Director of Stanford Online Accessibility Program

California, United States
04 Jun 2020
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04 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you have a passion for leading and designing an expanding program that will build a culture of inclusion for those with disabilities? Are you an advocate for digital accessibility? Do you possess the talent to educate and influence others about adopting and developing accessible solutions?

At Stanford University, we make accessibility a priority. The Stanford Online Accessibility Program (SOAP) seeks a Director who will expand on the successes of the current office with the aim of uplifting the culture of digital accessibility across the institution. This is a tremendous opportunity to grow the current team and elevate the program.

As the Director of SOAP, reporting into University IT, you will lead and design the launch of an expanded University-wide Digital Accessibility Program. In consultation with senior University leadership, you will,

  • Lead strategic planning and analysis of program and ongoing roadmap. Monitor trends in accessibility and evolve direction of the program.
  • Lead governance structures. Make accessibility and compliance a requirement for new and updated services with revision of current online accessibility policies and integration of those policies into all appropriate resources. Lead yearly policy review and action plans.
  • Develop accessibility shared accountability model across Stanford, working with the highest levels of leadership in the schools and departments to advance accessibility at the local level.
  • Represent the program at the University level, as well as internal and external stakeholders and constituencies.
  • In partnership with the Office of the General Counsel, act as the accessibility subject matter expert for the university regarding the interpretation, implementation and compliance with policies and regulations. Recommend actions and/or resolve complex issues that span organizational boundaries.
  • Monitor and report progress towards stated goals and compliance
  • Direct outreach, change management and training strategies
  • Direct alignment and support for procuring and negotiating accessible solutions and contracts across Stanford
  • Oversee accessibility team

Education & experience (required):

  • Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, skills and abilities (required):

  • Proven leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies which could span multiple organizational boundaries.
  • Advanced knowledge and application of accessibility best practices, per W3C WAI guidelines and specifications (WCAG, WI-ARIA etc.), Section 508 and other evolving accessibility standards.
  • Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound business decisions using good business judgment and innovative and creative problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage financial, organizational and staff resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships.
  • Relevant subject matter expertise.

Physical requirements*:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.

· - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working conditions:

  • May work extended hours or weekends.

Who We Are 

The Stanford Online Accessibility Program is part of University Information Technology (UIT), a 600-person strong organization supporting 100+ services for Stanford. We are committed to assuring that online information is accessible to everyone. Our community is a wide range of administrators, content creators, designers, and developers, whom we want to support in the procuring, preparing and providing of accessible solutions to Stanford. We support faculty members, staff, and students, in understanding why online accessibility matters and how they can make a difference. 

We’re located in Redwood City. Our new Stanford Redwood City campus is open and brings together 2,700 staff in a collaborative environment that reflects Stanford’s culture and mission. The campus offers amenities such as onsite cafes and a dining pavilion, a high-end fitness facility with an outdoor pool, and a childcare center. As part of our telecommute options, we have Stanford locations in San Francisco, Newark and San Jose and a supportive work-anywhere program for our Bay Area staff.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit your résumé and a cover letter along with your online application.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4124
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: L
  • Requisition ID: 85768