Sr. Accessibility Specialist
Ann Arbor, Michigan,US
About the UX Team
Come and join the largest and fastest-growing UX team in Thomson Reuters! We are a highly-diverse, multi-disciplinary team of over 70 smart, self-driven UX professionals that take great pride in our work, and love the challenge of turning complex problems and constraints into elegant solutions that meet our users’ needs. Our dedicated, open workspace is ideal for promoting an agile, collaborative, supportive environment where diverse thinking, innovative design, and experimentation is welcomed and encouraged. Our work focuses on a large portfolio of cloud-based, data-driven applications that gross over $3.5B annually, and range in size and scale from months to multiple years.
About the Role
As a Senior Accessibility Specialist, you will be working to ensure all customers can access and use our products, defining policies and guidelines for Thomson Reuters as well as collaborating with the team to influence WCAG standards, evaluating and providing accessible solutions for web-based and mobile products, educating and promoting the practice of building accessible products, as well as mentoring others in methods and techniques for addressing accessibility barriers.
What We Need in You
BA/BS in information science, information design, computer science, human-computer interaction (HCI), instructional design, quality assurance, learning technology, assistive technology, related field, or equivalent industry training/experience.
A full understanding of Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines and specifications. Must be fluent in WCAG 2.1 guidelines, know WAI-ARIA, UAAG, and ATAG specifications.
Ability to mentor others in methods and techniques for addressing accessibility barriers on web applications and mobile devices and in a variety of forums.
Experience leading accessibility evaluations and usability testing for accessibility.
Ability to develop tools/resources to help provide implementation directions and requirements for UX Design and Front End Development teams.
Experience with assistive technologies and accessibility-related software including JAWS®, NVDA, VoiceOver, TalkBack, ZoomText, MAGic®, Dragon® NaturallySpeaking, or other speech recognition software.
7+ years working in a fast-paced and highly collaborative development environment with experience in large, complex software or web applications.
Ability to work collaboratively and productively both with diverse teams and independently.
Knowledge and Skills
Be an expert in both consulting and conducting comprehensive accessibility testing against the WCAG 2.1 (AA) Success Criteria and the updated Section 508 federal requirements using the following methodologies: visual analysis; screen reader reviews; color sampling; keyboard only; gesture only; and code reviews.
Experience working within constraints of user-centered design principles and tools.
Experience with Agile software development practices.
Experience and understanding of VPATs / ACR review and creation.
Knowledge of creating accessible documents and document remediation - examples include PDF, PowerPoint, MS Word, Excel
General awareness of Section 508, AODA and EN 301 549
Strong project management, multi-tasking, and prioritization skills.
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Strong presentation skills.
What You Get to Do
Interact with and provide direction to UX, technology, content, and product development teams.
Cooperate with other departments to ensure consistency and quality across the platform.
What’s in it For You
At Thomson Reuters, our people are our greatest assets. Here are some of the benefits we offer for your personal and professional growth:
Learning & Development:
Exposure to a wide breadth of leading-edge technology
Career growth - the ability to work on multiple projects and/or with various teams
Professional growth and development opportunity through various training programs, conferences, networking events, in-house speaker series, etc.
Access to Hackathons, Unconferences, Harvard Manage Mentor, and more, we offer learning opportunities for everyone
Paid time off (including time off to volunteer and extended parental leave)
Flexibility: We've been named as one of Forbes, Best Companies for Work/Life Balance
Global Opportunities: We have employees in over 90 countries, working across 3 different industries
Your wellbeing: We offer a program that focuses on making our lives healthier
What Makes this a Unique Opportunity
Thomson Reuters participates in the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), which creates the standards for the web, including accessibility standards. The UX Accessibility team participates in the WCAG working groups (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), which is part of the W3C. You will have the unique opportunity to join these groups and be a thought leader in cutting edge evolution of accessibility standards.
If this sounds like you, please contact us. We look forward to meeting you!
Assistive Technology users strongly encouraged to apply.
Do you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.
We are powered by the talents of 25,000 employees across more than 75 countries, where everyone has a chance to contribute and grow professionally in flexible work environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion. At a time when objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency are under attack, we consider it our duty to pursue them. Sound exciting? Join us and help shape the industries that move society forward.
As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under applicable law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.
We also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.
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