Apr 12, 2024

508 Compliance Expert

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Full-Time Information Technology

Job Description

9th Way Insignia

Company Introduction
9th Way Insignia is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business bringing transformative technology to our government customers so they can achieve their missions. Our specialties include cybersecurity, cloud modernization, software development, data analytics, enterprise architecture, enterprise IT, analytics and artificial intelligence. Learn more about 9th Way Insignia at https://9thwayinsignia.com/

Team (Project) Introduction

9th Way Insignia Technology is looking for a 508 Compliance Expert to assist in providing Information Technology Program Management and technical support (i.e., development, operations and maintenance) to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Benefits and Memorial Services (BAM) Portfolio. BAM provides high quality, effective, and efficient Information Technology (IT) services to those responsible for providing care to the Veterans at the point-of-care as well as throughout all points of the Veterans' health care in an effective, timely and compassionate manner. VA depends on Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) systems to meet mission goals, and deliver world-class, innovative systems that ensure reliable, secure, and seamless delivery of benefits and services directly to Veterans and their families. The BAM serves the Veterans Benefits Administration, the Board of Veterans Appeals, and the National Cemetery Administration to develop and manage advanced technology solutions.

Functional Job (LCAT) Information:

A 508 Compliance Expert has a strong understanding of Section 508 accessibility standards and regulations and experience in evaluating and ensuring digital products and services comply with these standards. They will collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify accessibility issues, provide guidance on remediation strategies, and champion accessibility best practices throughout the organization. This role requires excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a passion for promoting digital inclusivity.

Professional Level Information

The 508 Compliance Expert aligns within 9th Way Insignia as a Consultant (3). A Consultant 3 completes tasks and projects of moderate scope and complexity. A Consultant 3 exercises the best judgement and problem-solving skills within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action to execute assignments. Sr. Consultant will also provide guidance and/or lead on tasks/projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct thorough assessments and audits of digital products, websites, applications, documents, and multimedia content to ensure compliance with Section 508 accessibility standards and guidelines.

  • Perform manual and automated accessibility testing using tools such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, Axe, and WAVE to identify and document accessibility barriers and issues.

  • Collaborate with development teams, designers, content creators, and project managers to provide guidance and recommendations for resolving accessibility issues and implementing accessible design and development practices.

  • Create detailed accessibility reports, findings, and remediation plans, and track progress towards achieving compliance goals.

  • Develop and deliver training sessions, workshops, and resources to educate team members on accessibility standards, best practices, and tools.

  • Stay current with accessibility laws, regulations, standards (e.g., WCAG), and best practices, and ensure organizational compliance with accessibility requirements.

  • Coordinate and conduct usability testing with individuals with disabilities, gather feedback, and incorporate insights into accessibility improvements.

  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders across departments including IT, design, content, legal, and compliance to integrate accessibility into project lifecycles and promote a culture of accessibility.

  • Identify opportunities for enhancing accessibility processes, tools, and documentation, and contribute to ongoing improvement initiatives.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction, or related field (or equivalent work experience in lieu of degree).

  • Four or more years of experience in accessibility compliance, with a strong understanding of Section 508, ADA, and WCAG accessibility standards and guidelines.

  • Experience conducting accessibility assessments, audits, and testing using manual and automated tools.

  • Proficiency in accessibility testing tools such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, Axe, WAVE, and browser developer tools.

  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other web technologies and their impact on accessibility.

  • Familiarity with assistive technologies, accessibility APIs, and usability testing methodologies.

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts and accessibility requirements to diverse audiences.

Preferred/Desired:

  • Experience working in Agile or iterative development environments is a plus.

  • Accessibility certifications (e.g., IAAP CPACC, WAS certification) are a plus.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $60,069 - $104,000

9th Way Insignia's range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

Location: Remote

9th Way Insignia reserves the right to adjust work location based upon mission requirements.

Clearance, background investigation:
Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Legal:
We're an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer that empowers our people to fearlessly drive change - no matter their race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, military or uniformed service member status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, local, or international law.

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