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Senior UX Designer: Accessibility Specialist (remote)

Ad Hoc

Washington, DC,US

We are looking for a Senior Designer: Accessibility Specialist with experience in creating well-crafted, accessible and user centered products. You will be a co-equal partner on a team committed to using research, design, and engineering to deliver well-rounded web-based applications and services.

You'll work with our government partners to better understand and translate policy and business requirements into good design that is inclusive to all abilities and contexts. Your work will impact the lives of millions of people.

Requirements
Our Federal contracts require that you must be a U.S. Citizen to be eligible for employment

What you'll deliver
Design work
Providing consult to designers and engineers to develop accessible solutions
Auditing our web applications for 508 compliance and accessibility best practices
Developing guidelines and tools to empower others on the team to make accessible design and engineering decisions
Advocating for accessibility across Ad Hoc
Business development
Business development materials
Recruiting
Homework and portfolio reviews
Participation in panel interviews
What you're proficient in
Accessibility expertise
Deep understanding of Section 508 guidelines, WCAG 2.0, and industry best practices
Experience using the ARIA specification to ensure accessibility for applications built in frameworks such as React and Angular
Experience testing with web accessibility tools like aXe, WAVE, or tota11y
Experience testing with screen readers like JAWS, VoiceOver, NVDA, or ChromeVOX
Code testing and research
Documenting issues so they are easy to understand and reproduce
Researching the WCAG 2 specification for guidance and solutions
Experiment with simple HTML, CSS, Javascript code samples to increase knowledge and improve open-source software
Collaboration with others
Owning the full life cycle of a problem
Knowing what steps to do when
Great attention to detail
Ability to work autonomously
Peer mentorship
Giving and receiving peer feedback
Systems level thinking
Analysis of a design system as a whole, and the development of new patterns
What you’ll Influence
Ad Hoc programs
Your assigned work
Project team mates
Stakeholders
Program-wide accessibility direction
Practice-wide accessibility direction
Our Company
Internal decision makers
Hiring and growth
Product influence
Required Competencies
Technical literacy
Literacy, or a solid understanding of related technical skills, including things like APIs, databases, front end frameworks (React, Angular, Vue), front end technologies.
HTML / CSS prototypes
Prototypes that showcase visual design elements, built natively using front end HTML, CSS or SASS, and Javascript. Can include front end frameworks such as USDS Web Design Standards, Bootstrap or Foundation.
Deep knowledge of Section 508, WCAG 2.0, and accessibility best practices
Experience working with the ARIA specification
Experience testing with web accessibility tools
Design library contributions
Preferred Competencies
Sketches, rough prototypes
Wireframes
Low-fidelity wireframes using collaborative tools
Mentorship
Provides direct and impactful feedback in program team critiques and engages peers in their work. Seeks out feedback from other designers to grow their own skills.
Project management proficiency
Experience filing accessibility user stories / bugs in project management tools such as JIRA, Pivotal Tracker or GitHub issues.
Subject matter expertise, experience with subject matter advocacy
Experience building empathy and advocating for accessibility priorities on diverse teams.
Benefits
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Vanguard 401K Plan
Unlimited Vacation
Continuing Education/Annual Conference Attendance

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