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ATI Accessible Procurement Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Location: Chancellor's Office
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of ATI Accessible Procurement Specialist. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 15 paid holidays a year.

Salary

The anticipated salary hiring range is up to $6,667 per month, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The salary range for this classification is $4,912 to $12,124 per month.

Classification

Information Technology Consultant - Career

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking an ATI Accessible Procurement Specialist to provide coordination and support for various moderate duties and responsibilities related to vetting IT products for accessibility conformance. As a liaison between IT and Procurement, the incumbent assists and completes procurement accessibility reviews for the CSU Chancellor’s Office related to the Accessible Technology Initiative. The incumbent performs due diligence and ensures ICT accessibility reviews of Chancellor’s Office platforms with systemwide impact, including ACR review, schedules vendor accessibility demonstrations, create Equally Effective Alternate Access Plans (EEAAPs) and maintains documentation repositories for access by the CSU system. This position combines technical knowledge, internal and external collaboration, superior communication skills, time management, follow-through with multiple stakeholders across competing projects, documentation review and creation, and training to promote ICT acquisitions that meet accessibility standards.

Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Director of Digital Accessibility and Equity, the ATI Accessible Procurement Specialist will perform duties as outlined below:

Review Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Acquisitions

-Support and engage vendors for accessibility conformance and conduct Chancellor’s Office due diligence for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) acquisition requests submitted via a ticketing system or from Procurement and Contract buyers, determine the impact, and critically review accessibility conformance documentation provided by the requestor and third-party vendors as appropriate.

-Coordinate and conduct the appropriate review and catalog in the ACR repository accessibility conformance documentation provided by the vendor, which can include VPATs, Roadmaps, and accessibility statements, to determine the accessibility level of the product.

-Critically review accessibility conformance documentation per framework guidelines and ask vendor follow-up questions on incorrect or ambiguous criterion statements, lacking supporting remarks, or contradicting information.

-Coordinate vendor accessibility demonstrations to provide high-quality barrier information.

-Use accessibility barrier information and consultation with requesters to Develop Equally Effective Alternate Access Plans (EEAAPs) that address barriers for groups of affected users. Distribute EEAAPs via the systemwide ACR repository.

-Maintain timely communication and follow-up at regular intervals with all parties to ensure vendor responsiveness, updated documentation, and requester transparency. Continue to engage vendors until they supply the requested information to ensure timely vendor requests.

Consultation, Collaboration & Training

-Participate and assist in developing resources to educate campus stakeholders on accessible procurement principles within the Chancellor’s Office and for CSU campuses.

-Work with Procurement and Contracts, vendors, requestors, and other stakeholders to critically review ICT acquisitions for accessibility conformance.

-Participate in the accessible procurement CoP, including developing agendas and topics related to ICT accessibility conformance.

-Effectively promote accessible procurement principles with a diverse group of stakeholders at all levels by establishing, encouraging, and maintaining cooperative and productive relationships with others and as a member of a team or unit.

Reporting and Administration

-Assist with CSU ATI systemwide reporting requirements for the procurement priority.

-Provide statistics relating to ACR reviews to the Director of Accessibility and Equity.

-Analyze and participate in evaluating existing and emerging technologies for conformance with accessibility standards.

-Guide in the development, documentation, and refinement of procedures.

Standards and Practices

-Stay informed about industry trends, legal requirements, and emerging technologies related to accessible procurement.

-Effectively manage and organize multiple ongoing vendor requests simultaneously by utilizing time-management tools, working independently on task assignments, investigating and troubleshooting complex problems, and performing daily responsibilities.

Qualifications

This position requires:

-Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and related experience is required.

-Minimum three to five years of experience with IT procurement.

-Experience with automated testing tools and manual testing methodologies.

-Understanding of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Amendments Act of 2008, and other laws and regulations as they pertain to the mandates of acquiring accessible Information and Communication Technologies as a state and federally funded higher education organization.

-Familiarity with WCAG. Knowledge of WCAG principles, success criteria, and techniques is essential for evaluating interface conformance to accessibility.

-Ability to coordinate multiple tasks without losing integrity to work. Organize, monitor, and guide others to achieve desired outcomes while working with stakeholders who do not directly report to the position, including third-party vendors and representatives from public and private entities.

-Must possess the ability to act decisively under stressful situations and maintain appropriate communication with the supervisor.

-Must possess demonstrated ability to communicate thoroughly and effectively both orally and in writing, as well as solid constructive listening skills. 

Preferred Qualifications

-Master’s degree in a technology-related discipline.

-Three to Five years of experience in accessible IT procurement.

-General or specialized accessibility certification (e.g., IAAP WAS, Trusted Tester) is preferred.

-Proficiency in conducting usability tests with individuals who have disabilities. Understanding how different assistive technologies interact with web content and user flow.

-Thorough working knowledge of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Amendments Act of 2008, and other laws and regulations as they pertain to the mandates of acquiring accessible information and communication technologies as a state and federally funded higher education organization.

-Strong technology skills, an understanding of the procurement processes related to the purchase of ICT, and a working knowledge of WCAG guidelines.

-Experience with assistive technology in desktop and mobile platforms, explicitly screen-reading technology, to contribute expertise to vendor-run product accessibility demonstrations as required., E.g., JAWS, NVDA.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by July 19, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at: https://www2.calstate.edu/titleix

E-Verify

This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States. The CSU Chancellor’s Office is not a sponsoring agency for staff and Management positions (i.e., H1-B VISAS).

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all Chancellor’s Office employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

CSU Out of State Employment Policy

California State University, Office of the Chancellor, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Background

The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.

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