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​Staff Software Engineer for Design Systems/Accessibility

The New York Times

New York City,USA

The UX Foundations team at The New York Times is looking for a Staff Software Engineer. In this role, you will work with our Design Systems squad to provide pathways for teams across the organization to implement accessibility standards throughout our reader facing and internal digital products. You will work with designers, web, iOS and Android engineers, and more on a cross functional team. You will build components, frameworks, tooling, documentation and guides to elevate our commitment to accessibility standards.

About the Team

The UX Foundations mission is to ensure The New York Times delivers a quality, cohesive cross-platform user experience worthy of our journalism. Maintaining quality and consistent user experience across all of our news surfaces requires deep partnership with many teams across the organization, from the newsroom to Growth to Core Platforms. When prioritizing improvements to our surfaces, UXF takes a system-wide view, working to balance short-term needs with the longer-term investments in building scalable, performant, and resilient systems.

You’ll Be an Ideal Candidate if You

Have experience navigating cross-organizational teams to embed accessibility into digital products

Have a passion for ensuring our journalism is accessible to all

Are excited about The New York Times, and share our mission to help people understand the world

You embrace challenges, learn from mistakes, and are always learning

User focus: You care deeply about how design, engineering and product decisions help create a seamless, engaging and enjoyable user experience

Responsibilities

• Applying your accessibility subject matter expertise in WCAG and ARIA specifications and tooling
• Comfortable with giving talks and coaching teams on how to build with accessibility at the forefront
• Work in Node.js, React, and TypeScript to extend the reader facing shared component library.
• Building and integrating with publishing services that connect our newsroom editors to the core news reader applications.
• Work with cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
• Integrate with the broader New York Times ecosystem, which has services written in Go, Java and JavaScript
• Write high-quality code with best practices and design patterns in mind, and take the lead in code reviewing
• Consult with your partners in Product to form sprint goals and break work into atomic units
• Advise engineering management on assessing technical complexity and resourcing needs

Desired Experience

• At least 7 years of professional experience working with current web front-end technologies
• Have experience leading organizations towards accessibility best practices
• Working in javascript, html, css and front-end development frameworks, such as React
• Knowledge of software principles, application architecture, data structures, coding conventions, testing frameworks and security best practices
• An understanding of networking as it relates to building web applications and services.
• Experience building on public cloud platform services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
• Experience working in collaborative code repositories like Git

This role may require limited on-call hours. An on-call schedule will be determined when you join, taking into account team size and other variables.

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The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.

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Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.
The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

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