Accessibility Specialist

EdX is looking for a knowledgeable and resourceful Accessibility Specialist to join our engineering team. This position will work in a highly collaborative environment and support edX’s product teams, its educational partners, and the open source community. The Accessibility Specialist is responsible for identifying and suggesting potential solutions for accessibility barriers based on the W3C WCAG 2.0 standards as well as compliance with the ADA, Section 508, and other accessibility related laws. This position requires the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively with executives, engineers, edX partners, and the public.

edX’s Accessibility Specialist will:

  • Work with our exceptional education, engineering, design, and documentation teams to establish and implement web accessibility standards for the organization as a whole as well as for individual projects.
  • Work with product, feature, and initiative teams as an embedded and dedicated resource during all phases of an individual project.
  • Develop and deliver educational resources about the importance of accessibility, including training presentations and a knowledge base, for edX executives, employees, and partners, and the public.
  • Represent edX and support edX teams in matters of accessibility, including public communications and selection of vendors and contractors.
  • Develop and implement patterns and tools to ensure edX products comply with established standards, including automatic technical testing, manual testing (through recruiting), and internal review guidelines, for both existing and potential new forms of content or online interaction.


Ideal Accessibility Specialist candidates will have:

  • 3+ years working and 1+ year of consulting in the field of web accessibility. 
  • Understanding of the current accessibility environment:
  • Familiarity with legislative and industry-based standards such as W3C/WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, WAI-ARIA, and ADA Section 508 guidelines.
  • Passion about current challenges in web accessibility.
  • Active participation in professional web accessibility circles, with experience organizing discussions, groups, and initiatives.
  • Extensive technical experience:
    • Proficiency with modern front-end web development (including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript).
    • Knowledge of web architecture (including asynchronous interactions, JavaScript middleware, and application development).
    • Experience with assistive technology such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and Window Eyes, as well as accessibility features in Windows and Mac.
    • Familiarity with commercial web accessibility evaluation and reporting tools.
    • Understanding of user experiences (including complex online tasks and mobile- and device-centric interaction).
    • Track record of successfully applying accessible design principles to the web development process.
  • Excellent communication skills: o Ability to serve as the edX web accessibility spokesperson internally, for edX partners, and for the public.
    • Capacity to effectively disseminate and implement organization-wide accessibility standards once the standards are established.
    • Ability to clearly communicate the ways that standards apply to different roles and responsibilities inside and outside the organization.
    • Dexterity to lead and facilitate both detail-focused training sessions and strategic executive-level discussions.
  • Collaboration and organization skills to work across multiple teams while functioning as a self-managing staff member.

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