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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Asc Provost For Undergraduate Education
Department: Resource Ctr For Persons W Disabilities 10053793
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 60000.00-70000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Student Services/Student Affairs, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Assistant Director of Assistive Technology

Position Summary

Overview:

Michigan State University has earned a reputation for excellence in facilitating inclusion of persons with disabilities in a range of educational and work-related opportunities. Technology is vital in empowering people with disabilities to reach their fullest ability by overcoming challenges associated with disabilities. Innovation and effective implementation of Assistive technology maximizes ability and expands opportunity for full inclusion in education, work and overall life success. This position is responsible, in partnership with the Director and staff of the RCPD, to understand needs, develop technology solutions to address needs, and develop funding and practical partnerships that advance MSU leadership in accessibility. This position leads innovation efforts ensuring people with disabilities at MSU fully benefit from the power of technology to maximize ability and opportunity.

Duties:

  • Development of proposals, programs, partnerships, funding sources, and visibility efforts that expand assistive technology leadership at MSU
  • Creation, refinement and application of instructional materials and outreach for persons who can benefit from assistive technologies available at the RCPD and partner Assistive Technology Centers
  • Oversight of maintenance, improvements, inventory, and daily operations for Assistive Technology Centers and data systems at the RCPD ensuring these evidence best practice and visible leadership
  • Collaborate with the Director of the RCPD and Ability Access Specialists to develop and operationalize strategic plans, document needs, and report on progress in advancing ability and opportunity
  • Lead efforts that grow student competency with assistive technology while increasing curricular accessibility and career-readiness for students registered with the RCPD
  • Collaborate with community partners including MSU IT Services, MSU Libraries, technology vendors, and vocational rehabilitation entities to:
  • Expand and maintain accessibility in campus computing initiatives
  • Inform decision makers and technicians about assistive technology capabilities, challenges and strategies for full inclusion as technology systems are planned or upgraded
  • Ensure integration of accessible media and assistive technology into campus and departmental computing environments
  • Evidence and develop accessibility best-practice in technology tools in use across campus including Microsoft and D2L platforms
  • Partner with programs to prepare faculty/staff to produce readily accessible media in support of university web access requirements, flexible document design principles and universal design
  • Work directly with RCPD Ability Access Specialists and students with disabilities to assess needs, develop accommodations, deliver assistive technology services, and document efforts and outcomes
  • Facilitate effective workplace accommodations, career-readiness, and generalized assistive technology awareness through fee or grant-based assistive technology assessments and training for departments, employees, educational institutions, and vocational rehabilitation institutions
  • Contribute to advancements in the accessible technology field including expanding awareness of universal design and disability-related needs on the part of future professionals including:
  • participation in strategic classroom/laboratory-based learning environments such as the College of Engineering Design Day collaboration and MSU Hub for Innovation
  • hardware and software beta programs intent at refining tools that address needs
  • participating in committees and collaborative activities that strengthen MSU reputation and significance in the field of assistive technology
  • Optimize assistive technology program offerings including the RCPD Assistive Technology Center and testing centers through evaluation and focus groups with users, producers, and partners
  • Partner with the RCPD Director and other entities to negotiate contracts and service agreements with vendors and other technology service providers to secure optimal access at the best possible rates

Supervision received:

Reports to the Director of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities who provides general direction and specific projects. Innovation, independent judgment and collaboration with colleagues is expected for most assignments.

Compensation:

Salary of $60k to $70k commensurate with experience as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and retirement.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Bachelors

Desired Degree

Masters

Minimum Requirements

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in fields related to educational technology accessibility (e.g., special education, higher education administration, information technology, computer science, or engineering)

Knowledge, abilities, and skills required:

  • Extensive working knowledge of assistive technology and vision for its role in facilitating full participation by persons with disabilities
  • Extensive knowledge of information management via computer technologies including databases, web-based data systems, spreadsheets and word processing
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to persons with disabilities
  • Ability to use personal interviews, technology assessments, and medical documentation to determine and implement appropriate accommodations and auxiliary aids/services
  • Excellent written communication skills and ability to produce clear case notes
  • Excellent oral communication skills including group presentations
  • Strong collaborative/team skills balanced by an ability to operate independently with minimal prompting

Desired Qualifications

  • Certification in assistive technology for persons with disabilities is preferred
  • Two years’ experience working with persons with disabilities in an educational setting is preferred

Required Application Materials

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or CV
  • 2 letters of reference

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Review of Applications Begins On

05/18/2022

Website

rcpd.msu.edu

Department Statement

Together, we create a welcoming environment, fortify capacity and compassionately challenge each person to reach their fullest ability. Disabilities need not preclude the achievement of goals and dreams; rather, they mandate a greater level of creativity, commitment and a repertoire of compensatory techniques. We grow ambition into personal and professional success as we connect MSU knowledge, self-advocacy, innovative technology and community.

Team RCPD is ready to assist students, employees and visitors with resources that create an environment of opportunity. We value full integration of persons with disabilities throughout the University mission, programs and services.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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