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Re: Requirements in job description re: hiring short-term developer for accessibility

From: Landfield, Acacia <acacia_landfield@harvard.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 14:55:35 +0000
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <D18A005B.1688F%acacia_landfield@harvard.edu>
Hello,

Could you kindly post this message to the list? I just registered to be a part of this mailing list. Thanks in advance for posting and please let me know if you have any questions.

Regards,

Acacia

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Tech Developer with Accessibility Expertise<http://harvardx.harvard.edu/jobs> (Consultant)

<http://www.harvardx.edu/>HarvardX<http://harvardx.harvard.edu/>, the University-wide initiative that supports online learning and research, is seeking suggestions for a short-term technology developer with specific experience in accessibility remediation.

HarvardX aims to take some of our homegrown exercises and tools in online learning and make them more accessible to those with disabilities (at this time, specifically visual and auditory impairments). This will be a short-term contract hire to work on mitigation of exercises and problem types that HarvardX has customized in the edX platform.

The person need not be local, though that would be preferable. The main goal is to find someone with the specific skill set of developer + accessibility expertise.

Requirements:

  *   Prior experience in web accessibility, especially for blind or partially sighted users
  *   Skilled in HTML5 and Javascript
  *   Familiarity with WAI-ARIA and WCAG 2.0 standards
  *   Knowledge of industry-leading assistive technologies including JAWS, Window-Eyes, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking
  *   Knowledge of at least one server side scripting language and application development preferred
  *   Accessibility remediation expertise

Please send any recommendations to Acacia Landfield<mailto:acacia_landfield@harvard.edu>.


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Acacia Landfield

Harvard University

Online Learning Project Lead/Outreach Manager

HarvardX | 125 Mt. Auburn St.

Cambridge, MA 02138




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From: <Landfield>, Acacia Landfield <acacia_landfield@harvard.edu<mailto:acacia_landfield@harvard.edu>>
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM
To: "wai@w3.org<mailto:wai@w3.org>" <wai@w3.org<mailto:wai@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Requirements in job description re: hiring short-term developer for accessibility

Hi WAI / Judy,

Could someone kindly pass this to Judy Brewer or a relevant POC? I haven’t received a response and I would love to be in touch with you/Judy/a good POC…

Thanks in advance for your assistance and I hope to be in touch soon,

Acacia

PS — This is the updated job description which is also posted on the HarvardX jobs page:

Hi Mary,

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend.  It was nice meeting you at the Harvard-MIT accessibility meeting a few weeks ago. And thanks again for inspiring me re: the Lego iPhone case — it was a great birthday present for my husband!

I was hoping to pick your brain in case you had any leads for the follow position which HarvardX is hoping to fill as soon as possible… thanks in advance!

Acacia

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Tech Developer with Accessibility Expertise<http://harvardx.harvard.edu/jobs> (Consultant)

<http://www.harvardx.edu/>HarvardX<http://harvardx.harvard.edu/>, the University-wide initiative that supports online learning and research, is seeking suggestions for a short-term technology developer with specific experience in accessibility remediation.

HarvardX aims to take some of our homegrown exercises and tools in online learning and make them more accessible to those with disabilities (at this time, specifically visual and auditory impairments). This will be a short-term contract hire to work on mitigation of exercises and problem types that HarvardX has customized in the edX platform.

The person need not be local, though that would be preferable. The main goal is to find someone with the specific skill set of developer + accessibility expertise.

Requirements:

  *   Prior experience in web accessibility, especially for blind or partially sighted users
  *   Skilled in HTML5 and Javascript
  *   Familiarity with WAI-ARIA and WCAG 2.0 standards
  *   Knowledge of industry-leading assistive technologies including JAWS, Window-Eyes, ZoomText, Dragon Naturally Speaking
  *   Knowledge of at least one server side scripting language and application development preferred
  *   Accessibility remediation expertise

Please send any recommendations to Acacia Landfield<mailto:acacia_landfield@harvard.edu>.

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Acacia Landfield

Harvard University

Online Learning Project Lead/Outreach Manager

HarvardX | 125 Mt. Auburn St.

Cambridge, MA 02138



online-learning.harvard.edu/<http://online-learning.harvard.edu/>   | online-learning@harvard.edu<mailto:online-learning@harvard.edu>
harvardx.harvard.edu<http://harvardx.harvard.edu/>

edx.org<http://edx.org/>


From: <Landfield>, Acacia Landfield <acacia_landfield@harvard.edu<mailto:acacia_landfield@harvard.edu>>
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:23 PM
To: "wai@w3.org<mailto:wai@w3.org>" <wai@w3.org<mailto:wai@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Requirements in job description re: hiring short-term developer for accessibility

Dear WAI,

I briefly met Judy Brewer earlier this month at the Digital Publishing group’s talk on Accessibility here at Harvard. If you could kindly direct this email to her and/or the best person who can weigh in here, I’d greatly appreciate it.

I work alongside HarvardX, who is committed to continuing to develop and promote accessible learning content. We are looking at bringing someone on board on a short-term basis; more info appears below in the draft letter we will send out shortly to some of our contacts.

Question: Could you kindly weigh in on what requirements we should list in this email (and if you have any suggestions for people who fit the bill, please let me know as well).

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Dear colleague,

At Samantha Earp’s request, I am reaching out to see if you may have any suggestions for a short-term technology developer with specific experience in accessibility remediation.

HarvardX aims to take some of our homegrown exercises and tools in online learning and make them more accessible to those with disabilities (at this time, specifically, visual and auditory impairments). This will be a short-term contract hire to work on mitigation of exercises and problem types that HarvardX has customized in the edX platform. (It is separate and distinct from the Mirador and annotation projects.)

The person need not be local, though that would be preferable. The main goal is to find someone with the specific skill set of developer + accessibility expertise.

Requirements:

     *   Prior experience in web accessibility, especially for blind or partially sighted users
     *   Skilled in HTML5 and Javascript
     *   Familiarity with WAI-ARIA and WCAG 2.0 standards
     *   Accessibility expertise

Thank you in advance for any recommendations you may be able to provide.

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Thank you in advance for your insight,

Acacia Landfield


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Acacia Landfield

Harvard University

Online Learning Project Lead/Outreach Manager

Digital Strategy | HarvardX

1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Smith Campus Center #1037

Cambridge, MA 02138




online-learning.harvard.edu/<http://online-learning.harvard.edu/>   | online-learning@harvard.edu<mailto:online-learning@harvard.edu>
harvardx.harvard.edu<http://harvardx.harvard.edu/>

edx.org<http://edx.org/>


From: <Fredericks>, Colin <colin_fredericks@harvard.edu<mailto:colin_fredericks@harvard.edu>>
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:05 PM
To: Acacia Landfield <acacia_landfield@harvard.edu<mailto:acacia_landfield@harvard.edu>>
Cc: "Valva, Annie F" <annie_valva@harvard.edu<mailto:annie_valva@harvard.edu>>
Subject: Re: people to include on email for hiring short-term developer for accessibility

We need someone who knows web accessibility, especially for blind or partially sighted users. That typically means HTML5 and Javascript, and familiarity with WAI-ARIA and WCAG 2.0 standards, though I should note that people who have those things on their resumes are not necessarily web accessibility experts.

We should maybe ask the W3C<http://www.w3.org/Consortium/> and WAI working group<http://www.w3.org/WAI/> for suggestions as to who we might approach; they’re right over at MIT.
Received on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:56:05 UTC

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