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EIR Accessibility Specialist

Health & Human Services ( Texas )

Austin, TX,US

Program Specialist IV
Performs highly complex (senior-level) training, consultative services and technical assistance work . Work involves testing, evaluating, and remediating electronic information resources for conformance with HHS EIR accessibility policy, state and federal laws. Works under limited supervision with moderate latitude for for the use of initiative and independent judgement.
Analyzes Websites and Applications, Software, MS Office and PDF documents, reports, brochures and presentations to determine compliance with established international standards for EIR accessibility.

Consults with developers, procurement staff, document authors and designers on design considerations, implementation options, and technical requirements impacting accessibility for people with disabilities and makes recommendations for improvements.

Performs complex document remediation and develops HTML and JavaScript code examples to bring electronic information resources into compliance with standards mandated by federal and state law.

Trains IT, program and administrative staff on accessible development, testing and remediation.

Reviews EIR policy updates, job aids, procedures and support materials for accuracy, understandability and usefulness and consults with senior accessibility specialists and supervisor on improvements.

Serves as a subject matter expert for EIR accessibility on the EIR accessibility workgroup.

Assists senior accessibility specialists on evaluations of web sites and applications.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned
EJF 1: Conducts reviews of documents, forms, websites/applications and other forms of electronic information resources to determine compliance with certification laws, and regulations for accessibility of electronic information and services for people with disabilities including TGC 2054, TAC 206 and 213, Sections 504 and 508 of the rehabilitation act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 30%
EJF 2 Performs an array of technical training for staff who create or test agency electronic information resources. Conducts research into techniques for creating electronic documents and forms that meet electronic information resource accessibility standards. Plans activities and trainings in support of the EIR accessibility program and policy. Develops job aids, training videos and MS Office templates to support accessibility compliance across HHS and DSHS. Together with other members of the accessibility team provides assessment of the effectiveness of the EIR accessibility program and identifies opportunities for improvement in policy and procedures. 20%
EJF 3: Performs comprehensive reviews of EIR accessibility standards, procedures, rules and HHS EIR accessibility policy and prepares recommendations and reports on changes that will impact agency compliance levels, testing procedures, or accessibility implementation processes. Reviews accessibility testing templates and checklists to identify gaps, improve understanding and implement best practices from the W3C 20%
EJF 4: Serves as a liaison to the HHS EIR accessibility workgroup, providing technical expertise on policy, procedures and training projects presented to the group. Provides presentations to program staff, vendors, and community stakeholders to improve understanding of EIR accessibility laws, rules and standards. Promotes EIR accessibility across all programs and through interaction and participation in external accessibility conferences, forums and discussion lists. 5%
EJF 5: Provides support and collaborates in the planning, development, implementation, analysis, and documentation of the HHS EIR Accessibility program. This includes collaborating with accessibility team members, programs, HHS communications and IT on schedules for accessibility compliance reviews, developing test processes and tools, analyzing and reviewing test reports, and maintaining associated documentation on the CRO EIR Accessibility team site. 10%
EJF 6: Assists the EIR Accessibility Program Manager in reviewing and evaluating information on methods used by the team to deliver services to program areas, IT and communications. Identifies service gaps or areas for improvements and recommends improvements to procedures, tools, training and reporting methods. 5%
EJF 7: Collaborates with other EIR accessibility staff and the program supervisor in determining trends in the types of requests for service and/or the level of compliance of the agency with accessibility standards and resolving technical problems with testing and development tools. 5%
EJF8: Assists the EIR Accessibility program manager with the development and revision of program policy and procedure manuals. 5%

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of EIR accessibility requirements for hardware, software, web and multimedia.

Expert knowledge knowledge of HTML and JavaScript standards and requirements for Accessibility.

Thorough knowledge of WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 accessibility standards as applied to all types of electronic information resources.

Highly skilled in the use of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint including the ability to install and modify templates and themes, customize the ribbon and styles, and apply different templates and slide layouts to documents.

Highly skilled in the use of Adobe Acrobat Professional including the use of the accessibility and pre-print production tools, tag, order and content panels,

Working knowledge of screen reading, magnification and dictation software and skilled in the use of these tools for accessibility testing.

Very strong written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver presentations on EIR accessibility to audiences of technical and non-technical staff.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Initial Selection Criteria:
One or more of the following:
12 months or more experience conducting accessibility evaluations of websites and applications.

12 months or more experience creating or remediating MS Office and PDF documents for accessibility compliance.

12 months or more experience as a web/developer or q/a tester with demonstrated knowledge of accessibility standards and techniques for achieving compliance.

Certification by International Association of Accessibility Professionals

Additional Information:

MOS Code:

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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