Program Specialist VI-VII (Statewide Digital Accessibility Program Administrator)

Job Title
Program Specialist VI-VII (Statewide Digital Accessibility Program Administrator)
Job Number
#00016163

Job Posting:

#00016163

Opened:

07/15/2021

Closes:

Opened Until Filled

Position Title:

Program Specialist VI-VII (Statewide Digital Accessibility Program Administrator)

Class/Group:

1576-1576/B23-B25

Military Occupation Specialty Code:

Navy-OS, 641X; Coast Guard-OS; Air Force- 86M0

FLSA:

Exempt

Number of Vacancies:

1

Division/Section:

CTO/Technology Planning, Policy & Governance

Salary Range:

$6065.75-$7976.80

Duration:

Regular

Hours Worked Weekly:

40

Shift:

Days

Travel:

Limited

Agency Address:

300 W. 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Web site:

www.dir.texas.gov

Refer Inquiries to:

Human Resources

Telephone:

(512) 463-5920 or (512) 475-4612

 

 

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Select “Apply Online” to apply for the job at https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en
  • You must create a CAPPS Career Section candidate profile or be logged in to apply
  • Update your profile and apply for the job by navigating through the pages and steps
  • Once ready, select “Submit” on the “Review and Submit” page.
  • If you have problems accessing the CAPPS Career Section, please email the CAPPS Recruiting Help Desk at capp.recruiting@cpa.texas.gov

 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: 

  • Applicants must provide in depth information in the EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS section to demonstrate how they meet the position qualifications. Incomplete applications may result in disqualification.
  • Resumes may be uploaded as an attachment but are not accepted in lieu of the information required in the EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS section of the application.

 

Interview Place/Time: 

Candidates will be notified for appointments as determined by the selection committee.

 

Notice: Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25 years, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or proof of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Department of Information Resources does not exclude anyone from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention, or any other personnel action, or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities, which it sponsors on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability.  Please call 512-463-5920 to request reasonable accommodations.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Texas Department of Information Resources is the state agency charged with protecting the state’s data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-million dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government.  DIR is a fast-paced and collaborative environment with highly motivated and engaged employees dedicated to achieving the best value for the state. 

This leadership position establishes and directs the statewide digital accessibility strategy. The individual selected for this position collaborates with state IT leaders and the vendor community to improve digital accessibility and ensure that state government communications, technology, websites, and digital services are accessible for Texans and state employees with disabilities. 

The position performs advanced to highly advanced (senior-level) consultative services to state agencies and institutions of higher education. Responsibilities include collaborating with DIR staff to develop or enhance processes that advance digital accessibility goals for the state. This position works under limited to minimal supervision, with considerable to extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

 

WHAT WE DO

The ideal candidate will have the ability to highlight their strengths in the following functions:

  • Performs of a variety of technical, training, research, planning, policy, and administrative activities for the statewide Digital Accessibility program in support of statutory electronic and information resources (EIR) accessibility requirements. 
  • Provides communication, outreach, and education to assist state agencies and institutions of higher education with understanding of and compliance with Texas EIR accessibility laws and administrative rule; provides and maintains current, relevant digital accessibility content for DIR website.
  • Coordinates, conducts, and monitors surveys, studies, and specialized projects to improve statewide digital accessibility including the EIR accessibility portion of the information resources deployment review and accessibility survey of institutions of higher education; prepares reports and recommends best practices to improve statewide digital accessibility.
  • Represents DIR as the statewide digital accessibility subject matter expert (SME) by making presentations, participating in working groups, and collaborating as a technical advisor to advance digital accessibility.
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes, and prepares material in response to requests for information about compliance with EIR accessibility laws and standards and digital accessibility best practices.
  • Researches, reviews, evaluates, recommends, and develops standards, policies, guidance, and procedures to facilitate statewide digital accessibility. 
  • Serves as an internal resource and SME on digital accessibility matters for activities including rulemaking, procurement, and policy development. 
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

 

EDUCATION

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in information systems management, communications, business, public administration, or related field.
  • Additional work-related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
  • High School diploma required. 

 

EXPERIENCE & TRAINING REQUIRED

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience working with multiple stakeholders and customers, implementing outreach and education programs, and managing projects.

 

EXPERIENCE & TRAINING PREFERRED

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience working with multiple stakeholders and customers, implementing outreach and education programs, and managing projects.
  • Progressive experience with digital accessibility programs or Information and Communications Technology (ICT) accessibility. 

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of state and federal accessibility laws related to the use and application of technology in Texas government and institutions of higher education.
  • Knowledge of public administration, program management, research methods, and program evaluation techniques. 
  • Knowledge of IT development, technology solutions, assistive technology, and acceptable accessibility documentation and testing methods.
  • Strong skills in consensus-building, problem-solving and teamwork with ability to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties.
  • Skills in working on high visibility projects with multiple stakeholders with ability to plan, organize, coordinate, monitor and evaluate multiple priorities.
  • Proven ability to plan, develop, implement, and continuously improve education, outreach, and training programs.
  • Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, document, and analyze facts in support of decisions, evaluations, and data produced for reports.
  • Ability to prepare reports and respond to requests for information in a timely manner.
  • Ability to develop, evaluate, document, and interpret policies and procedures.
  • Ability to exercise courtesy, tact, and diplomacy including the ability to exercise discretion when handling confidential information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational levels, including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, internal, and external customers.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment.
  • Ability to understand, follow, and convey brief oral and/or written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing; in a clear and concise manner, and to make presentations to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet required deadlines.
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks.
  • Ability to comply with all agency policies and applicable laws.
  • Ability to comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards.

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Experience using a personal computer and related applications to complete work assignments (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook email preferred).

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Regular and punctual attendance.
  • Criminal background check.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers, and telephones.
  • Frequent standing, walking, sitting, listening, and public speaking.
  • Occasional bending and stooping.
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.
  • Occasional lifting and climbing.

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