Web Accessibility Engineer
Hansell Tierney is helping our client with a contract to hire search for a Web Accessibility Engineer.
Location: Seattle, WA (Local Candidates only)
Duration: 6 month contract to hire
As a Web Accessibility Developer, you will take responsibility for improving the accessibility of our client’s web-based user experiences. Your work will enable millions of students, educators, and knowledge workers to use our client’s software to learn and teach, regardless of physical disabilities. In this role you will:
- Conduct structured and regular evaluations of web interfaces to identify accessibility gaps.
- Work with stakeholders inside and outside the company to prioritize accessibility issues.
- Implement fixes for accessibility issues, from simple things like missing aria tags, to complex things like re-organizing content, reimplementing controls, or designing high-contrast layouts.
- Directly advise, educate, and support your peers on the development and test teams to increase knowledge, improve processes, and put in place best practices and guidelines with the goal of making accessibility a first-class engineering principle for all developers.
- Engage in all stages of the UX and software development process from rapid prototyping/iteration to component design and development to polishing, fixing bugs, and shipping to customers.
- Become an expert in our codebase, seamlessly weaving new code into old code to enable new functionality.
- Clearly and concisely communicate plans, progress, and status to your stakeholders.
Technical expertise requirements:
- You have a strong track record as an accessibility developer; responsible for building and shipping customer-facing software features and UX.
- You are an accessibility expert.
- You have great UX instincts: you naturally identify and prioritize what’s important to end users.
- You build very high-quality software. You appreciate having QA check your work, but naturally feel a bit of internal discomfort whenever someone finds a bug you didn’t catch yourself.
- You fearlessly debug complex, unfamiliar code to answer: “what’s really going on?”
- You’re a great teammate; others look to you for advice & partnership and you love learning from and teaching your peers.
- You naturally take ownership when you encounter a problem.
- You love to learn new things, become an expert in new areas, nerd-out on cool tech.
- You aren’t afraid to think big when establishing vision, but you know how to develop a plan in steps that delivers incremental value without boiling the ocean. You can define ‘good enough for now’ without giving up the long-term goal or vision.
- You are highly motivated to move quickly and you insist on high standards to deliver great results. You are thoughtful and positively critical of your own work, always looking for ways to improve.
- You have a 4-year degree in computer science or a related field with a few years of direct experience.
- You have a comprehensive understanding of the WCAG 2.0 Level A & AA Success Criteria and federal requirements
- You are an expert in universal design principles
- You are and expert in and deeply passionate about customer accessibility
- You have expertise building sophisticated websites with client/server interaction powered by REST web APIs.
- You are knowledgeable in both manual and automated testing and auditing the accessibility of web applications