Web Accessibility Specialist

NFB Jernigan Institute

Baltimore, Maryland

Summary

The Web accessibility specialist works as an integral part of the Access Technology team of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute. A qualified individual will have countless opportunities to assist companies in the private sector, government agencies, and educational institutions in making their Web sites accessible to the blind. The Web accessibility specialist will report directly to the Director of Access Technology. 

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of a Web accessibility specialist include:

  • Conduct Web accessibility evaluations using an automated tool chosen by the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute Access Technology team
  • Perform usability testing of Web sites using screen access software packages for Windows, Mac, and the mobile platform
  • Write up comprehensive reports on the accessibility status of Web sites.
  • Provide recommended accessibility fixes, approved by the Director of Access Technology,  to Web site owners
  • Answer questions on Web accessibility design from both the internal and the external Web developers
  • Keep current with the ever-changing Web accessibility design techniques
  • Stay up-to-date with screen access software development
  • Participate in the accessibility standards working groups when required
  • Conduct Web accessibility training programs
  • Create and maintain an accessible HTML sample code repository for use internally and externally
  • Building expertise on the various Web accessibility validation tools available in the US market
  • Raise awareness of Web accessibility practices among the blind.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • Proficient in accessible HTML and CSS techniques
  • Proficient in the use of Windows and Mac productivity suites
  • Knowledge of how to use screen access programs for Windows, Mac, and mobile platforms
  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team
  • Good personal time management skills and ability to handle multiple projects
  • Ability to be self-motivated and result-oriented
  • A passion for equal access to the Web for the blind and print-disabled

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of JavaScript, Ajax, and ARIA Web design techniques preferred
  • Ability to read Braille preferred
  • Technical writing skills preferred

Educational Requirements

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in a related field

How to Apply

We do not speak in terms of “positions” for many of our jobs at the NFB National Office, preferring to focus on the applicant’s total skill set in determining a fit with our needs. Candidates for jobs at this level are hired on the basis of their education and experience ratings and careful assessment of performance in multiple interviews. We seek individuals who long to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail on the basis of ability and not be denied opportunity on the basis of society’s stereotypes. This job is open until filled. Applicants should send preferably via e-mail, a résumé and cover letter indicating salary requirements to: Bridgid M Burke, Director of Fiscal Services, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone 410-659-9314, ext. 2271; fax 410-685-5653; e-mail bburke@nfb.org. The National Federation of the Blind is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability.