Accessibility & Compliance Lead
Who we are:
Bixal is a mission-driven, woman-owned small business determined to improve people's lives through human-centered strategies and transformative technologies, with a firm belief that everyone has the right to an effective government.
We deliver on this belief by partnering with leading Federal agencies to design, develop, and deliver powerful customer experiences through holistic digital product solutions and strategic communications initiatives––bringing a high standard and unique creative energy to our clients––and our wonderfully diverse culture is what makes it all possible.
Bixal unites different people with different perspectives from all over the world! We provide our team with an open and empowered environment where collaboration thrives and solutions flourish.
The Accessibility and Compliance Lead will support and advise on client projects while building Bixal’s technical accessibility and section 508 compliance practice, including managing an accessibility community of practice. Your knowledge and experience will enable you to support teams of copywriters, editors, designers and developers in producing 508 compliant documents and other digital content and services for our government clients. You will be hands-on with the material and the team. You will produce, audit, and test products for compliance while also advising, training and educating team members and other stakeholders on accessibility protocols and processes, serving as Bixal’s technical lead to advance inclusion and accessibility for all digital products and services.
Collaborate with content and technology teams regarding accessibility concerns within digital products with a focus on the development of improved digital experiences.
Act as an advocate for accessibility on projects and teams, including with clients.
Oversee a team of accessibility and compliance specialists, building a technical community of practice.
Stay abreast of the latest trends in accessibility.
Educate developers, testers, and management of the difficulties that users with disabilities face.
Perform other duties as required.
Web Accessibility Testing:
Conduct accessibility evaluations of websites and web applications.
Document and communicate results and recommended improvements to ensure full web accessibility.
Advise the development team on how issues can be fixed.
Participate in the creation of processes, procedures, and documentation related to web accessibility.
Train team members on how to review PDFs and other digital content for Section 508 compliance.
Educate the Bixal team and the client on Section 508 compliance and guidelines.
Educate developers and testers on the Section 508 Compliance Guidelines (WCAG2.0) and how to use them to address and identify accessibility issues on applications.
Document Compliance and Remediation:
Review and edit PDFs to ensure they meet section 508 compliance
Pilot and utilize software tools to identify errors in document structure, headings, reading order, images, charts and tables, and any other document errors as they occur.
Remediate high priority PDFs following WCAG2.0 AA guidance.
Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Communications, Journalism, English, Special Education, or a related field)
5-plus years of experience in accessibility and 508 compliance.
Experience testing manually and with commercial web accessibility tools.
Experience piloting tools and suggesting techniques for improvement.
Experience creating accessible digital solutions for individuals with disabilities; ideally in the government sector.
Strong knowledge of accessibility legislation including ADA, Section 504 and Section 508.
Experience with assistive technologies for various disabilities.
Must be a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident for 3 or more years.
Must be able to undergo and pass a Public Trust Security Clearance.
Nice to Have:
Experience leading a team or community of practice.
Perks & Benefits:
Competitive base salary
Work from home flexibility
401K with matching incentive
Flex Spending Account
Company provided short-term disability
Company provided life insurance
Professional development opportunities
New business referral bonus
No recruiters or agencies please. Bixal is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a safe, inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds.