Accessibility and Disability Rights Coordinator (Program Specialist V)
Job #: 2023-10
- TWC Job #: 15573764
- Opening Date: 9/20/2022
- Travel Required: 25%
- Monthly Salary: $5,000.00 - $6,579.00/mo
- Position Location: Austin, Texas
- Group Step: B21
- Class: 1574
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Omission of data on the state application is grounds for disqualification of the application.
Only interviewed applicants will receive notice of the final disposition of the selection process.
OOG employees applying for a position in the same pay group, if selected, will be laterally transferred with a maximum increase in salary of 3.4%.
- Defined Retirement Benefit Plan.
- Optional 401(k) and 457 accounts.
- Medical Insurance - State pays 100% of the health plan premium for eligible full-time employees and 50% of the premium for their eligible dependents. State pays 50% of the eligible part-time employee’s premium and 25% for eligible dependents.
- Optional Benefits such as dental, vision, and life insurance.
- 8 hours sick leave per month and 8 hours vacation leave per month with potential to earn more with longevity. Part-time employee’s hours are proportional with no longevity.
- Telework Program – telework opportunities are available upon request. Reliable internet is required. Alternate work schedules and telework may be discussed with the hiring manager during the interview process.
The Accessibility and Disability Rights Coordinator works within the Office of the Governor, Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD), and reports to the Director. Provides advanced (senior-level) consultative and technical assistance work to state and local governmental entities and the public about accessibility and disability rights laws. Maintains current information regarding state and federal regulations as well as best practices concerning the rights of persons with disabilities and accessibility. Gathers, analyzes, and concisely summarizes and reports information regarding accessibility and disability rights and related laws. Develops and produces informational materials, brochures, and other written content. Actively tracks and reports on legislation and industry trends. Writes, delivers and/or prepares well-researched speeches and presentations on complex disabilities laws, issues, programs, and trends. Effectively interacts with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinators, businesses, governmental entities, and the general public as required to accomplish the goals and objectives of this position. Works closely with other GCPD program staff. May serve as a lead worker providing direction to others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
- Develops and implements successful systems to assist state and local governments to better monitor accessibility, ADA and related non-discrimination compliance statewide.
- Recommends, reports, and assists the Office of the Governor in improving non-discrimination and ongoing disability compliance at the state and local level.
- Conducts critical analysis of issues, such as best practices for accessible parking for people with disabilities and formulates recommendations for consideration.
- Monitors, analyzes, summarizes, and communicates proposed changes to federal, state, and local non-discrimination and accessibility laws and regulations.
- Provides ADA interpretation and makes recommendations regarding compliance to staff and organizations.
- Develops and implements a reporting system and surveys to gauge and objectively measure ADA compliance practices and initiatives from public sector organizations in Texas.
- Analyzes, summarizes, and reports trends and ADA compliance to the Governor’s Committee on a regular basis as directed and upon request.
- Collaborates with program staff to determine trends. Provides timely and accurate summaries of new industry information on cross-disability issues, including legal trends, to ADA coordinators in public sector organizations and others upon request.
- Effectively fulfills technical assistance role, including state, federal and local accessibility, disability rights legislation, and implementation of programs, policies and procedures relating to GCPD’s twelve issue areas including, access, communications, education, employment, emergency management, health, housing, recreation, transportation, and veterans in accordance with the ADA.
- Performs all required research as needed to assist internal and external constituents and to increase personal knowledge and subject matter expertise of the ADA and other civil rights laws affecting people with disabilities.
- Plans, develops, and presents ADA training, including within the Office of the Governor, as needed to educate targeted audiences and promote compliance.
- Develops and coordinates ADA trainings. Develops webinars on accessibility and disability policy program information and runs these webinars.
- Develops and coordinates programs promoting access to electronic and information resources and implementation of accessibility for state and local agencies. Maintains and upholds current information regarding provisions of §508 of the Rehabilitation Act and WCAG 2.1 standards.
- Coordinates the marketing of GCPD program information to encourage interest and secure support for best practices.
- Collects and/or develops accurate, clearly written and easily understandable technical assistance informational materials regarding the ADA and other state, federal and local disability rights laws in response to requests for program information.
- Determines program statistics and trends and resolves operational issues.
- Maintains regular work schedule.
- Performs all other related duties as assigned.
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in disability studies, psychology, social work, or a related discipline; and
- Four (4) years of professional experience in a related field.
Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.
- Master’s degree in disability studies, social work, counseling, rehabilitation, or psychology.
- Knowledge of state and federal disability rights laws and organizations serving people with disabilities.
- Experience in disability research and professional report writing, public speaking and legislative analysis.
- Advanced skills in American Sign Language, and knowledge of deaf and hard of hearing services.
- Experience delivering webinar programs.
- Advanced knowledge of state and federal disability civil rights laws and standards including provisions of ADA, IDEA, §504 and §508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act, and disability related local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to GCPD program areas.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements
- Knowledge of state and federal disability civil rights laws and standards including provisions of ADA, IDEA, §504 and §508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act, and disability related local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to GCPD program areas.
- Knowledge of health and human services disability program planning and implementation.
- Knowledge of major policy issues and trends affecting Texans with disabilities.
- Knowledge of training design and development principals.
- Knowledge in statistical data and policy research and analysis.
- Knowledge of accessible automated information tracking systems.
- Knowledge and experience with federal and state legislative processes, including bill tracking and analysis.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management.
- Skill in the use of personal computers and software applications.
- Skill in promoting access to electronic and information resources.
- Skill in verbal and written communications.
- Skill in creating presentations and public speaking.
- Ability to gather, assemble, and analyze facts and prepare reports.
- Ability to devise solutions to problems.
- Ability to market GCPD programs.
- Ability to provide professional technical assistance to citizens of Texas by phone and email.
- Ability to write clear and concise technical reports.
- Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Ability to train and prioritize work of others.
- Ability to handle multiple large projects simultaneously.
- Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
Registration, Certification or Licensure
Valid Texas Driver’s License or Texas ID Card.
Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions
This classification functions in a standard office environment. Ability to move up to 20 Ibs. Ability to travel as needed. Will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, set up conference rooms for meetings, etc. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via phone, computer and in person. Must be able to observe and evaluate data in a variety of formats, including hard copy, electronic and media formats. Must be able to work hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed.
How to Apply
Applications are received only through Work In Texas. The OOG requires all sections of the state application to be completed. Omission of data on the state application is grounds for disqualification of the application. Requests for accommodation should be made to the Human Resources office as early as possible in the application/employment process.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Office of the Governor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all new employees to present proof of eligibility to work in the United States within three (3) days of being hired. The Office of the Governor participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. Male candidates between 18 and 25 years of age are required to show proof of Selective Service registration (or exemption) prior to an offer of employment being extended. Such proof is not required to be filed with an application but must be provided upon request by the Human Resources office. For additional information pertaining to Selective Service registration, you may visit www.sss.gov. View a copy of the Agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Utilization Report.
Notice to Applicants Who May Require Reasonable Accommodation in the Interview Process
Applicants with disabilities who may need to discuss special accommodations during the interview process should email the OOG’s Reasonable Accommodation Program Manager or call 512-463-8315 in the Human Resources Department. If reasonably possible, please call at least 48 hours in advance to afford our representative and the hiring division sufficient time to properly review and coordinate your request.
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