Alternate Format Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Location: Northridge
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do, and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. Learn more:


Major Duties

Under general supervision of the Director, and the lead direction of the Assistive Technology Specialist, the Alternate Format Specialist coordinates the acquisition and/or production of printed course materials such as textbooks into an alternate format [electronic text (e-text), large print, Braille, raised line graphics, etc.] for students with print-related disabilities. The incumbent creates accessible content in various formats and remediates documents to ensure usability with various assistive technology software and devices.   

  • Collaborates with Assistive Technology Specialist on document format and usability on assistive technology software/devices.
  • Leads and trains student assistants supporting alternate format production; serves as a resource to CSUN students, faculty, and staff on document accessibility and applying universal design concepts.
  • Contributes to CSU alternate format repository (currently AIMHub), facilitating campus-to-campus sharing of resources.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a related field.
  • Certification training and applied experience may be substituted for the required education, on a year-for-year basis.
  • Equivalent to six months of full-time computing experience which includes knowledge of relevant hardware, software, maintenance, and user support. 


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • General working knowledge of common software application packages, equipment platforms, reference database systems and sources, and training methods, and a basic understanding of networks, data communication, and multimedia systems. Functional knowledge of: Universal Design concepts, W3C WCAG 2.1 standards, PDF/UA standards, and Section 508 standards is desirable.
  • Ability and specialized skills to: recognize technology problems and offer reasonable solutions; solve common problems or problems that have precedent solutions; organize projects and work within timeframes and deadlines; effectively present ideas, explain problems, and recommend solutions orally and in writing; actively participate as a team member by meeting assigned deadlines, listening to ideas of others, and acting on expressed needs; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administration.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

  • The university offers an excellent benefits package, including but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, retirement & savings, tuition waiver, and more.
  • Classification: Information Technology Consultant / 0420 / 1
  • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $3,899 - $4,900 per month, dependent upon qualifications and experience. The salary range for this classification is: $3,899 - $7,506 per month.
  • HOURS: Full Time; 40 hours per week; Monday through Friday.
  • This is a Regular position with a one-year probationary period. 
  • The position is currently hybrid (3 days in office, 2 days remote); however, this is subject to change based on student and/or operational needs.


General Information

  • Applications received through May 28, 2024 will be considered in the initial review and the review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
  • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • Per the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To apply and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:
  • The CSU recommends that faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus.


Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination based on race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran or military status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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