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Harvard University AT & Digital Access Specialist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54896BRAuto req ID:54896BRJob Code:S0357P FSS Student Servics Officr III Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Access Technologies and Digital Accessibility SpecialistSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master's Degree or Certification in Assistive Technology Specialist

  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired are strongly encouraged to apply

Additional Information:

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

In order to be considered for this role, a resume and cover letter must be submitted with application.

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises several entities serving about 30,000 students annually. The Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement allow Harvard to serve the learning needs of students across their life. For more than a century, Harvard Extension School has made Harvard faculty and teaching accessible to a diverse community of local, national, and international students. Harvard Extension School enrolls approximately 17,000 students per year in approximately 46 graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and professional fields. More than 1,500 open enrollment courses are offered year-round with over 600 available online are offered at affordable prices to our communities across the world. Harvard Summer School offers approximately 450 courses on the Harvard Campus to 11,000 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 30 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering 80 short noncredit courses to almost 4,000 learners annually.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year

Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Department:Division of Continuing EducationPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule: Monday-Friday, 9-5pm Job Function:Faculty & Student Services School/Unit:Division of Continuing Education EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Typical Core Duties:

  • Develop and implement programs to enhance the quality of the student experience; manage processes, outreach, content and finances

  • Act as a primary advising resource for students and faculty program requirements, academic degree progress, leaves of absence, cross-registration, adviser selection, and quality of life

  • Manage events and conferences including developing content, structure, and publicity, coordinating with other Harvard offices and groups, and managing logistical details

  • Advise student organizations on a variety of matters including risk reduction strategies, safe alcohol management, budgeting and goal setting

  • Produce and analyze reports to analyze program and event data

  • May determine accessibility eligibility and promote available resources and available options

  • May work with the Title IX office on best practices and coordination of the University’s overall response to Title IX issues

  • Develop and implement comprehensive event management training programs for student organization leaders

  • Interpret and clarify local and University policies and procedures for student leaders

  • Ensure compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

This position must have expert knowledge of various Access Technology (AT) solutions and working knowledge of various course delivery system and learning management systems, while training students, staff, and faculty on AT use and interfacing with course design and delivery. The Specialist will work with teaching and learning team to assist faculty/instructors with the creation of digitally accessible course materials, acclimate them to the implementation of AT for students, and troubleshoot areas of difficulty or concern.

The Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that students with sensory impairments are provided reasonable accommodations and are able to access all course materials. This may include sending materials to various vendors, working with the library to create accessible versions of class materials or remediating documents in house.

The Specialist would be the primary source of information about the types or technology needed for use by students, the person dedicated to assessing individual student needs, and determining appropriate AT accommodations. Additionally, this role would be the liaison between the Accessibility Services Office (ASO) and our Course Development team on matters of access with respect to AT.

The Specialist would manage a small case load of students whose primary accommodations include AT or accessible texts. Ongoing communication with students, staff and faculty around critical AT matters will be an area of responsibility for this role. Clear, timely communications are essential elements of the role as these will eradicate challenges and missed opportunities to resolve access problems.

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