Web Accessibility Specialist (# 129153)

February 20, 2024

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Job Description

Position title: Web Accessibility Specialist

Position #: 129153

The Web
Accessibility Specialist works with the IT Accessibility office of the Division of Information Technology (DIT) to lead the campus web
accessibility efforts. This position will work closely with representatives of UMD academic and administrative units to evaluate the web
accessibility of their websites and develop remediation plans to resolve discovered issues. This position will conduct accessibility audits
and evaluations, ensuring that UMD web-based information properties comply with WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). This position
will produce metrics and dashboards to demonstrate the current state and progress of web accessibility. This position will perform
accessibility evaluations for websites, eTools, and applications under consideration for purchase and deployment. This position will provide
support for the management of IT Accessibility services and projects and will contribute to the development of materials and training of
various teams across the organization. This position will provide web accessibility expertise and guidance to the campus community,
including web developers, editors, and communicators, to promote Web accessibility services and implement the UMD Web Accessibility Policy.
This position will work under the general supervision of the Senior IT accessibility & UX specialist and will be a member of the Office
of Academic Technology & Innovation at the Division of Information Technology.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education, technical certifications, training, or
work experience.

Experience: A minimum of three years of experience working with digital accessibility,
primarily focused on web accessibility.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with web
    development and different CMS (e.g., Drupal, WordPress, others)
  • Knowledge and experience with web technologies (HTML/CSS,
    JavaScript, XML, and Web content management systems).
  • Knowledge and experience with WCAG accessibility standards and
  • Experience with digital accessibility testing and evaluation (automated and manual testing)
  • Knowledge and
    experience testing web-based information with assistive technologies (JAWS, VoiceOver, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, others).
  • Experience with reporting web accessibility and producing metrics and dashboards.
  • Strong organizational and project management
    skills to lead multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and independently
    lead projects to completion. Able to work within deadlines, ensuring timely, cost-effective delivery and customer satisfaction.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective meeting facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent
    interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all levels of employees and campus stakeholders.
  • Enthusiasm and flexibility
    in acquiring new or emerging technology skills.


  • Master’s degree in
    Information Technology, Telecommunications, Human-Computer Interaction or related field, Education, Special Education, or Master’s
    degree in another related field.
  • A minimum of six years of broad experience in the field of IT or Web Development.
  • Certifications in web accessibility (e.g., IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies; Trusted Tester).
  • Knowledge of disability law including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
    Act (Section 504).
  • Experience working with digital accessibility in Higher Education.
  • Experience designing and delivering
    training in person and online.
  • Experience with accessibility remediation of documents (e.g., PDFs, complex images, others)
  • Knowledge of professional captioning strategies and best practices.
  • Knowledge of accessibility evaluation of eTools, mobile
    accessibility testing, LMS, and LTIs accessibility.
  • Experience with ServiceNow or other ticketing systems.

Additional information: 

Benefits Included:

: $80,000s-low $90,000s

**This position does not provide sponsorship for Visas.

Physical demands: This is primarily a sedentary position involving extensive use of desktop computers. The position
does require walking some distance to attend meetings.

Best consideration date: 03/11/2024 or open until filled

Background Check: Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by
the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.


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