Access Technology Specialist

POSITION:               Access Technology Specialist

REPORTS TO:         Director of Access Technology

STATUS:                   Exempt

General Description

The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually impaired is seeking an access technology specialist in our Access Technology department. The AT department trains 300 students each year on the use of screen readers and magnification software, and partners with dozens of companies to ensure apps, websites, and products are accessible to blind and visually impaired users.

The Access Technology Specialist is responsible for providing technology assessments and training to blind and  visually impaired students both one on one and in group workshops. Specialists work with each student to define learning goals, present material in a clear and comprehensive manner, and document instruction in the Lighthouse database. Specialists stay current on the latest access technology, and the accessibility of mainstream apps, in order to provide high quality assessments to students. Specialists work on Lighthouse consulting projects in the areas of accessible design and user research.

This position may be for you if:

You keep pace with the latest in mainstream and access technology.

You’re interested in the interactions between people and the technologies they use.

You enjoy spending significant parts of your workday interacting with students

You enjoy explaining technical concepts to others.


In depth knowledge of the following operating systems: Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android.

Advanced user of screenreading and magnification software for desktop and mobile operating systems.

In depth knowledge of non visual techniques for information access including:

Efficiently navigating websites,

Using apps and software to access printed material.

Using GPS apps for navigation.

Demonstrated ability to create lesson plans,

Demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive technology assessments

High level of emotional intelligence to relate to students at all levels of adjustment to blindness,

Demonstrated ability to convey technical knowledge in a clear and approachable manner,

ability to learn new technologies from documentation and tutorials.

Prefered qualifications:

Knowledge of web accessibility standards.

Profficiency in the UEB Braille code.

Fluency in a second language in addition to English.

Education:       Bachelors degree in education, Rehabilitation Teaching, Computer Science, or comparable degree/experience.


Conduct comprehensive assistive technology assessments

Work with students to define schedules, goals and objectives for technology training,

Deliver one on one technology training to blind and visually impaired students on a variety of technologies, at Lighthouse, at work sites, and in students’ homes

Design and deliver group workshops on current technology topics,

Keep accurate and timely records of student progress in the Lighthouse database,

Provide accessibility feedback on products and websites as part of Lighthouse access technology consulting projects,

Other duties as assigned.

This position is located at the LightHouse’s new headquarters at 1155 Market St. in San Francisco, CA.


Commensurate with experience.

Physical Demands

Must be able to sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time; operate standard office equipment; move 10lbs independently.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to

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