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ACCESSIBILITY SPECIALIST

New York City Campaign Finance Board

New York City Campaign Finance Board

People & HR · Full-time
New York, NY, USA
60,001 – 67,000 USD per year
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

The New York City Campaign Finance Board manages New York City’s small donor democracy program and educates and engages voters via NYC Votes. The CFB has enjoyed a tremendous arc of progress over its 30-year history, and our updated flagship small donor democracy program is a centerpiece of this progress.

We eliminate barriers to participation by providing access to the resources New Yorkers need to vote or run for office and amplify the voices of small donors with New York City’s small donor democracy program.

We are dedicated to making New York City’s local democracy more open, transparent, and equitable. You would be working with a team that is mission driven and committed to continuous improvement.

The CFB’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) aids the CFB in complying with federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. The EEO Office works to ensure that employment decisions are made on the basis of merit, with equality of opportunity, and without unlawful discrimination. The Office develops and administers training, conducts policy review, investigates allegations of discrimination and reviews requests for reasonable accommodations. This office also works to ensure our agency strategy is built on accessibility. The CFB’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) supports the CFB’s efforts at creating a workplace culture that values diversity, equity, inclusion and weaves those principles into every aspect of our work. The Office manages the work of the DEI committee, agency-wide events, provides guidance to Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), and much more.

The New York City Campaign Finance Board seeks an Accessibility Specialist. Specifically, this person will serve to support members of the EEO/DEI office in (1) ensuring agency compliance with accessibility laws, regulations, and policies, (2) periodically conducting analyses of agency accessibility compliance and identifying accessibility barriers and recommending necessary adjustments, (3) facilitating training sessions to increase accessibility awareness among agency employees and (4) advising relevant employees on accessibility procedures to ensure access to all, both internally and externally to the organization. Most importantly, the Accessibility Specialist will need to establish and maintain relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to collaborate successfully and actively to implement best practices and effectively address all accessibility needs. This role will initially report to the Chief EEO/DEI Officer.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead the EEO/DEI office in carrying-out the agency’s increased accessibility efforts, per our 5-Year Accessibility Plan.
  • Ensure agency compliance with federal (ADA), state, and local accessibility laws, regulations, policies, and best practices.
  • Periodically conduct analyses of agency accessibility compliance and identifying accessibility barriers and recommending necessary adjustments.
  • Develop program policies for online reasonable accommodation request submissions and implement survey checklists to track accommodation needs.
  • Meet with employees to counsel them on reasonable accommodations, potential accessibility issues, and solutions.
  • Review requests for reasonable accommodations and related processes.
  • Keep up to date with best practices within accessibility field, through engagement with scientific journals, current events/news, thought leaders, DEI-based books, laws and policies (ADA), and more.
  • Establish and maintaining relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to collaborate successfully and actively to implement best practices and effectively address the agency’s accessibility needs.
  • Ensure CFB’s internal and external events meet ADA requirements for both online and in-person events.
  • Work with EEO/DEI leadership to create an internal accessibility best practices guidebook.
  • Work with EEO/DEI leadership and relevant agency parties in procuring different services to enhance the CFB’s accessibility initiatives.
  • Leading internal accessibility efforts via internal communications, programming, and events.
  • Work with members of the EEO/DEI office in the preparation of required EEO/DEI reports, responses to audits, annual statements, and other EEO-related reporting to external parties, including coordinating the collection and analysis of EEO data and information.
  • Model all Accessibility, EEO, and DEI prescribed behaviors and advance Access objectives.
  • Serve as a liaison with disability rights advocacy groups, government ADA coordinators, and other stakeholders to implement best practices.
  • Carry out action items as noted in the agency’s 5-year accessibility plan while working with relevant agency stakeholders.
  • Support and provide assistance to members of the EEO/DEI office, as needed.
  • Draft and facilitate training sessions to increase accessibility awareness among agency employees and advising relevant employees on accessibility procedures to ensure access to all, both internally and externally to the organization.
  • Participate in new staff hiring process when assigned.
  • Ensure that CFB employees or those who seek employment with the CFB know their rights under the relevant Federal, New York State, and New York City employment laws.
  • Assist the agency in achieving its mission.
  • Maintaining accurate records, ensuring the confidentiality of documents and records in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Carrying out special projects/assignments as assigned.

Preferred Skills

  • 2-3 years of relevant city, state or federal government experience.
  • Must be familiar with federal, state, and local EEO, accessibility, and anti-discrimination laws.
  • Familiar with processes to maintain compliance with accessibility guidelines and requirements.
  • Familiar with creating/developing and administering trainings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.
  • A motivated, self-starter who adjusts readily to multiple demands, shifting priorities, and rapid change; shows versatility in handling people and situations.
  • Outstanding writing, editing, and research skills.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills required. Adept at quickly synthesizing information to distill critical issues and formulate recommendations that consider risks, benefits and alternative perspectives.
  • Has strong people skills and is able to understand and effectively navigate within an organizational structure.

Additional Information

The City of New York provides generous medical benefits (including dental and vision through respective unions or funds), retirement, tuition reimbursement, and additional ancillary benefits. CFB offers a flexible and hybrid work schedule, opportunities for career development, learning & development (leadership training, coaching), wellness programs, and much more!

The CFB is an equal opportunity employer firmly committed to diversity. All individuals are encouraged to apply. If you anticipate needing any type of reasonable accommodation to apply for an employment opportunity, please contact access@nyccfb.info or (212) 409-1800.

How to Apply

All applicants must apply through NYC Government Jobs | Explore Careers | City of New York (https://cityjobs.nyc.gov/)

  • Please search and apply to the job ID number listed above.
  • Resume and cover letter are required for consideration.
  • Note that only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

For more information on careers with the NYC Campaign Finance Board visit our website at https://www.nyccfb.info/ to access the full listing of job opportunities and to learn more about our agency.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college including or supplemented by at least twelve semester credits (or the equivalent of twelve semester credits) in accounting, auditing, business or public administration, computer science, economics, finance, statistics, graphic design, personnel or human resources administration, user experience design, or a closely related area of study and one year of satisfactory full-time experience in accounting, auditing (including compliance or investigative auditing), business or public administration, business analysis, computer science, database administration, economics, finance, fiscal or economic management or research, statistics, graphic design, personnel or human resources administration, user experience design, or a closely related field; or
  2. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and five-years of experience as described in “1” above; or
  3. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://studentaid.gov/pslf/.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Additional Information

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

New York City Campaign Finance Board is an equal opportunity employer.