Search is on for web accessibility coordinator

The search is underway for Iowa State's first-ever web accessibility coordinator.

The coordinator, who may be on the job as early as November, will lead university efforts to build and maintain accessible websites, classroom technologies and other online resources.

"The new position advances our goal to ensure success for everyone who connects with Iowa State University," said Jim Kurtenbach, chief information officer. "People increasingly connect to the university through technology. That technology should serve all people -- students, faculty, staff and many others beyond our borders who wish to access our information and resources."

The web accessibility coordinator, part of the information technology department, will partner with faculty and staff across campus to make certain that Iowa State websites, online and classroom technologies and software applications work well for everyone, including those with disabilities.  The coordinator's task, according to the vacancy description, will be "to provide exemplary barrier-free computing and information technology systems and resources."

The coordinator also will help ensure that online resources and technologies comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws governing access.

Applications for the new position should be submitted by Sept. 13.