Engineering Program Lead, Accessibility
Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.
The CELA (Corporate External Legal Affairs) organization is looking for an experienced Engineering Program Lead to manage the Corporate Accessibility Technical Team. The team has a deep focus on deepening inclusion and advancement in accessibility across all products, services, and websites at the company to deliver inclusive growth. The role of the Engineering Program Lead and team is to develop and maintain a unified plan, across all engineering, technical stakeholders' teams to drive for a raised bar of accessibility and innovation across devices, software, websites, apps, and experiences. This, while managing a core set of accessibility subject matter expert resources to help drive accessibility compliance, consultations, and guidance to our engineering partners. Lead and drive several programs including Accessibility Compliance, Inclusive Design and the new Inclusive A11y AI program. Works directly for the Chief Accessibility Officer.
The Engineering Program Lead for Accessibility will welcome change, grounded on empowering all customers to achieve more, especially 1+ billion disabled people around the work. Focus on creating world-class accessible products and services and thrive on teams that constantly adapt and evolve to meet the ever-changing landscape and needs.
Bachelor's Degree AND 8+ years experience in engineering, product/technical program management, data analysis, or product development
OR equivalent experience.
5+ years people management experience.
6+ years experience managing cross-functional and/or cross-team projects.
8+ years proven Engineering Program Management or Product Development, driving efforts across multiple disciplines and teams AND experience in Hardware/Software Development, Hardware/Software Development Management
Experience leading technical teams both directly and indirectly (via hub and spoke) and implementing large-scale transformations and/or driving cultural change management.
Engineering knowledge, and experience driving technical innovation in pursuit of customer goals. Ability to influence CVPs and other senior leadership across the company to build products that truly empower a global audience.
18+ years’ experience in proven Engineering Program Management, Hardware/Software Development, Hardware/Software Development Management or Product Development, or related area.
Desirable candidates should have technical and engineering depth, evaluating, and determining roadmaps both directly and indirectly through others, a natural aptitude for communicating with senior leadership and addressing implementation challenges that arise from customer, company, or policy decisions.
Knowledge and or experience in accessibility industry/practice (desired but not required)
Technical Program Management M6 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $158,500 - $276,600 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $202,800 - $304,200 per year.
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Develop and execute strategic plans to build world-class accessible products across devices and experiences across Microsoft portfolio, including the new Microsoft Copilots.
Drive the technical leadership program for accessibility, cross-division with clear strategic horizontal accessibility initiatives that advance the future of accessibility in devices, software, apps, websites, and services with providing equitable delightful experiences for everyone.
Understand the business priorities and strategies when it comes to training and education of accessibility policies, engineering practices, and inclusive design to enable durable accessibility.
Manage a team of accessibility subject matter experts who enable our engineering partners via the hub and spoke model to deliver world-class accessible products and services via consultations, training, education, and guidance.
Accountable for delivery of measurement frameworks, processes, and maturity models to both understand and improve the bar of technical compliance across the portfolio that meets needs of the rhythm of business with exec leadership.
Define the cross company technical accessibility roadmap along with expected return on investment.
Partner with teams across Microsoft to ensure success in the development and implementation of accessible hardware, software, and experiences.
Identify, leverage, and advance opportunities to improve accessibility inclusive design practices and awareness across company.
Identify, leverage, and advance the future of accessibility via Generative AI, AI/ML, AR/VR, Robotics, and other future applications with the goal of producing pathways to drive delightful, efficient, productive accessible experiences.
Lead technical accessibility discipline for the company and core member of the Accessibility Leadership Team, in partnership with the Chief Accessibility Officer and partners across company to drive the future of accessibility at Microsoft and industry.