This position will under the leadership of the Digital Accessibility Manager and will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to address current digital accessibility issues and ensuring that accessibility is integrated into all future digital resources.
Seeking only those candidates that have been proven to be excellent Accessibility SMEs and strong Web Developers which meet the following minimum requirements:
· Minimum of two years of experience in accessibility identification and resolution.
· Minimum of six months of successful experience in project management
· Experience with technical systems and industry standards. e.g., implementation and usage.
· Experience following WCAG AA 2.1 (2,0 and/or 2.2) standards.
· Detailed analytical and problem-solving abilities.
· Experienced in manual and tool testing.
· Strong written and verbal communication skills including technical writing skills.
· Ability to form strong relationships with all stakeholders to facilitate transparent and frequent communication.
· Ability to maintain strong relationships while sometimes delivering unwelcome directions, strong interpersonal skills.
· Practical application ability with Microsoft Office and Visio.
· Ability to co-exist in a standard office environment.
· Ability to work remotely.
· Experience working within the education environment, either at a district or school.
· Experience working as a developer on a development team within a technology department or division.
· Attend, digest, and translate OIT directions into application and implementation at CDE.
· Attend OIT events including but not limited to: OIT workshops, Office hours, Problem solving workshops, Training
· Prepare and deliver clear and concise information using all modes of communication.
· Maintain a shared site where tools, training, policies, and guidance are available.
· Collaborate with legal representation regarding accessibility violations.
· Work with the Chief of Staff, Human Resources, and Policy team to adopt or create, review, and amend policies. Communicate and facilitate adoption of new policies.
Knowledge and Experience in Accessibility:
· Serve as the subject matter expert (SME) on all things accessible.
· Know, understand, and be able to apply the web accessibility standards (WCAG).
· Know, understand, and be able to apply federal laws and standards (Section 508 and related laws/standards).
· Perform research and maintain in-depth Knowledge of trends in accessibility, particularly within state governments, and changes to laws and guidance, including:
· Know, understand, and be able to apply the Colorado's accessibility laws (HB21-1110) as well as guidance, directives, and recommendations from OIT.
· Adopt standard language from accessibility experts for consistency across all content. Develop and use language standards for communication where none are provided/available.
· Understand accessibility compliance vs. accommodations.
· Identify accessibility issues, identify the tools to address issues and perform the work to correct accessibility issues,
· Know or learn new tools, implement those tools, and train others to use them.
· Troubleshoot, report and track issues.
· Coordinate and collaborate with developers of websites, reports, and documents (any digital content creation) to ensure new development includes accessibility compliance, In other words, create accessibility compliant objects from inception.
· Design, execute and guide others on the testing strategy.
· Manage manual and tool testing of all applications, websites (internal and external), and documents, images, videos, and other content to identify and remediate pages, content and features that fail to meet accessibility standards or best practices.
· Test and support accessibility testing, analyze object types, propose, and implement remediation solutions. Resolve any disputes about testing and remediation.
· Perform manual testing and build reusable test automation for future use, when possible.
· Create and maintain accessibility workflows. · Ensure documents, images, videos, and other content hosted on the websites (or are shared internally or externally through any method (email, shared files, SharePoint, meeting handouts, etc.)), meet accessibility standards.
· Provide guidance and general oversight of the SiteImprove (provided by OIT) tool and other testing and remediation tools.
· Provide training to staff to ensure they understand the importance of accessibility and ways to incorporate accessibility into the workplace.
· Provide training and assistance to all digital web editors, report developers and content contributors within the to ensure they know how to create content that meets accessibility standards.
· Create detailed project plan(s) and other project management artifacts to support the accessibility project.
· Create documents to track and communicate progress.
· Create and maintain an accessibility objects inventory.
· Develop a method for tracking issues reported by the testing/remediation team members including:
o Diagnosing, documenting, and resolving reported issues.
o Communicating solutions with the testing/remediation team members.
· Create and distribute accessibility documentation. This may include but is not limited to, accessibility training, policies, guidelines, tools, issues, processes, coordination efforts, etc