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Senior Accessibility Specialist

Thomson Reuters

Eagan, MN,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 for the Legal market 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 products with accessibility in mind, 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.
Experience improving and remediating accessibility using web-based technology including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
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.
5+ 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.
Strong understanding of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.
Experience with incorporating accessible features in web applications and/or mobile applications using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.
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.
Can-do attitude.


What You Get to Do

Interact with and provide direction to UX professionals, technology engineers, content, and product development teams.
Cooperate with other departments to ensure consistency and quality across the platform.


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 work directly with these individuals learning first hand discussions underway.

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