio Hondo College online application (which includes supplemental questions)
- Résumé/Curriculum Vitae; make sure to include all degrees, certificates, and trainings which prepare you for this position.
- A cover letter which clearly addresses your experience and qualifications in relation to the published job duties and responsibilities paying special attention to highlight your technological proficiencies, knowledge and understanding of current Accessibility statutes and guidelines, and experience working as a trainer or instructor.
- PAPER APPLICATIONS AND APPLICATION MATERIALS SENT VIA MAIL, FAX, OR EMAIL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
- NOTE THAT ALL CORRESPONDENCE, INCLUDING INTERVIEW INVITATIONS, WILL BE SENT VIA EMAIL.
- The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires the District obtain documentation from every individual who is employed which verifies identity and authorizes his/her right to work in the United States.
- Successful candidate is responsible for verifying all prior work experience and providing all academic transcripts for purposes of salary placement.
- As a condition of employment, the selected applicant must provide a set of fingerprints (at the applicant’s expense) taken by an official LiveScan agency.
- Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial employment (The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition of continuing employment).
- For positions requiring a valid California driver’s license, proof of insurability is required.
- All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications may be required to take a test and will be notified of the date and time.
- Applicants who are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require accommodations for completing the application process, testing (if required for position), or the interview, please notify the Human Resources Office.
- A copy of this announcement will be provided in Braille to visually impaired applicants upon request.
Commitment to Diversity
All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.
Cancel RTF Policy
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO RE-OPEN, RE-ADVERTISE, DELAY OR CANCEL FILLING THIS POSITION.
THIS RECRUITMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL FUTURE VACANCIES.
Rio Hondo College is committed to employing qualified administrators, faculty and staff members who are dedicated to student success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates.