Product Accessibility Specialist
W. W. Norton & Company
New York, NY,US
W. W. Norton & Company is seeking a Product Accessibility Specialist to join its Digital Products group. Independent since 1923, employee-owned, and proud to publish "books that live," Norton is dedicated to building inclusive learning experiences for higher education and high school. The Product Accessibility Specialist will work closely with everyone in the Digital Products group but will also have the opportunity to guide accessibility practices with Editorial, Production, Sales, and Marketing. This position will report to the Accessibility Lead based out of the New York City office, but please note that location is flexible throughout the United States.
Reasons that W.W. Norton may be the right fit for you:
We are W3C members, giving you the opportunity to help craft standards like WCAG and ARIA;
We value accessibility at all levels, truly seeking to create "born accessible" products;
W. W. Norton is owned entirely by employees, who each have a stake in the success of the firm;
Our offices overlook the New York Public Library and Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan;
If you’re remote, you will have the opportunity to regularly visit the New York office;
We welcome diversity;
We are recognized leaders in accessibility innovation, having built and contributed to a variety of tools for accessibility;
You will help build our accessibility-first Design System, the system that our products are built on;
We regularly collaborate with the accessibility community;
You will have the opportunity to attend accessibility events and conferences, such as CSUN or Accessing Higher Ground.
Essential Job Responsibilities Include:
Work closely with designers, developers, and testers to create accessible educational products.
Function as an authority on accessibility, staying ahead of trends in disability advocacy, universal and inclusive design, and web standards.
Evangelize accessible design by inviting discussion, leading workshops, and building empathy through practiced inclusivity.
Review and document existing products for accessibility issues and regressions.
Own and maintain the accessibility documentation for all products.
Help define accessibility standards for both internal and third-party groups.
Advise Editorial, Production, Sales, and Marketing about the ways Norton can make materials more accessible to all students and instructors.
Support adopters of Norton’s products as the primary point of escalation for accessibility concerns.
Experience and Skills:
Employment eligibility to work in the US is required.
Must be able to work full business hours. If candidate is not in the EST time zone, must be able to accommodate EST working hours.
Deep understanding of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.x).
Familiarity with documentation methods for accessibility (WCAG checklist, VPAT).
Experience working with people with disabilities.
Able to work independently and as part of a team.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Highly disciplined and self-motivated.
A keen understanding of the teaching and learning needs of college professors and students.
Superior verbal and written communications skills are essential.
Proactive and flexible in a rapidly changing environment.
Organized and detail-oriented, making sure that all aspects of their daily activities are handled with accuracy and minimal mistakes.
A demonstrated interest in the challenges and opportunities of educational technology.
Practical knowledge of assistive technology such as screen readers and keyboard input.
Familiarity with user-centered design methodologies and interest in usability as applied to disabled populations.
Strong understanding of core web technologies (HTML/CSS/JS) and their interactions with assistive technology.