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Web Accessibility Programmer
San Mateo County Community College District in San Mateo, California
Date Posted 06/21/2022
Salary $87,612 (annual) to $112,152 (annual) -  
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number


Position Title

Web Accessibility Programmer


District Office



Position Number


Percentage of Full Time



Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)

Months per Year


Min Salary

$87,612 (annual)

Max Salary

$112,152 (annual)

Position Type

Classified Positions

Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the San Mateo County Community College District’s Educational Services & Planning website.

Who We Want

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position

Under direction, the Web Accessibility Programmer position performs technical work involved in the design, development, and implementation of accessible web-based applications and provides support for all three Colleges and the District related to the implementation of Universal Design (Accessibility) into instruction. This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with web accessibility, assisting College and District staff in making web content more accessible to users with disabilities. The position evaluates, develops, and implements a variety of moderately difficult web programs and systems, and analyzes web program problems to develop resolutions. Public contact is extensive and can include students, staff, other educational institutions, community and business representatives, governmental agencies, and the general public, for the purpose of exchanging program information and services. A high degree of independent judgment, technical skills, and creativity are required to adequately represent the college and program, to serve as a technical resource for the program, and to design original program components and services. Consequences of errors in judgment can be costly in public relations and in employee time; however, management controls limit the risk of more serious consequences. The Web Accessibility Programmer can train and lead the work of other clerical staff and student assistants as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.
  1. Evaluates College websites and applications for accessibility compliance and coordinates with College Instructional Designers, Instructional Technologists, College Web Developers, and District ITS staff to resolve issues
  2. Provides web accessibility training, technical assistance, and support to College webmasters
  3. Chairs the Web Accessibility Taskforce Committee, makes presentations to small and large groups at all three Colleges on Accessibility issues, best practices, and recommendations
  4. Manages the Districtwide Accessibility website; builds a library of accessibility-related
    resources and resolves user-submitted accessibility issues
  5. Works directly with vendors on ensuring 3rd party products meet accessibility guidelines, gathering VPATs and finding alternative solutions if-necessary
  6. Serves as accessibility expert for District-approved Learning Management System. Evaluates
    instructional content within Learning Management System for accessibility and compliance
  7. Generates accessible content including, but not limited to, fillable PDF and web forms, properly tagging webpage images and captions videos
  8. Attends meetings, conferences, and workshops to obtain current procedural and other information and participates in division and department planning activities as needed
  9. Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience in related web development field OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Ability to pick up new technologies quickly, adapt to new systems and learn independently
  • Working knowledge of federal and state laws, policies, regulations, and standards governing services for individuals with disabilities (Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment, Section 508, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA)
  • Experience in front-end web design, back-end web development, MVC frameworks and APIs
  • Experience with database queries, design, and development for web applications
  • Experience with version control systems
  • Strong experience in website technologies and good knowledge of current best practices, such as but not limited to W3C standards, ADA 508 standards and cross browser compatibility
  • Work productively and cooperatively with others; work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, disabled, sexual orientation, and cultural populations of community college students

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Ability to solve complex and difficult accessibility problems related to people, processes, and technology and perform a variety of specialized duties involved in identifying and suggesting potential solutions for accessibility barriers
  2. Ability to use web programming technologies such as but not limited to PHP, HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript to develop and debug new and existing web sites across multiple browsers and operating systems
  3. Skill in multi-tasking, prioritizing workloads, working independently, and managing multiple projects in a constantly changing environment
  4. Knowledge of disabilities, human relations, assistive technology devices, and services. Ability to learn a wide variety of assistive technology software and devices, including but not limited to Jaws, Dragon Naturally Speaking, WebAIM WAVE, Tenon.io, uDoit, etc.
  5. Ability to do research, compile data, prepare reports and make appropriate contacts
  6. Skill in establishing and maintaining respectful, sensitive communication and working relationships with people at all levels within an organization who are diverse in their cultures, language groups, and abilities
  7. Skill in oral communication, including public speaking, presentations, conducting effective meetings, and training for a diverse body of individuals
  8. Skill in written communication
  9. Knowledge of FERPA and ability to maintain confidentiality

Physical Requirements

This classification requires communication with individuals, small groups, and large groups; work in close proximity with individuals; comparing data, and interpreting data to others; flexibility, tact, and patience; manual dexterity; bending; pulling; pushing and reaching in order to perform the essential functions.


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date


First Review Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax: (650) 574-6574
Web Page: www.smccd.edu/hr

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2021 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2021 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2021 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2021 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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