QATAR UNIVERSITY

Section Head of Assistive Technology and UDL

Location
Doha, Qatar
Posted
14 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Nov 2018
Ref
IRC18100
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Location Doha, QA      

Department Name Inclusion and Special Needs Support Center      

College/Department Profile            

Qatar University Profile:

Qatar University is the premier national institution of higher education with a mission to produce well-rounded graduates with academic knowledge of quality and excellence coupled with  a keen spirit of volunteerism and civic responsibility. This is underpinned by committed leadership and an experienced and motivated faculty and staff body. 

Department Profile: 

Student Affairs contributes to the educational mission of Qatar University by providing innovative opportunities, quality programs, and efficient services that enrich the students’ learning experience and their personal development.

Duties & Responsibilities            

  • Section Head of Assistive Technology: He/she will be responsible for managing all aspects of QU Assistive Technology, accessibility and UDL. He/she will provide training and resource to students registered with the Inclusion and Special Needs Support Center, as well as, faculty and staff of Qatar University with an emphasis on assistive technologies, physical and digital accessibility, and UDL. He/she is responsible of promoting equitable access to QU’s buildings and facilities and consult with QU instructors on the design and development of accessible digital materials and learning environments for both online and traditional courses in order to meet accessibility standards.
  • Evaluates and interprets disability documentation to establish service eligibility. 
  • Determines accommodations and assistive technology appropriate to the specific disability and consistent with disability law and best practices in higher education. 
  • Ensures compliance with the requirements of physical accessibility for QU buildings and facilities based on standards of Qatari laws and regulations 
  • Ensures compliance with the requirements of digital accessibility for all QU information and communication systems based on “ict Qatar” standards and other accessibility related laws. 
  • Works collaboratively with faculty and department to ensure that appropriate alternate formats of printed materials are available. 
  • Provides consultation services, technical assistance, and training to faculty and staff on disability and accessibility issues, assistive technology and universal design for learning. 
  • Supervises the support staff within the Assistive Technology and UDL Section  
  • Reviews and provides notification of individualized technological solutions  for students with special needs that include but are not limited to testing accommodations, communication access techniques, note-taking approaches, use of alternative formats for print and multimedia, and use of assistive technologies. 
  • Creates and maintain relationships with new and existing community and international organization that work in UDL and assistive technology fields   
  • Actively educate the QU community about accessibility of educational technology and assist faculty/staff with creating accessible documents and selecting accessible materials/methods.  
  • Evaluates and review innovative methods and practices of potential benefit to students with disabilities as well as emerging assistive technologies 
  • Maintains and updates the center’s  website and shared folder with latest disability E- resources, assistive technology and UDL articles  
  • Represent ISNSC team in matters of physical and digital accessibility in the university and community 
  • Assures the center’s website and social media are universally designed  
  • Leads and/or participates in research on disability studies, UDL, and assistive technology   
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications            

  • Master's degree and 3 years’ experience in related fields or Bachelor's degree in a related field with an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • A proven leader with a minimum of 2 years’ of experience in the Special Needs support field
  • Ability to manage and motivate staff
  • Knowledge of effective uses of a variety of assistive technologies
  • Knowledge of assessment methods and ability to develop education and training programs
  • Familiarity with academic issues relevant to higher education student populations
  • Familiarity with the international standards and guidelines which apply to equal access to technology and the provision of academic materials in alternate format for students and staff with disabilities 
  • Excellent verbal, written and problem-solving skills.

Preferred:

  • Experience with students with disabilities in a higher education setting is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, concepts, methods and techniques of Universal Design and its application across the higher education environment; and the ability to provide formal/informal training/presentations throughout the University to increase awareness and understanding of universal design concepts and other disability-related topics
  • Bilingual preferred.(English and Arabic)
  • Priority for Qataris

Required Documents            

  • Curriculum Vitae with cover letter.
  • Experience Certificates.
  • At least three references including contact numbers and email addresses.

Benefits            

Non-Academic:

  • Competitive tax-free salary.
  • Housing allowance in accordance with HRM Law.
  • Annual round trip air tickets for candidate and dependents according to HRM Law.
  • Public health care and health insurance to candidate and family members.
  • Annual leave in accordance with HRM Law.
  • End-of-contract indemnity.

How To Apply            

  1. Returning Applicant: Please login in QU Recruitment Online website (https://careers.qu.edu.qa) to update/edit your saved profile. Use this profile to apply for this position.
  2. New Applicant: You need to setup an account with QU Recruitment Online website (https://careers.qu.edu.qa) and complete your personal profile. Once your profile is complete you may use it to apply for an open Position. 

Job Category Non-Academic

End Date of Advertisement 12-Nov-2018

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