Deputy ADA Coordinator, Digital Accessibility & Universal Design - The University of Central Florida

Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Deputy Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator - Digital Accessibility & Universal Design

The University of Central Florida is pleased to invite applications for its inaugural Deputy ADA Coordinator - Digital Accessibility & Universal Design position. Reporting to the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity/ADA Coordinator, the Deputy ADA Coordinator will have an integral role in shaping and defining the direction of University compliance, providing leadership and assistance to the ADA Coordinator to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other relevant federal and state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities.  The Deputy ADA Coordinator will perform multiple duties and will assist the ADA Coordinator with providing ADA-related support, guidance, and assistance to faculty, staff, and students. The Deputy ADA Coordinator will consult with university departments in responding to individual inquiries concerning accommodations and barriers to access related to student and public programs; the digital environment; the built environment and campus events; employment; and the university's accommodation process.

With more than 69,000 students, UCF is one of largest universities in the United States. No public university in the U.S. confers more degrees annually. UCF is big because we believe in access and opportunity. As of Fall 2019, UCF, which is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, set a record among its students - specifically, 47.8 percent of students identified as minorities and 26.7 percent identified as Hispanic.  As a member of UCF's Office of Institutional Equity, the Deputy ADA Coordinator will assist with ensuring equal opportunity and protection of the civil rights of all University community members.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities for the Deputy ADA Coordinator - Digital Accessibility & Universal Design include collaborative leadership on disability issues and extensive knowledge and interpretation of disability legislation related to access and accommodations for students, employees and visitors, including but not limited to:

·         Consult with university leadership and campus partners on electronic and information technology and website accessibility in the classroom and in outreach with the public consistent with best practices in higher education.

·         Monitor University compliance with state and federal disabilities-related legislation and regulatory guidance and implement plans for improvement in collaboration with other administrators, faculty and staff.

·         Collaborate with university leadership to ensure adherence with legal requirements.

·         Educate, train and guide the University community in understanding disability access, rights, and responsibilities including the dissemination of current policies and information reflecting best practice.

·         Assist in the planning and coordination of University policies and procedures relating to disabilities compliance, including but not limited to digital accessibility.

·         Provide oversight and leadership for all disability-related access and programming initiatives for faculty, staff and students.

·         In collaboration with university leadership and other university offices, provide guidance and assistance to managers, supervisors, and faculty in implementing accommodations related to employment, academic and/or residential requests.

·         Maintain a working knowledge of changing regulations and policies regarding persons with disabilities, including FERPA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADA, including ADA standards and regulations for Accessible Design.

·         Collaborate with University Planning, Architectural and Engineering Services (PAES), as well as Facilities Operations and Building Services to ensure compliance with the ADA and other relevant building standards for accessibility.

·         Consult and assist with facilitating the interactive process for exploring reasonable accommodations for faculty and staff.

·         Serve on institutional committees and task forces as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will hold a Graduate degree in a related field (Special Education, Higher Education, Disability Services, Rehabilitation Counseling, Law, etc.) and have 4 years of relevant experience working in a higher education environment or a disability-related field in government, K-12, or other public/private organizations. The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge of the ADA and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), familiarity with WCAG, and the ability to work with a wide variety of ADA-related issues.  The candidate also will have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work independently and meet deadlines, and the ability to work as a collaborative teammate.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will possess knowledge of adaptive equipment and assistive technology, including speech to text and knowledge of the reasonable accommodation process for employees and the academic accommodation process for students. The successful candidate also will have experience in the following: Website development experience; Knowledge of digital accessibility standards; and, Knowledge of 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Required Documents:

The university requires that all applicants apply online at  In addition to the online application, candidates must also submit the following:

·         A cover letter that outlines their qualifications for and interest in the position.

·         Resume.

·         A list of three professional references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers).

NOTE:  Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time.  Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:  As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

Aplications Close: February 27, 2020