Project Specialist (SC - OELR)

  • South Orange County Community College District
  • 28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
  • Nov 10, 2022
Part time / Adjunct Other Administrative Positions

Job Description

Title:

Project Specialist (SC - OELR)

Job Category:

NBU

Job Opening Date:

November 09, 2022

Job Closing Date:

June 30, 2023

Locations:

Saddleback College

Pay Grade, for more information click on this link: 

http://www.socccd.edu/humanresources/hr_salary.html

Pay Type:

Hourly

Hours Per Week:

0

Job Description:

To provide instructional support for accessibility and compliance.

Assist in the evaluation, feedback, and remediation of courses and course materials of faculty participating in Peer Online Course Review and ZTC process. Work with faculty to meet instructional related compliance with laws, regulations, and established technical standards including but not limited to, Section 508, W3C WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards, ADA, and Universal Design concepts.

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Dean of Online Education and Learning Resources, the Instructional Support Specialist for Accessibility and Compliance performs a variety of specialized duties involved in identifying and recommending potential solutions for accessibility barriers based on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standards as well as compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508, and other accessibility related laws for Electronic and Information Technology (EIT); work in collaboration with faculty through trainings and remediation to ensure compliance with applicable standards, practices, guidelines, and laws; and provide expertise and guidance to faculty in instruction-related accessibility technology and national accessibility standards, practices, and guidelines.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

Responsibilities

Develop and implement processes to meet instructional-related compliance with laws, regulations, and established technical standards including but not limited to, Section 508, W3C WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards, ADA, and Universal Design concepts. Audit online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses for compliance with accessibility laws and regulations. Identify and remediate instructional materials that present barriers for students; remediate inaccessible course materials following WCAG 2.0 Level AA and other accessible standards as they are developed. Audit Publisher and other propriety websites and materials for compliance with accessibility standards as established in laws and regulations such as Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Level AA; make recommendations to ensure compliance with these and related laws, regulations and standards. Review new Distance Education (DE) course proposals for accessibility and compliance with Section 508 and related laws and regulations; provide originating instructors with a checklist and resources to bring course into compliance. Design instructional course templates that meet accessibility standards. Develop and offer educational opportunities for faculty in the use of universal design and accessibility techniques. Serve as primary contact person for faculty regarding questions related to institutional EIT and accessibility of DE and web-enhanced course content. Work in conjunction with and report out to the Faculty Center, Online Education Chair(s)/Committee, and DSPS on instructional accessibility-related items. Review and test third-party electronic and information technology Voluntary Productivity Accessibility Template (VPAT) for accessibility compliance including Publisher websites requiring an access code. Create and maintain a list of approved third party applications, websites, and vendors for use by faculty. Design and provide training, training materials, training exercises, job aids and support for multi-platform computer operating systems, general software applications, web-authoring software applications, instructional technologies, and institutionally supported specialized applications (operational and administrative) related to accessibility. Serve as liaison between College staff, faculty and administrators to provide College materials into accessible formats. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • 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
  • 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.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • 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.
  • Provide training for faculty and staff on accessible EIT and Section 508 compliance.
  • 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 timelines.
  • 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.

Education & Experience

Any combination equivalent to:

Education:

Equivalent to two years of college level course work in assistive technology, computer science or a related field.

Experience:

Three to five (3-5) years of increasingly responsible experience in computer use including two years of experience that demonstrates an understanding of utilizing assistive technology hardware and software developing applications for students with disabilities.

Desired Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related technical field

Experience with access technology that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of accessibility and regulatory compliance issues is highly desirable.

Working conditions

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment

Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; possible exposure to dissatisfied individuals.

Additional Information:

$42.50/hr

Up to 25 hours per week

Schedule TBD

On-site only

This position is a short-term, temporary, hourly, Non-Bargaining Unit (NBU) assignment, not to exceed 160 days per fiscal year (July 1-June 30). The assignment is on an as needed basis, and may be shortened or extended at any time, due to departmental needs, with little to not notice. This recruitment will remain open until filled or withdrawn. Once you have submitted an application electronically, the current status of your application will be available to view at any time upon signing in under your personal username and password. Please do not call the Human Resources Office regarding the status of your application.

Employment with the South Orange County Community College District is contingent upon successful completion of the Human Resources pre-employment (“onboarding”) process. The Human Resources onboarding process may include, but is not limited to, successful completion of Live Scan fingerprinting (approx.. $70), I-9 completion, background checks, reference checks, TB testing, COVID-19 vaccination, as well as completion of the online onboarding process. Failure to successfully complete any portion of the onboarding process will invalidate any conditional job offer received. Falsification of, or omission on, any SOCCCD pre-employment information may result in withdrawal of any conditional job offer or termination of employment. Short term, non-bargaining unit (NBU) positions may only be used on an intermittent/seasonal basis. Ed. Code sect. 88003 states "Short-term employee means any person who is employed to perform a service for the district, upon the completion of which, the service required or similar services will not be extended or needed on a continuing basis.”

