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Accessibility Manager

PlayStation

San Mateo, CA,US

Why PlayStation?

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in entertainment producing The PlayStation family of products and services including PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Plus, acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios, and more.

PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.

The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

Role: Accessibility Programs Manager
Location: San Mateo


Reports To

The Accessibility Manager will report to SIE’s Senior Director of ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance).


Job Overview

Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment* (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation®’s brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. As the company grows and evolves, we seek to create impact beyond gaming, inspire social change, and help preserve the planet for generations to come. SIE is now developing an exciting new multi-disciplinary Environment, Social and Governance team to help the company address its broader environmental and CSR impacts. Our purpose is to:

Forge a path ahead on ESG, and not just follow the crowd.
To turn our intentions into action.
Do the right things, and do them well.

Under Sony’s global leadership, an essential part of SIE’s ESG activities is to ensure all our products, services, and business operations are fully accessible by 2025. SIE is in the process of rolling out its long-term business plan to achieve this ambition. The role of the Accessibility Manager will be to ensure progress through effective coordination across our various business functions and provide the necessary expertise. The scope includes our research and analysis, gaming platforms, games, and business operations. Based in our San Mateo headquarters, the Accessibility Manager will be ideally positioned to work with experts across our business groups, coordinating SIE’s Accessibility Working Group and reporting progress directly to SIE’s senior management.

Responsibilities and Duties

Analyze new accessibility and accessible gaming trends and developments, including proposed legislation, codes of practice, and standards, and report and share findings with key accessibility experts and management.
Engage with SIE’s key external partners to understand their concerns regarding

accessibility, and help shape SIE’s global response.

Engage in, support, and use the latest research on accessibility.
Organize SIE’s Accessibility business planning process, ensure regular progress checks and reporting to senior management, and determine plans, budget, and resources needed.
Coordinate SIE’s Accessibility Working Group and ensure effective collaboration and information sharing between SIE’s accessibility experts and management.
Ensure SIE’s Accessibility Business Plan implementation by coordinating projects and programmes across SIE business groups to achieve SIE’s accessibility commitments.
Support SIE’s external communications and updates on SIE’s progress on accessibility.



Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Game Design, UX, Product Management or another relevant field of study;
Five years of previous experience in the video game industry in Game Design, UX or Product management OR 5 years of prior experience in an Accessibility role in the software, web or video game industry;
Consistent record of raising awareness and developing accessibility solutions in previous roles;
Nice-to-have: CPACC Certification, Section 508 & WCAG Certification, APXP AbleGamers Certification
Excellent oral and written communication in English (French classes offered);
Highly organized and able to keep an eye on the big picture while dealing with details;
Ability to work on multiple projects and deliver on time;
Knowledge of WCAG guidelines, CVAA requirements, Game Accessibility Guidelines and other accessibility guidelines and standards;
Insight and expertise in the Disability rights movement;
Experience with MS Office Applications and Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
Experience with JIRA and similar tools;
Experience using internal communication tools such as MS Teams, Slack, Sharepoint, and/or other solutions



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Equal Opportunity Statement:

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.

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