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Native Mobile Accessibility Engineer Consultant/Coach

Deque Systems, Inc.

Herndon, VA,UNITED STATES

Career Fulfillment & Culture
People come to work for Deque because of what we do: enable businesses and organizations to make their sites and apps accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. The personal fulfillment employees feel here is unparalleled. In addition to the altruistic nature of our jobs, the organizational structure is extremely flat and welcoming. Women-owned and operated, Deque CEO Preety Kumar is internally revered for her down-to-earth personality and work ethic. Candidates are expected to exhibit the following core values. We take these very seriously to preserve our special culture:

Innovation with results that matter
Deliver what you promise
Can-do attitude
Open, direct & respectful communications
We care deeply
We practice humility
At Deque, you’ll work with the best and brightest minds in the industry, sharing best practices, tackling new issues and uncovering new approaches. Accessibility Consultants at Deque also love their jobs because of the support systems in place.

Deque experts regularly contribute to W3C Accessibility Working Groups and collectively hold more CPACC, WAS, & CPWA certifications issued by the IAAP than any accessibility testing company in the world.

Position Description
Deque is searching for a native mobile accessibility engineer consultant/coach who is an expert in interpreting and advising on accessibility standards, principles, techniques and best practices – including Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) – that can also teach agile native mobile team how to incorporate accessibility in the development process in order to create accessible apps by default. This individual may perform robust technical assessments and be assigned to multiple agile teams (including Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Designers, Content Creators, Business Analysts, Developers, and Quality Engineers) and will help them understand how accessibility fits into their role. The consultant/coach will review designs, translate the designs into accessibility acceptance criteria, and perform automated and manual Quality Assurance of development work. You will work directly with customer organizations that have committed to improving their digital content and improving their applications. A strong candidate for this role is proactive, a life-long learner, and has a track record of delivering exceptional service.

Responsibilities
Digital accessibility subject matter expert specializing in native mobile apps (iOS and Android) who applies Deque’s interpretation of WCAG standards to provide on-demand support on design, development, content and QA questions.
Monitor changes and improvements to iOS and Android operating systems and their accessibility features with the goal of continually being up to date with platform updates.
Conduct design reviews, providing feedback and suggestions for addressing concerns.
Attend Agile ceremonies (stand ups, refinement meetings, sprint planning meetings, etc.) as part of a coaching role, using these as an opportunity to gain knowledge of the workings of the teams, answer questions and provide insight.
Translate designs into user story requirements with Product Owners and Business Analysts to provide accessibility acceptance criteria which developers can use to develop components that meet accessibility guidelines.
Provide a scope for quality assurance engineers (QAs) for testing.
Evaluate the accessibility of pre-production components for assigned product teams or occasionally conduct larger-scale assessments on apps.
Provide shadowing and informational training opportunities, through weekly one on one, and other meeting types, for assigned client team members with the goal of helping them progress to self-sufficiency.
Collaborate with other accessibility coaches to promote consistent accessibility guidance and techniques.
Facilitate role-specific training which includes empathy and instruction pertaining to role responsibilities for the design, implementation, and testing of applications that meet WCAG standards.
Perform WCAG 2.X A/AA assessments on mobile apps utilizing the Deque methodology.
Requirements
Passion for digital accessibility and a desire to become a world class expert in the subject
Proven expertise in helping to create accessible native mobile applications.
Experience evaluating native mobile apps for WCAG 2.1/2.0 AA conformance
Experience performing design reviews and translating into user stories for native apps
Intermediate skill level and accessibility testing experience with the following screen readers:
VoiceOver
Talkback
Strong understanding of the iOS and Android accessibility APIs
Ability to write accessibility recommendations for remediation
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
Strong communication skills with all stakeholders
Considering U.S. citizens and permanent residents due to client security requirements
Preferred
At least 3 years of current experience developing iOS or Android native applications, with at least 5 years of total experience in digital accessibility
5+ years of experience in professional digital accessibility testing and consulting. Additional experience may qualify for a Senior Consultant role.
Detailed knowledge of Deque Mobile Software Tools (axe DevTools for iOS and Android) or similar tools
Familiarity with integrating accessibility testing into unit tests
Familiarity with agile application development processes, technologies and tools
Certifications/Credentials:
IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Candidate capable of obtaining and maintaining a U.S. security clearance
Job Location(s)
Remote, any U.S. Location

How to Apply
Apply by submitting your resume and a cover letter via our online application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

In your cover letter:
Explain your interest in joining Deque and how you align with our Core Values
Depict key attributes that differentiate you as a candidate
Deque Core Values
Innovation with results that matter
Deliver what you promise
Can-do attitude
Open, direct & respectful communications
We care deeply
We practice humility
Deque is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunities. Reference and background checks will be required.

Thank you for your interest in joining our exciting company!

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