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.
Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities is searching for an Academic Specialist- Advisor. This position is responsible, in partnership with the Director 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.
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 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 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
Masters -Special education, rehabilitation counse
Master’s degree in special education, rehabilitation counseling, higher education administration, business, engineering, or other fields related to integrating people with disabilities in education and the workplace
Two years’ experience working with persons with disabilities in an educational setting
Extensive working knowledge of assistive technology and 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 validate the existence of a disability and 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
Certification in assistive technology for persons with disabilities
Required Application Materials
Please provide a letter of interest, resume or CV, and two letters of reference describing qualification and fit with this position.
MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and nominations of persons with disabilities, veterans, women, and persons of color.
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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