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Digital Accessibility Officer
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF-41612

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 24/07/2022

Job live date: 17/06/2022

Salary: £42,149 - £51,800

Employment type: PM-ALC

Department: Digital Technology Services

Division: Application Development & Digital Transformation

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full Time, Permanent

The role of the Digital Accessibility Officer is to promote, develop and improve digital accessibility across the University, and to ensure that the University’s digital content, products and platforms are accessible.

Raising awareness of digital accessibility best practice at all institutional levels, the Digital Accessibility Officer will ensure that the University’s support for digital accessibility is aligned with all areas of concern for students and staff, taking a forward-thinking and well-coordinated, approach.

The Digital Accessibility Officer will:

  • Act as central resource and knowledge base with regard to digital accessibility knowledge and information
  • Act as support and main point of contact for users for advice on digital accessibility matters
  • Keep abreast of the Government Accessibility Regulations, Web Accessibility Regulations and requirements from the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) and translate these into meaningful and co-ordinated actions to support institutional compliance
  • Act as triage point for queries relating to, and escalating reports of, digital accessibility problems with regard to products, platforms and suppliers, as these queries arrive from internal or external web users, escalating any issues for the same to the product owner or supplier
  • Act as triage point for queries relating to Disproportionate Burden, working with the Legal team to ensure that accessibility of content is appropriately and proportionally managed
  • Work with teams and stakeholders across the organisation to:
    • create joint operational objectives and co-ordinated activities
    • prioritise a programme of remediation and improvement for the University’s content and material
    • agree pragmatic processes for enacting digital accessibility as a business-as-usual activity across the University
    • take a digital accessible-by-design approach, advising digital content creators on best practice, templates, and routes to achieving digital accessibility
  • Work with colleagues to raise digital accessibility awareness and skills with staff so that they are also aware of their responsibilities and can develop the skills to implement accordingly
  • Anticipate and address digital accessibility issues at all stages of product and service development, advising projects where third-party supplier solutions need to be assessed for digital accessibility, requirements

Interview Date: 02/08/2022 

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Deputy Director of DTS

Contact role:

Head of Digital Portfolio

Contact name:

Steve Gough

Contact name:

Mary Seddon

Contact phone:

0118 378 6212

Contact phone:

0118 378 6335

Contact email:

s.m.gough@reading.ac.uk

Contact email:

m.seddon@reading.ac.uk


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Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

 

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