Accessibility Developer/ Technical Auditor

We have an opening for an Accessibility-focused Developer/ Technical Auditor to join our team at our offices in Llandarcy, Neath.


About Us

The Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC) works with clients to create digital media that is accessible to all members of a population and meets best practice accessibility standards and legislation, working to the most up-to-date standards, such as the AA level of the W3C Web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1. We are a non-profit organisation and a social enterprise, and a living wage employer with a team who are passionate about digital inclusion.


About the Role

As an Accessibility Developer/Technical Auditor you will be working with us to test sites and systems for Accessibility, through the use of automated software, manual testing and in conjunction with our user testing team. Testing will take place on both desktop and mobile devices, and across a range of browsers and operating systems. The Accessibility Developer/Technical Auditor will also be required to provide our customers with detailed reports that demonstrate where their digital products do not meet accessibility requirements, and provide suggestions for technical fixes, as well as providing post report support to enable our clients to comply with WCAG 2.1 Level AA wherever possible.


Responsible to: Technical Auditing Manager

Duties

  1. To review websites and systems using automated tools and manual testing working in conjunction with the user testing team to identify accessibility barriers.
  2. To verify user testing team findings by conducting a technical audit.
  3. Compiling reports of audit findings and provide fixes for any barriers identified.
  4. To liaise directly with clients to provide support if required to implement fixes to ensure WCAG compliance.
  5. Deliver instructions to team members on user journeys and URL’s, prior to each audit.
  6. To manage own time effectively and to complete all set tasks on time whilst adhering to quality standards.
  7. To conduct yourself in a professional manner and provide appropriate feedback to visiting clients and to management on your specific areas of expertise.
  8. To remain abreast of developments in the area of web product accessibility.
  9. To undertake, learning as necessary, identified through regular reviews and annual appraisal.
  10. To represent DAC in promoting its work and services.
  11. To adopt, implement and share best practises.
  12. To maintain effective communication with team members and management.
  13. To be conversant with DAC procedures and policies and to comply with the same.
  14. Any other duties and responsibilities as mutually agreed with management.

Confidentiality

The post holder must agree to maintain the confidentiality of information about clients, staff and other DAC business. The work is of a confidential nature and information received or gained must not be divulged to other persons other than in the course of carrying out your duties. The post holder must meet the requirements of the Current Data Protection legislation (GDPR updated Data Protection Act -May 2018) at all times.


Health & Safety

All staff must comply with the provisions of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and must take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions whilst at work. Staff are also required to co-operate with their employer to enable them to perform or comply with any statutory provisions.


Equality & Diversity

It is the responsibility of each member of staff to comply with the Equality & Diversity policy in force at the DAC. The key responsibilities for staff under this Policy are laid out in the DAC Code of Conduct.


Flexibility

This job description is intended to provide an outline of the main duties and responsibilities only. The Post Holder will be required to be flexible in developing their role in conjunction with their line manager. The Post Holder may be asked from time to time, to carry out other delegated duties or tasks that are broadly in line with their post.


Accessibility Developer/ Technical Auditor Person Specification

Essential

  • Expert understanding of programming languages including HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • At least 3 years demonstrable experience of working in a similar role/environment.
  • Clear understanding of the practical application of web standards.
  • Clear understanding of the Accessibility Principles and Guidelines.
  • Good working knowledge of assistive technology software/products.
  • Previous experience of working with Automated Accessibility Testing tools.
  • Expert IT Literacy, including expert proficiency across desktop and mobile devices, and across a range of OS and browsers.
  • Ability to motivate themselves and work on own initiative.
  • Positive outlook and clear focus on high quality output.
  • Ability to critically assess own performance.
  • Empathetic communicator. Ability to communicate effectively through written medium.
  • Excellent face-to-face communicator. Ability to demonstrate the skills to produce high quality client reports and feedback.
  • Ability to work under time constraints, to pre-determined deadlines.
  • Good organisational, time management and analytical skills.
  • Positive response to disabled people.
  • Ability to practise Inclusion.

Desirable

  • Good working knowledge of project management and tracking software, e.g. JIRA, Confluence, etc.
  • Ability to speak Welsh.