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Accessibility Specialist


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Academic Computing (10046268)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU >

Definition of Class

This position assists faculty and staff with the development instructional media content in compliance with University policies pertaining to accessibility. This incumbent provides guidance and support to faculty and staff by determining best tools, information, resources, and training to resolve technical and instructional accessibility barriers. 

Examples of Work Performed

  • Identifies and resolves accessibility barriers to provide accessible instructional material and websites.
  • Supports real-time and post-production captioning services to provide accessibility.
  • Evaluates the accessibility of instructional technology devices and software and makes recommendations concerning best practices.
  • Conducts accessibility testing against WCAG 2.0 (A, AA) success criteria and federal requirements.
  • Develops training materials and presents seminars to educate instructors on accessibility solutions to provide instructional content in the most accessible formats.
  • Contributes informative how-to articles to University communication mediums to educate faculty and staff about available tools, information, and resources to resolve technical accessibility barriers.
  • Monitors and promotes accessibility standards of campus websites.
  • Follows accessibility related standards and laws, including WCAG, ADA Section 508 and WAI-ARIA.
  • Develops reports to monitor and assess University or departmental accessibility efforts.
  • Builds departmental support for accessibility advocacy through presentations and consultations on accessibility-related topics.
  • Attends annual conferences related to accessibility initiatives to stay abreast of current accessibility best practices.   
  • Participates with committees, departments and professional web accessibility forums or groups to address accessibility needs.
  • Performs other related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Evaluates and facilitated development of institutional and instructional media content in appropriate format to ensure accessibility.
  2. Determines appropriate tools, information, resources and training needed to resolve technical and instructional accessibility barriers.
  3. Provides guidance and support to departments for facilitation of accessibility-related administrative duties.
  4. Develops training materials to maintain and enhances accessibility and advocacy skills.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university.



One (1) year of experience related to the above described duties.


Substitution Statement:

Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi