Lead Accessibility Scientist

Basic Info

Location

Wichita, KS

Address

610 North Main
Wichita, KS 67203

Department

Foundation and Mission Services

Posted

Apr 01, 2016

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Description

Position Summary

Conduct independent research and develop programs related to blind/visually impaired (BVI) accessibility in order to promote Envision as the thought-leader in BVI accessibility, and as the go-to organization to guide and advise company structures, government policy and technology development. Further the mission of Envision by developing and fostering partnerships, funding and resources.

Job Requirements

Education:
  • Doctoral degree (PhD) in vision science, disabilities or related field.
     
Experience:
  • Minimum of 3 years research experience in experimental or scientific work with scientific team management required.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in vision research preferred.
     
Knowledge/Skills:
  • Demonstrated experience leading, organizing, coordinating and conducting challenging, highly complex, research projects and diagnostic method development simultaneously.
  • Excellent working knowledge of current accessibility laws and resources, including software and web accessibility.
  • Must be proficient with data analysis and statistics.
  • Demonstrated experience with peer reviewed publication in scientific journals.
  • Must possess effective scientific and policy networking skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to:
    • Effectively write grants/proposals and secure research/contract funding.
    • Work independently, conceptualizing and executing projects.
    • Manage multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.
    • Interact effectively with a number of individuals with a collaborative approach and ability to manage through influence.
 
Licenses/Certifications: N/A
 

Key Responsibilities/ Essential functions include

  • Define and establish programs and best practices that promote upward mobility for BVI individuals.
  • Translate research findings into training and education materials to benefit organizations seeking guidance on BVI accessibility, to be offered through Envision University’s online learning platform.
  • Evaluate and advise on evidence-based approaches to promote targeted and effective programs.
  • Conduct independent research related to education, workplace, transportation and environmental accessibility.
  • Observe and maintain certifications in research ethics, securing Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before commencing human subject research.
  • Apply for and secure grant and contract funding (federal, foundation, private and industry) to support research and programmatic activities.
  • Supervise and train postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students in research activities.
  • Disseminate research findings through scientific meetings including the Envision Conference, and publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Maintain and foster new industry and academic partners to promote collaboration and execution of accessibility-related projects.
  • Participate in Envision Research Institute (ERI) activities to promote scientific discourse and collaboration (journal club, colloquium, etc).
  • Advise leadership on research projects, development and areas of scientific interest to Envision. Communicate progress and results through written and oral presentation.
  • Prepare communication materials for public release, including on Envision’s website.
  • Promote ERI by engaging in scientific community through board and planning committee participation, assisting in peer-review processes and guest speaking at appropriate institutions.
  • Maintain a high degree of awareness of the current state of BVI accessibility by attending relevant conferences, workshops and reviewing key journals.
  • Flexibility to perform other duties as assigned.

Vision Requirements Include

Can be performed with or without assistive technology:
  • Required to perform activities such as: preparing/analyzing data/figures; viewing a computer screen; reading; inspecting small objects for defects; using measuring devices; and/or assembling parts with close eye contact.
  • Required to review/inspect own assigned work, the work of others, or facilities or structures.


Envision, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without illegal discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, gender identity, disability, religion, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, military status or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics and genetic information, and any other status protected by law.

Envision employs and advances in employment individuals with disabilities and veterans, and treats qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of their physical or mental disability or veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position description is intended to convey generally the duties of this job. It is not an all-inclusive listing of duties, and it is not a contract, expressed or implied.
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