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Assistive Technology Assistant

MiraCosta College

Last Updated: 1/22/23

Job Description


Assistive Technology Assistant
MiraCosta College


For full details and to apply, go to https://jobs.miracosta.edu/postings/3314

Type of Assignment: Full Time
Assignment Category: Regular Position

Position Details:
One regular, part-time position, 30 hours per week, 11 months spread over 12 months per year on the Oceanside campus. The work schedule will be Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.

This is an “extended-day” position, subject to possible fluctuations in daily working hours, and may be exempt from compensation for overtime in excess of eight (8) hours in one day. Hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours in a week period shall be compensated on an overtime basis.
IMPORTANT: MiraCosta College requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to promote a safe and healthful workplace for employees and to promote the health and safety of our campus community. Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe disease. This causes greater risk to their personal health and unnecessary disruption to the college community that depends on college programs and services. As of August 23, 2021, all employees must submit proof of vaccination or request and receive approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. For more information, please visit https://www.miracosta.edu/covid/covid-vaccination-requirements.html.

Salary Range: 19
Compensation: Starting at $42,682.75 or $45,045.00 per year ($29.85 or $31.50 per hour), salary range 19, step 1 or 2 on the 2022-2023 classified salary schedule. Initial step placement will be determined based on directly related experience with annual step increases up to step 5. In addition, after five years of district service, employees earn a longevity stipend that increases over time.

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

Benefits:
MiraCosta College offers an array of benefits to eligible employees.

  • The district pays 100% of the cost of medical, dental and vision insurance for eligible employees and dependents
  • $100,000 life insurance policy
  • Up to $250 of benefit credits per month to help pay for a variety of voluntary benefit options, such as supplemental life insurance, disability coverage, and health care/dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Vacation, sick leave, and up to 18 paid holidays
  • State pension system retirement benefits (CalPERS)
  • Free and confidential employee assistance program
  • Wellness Program
  • Participation in the District’s Early Retirement Program
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Tuition fee reimbursement
  • Childcare Facility (Oceanside Campus)


Position Term in Months: 11 months spread over 12 months

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number:

1. Application on which you list all relevant experience.

2. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

3. A cover letter addressed to the “Screening and Interview Committee” specifically describing how you meet the desirable qualifications and the representative duties.

4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated in this job posting. Unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl635.pdf. Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials for up to three to four weeks following the closing/first screening date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) proof of being fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or requesting and receiving approval for a medical or religious exemption; 2) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 3) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 4) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 5) fingerprint clearance; and 6) approval by the Board of Trustees.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson and Johnson [J&J/Janssen]).

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function:
Under general supervision, train students on the use of assistive technologies compatible with their accessibility needs; work with students, faculty and staff to adapt course work and help facilitate accessible content requirements; ensure accessibility equipment and software environments are properly maintained and are in sound working order; and perform related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
An Assistive Technology Assistant is distinguished from an Access Specialist in that an incumbent in the latter class performs professional duties involved with establishing a district environment conducive to achieving compliance with state and federal regulations, goals and priorities, including determining areas of need and setting goals for assistive technology training.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

1. Provide information to students with disabilities on the various types of assistive technologies available to meet their needs, ranging from large-print materials, digital media, character recognition and text-to-speech software, Braille and tactile materials to specialized adaptive equipment; work with students to evaluate compatibility with their accessibility needs, consistent with the baseline accommodation recommendations made by their counselors; seek combined approaches that will convey information in the best possible manner; ensure approaches meet state and federal requirements and are consistent with related standards such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

2. Provide support to students and their instructors by helping to adapt course materials such as textbooks, handouts and exams into comparable and accessible print, digital or tactile formats; use design software and a variety of specialized equipment and technologies to fill requirements.

3. Provide training and assistance to students with disabilities in the uses of standard computer lab software and hardware to complete their course work and access email and district web-sites; set up and administer test environments for students requiring testing accommodations; work with the Access Specialist and Student Services Coordinator to devise and implement accommodations in more difficult areas such as math and science, where more complex notation or shape/ model based is used to communicate essential concepts.

