[gps-talkusers] Job Announcement
- From: "Barbara Manipod" <manipod@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <gps-talkusers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 17:02:36 -0700
Access Technology Specialist Sensory Access Foundation (SAF) is seeking a highly skilled individual to perform comprehensive evaluations to determine accessibility needs for employment and educational contexts for people who are blind or visually impaired. Must have comprehensive knowledge of assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired. Bachelorâs degree and experience in systems analysis/configuration between mainstream and assistive technologies for people who are blind or visually impaired and basic knowledge of screen reader customization is required. Excellent Benefits, Salary DOE (dependent on experience). Email/fax/mail resume and cover letter to Marie King: mking@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx , 408/245-3762, SAF, 1142 W. Evelyn Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086. EOE. Here is the job description Access Technology Specialist (ATS) (Exempt) Sensory Access Foundation (SAF) is a nonprofit agency assisting blind and low vision individuals to obtain or retain competitive, unsubsidized employment through the use of assistive technology. OVERVIEW OF POSITION Reporting to the Director of Employment Services, the Access Technology Specialist (ATS) incorporates SAF's service delivery model in performing comprehensive evaluations of blind and visually impaired consumers' needs in employment and educational contexts. The goal of the evaluations is to determine which mainstream (PC, Macintosh, other) and assistive technologies or strategies will assist the consumer in achieving their vocational goals. The SAF model requires the ATS to couple extensive computer and assistive technology experience with an ability to serve as a communication liaison between the various individuals and agencies associated with each case. This position requires diplomacy, good judgment, initiative and independence, and organization in solving a variety of problems. SAF covers the state of California; therefore, this position does require travel. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES Case Management 1. Follow SAF service delivery model while working with SAF consumers. 2. Perform telephone preâevaluation calls in order to gain a preliminary understanding of consumers' job tasks and functional vision. 3. Perform individualized technology evaluations with consumers in SAF's Ford Lab, as well as in employment, educational, or domestic settings potentially involving the consumer, the consumer's family members, employer, Department of Rehabilitation personnel, technology vendors, legal representatives, and rehabilitation professionals. 4. Perform technology services (e.g. configuration, customization, delivery, and basic instruction) of assistive technology systems compliant with specific report recommendations. 5. Research availability, compatibility, and appropriateness of mainstream technology (PC, Macintosh, other) and assistive technology pursuant to consumer evaluations; includes onâsite testing and troubleshooting. 6. Provide technical followâup services to consumers. Documentation 1. Maintain consumer records in accordance with SAF procedures and guidelines and assume a responsible role in managing cases within the SAF interdisciplinary team context. 2. Submit written consumer reports and recommendations to authorizing agencies, companies, or individuals in accordance with SAF guidelines. 3. Submit monthly consumer activity and status reports in accordance with SAF procedures. Interpersonal 1. Serve as a support member to SAF's vocational team in the provision of services to SAF consumers. 2. Maintain close working relationships with Department of Rehabilitation counselors, vendors, and developers of assistive technology. Technology 1. Responsible for assisting in maintaining the SAF Ford Lab (e.g. check hard drives for viruses, obtain donations of latest versions of software and hardware, ensure functionality of each work station, handle repair of specific components, organize manuals and disks, arrange individual lab components, register in-kind donations with the financial department). 2. Participate in and/or independently conduct monthly and/or personalized tours of the Ford Lab for the community. 3. Conduct research on new assistive technology (software and hardware). Other 1. Possess a comprehensive understanding of the implications and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), (Titles I and II) and the Rehabilitation Act (Sections 501 and 504) as they relate to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. 2. Represent SAF at professional meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences (at least two a year) to educate consumers, rehabilitation professionals, employers, and the community about access technology and employment issues for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Educational Requirements 1. Bachelor's Degree in the Sciences or Liberal Arts; education and training in computer technology preferred and two years of experience working with assistive technology for the blind or visually impaired or, 2. AA/AS degree or equivalent with four yearsâ experience working with assistive technology for the blind or visually impaired. Technical Requirements Ability to use a personal computer to produce documents, communicate on a local area network, and retrieve information from online sources is absolutely essential. The ability to troubleshoot hardware and software problems is required. 1. Comprehensive knowledge of mainstream PC and Macintosh applications, including Windows/OS X operating systems, word processors, spreadsheets, e-mail, databases, and Internet web browsers. 2. Intermediate working knowledge of any or all of the screen magnification and screen reader software programs listed below: Â JAWS Â Supernova Â Window-Eyes Â VoiceOver Â MaGic Â ZoomText Â Zoom 3. Intermediate working knowledge of a variety of other assistive software and adaptive technology products, including but not limited to the following: Â Kurzweil 1000 Â OpenBook Â Electronic Notetakers Â Braille Displays 4. Basic level (intermediate preferred) working knowledge of any of the screen reader customization programs listed below: Â JAWS scripting Â Supernova map files Â Window-Eyes set files Â OR two years of programming experience 5. If hired, must complete the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification within two years of start date. Knowledge Requirements 1. A general understanding of business and industry practices and concerns regarding employment and accommodation of individuals with disabilities. 2. An understanding of the mainstream information technology systems commonly used in business environments. Skill Requirements 1. Excellent communication skills (including faceâtoâface, written and telephone) are absolutely essential. 2. Excellent time management skills are absolutely essential. 3. Ability to initiate a structured approach to problem solving issues involving technology and human communication. 4. Ability to work equally well in team and autonomous environments. Physical Requirements 1. Ability to access and effectively communicate with persons on telephone. 2. Ability to independently access transportation for offâsite evaluations and meetings. 3. Ability to independently move equipment and/or assist in moving equipment. 4. Ability to use small hand tools (fine motor skills coordination). Employment Policy: Sensory Access Foundation provides employment opportunities without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or disability. Candidates who may require special accommodation during the interview process should notify SAF at such time they may be invited to an interview.