E-Text Access Specialist (Program Specialist 2), R20075

Bellevue, WA

Posted: 10/14/20
Deadline: 12/21/20

About This Organization

Bellevue College

Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 44% students of color and over 1,100 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.

Job Duties

Identifies, approves, and implements accommodations for DRC program students

• Conducts initial and updated student access meetings
• Communicates and coordinates approved academic accommodations within the DRC, faculty, and staff
• Problem-solves accommodation issues with students, staff, and faculty
• Acts on behalf of fellow Program Specialists in their absence
• Confers regularly with DRC and disability office staff regarding interpretation and implementation of disability laws, DRC and college policies
• Inputs student data information to the DRC and Bellevue College (BC) databases; sending information and archiving as needed
• Refers students appropriately to other student services and educational departments
• Contacts students to review their progress and support student retention and completion strategies
• Teaches students self-advocacy skills and facilitates student groups and/or workshops, as needed
• Maintains confidentiality of all student information in accordance with FERPA laws and regularly updated case notes on students
• Handles with precision and flexibility difficult student situations
• Monitors email and voicemail accounts, and responds to inquiries in a timely manner; including responding to DRC account as needed

Evaluates students’ alternative media needs and trains students, faculty, and others

• Assesses needs of students who need alternative media services as accommodations
• Trains all eligible students to use appropriate alternative media computer software and other technologies. Educates students concerning the ways these technologies may reduce disability-related barriers
• Recruits, interviews, evaluates, hires, trains, and supervises student staff (eTexters) for the production of accessible media
• Coordinates assignments of alternative media amongst eTexters to ensure accurate material and timely delivery to student
• Supports and serves as a resource to the Policy 188 Coordinator and Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer in the compliance of accessible media with the mandates of the ADA, Section 508 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Policy 188
• Researches current developments and trends in alternative media fields
• Advises the DRC team, ITS, and campus concerning the selection of products as it pertains to accessibility
• Trains ITS, eLearning, faculty and staff to use accessible media software
• Serve as DRC point person with Kurzweil, ABBYY FineReader, Adobe, etc. in ensuring contracts and programs remain active and updated
• Coordinates with BC Bookstore and faculty to obtain classroom media for conversation into accessible media formats

Participates in establishing program standards and identifying areas for program development

• Participates in establishing DRC program policies, procedures and regulations
• Communicates with DRC Director and Asst. Director and other personnel in disability offices in the area to determine appropriate accommodations and procedure updates
• Assists in discussion reviewing annual performance and determining improvements; help implement program improvements
• Participates in the planning of DRC special events and educational presentations
• Participates in weekly staff meetings as a fully engaged team member


• Supports the DRC Director to recruit, screen, supervise and direct the work of program volunteers, interns, and student employees
• Assists DRC Director and Asst. Director in coordination of parttime and student staff
• Provides periodic coverage for other sections of department as needed to ensure continued operations
• Participates in student, staff and faculty trainings as requested by DRC Director and Assistant Director
• Promotes the DRC, its policies, procedures and activities to current and prospective students, college staff and faculty, as well as outside organizations
• Attends meetings and conferences representing and presenting on behalf of the DRC
• Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/experience in student affairs or a social sciences field of study. Relevant years of experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
• Awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act and accommodations in higher education (note: personal usage of accommodations suffices)
• Awareness of either breadth or depth of alternative media available to disabled persons (note: personal usage of alternative media suffices)
• Effective verbal and written communication skills (note: application materials are used to evaluate written communication skills)
• Demonstrated ability to use computers for data entry, web applications, searching the internet, and troubleshooting computer issues.

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