Communications Specialist (website/ADA compliance)

Alexandria, Virginia
Feb 02, 2021
Apr 29, 2021
Full Time

Participates in a broad range of activities involving public and staff communications, publications, and electronic media describing policies, programs, and activities of Alexandria City Public Schools. Work includes website design, development, mapping, maintenance, and ADA compliance. It also includes some writing or rewriting of materials, frequently under pressure resulting from deadlines.

This is a public contact position requiring skillful handling of queries from the public, administrators, supervisory personnel, and staff. Assignments are received through the executive director of communications, meetings, and written instructions/requests affording latitude for independent judgment and action in the performance of duties.

Work is performed under general supervision and involves considerable knowledge of the school division's organization, policies, regulations and an ability to exercise tact and sound judgment, and an ability to take initiative.

This position reports to the executive director of communications.


Education: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.

Experience: Two years of training and experience; sound knowledge of ADA compliance regulations

Key Competencies:
  • Proficiency with current technology for performance of duties, including website platforms, graphic design software, a strong understanding of technical support, and design principles;
  • Sound knowledge of ADA compliance and ability to ensure ADA compliance of the website and other electronic platforms;
  • Proficiency in HTML;
  • Proficiency with integrating online platforms;
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking and judgment skills along with an ability to take initiative and actively solve problems.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Extreme attention to detail;
  • Highly adaptable to shifting demands;
  • Ability to respond and react quickly in urgent situations.

Essential Functions
  • Provide oversight and troubleshooting of ACPS website platform (Blackboard)
  • Provide staff training on website platform;
  • Ensure ADA compliance of the division and school websites;
  • Serve as editor for the division's website, including ensuring content is kept current and is accessible to the public in a logical way;
  • Review, edit and approve content submitted by others;
  • Design and implement a vision for the delivery of content in an effective manner for the division and school websites;
  • Perform basic remediation of PDFs to ensure AD compliance;
  • Oversee all PDF remediation and be responsible for PDF ADA compliance;
  • Ensure all need-to-know webpages are translated into languages as required by division policy;
  • Be available for emergencies and urgent work as required by the superintendent or director of communications;
  • Disseminate information to the public and school district staff;
  • Cooperate with administrators and other staff members, as appropriate, in publicizing and promoting performances, exhibitions, displays, dedications, or special programs sponsored by the schools and open to the public;
  • Serve as a communications liaison between departments and schools;
  • Determine appropriate communications for target audiences;
  • Solicit feedback through formal and informal means on activities, products, and purposes of the public relations program and the school division in general;
  • Conduct research on relevant topics;
  • May perform other additional duties or tasks as designated by supervisor.
  • This role requires some evening and weekend work.

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.


Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
$64,108.80 - $78,854.40 / Support SUP-34
Shift Type:

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