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Web Accessibility Engineer

CivicActions

Washington, DC,US

CivicActions is a mission-minded company. We focus on helping the government deliver better services through modern software practices. We work in cross-functional, agile teams and communicate openly and honestly. We encourage a balanced, autonomous lifestyle. We are looking for others like us with a true passion for using technology to change our world positively.

CivicActions supports government agencies to meet Section 508 accessibility requirements. Our teams strive to exceed bare compliance, and build delight into the customer experience of all users. Inclusion is a key aspect of any effective digital government strategy.

Responsibilities

As a Web Accessibility Engineer, you will be largely evaluating websites that are built with Drupal, ReactJS and Gatsby. Our teams have a strong focus on accessibility, but embedded technical expertise is required.

We are seeking candidates with real passion for accessibility, usability, and inclusive design. We are looking for someone with demonstrated experience designing accessible software and supporting engineering teams in understanding and fixing accessibility issues.

This position is remote (work from home), requires a federal background investigation and US residence for 3 of the last 5 years.

Who you are

Comfortable with evaluating wireframes, graphic designs and video accessibility
Familiar with web design systems and evaluating component-based sites
Able to use axe DevTools, Accessibility Insights, and similar automated accessibility tools to effectively debug sites and enhance code quality
Experienced with Web Standards, HTML5, CSS and JavaScript
Knowledgeable building accessible and inclusive interfaces.
Detailed knowledge of WCAG 2.1, WAI-ARIA and ATAG 2.0
Familiar with using and reading accessibility scanning tool reports
Keeping up with evolving best practices and knowledge of different disabled populations
Experience testing with common screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, OS X/iOS VoiceOver, TalkBack), keyboard only, and other assistive technology.
Understand the distinction between medical and social model of disability
Thrive on a collaborative team and able to provide accessibility support and guidance to UX and Design from conception thru high-fidelity mockups as well as constructive code reviews
Lead teams in shifting-left accessibility in the design/development process - able to communicate across all domains, the "why" of accessibility in addition to the "how"
Empathy for customers and partners, and for work-arounds users face while using our products
Comfortable engaging with communities with disabilities
Adept at working with diverse teams and across functional areas

Requirements

3+ years of experience with digital accessibility
1+ years of experience in assistive technologies and screen readers
1+ years of experience in Section 508 or DHS 508 Trusted Tester certification
Associate degree or 2 years additional experience
Strong understanding of the Document Object Model (DOM)
Experience working with a Content Management System (CMS) like Drupal or WordPress
Ability to navigate and understand how to use Git

Nice to have

Certified with DHS 508 Trusted Tester, IAAP Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) and/or Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)
Complementary skills such as front-end development, QA, UX, design, user research, documentation.

Salary Range

$95,000 - $115,000 USD per Year

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Residency Requirement

For this role, you must be a current U.S. resident and have lived here for 3 out of the past 5 years.

Location

We are a completely remote team within the United States. We ask that you have a dedicated workspace and fast internet.

Why CivicActions

People who are well taken care of can be more balanced, productive, and happy.

100% company-paid medical/dental/vision/life/disability with 100% dependent coverage
401(k) plan
Flexible vacation policy
Yearly professional development stipend
Yearly technology stipend

Salary Range: $95000 - $115000

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