Accessibility Manager

State of Colorado
Full Time 12 per week $62,000 - $80,000 Per year CO Anne Hsu, 768 S Grape St, Denver, CO 80246, United States
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Overview

Department Information

HISTORY COLORADO has a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and cultural competency, because of that, we are continuously seeking to recruit individuals who will enhance this diversity and ultimately the effectiveness of our organization.

We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. History Colorado and the State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. 

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Employer supplemented

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 11 paid holidays per year plus 12 hours of vacation and 6.66 hours of sick leave a month 

  • – A borrower may qualify for forgiveness by making 120 on-time payments while employed full-time in public service, if they have certain kinds of federal loans in a qualifying repayment plan

  • state employee discount program

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and more.

Description of Job

*This is a Term-limited two year position to support digital accessibility work*


Summary of this position

History Colorado is committed to serving all Coloradans, and is investing in making its digital resources and content accessible to all. The Accessibility Manager will serve as the program leader, implementing and continually improving an accessibility plan and strategy. The Accessibility Manager will be responsible for communicating the importance of digital accessibility, building internal capacity to executive accessibility goals, serving as a liaison among departments, coordinating with vendors for remediation of legacy content, application testing, and new services, and maintaining an on-going training program that takes advantage of up-to-date resources and best practices. This position will work closely with History Colorado Director of Information Technology and with staff from the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). 


Position duties include but are not limited to:


  1. Digital Accessibility Leadership:

  • Serves as the internal point person for digital accessibility, implementing existing accessibility plans and developing new plans for continual improvement

  • Maintains extensive knowledge on current trends and best practices in accessibility and accommodations and acts as the point person on all accessibility related questions

  • Understands how implementation affects staff and operations. 

  • Creates goals, project plans, and metrics to ensure the organization’s websites, applications, and documents are accessible and that the Department is complying with Office of Internet Technologies Technology Accessibility Program (TAP) standards.

  • Functions as the staff authority on digital accessibility and advises senior leadership on resource allocation, policies, procedures, and guidelines.

  • Monitors the status of digital accessibility program, helps prioritize efforts, and communicate progress to senior leadership


  1. Liaison and Coordinating:

  • Lead an accessibility-focused committee across the department to generate feedback, empower users to solve accessibility challenges, and assist in creation of policies, procedures, training, etc.

  • Coordinates, builds relationships with, and communicates with a variety of stakeholders across History Colorado, meeting with each department regularly

  • Maintains close working relationship with OIT accessibility team

  • Serves as the main point of contact for accommodation requests, tracking all requests and coordinating with other staff or consultant to respond to requests in a timely manner

  • Manages relationships and procurement with third-party vendors needed for content remediation and application testing

  • Presents information on program goals, program performance, project status, and helps address and solve challenges for the program through working with affected groups.


  1. Training & Internal Capacity-Building

  • Develops consistent communications and maintain internal Intranet resource with up-to-date accessibility best practices and training content

  • Answers staff questions and direct staff to appropriate resources to continually strengthen internal accessibility knowledge and skills

  • Ensures that training is available for employees, and tracks participation in training programs

  • Assists staff to develop internal standard operating procedures to incorporate accessibility best practices into daily operations.


Other duties as assigned, including providing support to the Director of IT.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Three years of experience implementing accessibility for public programs; effectively providing program management for one or more projects in the context of large, strategic, and complex initiatives; or improving accessibility in technology products or systems.


AND


Bachelor's degree in Technology, Business Systems, Program Management, Communications, Public Engagement, Public Administration, Social Work, Business Administration, or other field closely related to the work assignment.


Substitutions:

  • Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the bachelor's degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

  • Additional appropriate education will substitute for the experience requirement on a year-for-year basis.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current or former State experience relevant to this position.

  • Demonstrated project management experience in a large organization.

  • Knowledge and experience in accessibility requirements, including ADA rules, regulations, standards, WCAG digital accessibility guidelines.

  • Experience training and relaying information to employees and stakeholders in an easy to understand manner.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

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