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Digital Accessibility Engineer


Toronto, Ontario,CANADA

Working At CBC:

At the CBC, we all have a story to tell. What’s yours?

If you share our passion for Canadian storytelling and you wish to help us engage with individuals and communities across our various digital platforms, this is where you’ll want to be!
Every day, you will have an opportunity to shape the way in which Canadians see themselves reflected in our digital services. Your work will have a direct impact on how millions of Canadians from various communities connect with our products, with one another, and with the diverse voices that make our country so unique.
You will have the opportunity to play a part in enlightening and entertaining Canadians through our innovative work in building the mediums that deliver our content. We are an innovative hub, where the talented professionals we work with are respected and valued for their contributions. Our product teams are vibrant and our work culture strives to achieve the highest standards of diversity and inclusion. We believe that hiring people with different career paths and backgrounds is fundamental in our shared success and in building healthy and highly performant teams. When you join our mission, you are not only shaping the vision of the CBC, but the future of our country.

Why is this role important?

CBC/Radio-Canada is the largest broadcaster in Canada and this team focuses on the ability for all to experience our digital products. The Digital Accessibility team helps our department and other parts of CBC to build inclusive products.

In this role, you will advise different product teams on accessibility and WCAG standards. You will perform audits and help teams be compliant as well as think about accessibility as they are building out their features. You will educate and evangelize on the importance of having accessible products within and outside our department. As a Senior Digital Accessibility Engineer on the team, you will be working alongside a QA Analyst, another Senior Digital Accessibility Analyst, and a Digital Accessibility Lead. Your primary focus will be web-based applications but you may be consulted for other channels such as native apps too.

Here’s Why We Should Work Together:

Our digital teams’ values - collaboration, learning, and continuous improvement - embody who we are as a people-focused, digital-forward employer. We follow lean startup principles and use an Agile approach. Our dedicated people managers work closely with every individual to ensure we are leveraging their strengths, championing their ideas and supporting their pursuit of new skills and their desired career progression.

Here at CBC Digital Strategy & Products, we want you to be happy and feel good at work. It is essential that work be a safe space where our employees are able to share their authentic selves with one another and to push each other to challenge conventions.

Perks You Can Look Forward To:
- Flexible work schedules, allowing you to prioritize yourself, your family and your work;
- Work from home opportunities;
- Competitive total rewards package;
- 20% of time for innovation, learning and development; wherever your interests lie;
- Opportunities to work with cutting edge technology;
- Opportunities for continued learning and professional development;
- Opportunities to become a member of our Employee Resource Groups;
- Pair programming and mentorship opportunities, where you can learn from the best in the industry and help coach new talent;
- A creative and dynamic work environment, where your ideas and contributions can be heard, valued and respected;
- A supportive management team committed to upholding the highest standards of diversity and inclusivity;
- An environment which favours experimentation and an iterative approach in order to achieve the highest form of technical innovation.

How You Will Make An Impact:

You are experienced in digital accessibility, looking to apply and build upon your skills:
- You will help coach the CBC’s developers, architects and product managers in how to develop digital sites, apps and other audience experiences, and you’ll develop training opportunities to support different roles
- You will educate teams on the importance of building usable products, how assistive technologies work and inclusive design
- You will develop accessibility requirements or a guide that teams can reference to
- You will be a subject matter expert in digital accessibility, particularly web accessibility
- You will work alongside a product team in assessing the accessibility of our digital audience experiences
- In collaboration with the Digital Accessibility Lead, you will evangelize accessibility across the organization

What You Bring To Our Team:

- You are an expert in digital audience experience accessibility, and have strong knowledge of web and related accessibility standards
- Expert in the WCAG 2.1 guidelines, and related technologies and standards, and have a solid understanding of ARIA-WAI and how to use it
- You understand and know how to apply current and emerging Canadian and Ontario accessibility regulations
- You are familiar with using screen readers (such as NVDA or VoiceOver), speech recognition software, screen magnification software and other assistive technologies
- You have the passion to help develop a digital accessibility capability across a large organization
- You are skilled in testing for and assessing digital accessibility, and can develop code-level recommendations to improve accessibility
- Your background is in software development generally and making web and app based experiences accessible specifically, and you are experienced in video- and text-centric site and app development
- You thrive in a team-focused environment and understand that you are working towards a shared goal
- You are willing to roll up your sleeves, solve problems and take action. When you are unsure about how to do something, you are willing to ask for help and learn new things. - - You see problems as opportunities and a way to share new ideas
- You are comfortable dealing with multiple priorities particularly during large events for CBC, such as the Olympics

- Have obtained or is willing to obtain a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility certification from IAAP (or equivalent)
- Intermediate knowledge of JavaScript, HTML, CSS would be a plus
- Nice to have - experiences living with, knowing someone, or working with people with disabilities
- Demonstrated ability to drive innovation and improvements. Ability to learn and share knowledge on new technologies
- Working experience or Degree (BA, BSc) or diploma in a Software Development, Science or Engineering related discipline, delivered by a recognized learning institution
- Candidates may be subject to skills and knowledge testing.

All employees of CBC/Radio-Canada are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of December 1st 2021 unless exempted based on a medical/religious ground. As per this requirement, employees must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to all employees. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify if you meet the conditions of employment, you will be asked to provide an attestation confirming your COVID-19 vaccination status.

To Apply:

At the CBC, we recognize that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. We value diversity of thought and of experience, and we are excited to hear from you! Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning, and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet most of the qualifications and you are excited by the possibility of adding to the rich culture of the CBC, take a chance and express your interest by applying now!

If you’re interested in reading more about the various backgrounds of the talented people that make up our teams, our exciting new projects, and what we’re currently working on, check out our Digital Labs blog on Medium!

CBC/Radio-Canada is committed to being a leader in reflecting our country’s diversity. That’s because we can only create and tell the stories that connect Canadians, by having a workforce that mirrors the ever-changing makeup of our country. That’s why we, as an employer, value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada’s public broadcaster. For more information, visit the Diversity and Inclusion section of our website. If you have accommodation needs at this stage of the recruitment process, please inform us as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to

You are invited to consult and familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct, which can be found on our corporate website . All employees must adhere to the Code as a condition of employment. We also invite you to take a look at our policy on conflicts of interest . In the event that you become an employee, it will be important to inform us, as quickly as possible, of any situation that, because of your hiring, constitutes or could appear to constitute a conflict of interest.

Job Family: Media Production

Primary Location: Toronto

Position Language Requirement: English Only

Status of Employment: Permanent

Work schedule(s): Full-time

Job Posting Date: Apr 29, 2022, 3:55:03 PM

Unposting Date: Ongoing

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