Digital Accessibility Analyst
Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland. Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion to cultivate the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.
Towson University is currently accepting applications for a Digital Accessibility Analyst.
This position provides full-time expert assistance to The Office of Technology Services (OTS) and other campus departments with digital accessibility consultation, research, review, and recommendations. It provides guidance on user interface and interactivity in the context of providing an online experience that is not only accessible but also allows for productive use by all audiences. This position provides the technical expertise needed to answer questions posed by The Office of Inclusion and Equity, and University Legal Counsel.
Responsibilities and Duties
Reviews Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT) for web apps under development or considered for procurement
Provides technical guidance as part of the campus initiative to make technology platforms compliant with Towson University and Federal standards
Supports implementation of the University System of Maryland's (USM) digital accessibility guidance
Participates in procurement reviews of campus technologies
Conducts code level and screen reader based digital accessibility audits and provide guidance to developers on and off campus
Develops digital accessibility education materials and educates the Towson University community about digital accessibility and furthers the digital experience mission
Participates in campus workgroups and committees when a digital accessibility expert is needed. Manages various accessibility-related special projects
Performs other duties as assigned or approved by this position’s supervisor
Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor's degree and two years of experience in technology analysis support or development where the candidate has substantially participated in digital accessibility tasks.
Advanced skills in use of a range of accessibility OS features, accessibility auditing software and assistive technologies.
Advanced understanding of federal and state laws regarding digital accessibility.
Advanced understanding of the WCAG 2.1 AA or most recent standard for web accessibility.
Advanced understanding of captioning and transcription technology and guidelines.
Advanced understanding of PDF accessibility and remediation.
Functional understanding of the accessibility tree, Aria code and other coding standards that produce well-built accessible web content and applications.
Excellent communication skills. Experience working in a time-sensitive role while simultaneously handling multiple projects.
DHS Trusted Tester Certification, CSUN Digital Accessibility Certification, or IAAP CPACC or WAS, and advanced understanding of the connections between effective accessible design and overall successful user interfaces for all users.
Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission.