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Alternate Media Specialist


POSITION: Alternate Media Specialist

REPORTS TO: Director of the Media and Accessible Design Lab

STATUS: Non-Exempt

Primarily responsible for producing Braille, tactile graphics and maps, 3D printed objects, and other Alternate Formats, and supporting day-to-day operation of the Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab) department on an as-needed basis.

By providing individuals who are unable to read conventional print with access to the printed word, the MAD Lab supports the rights of individuals to accessible information. While Braille and audio production remain cornerstones of the operation, our goal extends to any visually conveyed information, including tactile and 3D printing. Innovative multi-modal approaches that encompass sense of touch, hearing and new technologies enable people who are blind or low vision and of varying abilities to enjoy full, independent lives. We design with these principles in mind. Talent and technology allow us to deliver quality product at competitive prices on deadline.

The essential components of the MAD Lab are:

Alternate Formats – Braille translation; Audio recording; Large Print.

Tactile maps and graphics.

3D printing of accessible STEM materials and other items to increase accessibility.

Accessibility Consultation – Typically businesses, government agencies, museums, exhibitors and designers with a focus on making their information and interpretive exhibits accessible.

Signage checking for ADA/CBC compliance.


Education or equivalent: A bachelor’s degree in a related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience that could likely provide the desired knowledge and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Experience in work that parallels the needs of the department, as detailed below:

  • Some knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Acrobat Pro would be useful
  • Proficient in MS Office suite of software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Experience using Braille translation software preferred
  • Braille literacy preferred (Unified English Braille)
  • Fluent in Spanish a plus
  • Experience recording/editing digital audio and/or video preferred
  • Working knowledge of 2010 ADA Standards and 2013 CBC Title 24 preferred
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) preferred
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in access technology preferred
  • Experience/interest in 3D printing preferred

Other: This position requires strong organizational and communication skills; flexibility and ability to work collaboratively; capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Strong interpersonal skills to relate to staff, board members, volunteers, blind and visually-impaired clients, and persons in the community with varied backgrounds and viewpoints.


Able to sit at a desk and perform computer-intensive work for long periods of time; operate standard office equipment; move 20lbs independently.


  • ADA/CBC signage compliance review (entails working with calipers, spreadsheets, attention to detail)
  • Produce information in Braille and other alternative formats.
  • Design and/or print 3D objects
  • Work independently to fulfill requests from individuals, non-profits, government organizations and businesses for alternative format projects.
  • Maintain Agency’s HIPAA compliance standards when handling, discussing or producing accessible Personal Health Information for clients.
  • Working knowledge of 2010 ADA standards, and 2013/2016 CBC title 24.
  • Other duties as assigned

Equal opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation. We have an “employment at will” policy.

Please submit your cover letter and / or résumé as Word attachments (no .PDF please), only to hr@lighthouse-sf.org; include the job title in the subject line. We will not consider videos or hyperlinks to online profiles at this time. Due to time constraints we may not be able to respond to everyone who expresses interest; thank you.