Student Access Services provides academic and other reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities at Vanderbilt University. While primarily student focused, SAS staff also work with Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and parents to ensure a welcoming, accessible environment.
The Assistive Technology Specialist (ATS) at Vanderbilt University will assess assistive technology needs and recommend appropriate systems to enhance access for individuals with disabilities. This position serves as a key member of the Student Access Services team.
Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as coordinator for all requests for books and materials in alternative format for students with print disabilities; collaborates with publishers, third party vendors and students to fulfill requests for books/materials in alternative format; conducts alternative format conferences with eligible students; prepares educational and informational materials in alternative formats
Conducts assistive technology evaluations and makes recommendations for students in the use of assistive hardware and software.
Tracks and coordinates assistive technology equipment check out and equipment inventory; provides budget forecasts for technology related to student accommodations to the Director.
Serves as the administrator for SAS data management system; additionally, provides technical support for SAS staff members including technical support for test proctoring.
Serves as accessibility expert to institutional departments in order to promote accessibility of instruction. This may include, but not limited to creating effective workshops, seminars, website content, multimedia visual aids and presentations, video demonstrations, e-learning modules, and online courses as needed to train and develop faculty and staff on available technologies for classroom and online teaching and learning
Participates in development, implementation, and maintenance of policies, objectives, short and long range planning; collaborates with other program staff in strategic planning, cultivation of partnerships, and development and implementation of programmatic initiatives.
Assists SAS Staff in developing accommodation plans, note-taking process, and proctoring procedures.
Assumes additional responsibilities and performs special projects as needed or directed by the Director.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor's degree in human services, education, technology domain or related field from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
A Master's degree in human services, education, technology domain or related field from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
Knowledge and understanding of the Civil rights laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADAA and other applicable laws, and their application at the post-secondary level is necessary.
Demonstrated working knowledge of assistive technologies such as computer voice synthesis, electronic text systems, digital voice recording devices, audio books, CCTV, adaptive devices, braille equipment, networked printers and high speed scanners, note taking software, and the theories, principles, and practices guiding their use is necessary.
Experience working with individuals with disabilities in identification of AT that provide access to environmental barriers is necessary.
Experience in Information Technology, customer service, and working with diverse populations is necessary.
Skill in organization, presentation, and verbal and written communication is necessary.
Experience using disability management software (e.g. AIM) and online classroom management systems (e.g. Brightspace) is preferred.
About Vanderbilt Benefits In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
About Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university's students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”