Job Posting

Assistive Technologist

Part-Time, On-Site

Institution: Seneca College


8 The Seneca Way, Markham ON, L3R 5Y1

Deadline: July 3, 2022

Posted: June 2, 2022

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Counselling and Accessibility Services, the Assistive Technologist is responsible for the recommendation and instruction of assistive technologies that students with disabilities require to support their academic activities at Seneca. The Assistive Technologist meets in one-to-one sessions to work on specific skills with students, and generates progress reports for the student and their counsellor. The Assistive Technologist is expected to conduct small group workshops for students and faculty in the area of assistive technology. The incumbent must research and maintain knowledge of the most current assistive technologies available to assist students. The incumbent must be proficient in using various technologies for students with physical, mental health, visual, hearing, and learning disabilities in order to be able to instruct students in their use. In addition, the incumbent must be able to problem solve in collaboration with Seneca’s IT Department when technology does not meet student needs, or malfunctions. The incumbent is also expected to be a power user of technologies used to support departmental operations (e.g., student records management system, collaborative tools).

-In-depth review to understand students’ needs based on documentation such as psycho-educational report, medical reports, and individual education plans (IEP), etc.
-Meet with students and recommend assistive technologies based on documented disability.
-Work with students on the use of technologies by instructing them on all features and functionality of assistive software programs, hardware and equipment available to them.
-Prepare reports for student and counsellor with respect to the recommendation of assistive technologies.
-Conduct ongoing research of current and evolving technologies for and with students with disabilities.
-Ongoing learning of new assistive technologies to determine their viability, and to instruct students on their use.
-Troubleshoot technology malfunctions or problems.
-Correspond and consult with students, counsellors and others on various issues.
-Assist with planning and conducting of workshops for students and faculty.
-Consult with Financial Aid over applications for Bursary for Students with Disabilities.
-Work on special projects and assignments that support students and/or staff related to the identification and/or application of assistive technology.

-Minimum of a three (3) year diploma or degree in Computer Applications, or related field.
-Completion of the Learning Disability Specialist/ Assistive Technology certificate from Cambrian College.

-Minimum of three (3) years experience working with various educational software and hardware.
-Minimum of three (3) years experience working with persons with disabilities.
-Experience conducting workshops for students and faculty in an area of technology (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil, Read and Write Gold, JAWS, ZoomText, Inspiration, etc.).
-Previous experience with usability testing is an asset.
-Experience working with databases and student records management system is an asset.

-Ability to work as part of a collaborative team and multi-disciplinary environment.
-Knowledge of College policies and programs.
-Proficiency with iOS and Windows Operating System (including the Accessibility Options); Microsoft Office Suite.
-Ability to convey ideas through effective communication and presentation skills along with strong reporting writing skills.
-Well-developed interpersonal, customer service and communication skills (verbal and written) to interact effectively with students, staff and the public are required.
-Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks/projects and duties as assigned.
-Ability to travel between campuses.

Note: A skills assessment test will be administered during the recruitment process.