Assistive Technologist position at the University of Manitoba

Job Opening at the University of Manitoba
Assistive Technologist - Infor Tech 4 (AESES) - Requisition No 09761

Job Description :
New Budget-Funded Continuing Full-Time
35.00 hours/week Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Salary Range: $36.01 - $48.17 per hour ($65,538.20 - $87,669.40 per annum)
Proposed Start Date: January 6, 2020
Trial/Probation Period: 840.00 work hours

For more information, please contact:
Carolyn Christie
520 UMSU University Centre
204-474-9736 or

Responsibilities :
-Meets individually with students to conduct an assistive software assessment, install and maintain computer software and/or apps, provide instruction and follow up computer support.
-Manages the Assistive Technology lab space.
-Develops and provides training for small groups of students on the use of text-to-speech tools, speech-to-text tools, and other adaptive computer software and equipment.
-Repairs or coordinates with IST repairs of assistive devices, peripherals, and reinstalls software for the purpose of maintaining computers and related equipment in a safe and functional operating condition.
-Keeps Director informed of technology updates/upgrades and new technology needed to ensure technology is as current as possible and develop/maintain adaptive technology budget projections annually.
-Creates and maintains user manuals, documents, files and records (e.g. site license information, usage logs, inventory, etc.) for the purpose of providing up-to date reference.
-Assists the University in proactively ensuring accessibility in their online content, (i.e. AMA web format standards committee).
-Upon referral by Employee Wellness (HR), meets individually with staff or faculty to conduct an assistive software assessment, review assistive technology supports and programs, provide instruction and follow up support.
-Develops and implements new SAS programs and services.
-Coordinates the Alternate Format program including responding to student requests, submitting requests to the provincial government's Alternate Format Resource Unit and following up with students regarding requests.
-Hires, trains, schedules, and supervises a team student workers through the process of creating accessible, electronic course materials for students.
-Creates course materials including tests in the accessible format required (Braille, E-Text, Large Print, Tactile Graphic, etc.).
-Communicates with publishers and outside agencies as appropriate.
Communicates and provides instruction to faculty to ensure that the University is providing accessible materials for students.
-Maintains the database of alternate format materials for SAS.
-Assists the Accommodations Assistant in overseeing the SAS database management.
-Runs reports and provides statistical information for monthly and annual reports or as needed.
-Updating SAS website and working with Communications Specialist.
-Knowledgeable in matters pertaining to PHIA and FIPPA regulations and must have PHIA/FIPPA training.
-Invigilates tests/exams following specific invigilation protocols during peak periods (final exams and mid term tests).
-Performs other duties as assigned by Director.

-Completion of an assistive technology training program (diploma or certificate) is required.
-Undergraduate degree strongly preferred, in related discipline (computer science, occupational therapy, education).

-Minimum of four years of directly related experience is required.
-Minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience working with assistive technology and in providing instruction to individuals with disabilities, is required.
-One year of experience creating accessible digital versions of text for individuals, is required.
-Preference given to candidates with post-secondary experience.
-Experience in a higher education setting and knowledge of University of Manitoba policies and procedures preferred.
-An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

-Proficiency in adaptive software (e.g. Dragon, Kurzweil 3000, JAWS, NVDA, Zoomtext, ReadandWrite, tablet/smartphone apps, CCTV) is essential.
-Ability to accurately and efficiently edit digital text is required.
-Ability to Braille documents (Duxbury), preferred.
-Creative problem solving and attention to detail skills are required.
-Excellent organizational, interpersonal, teambuilding and communication (oral and written) skills are essential.
-Proficiency in managing and updating case management software is required (familiarity with Clockwork preferred).
-Excellent time management skills and attention to detail required.
-Proficiency in using advanced features of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), is required.
-Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a fully contributing member of a team, is required.
-Ability to oversee staff required (train, give directions, establish goals and timelines, provide feedback).
-Work effectively with all levels of staff, students and members of the general public from different cultures and generations in a confidential, tactful, polite, respectful and competent manner, is required.
-Demonstrated ability to cope during highly stressful peak periods is essential.
-Ability to create, prepare, facilitate, and deliver workshops, presentations and instructional guides, is required.
-Training and knowledge of Aurora Student is preferred.
-Connections to community and higher education organizations related to assistive technology is preferred.
-Satisfactory work record, including satisfactory attendance and punctuality, is required.

Additional Information:
This position may require some evening and weekend shifts.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes
applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations
and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All candidates must be legally entitled
to work in Canada.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact U of M's Diversity and Inclusion
Facilitator, Valerie Williams at or 204-474-8371.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of
"The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy" (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae will be provided
to participating members of the search process.