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Sr. Accessibility Specialist

Thomson Reuters

Eagan, MN,USA

Sr. Accessibility Specialist
Job Location: Toronto, Eagan, MN or Carrollton, TX

About the Accessibility Team
Come and join the Thomson Reuters Accessibility Team! We are part of the UX team which is a highly diverse, multi-disciplinary team that takes great pride in our work and loves the challenge of turning complex problems and constraints into elegant solutions that meet the needs of our customers. Our work focuses on a large portfolio of cloud-based, data-driven applications, and range in size and scale from months to multiple years.

Role Summary
As a Senior Accessibility Specialist, you will be working to ensure all customers can access and use our products. You will be a key member of our project teams, evaluating and providing accessible solutions for web-based and mobile products, educating and promoting the practice of building accessible products, as well as mentoring others in methods and techniques for addressing accessibility barriers. Additionally, you will influence policies and guidelines for Thomson Reuters and collaborate across our team to influence WCAG standards.

About You
You are a fit for the role of Senior Accessibility Specialist, If you have:
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. Expert level understanding of 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 create resources to help provide implementation direction and requirements for UX Design and Front End Development teams.
Expert level understanding of 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 teams across our UX organization, engineering, and product development teams.
Collaborate across other internal departments on thought leadership activities and ad-hoc internal support needs.

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 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 join these groups and be a thought leader in cutting edge evolution of accessibility standards.
If this sounds like you, please contact us. We look forward to meeting you!
Assistive Technology users strongly encouraged to apply.

What’s in it For You?
You will join our inclusive culture of world-class talent, where we are committed to your
personal and professional growth through:
Hybrid Work Model: Currently, as part of our COVID-19 response, our employees are working remotely and following local COVID-19 bylaws and guidelines with the majority of our offices planning to remain remote throughout 2021. Upon return, we will embrace a hybrid work environment consisting of in-office and remote work.
Culture: Globally recognized and award-winning reputation for equality, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, work-life balance, and more.
Wellbeing: Comprehensive benefit plans; company-wide Mental Health Day Off; Headspace app subscription; retirement, savings, tuition reimbursement, and employee incentive programs; resources for mental, physical, and financial wellbeing.
Learning & Development: LinkedIn Learning access; internal Talent Marketplace with opportunities to work on projects cross-company; Ten Thousand Coffees Thomson Reuters café networking.
Social Impact: Eight employee-driven Business Resource Groups; two paid volunteer days annually; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives for local and global impact.

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