4. Install, test, troubleshoot and resolve accessibility hardware and software to ensure it is maintained in appropriate operating condition and can be configured for individual student needs; as necessary, work with assistive technology vendors and publishers about technical configurations and methods for resolving maintenance issues; document methods and resolutions.

5. Research, test, and demonstrate emerging technologies and new products that could better meet student needs and fill in gaps in available, practical and effective solutions, particularly in math and science disciplines and mobile device solutions. Help assess the viability, compatibility, and limitations of existing products and provide recommendations for new educational technologies or strategies that could enhance accessibility for students in multiple disciplines and computer open-lab. Contact hardware/software vendors for pricing and product information as needed.

Other Duties:
1. Consult with counselors and disability specialists on students’ accommodation needs and document clarifications and determinations.

2. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:
1. Uses of multi-platform computer hardware, peripherals, specialized equipment and software to produce materials in alternate media formats along with the use of dedicated assistive technology tools to address the specific needs of students in a college-level environment.

2. Application and adaptation of media forms, including braille, e-Text, audio, large print and tactile graphics, in conveying a wide range of college-level curriculum using varied methods of instructional delivery to meet individual disabled student learning requirements.

3. The Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act (504 & 508), CA Code §11135, CA Title 5, and closely related standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Other relevent federal and state laws/regulations pertaining to fundamental accessibility and core job duties.

4. Learning styles and limitations associated with various types of disabilities.

5. Principles and practices of sound business communication including English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

6. Web design to meet accessibility requirements as applicable to assigned responsibilities.

7. Modern office practices, procedures and equipment including computers and applicable software programs.

Ability To:
1. Work with students with various disability types to provide assistive technology training and assist them in determining appropriate alternate media and/or assistive technologies to meet their individual needs and preferences.

2. Analyze situations accurately, evaluate alternatives and adopt effective courses of action.

3. Organize, set priorities and exercise sound, independent judgment within area of assigned responsibility.

4. Interpret, apply and explain district policies and procedures and reach sound decisions in areas applicable to the work.

5. Convey empathy and work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds who have differing types and degrees of disability and who bring a range of developed skills in hand-ling an educational environment.

6. Operate a computer, specialized alternate media equipment and software and other standard office equipment.

7. Troubleshoot and resolve device errors and software problems in assistive technologies.
8. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

9. Understand and follow written and oral instructions.

10. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

11. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

Education & Experience:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college with an associate degree in a related field, and at least one year (1) of responsible experience in working with disabled students that provided familiarity with determining appropriate alternate media and assistive technologies to meet their needs; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

NOTE: For work experience, one “year” is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.



Desirable Qualifications:
1. Previous student support experience within a K-12 or postsecondary education setting.

2. Previous experience working within a computer lab setting.



Licenses & Other Requirements:
A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance program.

Physical Effort:
The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primarily sedentary with intermittent standing, walking, bending and stooping; occasional light lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort:
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to work effectively under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions:
Primarily office/computer lab environment; subject to frequent public contact and interruption; intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion; may work at any district location or authorized facility with occasional evenings and/or weekends on an as-needed basis. Occasional local travel may be requested.

Posting Number: S22/23036P
Human Resources Contact Information: jobs@miracosta.edu or [Register to View]
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
First Screening Date: Applications received by the first screening date, Tuesday, January 17, 2023 will be given first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
MiraCosta College is committed to creating a racially just campus climate. Individuals and their diverse cultures and identities are welcomed, nurtured, and validated. MiraCosta College takes institutional responsibility for closing the equity gap for disproportionately impacted populations including Latinx and Chicanx communities, Black and African American communities, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, Native American communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, veteran communities, former foster youth, adult students, and students from low socioeconomic statuses. MiraCosta will continue to serve all constituents with values rooted in equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.MiraCosta College’s Mission, Vision, Commitment, and Institutional Values & Goals – https://www.miracosta.edu/office-of-the-president/docs/mcc_missionstatement.pdf

About MiraCosta College
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at https://www.miracosta.edu/office-of-the-president/board-of-trustees/_docs/3400BP-Diversity-Equity-Inclusion.pdf




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Oceanside, California, United States
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help...