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Senior Digital Accessibility Engineer - Dublin or Letterkenny, Ireland


Dublin Or Letterkenny,IRELAND

As a Senior Digital Accessibility Engineer, you will work under the guidance of Accessibility Center of Excellence leadership and collaborate with product teams across the enterprise to promote the need for accessible products and services. You will serve as the lead on client projects, providing direction to and mentoring digital accessibility engineers and Grow Your Own program participants, reporting status updates to project team leadership and Accessibility Center of Excellence leadership, and handling any issues that arise regarding talent, timelines and deliverables.

Primary Responsibilities:

Participate on the Accessibility Council, researching and documenting best practices for usability and accessibility, documenting and sharing use cases to help promote accessibility best practices, helping to market the council and promote decisions made to peers and clients.
Assess and validate Optum and UHC digital properties to ensure that they comply with WCAG.
Perform accessibility assessments. May include web pages, desktop applications, mobile applications and documents, such as PDFs, PPTs, etc., with the (preferred) ability to assess and remediate PDF, Word and other documents so they confirm to current standards, including WCAG and PDF/UA.
Document assessment results via available reporting templates and tools.
Write Rally or Jira user stories based on the standard accessibility user story template and following guidelines in place.
Present findings to internal product teams and external clients, educating teams on specific accessibility requirements and the use of available tools to proactively include accessibility early in the lifecycle.
Identify accessibility issues of visual and interactive designs, promoting the use of accessible design pattern library components and use of tools to improve the accessibility of designs.
Research and stay aware of new development frameworks for the purpose of assisting developers in creating accessible products.
Support the A11y CoE by researching and writing posts for the Accessibility and A11y Forum sites on Hub Connect in partnership with A11y CoE team members.
Write curriculum and lead accessibility training for peers and clients.
Apply HTML, CSS, JavaScript and ARIA knowledge to digital properties as part of client engagements and governance processes.
Identify new opportunities to support and contribute to the growth of the A11y CoE.

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in information technology, information design, computer science, human computer interaction (HCI), instructional design, quality assurance, assistive technology or related field, or equivalent industry training and experience.
Significant experience working in a fast-paced and highly collaborative development environment with experience in large, complex software or web applications.
Significant experience working as a digital accessibility engineer.
Advanced knowledge of user-centered design principles and tools.
Strong understanding of Agile development methodology.
Advanced knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
Experience writing reusable frontend code for modern frameworks such as Angular, Backbone, etc.).
Knowledge of Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines and specifications.
Familiarity with WCAG.
Advanced understanding of how to use design pattern libraries for client products.
Advanced knowledge of assistive technology and accessibility-related software, including JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, ZoomText, Dragon NaturallySpeaking or other speech recognition software.

Preferred Qualifications:

Self-motivated with a desire to improve products for people with disabilities.
Mastery of working collaboratively and productively both with diverse teams and independently.
Advanced soft skills and mastery of working with teams who may not have any understanding of inclusive design or accessibility.
Proven organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Proven communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to sell ideas with strong negotiation skills.
Proven presentation skills to peers, clients and executives and to external audiences at conferences, via webinars and for educational institutions.
Proven ability to learn from and accept feedback from others.

Technology Careers with Optum. Information and technology have amazing power to transform the health care industry and improve people's lives. This is where it's happening. This is where you'll help solve the problems that have never been solved. We're freeing information so it can be used safely and securely wherever it's needed. We're creating the very best ideas that can most easily be put into action to help our clients improve the quality of care and lower costs for millions. This is where the best and the brightest work together to make positive change a reality. This is the place to do your life's best work.SM

Please note you must currently be eligible to work and remain indefinitely without any restrictions in the country to which you are making an application. Proof will be required to support your application.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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