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Accessibility Lead

Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Office for Admin and Finance

Boston, MA,US

A&F IT is a unit under the Executive Office for Administration & Finance (A&F) and is overseen by the A&F IT Secretariat Chief Information Officer (A&F SCIO). A&F IT is comprised of more than 200 employees working on IT systems and applications for 15 various A&F agencies. A&F IT oversees and provides all the IT application support for these agencies to ensure their IT operations are running effectively and efficiently.

Position Summary:

A&F IT is actively seeking a highly motivated and experienced Accessibility Lead to help strategize and implement a plan to ensure that all IT services across all Executive Office for Administration & Finance agencies' applications and communication platforms are accessible and for individuals using assistive technology, and make public interaction with the agencies more simple, efficient, and effective.

The Accessibility Lead will work with the Executive team and ETOSS Chief Accessibility Officer to develop and execute organizational accessibility policies and strategies. Responsibilities include milestone setting, progress tracking, advising senior leadership on accessibility enhancements, integrating accessibility into software development and procurement processes.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Work with Executive team and EOTSS Chief Accessibility Officer to develop organizational accessibility policies, strategies, and/or guidance.
Strategize, build, and implement an accessibility roadmap for all A&F agencies that will make all existing internal and external facing digital services more accessible and equitable.
Define milestones, plan, and track progress against the milestones to report to senior management.
Collaborate and work with accessibility officers across other agencies to understand IT accessibility strategies, build strong relationships with accessibility stakeholders involved in overall strategy as well as stakeholders that have a direct influence on the implementations including agency CIOS, development teams, content creators, procurement teams and legal teams to help advance accessibility plans.
Advising organizational management on opportunities to enhance areas of accessibility.
Work with senior management and IT leaders to incorporate accessibility into every stage of the software development, procurement and purchasing processes.
Assess gaps and design and implement plans to close these including training and testing support.
Ensure that accessibility requirements are included in governance decisions/processes.

Preferred Qualifications:

4-5 years’ experience in a accessibility role.
Deep commitment to resolve accessibility issues with IT services.
Experience identifying and/or applying applicable leading organizational accessibility practices based on research or other approaches.
Knowledge and understanding of state and national accessibility laws and standards for digital resources including the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) requirements, WAI-ARIA and Section 508 standards.
Exposure to designing and user interface creation with inclusive design using modern technologies and constituent research data.
Understanding of the digital accessibility platforms for testing
Experience influencing leadership and stakeholders about the importance of IT accessibility.
Ability to lead teams, develop excellent stakeholder relationships and help parties reach consensus.
Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts; to devise solutions to complex problems; and to prepare concise reports.
Excellent communication skills and ability to create executive level presentations for small or large audiences.

As part of the Future of Work initiative, our agency adopted a hybrid work model. Hybrid work is a mix of in-office work and telework. This position will work remotely some days and in-person on other days.

An external candidate recommended for a position with the Executive Office for Administration and Finance IT will be subject to a background check that includes checks for: state and federal tax compliance; child support compliance; education verification; Massachusetts CORI checks; criminal background checks in state(s) of current and previous residence/employment; validation of eligibility to work in the United States; and national fingerprint-based criminal background checks.

Qualifications
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Please see Preferred Qualifications.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title : Sys Programmer/Sys Supv, Pdpp
Primary Location : United States-Massachusetts-Boston-1 Ashburton Place
Job : Information Systems and Technology
Agency : Exec Office of Administration and Finance
Schedule : Full-time
Shift : Day
Job Posting : Oct 24, 2023, 2:19:38 PM
Number of Openings : 1
Salary : 74,658.74 - 140,157.17 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator : Allan Motenko - 8573211954
Bargaining Unit : 06-NAGE - Professional Admin.
Confidential : No
Potentially Eligible for a Hybrid Work Schedule : Yes

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