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Web Accessibility Specialist

State of Washington

Olympia, WA,US

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) seeks a skilled technical professional specializing in accessible technology conformance testing and web accessibility standards. This position will manage the evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) acquired by the agency using current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) technical standards. This position will collaborate with the agency’s Policy Associate for Accessibility to provide leadership, guidance, and training to agency and college staff regarding accessible technology requirements.

SBCTC seeks to recruit a diverse candidate pool with direct or related skills for this position.

This position is eligible for 100% telework. Occasional office visits and travel may be required.

Mission and Vision Statement

Leading with racial equity, our colleges maximize student potential and transform lives within a culture of belonging that advances racial, social, and economic justice in service to our diverse communities. We challenge, empower and embolden ourselves and our colleges to deliver equitable higher education through antiracist policies that ensure economic vitality across Washington. Our values are focused on racial equity and social justice, accountability, community and culture building, service, humor, collaboration and innovation.


Manage the evaluation of Information and Communication software, hardware and other technology acquired and supported by SBCTC for internal and enterprise-level/system-wide implementation.
Perform accessibility conformance testing using appropriate automated evaluation tools, manual testing, and assistive technologies.
Collaborate with SBCTC developers and database administrators regarding web accessibility technical requirements to help ensure an accessible experience for in-house developments.
Explain accessibility conformance testing findings to a variety of internal and external stakeholders and collaborate in identifying appropriate solutions.
Partner with the agency’s Accessibility Policy Associate in the collection and evaluation of VPAT documentation during the procurement process.
Coordinate with the agency’s Accessibility Policy Associate in educating employees in accessible procurement responsibilities, including documentation of testing results with external vendors and internal stakeholders.
Collaborate with the agency’s IT division support ctcLink accessibility work, which may include direct advocacy with the vendor.
Create templates, guides, and one-pagers to help agency employees create accessible web content.
Provide technical assistance and consultation to agency staff as needed.
Provide consultation and assistance during ICT procurement decisions as requested.
Work with the agency’s Accessibility Policy Associate in creating and implementing long-term centralized accessibility testing services for the ctc college system.
Keep current with the latest assistive technology options and web accessibility standards.
Attend statewide council and committee meetings as required.
Participate in professional development opportunities to remain current in web accessibility and accessible technology best practices.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Associate degree in related field OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Two years’ experience in performing accessibility conformance and functional testing and evaluation of websites, web applications, mobile applications, and other Information and Communication Technologies.
Expert level understanding of current WCAG 2.1 AA technical standards and ability to apply these standards when performing essential job duties.
Demonstrated experience using assistive technologies such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, TalkBack, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and ZoomText to evaluate web and document accessibility.
Ability to create and evaluate accessible documents such as Word and PowerPoint.
Strong understanding of federal accessibility law and state policies, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Washington state OCIO Policy 188.
Commitment to equity and diversity and the ability to connect disability/accessibility work to a broader DEI framework.
Experience working with and supporting people with disabilities such as conducting usability/user experience tests that include participants with disabilities.
Within 3 months of hire, the candidate must earn the DSHS Trusted Tester OR the IAAP WAS Certificate. Worktime will be allowed to meet this qualification.
Working knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) accessibility best practices, such as creating content with LaTex, MathType, and Braille translation software is preferred, but not required.

Supplemental Information

Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

Letter of formal application that addresses your interest in the position and ability to perform the responsibilities described in this announcement.
Detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the qualifications.
List of at least three professional references with contact information. References are typically contacted after interviews.

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