Accessible Educational Materials Specialist
At the Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials (AT&AEM) Center at OCALI, we are committed to ensuring access for all people with disabilities. We believe that people with disabilities and those who support them need access to the right materials, technology, and training to ensure they can live their best lives for their whole lives.
We focus on offering specialized training and technical assistance related to assistive technologies, obtaining accessible educational materials for Ohio schools, and maintaining a clearinghouse of AT devices, large print, and braille books for loan. We also offer production and dissemination services and provide an array of expertise and resources to those who support and care for people with disabilities.
The AT&AEM Center is one of OCALI’s many centers who work collaboratively to inspire change and promote access for people with disabilities. OCALI promotes a “PLUS” culture, with a strong focus on: practice what we preach, leading with purpose, understanding others, and being solution oriented. OCALI staff are leaders in their respective fields and have the opportunity to work and collaborate with other local, state, national and international leaders.
The AEM Specialist will have the opportunity to:
- Work collaboratively with colleagues on projects;
- Consult on accessibility with other OCALI Center projects/activities;
- Connect with professionals across the nation, state and locally to implement best practices;
- Develop products and resources in the area of education and/or accessibility;
- Deliver professional development to a variety of audiences;
- Share OCALI resources at local and national conferences;
- Increase access to curricular and educational materials for students; and
- Work in a fast paced environment with a great deal of variety and considerable opportunity to use creativity and problem solving skills.
This position will work collaboratively with a team of 13 staff within the AT&AEM Center including another AEM Specialist, four AT Specialists, Lending Library Librarian, and AEM Production Specialists to deliver products and services. Additionally, this position will work with other OCALI center staff to support the accessibility needs of their products and services and occasionally work with OCALI staff who may have specific accessibility needs.
- Master’s degree in education, special education, education administration, related services, or appropriate related field or evidence of equivalency;
- Five years of successful classroom teaching, providing services to adults, or related service experience; a license appropriate to the individual’s profession; experience/understanding of planning, instruction, and assessment; experience providing AEM and AT to students;
- Experience in teaching or providing services for students/adults with a broad range of disabilities including those with learning disabilities, physical, and sensory access challenges;
- Willingness to continuously learn and engage in relevant learning activities related to the position;
- Demonstrate innovative thinking, strong initiative, driven to complete projects, and ability to leverage resources while maintaining focus on the global organizational mission;
- Demonstrate a history as a self-directed professional, with strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills;
- Communicates professionally and effectively, in writing and orally, with internal teams and external partners and/or customers;
- Team player who values the success of the overall group; and
- Ability to independently travel within the state for meetings, consultation, and professional development when needed.
Ideal candidates will also demonstrate the following preferred skills:
- Knowledge of relevant special education law related to service delivery in the schools;
- Knowledge of service provision systems and intervention supports for adults with disabilities;
- Ability to make data driven decisions for the implementation of monitoring and improvement efforts;
- Engage in focused planning, including research-based instructional and intervention practices;
- Effective coaching and consultation skills;
- Knowledge of culturally responsive practices and inclusive of diverse populations;
- Ability to deliver high-quality professional development;
- Knowledge of current educational practices (e.g. differentiated instruction, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Positive Behavior Intervention Supports(PBIS), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Multi-System Youth (MSY), etc.);
- Demonstrate comfort in online learning environments and virtual conferencing;
- Possess general knowledge of assistive technology;
- Demonstrate proficiency across a variety of applications such as Microsoft, Google Drive, and Adobe;
- Demonstrate knowledge of Ohio’s state educational system agencies (e.g. State Support Teams, Educational Service Centers, Department of Education, Local Education Agencies, Higher Education, etc.);
- Demonstrate knowledge of Ohio’s state disabilities related agencies (e.g. Department of Developmental Disabilities, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, etc.); and
- Willingness to obtain specialty certifications as related to job needs.
Responsiblities and Essential Functions:
- Ensure OCALI products are created in accessible formats and collaborate with both product owners and the web development team to ensure accessibility;
- Provide trainings and resources on creating accessible materials internally and externally;
- Support the production accessible content across a variety of media and platforms including videos, presentations, and documents through OCALI (audio description, accessible PDFs, etc.);
- Demonstrate the use of assistive technology and how it increases access for people with disabilities;
- Collaborate with state and national conference team members to increase general conference accessibility;
- Inform local and state agencies on guidelines and best practices of AEM;
- Engage in professional development opportunities provided through online training, in person training, and conference attendance;
- Present on topics surrounding accessibility, accessible educational materials, and OCALI resources across a variety of settings (i.e. conferences, vendor fairs, educational organizations, etc.);
- Work with the production center to collaborate on the development of accessible educational materials for students as well as provide alternate formats for internal requests;
- Support the implementation of AT and AEM grant activities at the direction of the grant directors;
- Participate in a variety of work groups or meetings surrounding topics in AEM and accessibility;
- Consult or provide high quality technical assistance via phone or email in the area of AEM or AT; and
- Completes other duties as assigned by OCALI directors and the center director, which may include supporting district technical assistance initiatives, grant writing, meeting attendance, developing reports, analyzing data, etc.
Commensurate with experience and in accordance with specified salary schedule
Program Director of the AT&AEM Center at OCALI
Please complete the employment application through the www.escco.org.
For questions, please contact: Julie Burkhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 410-1380.