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Consultant, Accessibility and Emerging Technologies

Wheelhouse Group

Washington, DC,US

Full Job Description
Are you looking to build a career, while making an impact in the world?

Do you like rolling up your sleeves to solve complex problems AND value work-life balance?

If so, Wheelhouse may be just the place for you!

At Wheelhouse Group, we guide organizations through transformational change, including creating brand new programs to meet mission goals. To do this, we build teams with diverse perspectives and experience in organizational change management, stakeholder engagement & communications, workforce transformation and business optimization.

We know that work is about more than what we do for our clients. It is about working together to build community and culture. It is about supporting and trusting each other to deliver on our commitments. At Wheelhouse, we ensure each of our team members have what they need thrive and to be successful.
The Position

Wheelhouse Group is looking for professionals to help support U.S. federal government client initiatives that promote the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities. Wheelhouse Group leads the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that fosters collaborations in the technology space which have a goal to increase the workplace inclusion for people with disabilities. PEAT's vision is a future where new and emerging technologies are accessible to the workforce by design.

We are looking for a new team member to help support this team in the areas of program management, stakeholder engagement and resource development related to the development of inclusively designed emerging technologies (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Extended Reality). We are looking for top performers with 5-10 years of experience who have the following mix of qualifications:
Interest & Attitude

A self-starter with an exceptionally strong work ethic, curiosity and drive.

A growth mindset with a willingness to build expertise and a desire to share what you know

Exceptional communication skills, both conversational and written – and excellent active listening, facilitation and presentation skills

Ability to establish and maintain strong relationshipswith different stakeholders including government, academia, technology industry, and advocacy communities.

An affinity for working in teams, networking and bringing new people to the table

Essential Job Functions

Help develop and mature initiatives related to disability inclusion enabled by inclusively designed technology.

Work with diverse stakeholders to define a shared vision and drive momentum toward achieving that shared vision.

Organize and seamlessly execute both strategic tasks (e.g., developing a strategic plan) as well as tactical tasks (e.g., preparing briefing presentations, developing participant guides, facilitating meetings).

Research emerging technology accessibility challenges, opportunities and solutions to produce briefs that inform and advance policy and practice.

Create briefings and resource documents that tell a compelling, relevant and data-driven story.

Develop program and project plans for multiple efforts, leveraging different approaches and tools to effectively manage progress against plans.

Contribute to both bespoke and public virtual inclusive design and technology accessibility communities in different platforms (e.g., #A11y communities on Slack and Twitter)

Skills & Experience

Business, design or technical familiarity or expertise in one or more of the following areas:

Intersectional approaches to advancing workplace diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

Inclusive design and accessibility of information and communication technologies

User research, design or development experiences related to emerging technologies (e.g., AI, XR, IoT)

Knowledge of public or organization policy making process; Prefer U.S. Federal government experience (e.g., Executive, Legislative or Department experience); Awareness or experience with international policies is a plus.

Must be a team player and able to work collaboratively with and through others.

Advanced experience with virtual meeting, collaboration and productivity tools (e.g., Microsoft, Google Suite, Slack).

Familiarity with project management approaches, tools and phases of the project lifecycle; proven experience managing multiple projects.

Experience with diversity initiatives in the startup ecosystem or entrepreneurship arenas.

This is a remote, full-time position that may require occasional travel. The majority of the team is located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

People with disabilities and people who are BIPOC are highly encouraged to apply.

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