Classification Description

TITLE: Alternate Media Specialist

CLASS: Academic Professional





Under the direction of the Disability Services Director, coordinates and arranges for the adaptation of a wide variety of instructional and student services-related materials for students with disabilities.  Provides coordination and consultation to faculty members, staff and students regarding the availability of alternate media options. Materials may be adapted into a variety of formats including, but not limited to, Braille, large print or closed captioning.  Ensures that reformatted materials are available in a timely manner in compliance with federal, state and local regulations. The Specialist must stay current on state and federal regulations to ensure the college is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations surrounding media access for students with disabilities.  Work results have a direct and highly visible impact on the quality of instruction and services at PCC.  Incumbent is responsible for training and guiding student or casual help and/or reviewing their work.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES (Includes some or all of the following)

  1. Coordinates and adapts a wide variety of instructional and related materials into a format that can be readily accessed by students with disabilities in collaboration with faculty, Disability Services staff, and other college technology staff.
  2. Analyzes course media to be presented, and researches viable formats currently available. 
  3. Coordinates the archival of adaptive materials for faculty to access, and maintains appropriate production records while ensuring that items are destroyed in a manner consistent with current legal practices when appropriate.
  4. Researches media in transcribed or captioned format. Produces captioned or transcribed materials as required by student needs in accordance with disability and copy right laws.
  5. Ensures students can access materials in a timely manner.
  6. Collaborates with district staff to provide the alternative media in a mode that meets students’ individual needs.
  7. Develops, implements, evaluates and revises alternate media formats as necessary for ADA compliance.
  8. Researches new alternative media technologies and makes recommendations to the college community.
  9. Converts original materials and specially encrypted files into a variety of media formats.
  10. Assists faculty in the use of captioned material and presentation equipment to ensure proper usage and compliance of access laws.
  11. Monitors equipment usage to ensure that accommodation demands are met. Troubleshoots malfunctions and takes corrective measures as necessary. Ensures that alternative format-related equipment is replaced, upgraded, repaired, and maintained appropriately.
  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Work is performed in an office environment with travel to other campuses. Exposure to video and computer monitors occurs with high frequency. Prolonged sitting may be required. Learned physical skill required to perform keyboarding and mouse function. Regular lifting of equipment and materials used is required.


Demonstrated experience coordinating the adaptation of a variety of media used in the accommodation of students with disabilities for one year. 3 or more years of experience with alternative media format and captioning systems preferred.


Knowledge of:

  • Current laws regarding media accessibility and copyright;
  • Current delivery media formats including, but not limited to VHS, DVD, Camtasia, Elluminate, Desire to Learn and HTML;
  • Alternative text programs such as Kurzweil and DAISY;
  • Captioning programs such as Adobe Encore, Subtitle Workshop and video file conversion programs.

Ability to:

  • Learn new media systems and respond quickly to constantly changing technology;
  • Research the availability of captioned materials;
  • Remain current on adaptive technology trends;
  • Effectively communicate both in writing and verbally;
  • Listen effectively;
  • Be detail-oriented;
  • Maintain production records and inventory of archived materials;
  • Remain calm under high pressure situations;
  • Analyze and resolve problems with minimal supervision;
  • Meet college expectations regarding customer service;
  • Interact effectively with students, the public, and college staff members;
  • Manage time/multitask;
  • Respond to high volume media requests;
  • Work flexible hours and travel extensively through the District. 

NEW: 10/11