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From time to time, W3C looks for motivated people to join the W3C Team. The Team provides technical leadership about Web technologies, organizes and manages W3C activities to reach goals within practical constraints (such as resources available), and communicates with the Members and the public about the Web and W3C technologies. W3C is unique among standards bodies for its full-time staff of Web experts.

Web accessibility development and operations lead

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is seeking a full-time staff member, based in Europe, as a development and operations lead for work on digital accessibility standards and supporting materials and approaches.

This is an opportunity for a unique individual to contribute to the vision of an accessible digital future, and help drive development of accessible next generation digital technology standards for millions of people with disabilities around the world, while working with industry, disability, research and government organizations to ensure accessibility of the web, mobile, and other web-based technologies.

As the recognized leader for the technical development of the World Wide Web, W3C is seeking an individual with project management, operational, and fundraising experience, as well as expertise in multiple areas of digital accessibility. Enthusiasm for the mission and spirit of W3C is important.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing project management and operational oversight of key areas of WAI work, such as integrating accessibility conformance approaches into next generation accessibility standards and guidelines, exploring accessibility innovations in emerging technologies, developing training materials on accessible web design and development, liaising with European standards bodies, and expanding networks and partnerships with organizations in the digital accessibility field to promote uptake of W3C standards. They will seek and help maintain follow-on funding for European projects to support accessibility of web-based technology standards.

Their work will be conducted in close coordination with the WAI Director and other members of the WAI team, and with other W3C functional leads to ensure full integration into W3C’s overall work. Work will take place in collaboration with chartered W3C Working Groups under the iterative and consensus-based W3C process, and together with W3C Member organizations and the public including industry, disability organizations, the research community, government and other stakeholder groups.

Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of digital accessibility, including web and mobile accessibility standards and guidelines
  • Extensive knowledge of accessibility requirements across different types of disabilities, including auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech and visual
  • Success in identifying funding opportunities, writing proposals, and fundraising from diverse sources including government
  • Experience managing European Commission grants or contracts, including preparation of reports and reviews
  • Experience in project management, including operational supervision and support of project staff
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field of study
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; samples requested
  • Ability to work independently with remote colleagues in an international and highly distributed setting Unrestricted European Union working permit, and ability to travel internationally.

Beneficial skills and experience

  • Applied knowledge of WCAG, UAAG, ATAG, WAI-ARIA, and related W3C WAI specifications
  • Applied knowledge of accessibility conformance testing as an integrated part of accessibility standards and guidelines
  • Familiarity with accessibility issues in technologies that are emerging on the web, including virtual reality and internet/web of things, and risks and opportunities of artificial intelligence in digital accessibility
  • Experience with development of educational materials including training curricula
  • Familiarity with European standards bodies, and experience promoting harmonization of accessibility standards
  • Experience developing regional and local partnerships and networks to jointly promote digital accessibility
  • Ability to negotiate proposals and to build trust and consensus among different stakeholder groups
  • Proficiency in one or more languages other than English.

Position is grant-funded, and is affiliated with the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), the W3C host for Europe, in Sophia-Antipolis – France. Remote work-from-home is available. Because W3C facilitates in-person meetings among global stakeholders, when the global health situation permits, this role will require the ability to travel internationally.

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

To apply, please send a cover letter, and your resume or curriculum vitae to team-wai-jobs@w3.org. If you wrote to this address and did not hear back, your application may have been blocked by our spam blocking systems. We have adjusted the configuration for this address. Please resend your application.

Changes: 2021-07-29: the job description was edited after its announcement, to remove the number of years of experience required, which we deemed a possible filter that might exclude a number of people, including prevent women from applying. 2021-09-22: removed statement that work starts September 1.