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  Documentation according to USCIS I-9 guidelines (i.e. ID card and Social Security card) must be presented at the time of hire. Per IRS regulations, a Social Security card must be presented at the time of hire.

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: 

The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds. 

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Disability Accomodations:  If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources (DHR) at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to hrinfodesk@socccd.edu.

COVID-19 Vaccination: The Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, employees, and volunteers with allowances for medical exemptions and sincerely held religious beliefs as defined by law. To apply for an exemption, please contact Leilani Anselmo at lanselmo@socccd.edu with your written request specifying which exemption you are seeking. If applying for an exemption, it must be approved by the District prior to your start date. You will need to upload your QR code for you vaccination during the onboarding process.

NBU at-will employment: After successful completion of the onboarding requirements, an individual may be employed by the South Orange County Community College District as a short-term, temporary NBU employee. Employment will be on an “if and as needed” basis, as determined by the District. NBU employment is at-will, and either party may terminate this working relationship at any time. Neither party shall be required to provide any reason for the separation. NBU employees shall not have reemployment rights or recourse to petition to be reinstated.

Worksite: NBU employees are limited to working in a single position in one department/site

Work schedules: Department/Division managers, administrators, and/or supervisors shall determine the work schedule of NBU employees to include the number of days and hours worked per week and the start and stop times.

160-day restriction: NBU employees will not work more than 160 days (in any combination of NBU positions) no matter how many hours per day they work.

Payroll reporting period: The payroll reporting period is from the 15th of the first month to the 14th of the next month.  NBU employees are paid on the 10th of the following month. Ex: Pay Period 01/15/22 through 02/14/22 will be paid on March 10th.

California Sick leave: NBU employees are eligible for California Sick leave per AB1522.  Information regarding AB1522 is provided to all NBU new hires during the onboarding process.

Retirement information: NBU employees may not work more than 960 hours from July 1st-June 30th. NBU employees who work more than 1000 hours per fiscal year are required to contribute to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), through payroll deduction of about 7-9%. The District does not intend to employ NBU employees for more than 1,000 hours during any fiscal year.

Sexual Harassment/Discrimination: The District is committed to providing an environment that respects the dignity of individuals and groups; is free of sexual harassment, exploitation, intimidation, violence, and other unlawful discrimination, preferential treatment, and harassment, including that which is based on any legally protected characteristic. 

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the intent of the Board to establish and maintain within the District and all of its programs and activities a policy of equal opportunity in employment for all persons, and to prohibit discrimination, preferential treatment, or harassment based on sex, age, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, ancestry, religion, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, marital status or sexual orientation or because an individual is perceived as having one or more of the above characteristics.

Confidentiality: Confidentiality of student and staff information is protected under federal law. Any information regarding students or staff that might be accessed in the course of a work assignment through a computer, student file, or other documentation, is to be used strictly to perform my job duties and may only be shared with those who are authorized to have such information.

Mandated reporter: Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting: The South Orange County Community College District recognizes the responsibility of its staff to report to the appropriate agency when there is a reasonable suspicion that an abuse or neglect of a child may have occurred. Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporting: It is the policy of the South Orange County Community College District to treat reports of violence against elderly persons or dependent adults as high priority criminal activity that is to be fully investigated regardless of the relationship between the victim and the suspect(s).

Campus Crime and Safety Awareness: Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at www.saddleback.edu or www.ivc.edu.  Paper copies are available in Human Resources upon request.

Drug-Free Environment:  The District shall be free from all unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in all facilities under the control and use of the District. Any student or employee who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, consistent with local, state, or federal law, which may include the referral to an appropriate rehabilitation program, suspension, demotion, expulsion, or dismissal.

Smoke Free District: It is the intent of the South Orange County Community College District to maintain an educational and workplace environment that is conductive to the health and safety of our students and employees. Realizing the health hazards posed by smoking and by second-hand smoke, it is policy of the South Orange County Community College District to maintain a smoke free environment for all district sites.

SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTICE:

Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. Beginning January 8, 2022, all employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control) against COVID-19 unless approved as exempt due to a verified disability/medical condition or sincerely held religious belief (as defined in federal or state laws and regulations). More information can be found on our District website by visiting https://www.socccd.edu/about/about_covid-19.html.

NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT:

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:

If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources (DHR) at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to hrinfodesk@socccd.edu.

CAMPUS CRIME AND SAFETY AWARENESS:

Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at www.saddleback.edu or www.ivc.edu. Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources (DHR) office upon request.

PLEASE NOTE:

A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:

The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

SOCCCD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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