Accessibility Product Engineer


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Overview


Esri’s accessibility team is an emerging, dedicated team with the goals of driving accessibility innovation in ArcGIS software and products, making a difference in our company culture, and supporting our diverse user communities to uplift all people, emphasizing the inclusion of those with disabilities.
As a member of this unique and highly collaborative team, you will advocate for accessibility strategies across ArcGIS product groups and development teams, as you inspire, reinforce, and incorporate accessibility best practices across the company. Share your passion for the intersection of advocacy, technology, and digital accessibility and help to enrich the community of GIS accessibility champions at Esri and beyond.

Responsibilities


  • Facilitate accessibility projects: Influence and maintain internal and external accessibility resource websites, coordinate with web marketing teams to update and manage public-facing content, track software product development release requirements across ArcGIS software platform, and provide consistent representation for accessibility efforts across the company
  • Manage product accessibility evaluations: Provide support and guidance for product accessibility evaluation efforts conducted with both external (e.g. 3rd party accessibility testing vendors) and internal accessibility consultants
  • Maintain product accessibility documentation: Create and contribute to product Accessibility Conformance Reports (ACRs - also known as VPATs), providing updates for product-specific accessibility features and conformance levels
  • Be an accessibility thought leader: Remain current on accessibility best practices, standards, and trends in development and/or design for accessibility, and apply this knowledge to maintain and improve internal accessibility processes, project tracking environments, and training resource infrastructure
  • Engage with our global community: Communicate to internal and external audiences about accessibility practices at Esri (present at Esri events, author blogs and articles, and create public accessibility resources and materials), including global customers, partners, and distributors on accessibility inquires, standards, and product requirements

Requirements


  • 3+ years professional experience supporting commercial software product release cycles
  • Familiarity with accessibility testing practices on at least one platform (e.g. web, desktop, mobile Android/iOS)
  • Practical knowledge and comprehension of core accessibility principles for software development
  • Familiarity with agile software development methodologies and/or commercial software delivery processes
  • Confident in ability to effectively communicate product requirements and project information across various stakeholder audiences (e.g., developers, product managers, end users, customers)
  • Bachelor's in computer science, human-computer interaction, information systems, or a related STEM field 

Recommended Qualifications


  • Master's in computer science, human-computer interaction, information systems, or a related STEM field
  • experience supporting technical writing in support of software user assistance guides and/or technical marketing briefs
  • Familiarity with GitHub for project and issue creation and tracking
  • Familiarity with Esri ArcGIS software and/or other GIS and mapping products
  • Familiarity with web-based programming languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), and/or desktop software programming languages (C#, C, C++, Python)
  • Familiarity with Accessibility Conformance Reports (ACRs) and/or Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs)
  • Familiarity with current global accessibility standards and guidelines (e.g. WCAG, Revised Section 508)
  • Familiarity with assistive technologies such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, and/or voice recognition tools

About Esri


Our passion for improving quality of life through geography is at the heart of everything we do. Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology inspires and enables governments, universities, and businesses worldwide to save money, lives, and our environment through a deeper understanding of the changing world around them.

Carefully managed growth and zero debt give Esri stability that is uncommon in today's volatile business world. Privately held, we offer exceptional benefits, competitive salaries, 401(k) and profit-sharing programs, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and much more.

Esri is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email askcareers@esri.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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