Digital Accessibility Specialist / Product Designer


Digital Accessibility Specialist / Product Designer

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Emanate Technology is working with a ferdal governemnet agency to support their need for a Senior Digital Accessibility Specialist National Disability. This department is undertaking major work programs to deliver innovative fit-for-need ICT-based solutions to improve the overall departments processes. This role would sit as part of the Experince Design team and report the Director of Experince Design. 

The team is a small and close-knit group of professionals who strive to make a difference for their stakeholders and users. They work on a variety of different projects within the departmnet both internal and external facing. Currently they are in the process of growing their team to support both planned projects and to identify new opportunities within a suite of digital products and systems. Some of their work gives the opportunities to dive deeply into complex problems while other initiatives require you to work quickly to deliver quality products in very tight timeframes.

This preffered candidates comprehensive knowledge of digital accessibility and extensive experience with accessibility in the product lifecycle will support the team in the delivery of world-class accessible digital products and systems. The role is focused primarily on the research, design, and development phases of the product lifecycle, and, while accessibility testing is an aspect of this role, your day-to-day will concentrate on product design and development.

Under the supervision and support of the Director of the Experience Design team, the Digital Accessibility Specialist will be responsible for:

Developing prototypes of screens and components using web technologies (code snippets) to evaluate and demonstrate design concepts and evaluate accessibility support.

Supporting the user researchers, developers, and designers in the design and development of world-class accessible digital products and systems in each phase of the product lifecycle

Reviewing prototypes in collaboration with designers to identify content and visual design-related accessibility issues early in the product lifecycle

Providing high-quality, accurate, and timely advice about user behaviour, digital accessibility, and assistive technologies to stakeholders across NDIA

Contributing to the design and delivery of usability testing with people with disability including NDIA staff and NDIS participants

Evangelising accessibility-first digital product and system design and development throughout NDIA

Lead any accessibility-related design and development work and collaborate with analysts, product owners, developers, testers, and project and delivery managers in multiple projects simultaneously


Essential Skills required: 
– This is a senior position and requires that you can demonstrate at least 5 years of experience working in a fast-paced and multi-disciplinary team delivering high-quality and wide-ranging accessibility-related outputs.
– Basic skills with and knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript or common front-end frameworks or libraries.
– Knowledge of ARIA and related WAI documentation, and of how ARIA can be used in complex user interface design and development
– An understanding of how people with disability use digital products and systems and the functional impact of impairments, injury, and health conditions on accessibility. Further, knowledge of and proficiency with common assistive technologies such as screen magnifiers, speech-to-text applications, screen readers, and operating system accessibility features and accessibility-related utilities
– A solid knowledge of interaction and content design principles, best practices, and industry trends and an understanding of web technologies such as web browsers, the basics of system architectures, and the workings of common assistive technologies
– A detailed understanding of WCAG guidelines, including how it is commonly interpreted and applied, and its shortcomings and limitations

Desirable Skills 
– A strong attention to detail and a focus on delivering high-quality outputs consistently and sometimes under pressure
– A well-developed ability to present complex ideas visually, orally, and in writing to diverse audiences concisely and persuasively
– A passion for inclusive design with a collaborative, open and nurturing approach to communicating accessibility requirements
– Comfortable with new ways of thinking about accessibility and enthusiastic about accessible design & development will be highly regarded

This opportunitiy is offering 12months of work with a 12 month extension. To be successful in this role you must be an australian citizen with the ability to gain a baseline secuirty clearance. 
Applications that do not meet this critieria will be contacted. 

If this is a role you are interested and and you are an Australian Citizen, apply today!