Section 508 Compliance Specialist

Rockville, MD
Sep 17, 2019
Oct 18, 2019
IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking a Section 508 compliance specialist to support their Section 508 Coordinator in making Westat a leader in accessible research services. The Section 508 compliance specialist provides assistance and advice on information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility policies, and helps ensure compliance with all required government standards. The successful candidate will be detail oriented, highly self-motivated and adaptable to learning and understanding new technologies, able to work both independently and on a team, and have the ability to organize and present information in a clear, concise manner

Job Responsibilities:
• Keep current with Federal, State, and other accessibility requirements and keep existing internal accessibility information, including checklists, up to date.
• Develop 508-compliant HTML and multimedia products.
• Analyze and solve complex accessibility problems.
• Test products as requested using the Trusted Tester methodology, and work directly with designers and developers to resolve issues.
• Organize brown bags, workshops, and help support developer trainings.

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree and 2 years implementing Section 508 Standards, WCAG 2.0, and related accessibility laws, regulations, as applicable to ICT.
• Experience as a front-end developer for 508-compliant HTML (responsive HTML a plus), demonstrated ability to hand code HTML and CSS, and developing 508-compliant multimedia (online training a plus).

Preferred Qualifications:
• Prefer proficiency with Adobe products (Acrobat, Captivate 8 or later, Dreamweaver); Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); and developing interactive PDFs (JavaScript programming a plus).
• Knowledge of Drupal, JQuery, ARIA, using an LMS, and 508-compliant video a plus.
• DHS Trusted Tester Certification is a plus.

Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as organization, analytical, and multi-tasking skills. You should be detail oriented and able to work in a team environment.

Westat offers competitive benefits with ESOP, 401k, Health, Dental, paid vacation, sick and holiday leave, professional development as well as other benefits.

Any offer of employment may be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a post-offer background screening, if required for the position, based on the specific position which may include, for example, identity verification, employment history, or criminal records history.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under applicable law.