Digital Accessibility Developer @ Elgin Community College - Elgin, IL

Digital Accessibility Developer

Elgin Community CollegeElgin, IL
30+ days ago

Digital Accessibility Developer

Job no: 494398
Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Elgin, IL
Experience Level: Entry-Level
Categories: Marketing & Communications, Professional/Technical
Role: Digital Accessibility Developer

About ECC:

Elgin Community College serves over 9,000 students at every stage of their educational journeys, including university transfer programs, career and technical education, continuing education classes, and adult basic education. As a community, we pride ourselves on nurturing a welcoming campus where every person—students, staff members, faculty members, and campus visitors—feels valued. The work of each ECC employee is central to the college’s mission, and as an employer, the college fosters a positive environment through professional challenges, excellent benefits, and opportunities for recognition and camaraderie.

Work Schedule:

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Rate of Pay:

This position is a grade 213 with a minimum of $51,675. Salary offer will be commensurate with the education/experience, in alignment with the College’s compensation philosophy, and the current CBA, if applicable.

FLSA Status:


Grant Funded:


Job Summary:

An employee in this classification performs work of moderate difficulty as a member of the team responsible for analyzing, conceptualizing, developing and maintaining the college’s web presence. Work requires an understanding of accessibility standards and guidelines to ensure web-based digital properties meet industry best practices with the ability to perform quality assurance testing that results in recommendations to create inclusive web accessibility. Work also involves assisting of internal users. Direction is received from the assigned supervisor.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Minimum of three years of manual accessibility testing with assistive technology usage across various platforms, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Good knowledge of accessibility related guidelines and standards, including but not limited to ADA, WCAG and WAI-Aria implementation.
  • Good knowledge of UX and UI design.
  • Good knowledge of PDF remediation software.
  • Good knowledge of closed captioning software for all content.
  • Good knowledge of web content accessibility requirements.
  • Good knowledge of web coding languages and their relationship to ensuring accessible experiences.
  • Good knowledge of effective web design, web development, user interface, relational database management, information architecture, CMS systems. Ability to understand the use of applications and frameworks that would be used for the position (MS Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, HTML, CSS, JSON, XML, .NET, Bootstrap, SASS, etc…)
  • Considerable skill in the creation of clean semantic HTML markup that complies with WCAG Accessibility standards.
  • Considerable skill utilizing bug tracking and project software in an Agile workspace.
  • Considerable skills in creating clean semantic HTML markup that passes WCAG Accessibility 2.0 AA standards.
  • Considerable skill in verbal, written and presentation communications.
  • Considerable skill in the development and presentation of training materials.
  • Considerable skill in organizing work to meet established deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Working skill in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Working skill in developing and maintaining positive and professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes days/evenings/weekends as needed by the department.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Essential Duties:

Digital accessibility leadership and training

  • Conduct live training with faculty, staff and administrators on how to make student materials accessible
  • Create training materials and educate others on accessibility requirements and best practices
  • Review third-party content and provide
  • Provide training to staff to ensure accessibility is incorporated in delivery lifecycle
  • Provides regularly reporting on content issues and fixes escalating to developers/designers when necessary
  • Craft and roll out scalable processes to support compliance with established standards
  • Create and maintain workflow guidelines for all aspects of UAT and accessibility for all content

Quality Assurance Testing

  • Develop, drive, socialize, and continuously improve the UAT and accessibility strategy
  • Complete accessibility testing
  • Works with the director to create a checklist for regular testing that uses defined standards, methods, and procedures for inspecting, testing, and evaluating usability with assistive technologies
  • Log accessibility defects as appropriate and follow up to ensure they are addressed
  • Collaborate with designers to identify, reproduce, prioritize, and document defects

Web Development

  • Ensures college site meet compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and ISO;
  • Builds reusable code that meets web security standards;
  • Interfaces with vendors to troubleshoot issues for the intranet and public websites;
  • Conducts regular site maintenance for internal stakeholders through the help desk;
  • Optimizes website code for search engine rank;
  • Collaborates with Senior Web Developer and UX/UI Designer on solutions to product defects;

Content management

  • Works with IT on active directory to maintain appropriate user permissions;
  • Manages user rights according to needs, skills, and training level;
  • Manages addition or deletion of users; performs administration functions as requested, such as usage reports.
  • Supports content contributors and moderators;
  • Provides assistance, direction, and support to end-users regarding errors, problems, or questions.
  • Conducts monthly CMS training sessions and provides one-on-one assistance, as needed.
  • Addresses tickets from the website governance software
  • Acts as the principal architect of the PDF and form library to ensure they are accessible to all.
  • Ensures that all content on, accessECC and eNet comply with accessibility standards, including video content, PDFs, Optimize photos for the web, college publications
  • Captioning and audio descriptions to all video content
  • Readability and plain language
  • Responsible for labeling and preventing of errors
  • Maintains required training, licensure and/or certification
  • Maintains confidentiality of privileged information and adheres to applicable privacy laws
  • Demonstrates sensitivity, understanding and respect of diverse populations within the workplace.
  • Maintains an understanding of the work of colleagues to effectively provide backup and/or support for co-workers during times when the division is short-staffed or experiencing an increased volume of work.
  • Adheres to department guidelines for attendance and punctuality
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes days/evenings/weekends as needed by the department
  • Other duties as assigned that pertain to the job description

Other Duties:

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes days/evenings/weekends as needed by the department
  • Other duties as assigned that pertain to the job description

Physical Demands:

Sedentary (up to 10 lbs occasionally, sitting most of the time)

Visual Acuity:

Close visual acuity (e.g. computer, assembly)

Work Environment:

Quiet conditions

Environmental Conditions:

Typical office or administrative

Current SSECCA Union Member Information:

The initial posting date for this position is XX/XX/XXXX. Elgin Community College Support Staff Association (SSECCA) members that apply by XX/XX/XXXX and meet the posted minimum qualifications will receive full consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Elgin Community College does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender/gender identity, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

In addition, Elgin Community College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment practices, educational opportunities, and programs and services. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the College’s EEO/AA Officer. Determinations on request for a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Advertised: September 21, 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: