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General Dynamics Information Technology TSS Test Engineer Section 508 in Des Moines, Iowa

Type of Requisition: Regular

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret

Job Family: Test Engineering

GDIT Technology Shared Services (TSS) is seeking a Usability/Accessibility Testing Professional with specialization on Accessibility conformance and/or compliance. Accessibility expert with knowledge of Section 508, W3C, WCAG, and/or other accessibility related regulations (e.g., Sec 504 for students with disabilities). Ability to design, evaluate/assess, and assist in development of software with accessible and usable interfaces. Provide guidance and knowledge on Usability for programs with Accessibility requirements.

The Sec 508 Usability Specialist will be responsible for the identification and interpretation of the best methods to champion UX improvements in order to keep accessibility at the forefront. The Specialist is responsible for all aspects of testing and evaluation for both generative (participatory design) and evaluative (Usability Testing) research and/or development.

Technical and Core Competencies include:

  • Guidance in establishing policies, processes and programs to enable Section 508 Compliance

  • Analyze results of 508 compliance testing and collaborate with team members to identify alternative approaches, instructional practices, or methodologies to meet project objectives while supporting 508 compliance

  • Provide oversight and governance to ensure compliance with 508 standards

  • Creation of VPAT according to https://www.section508.gov guidelines

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to explain design and development decisions and recommendations to SMEs, team members, and clients

  • Testing experience on software application with 508 compliance requirements using tools such as Job Access with Speech (JAWS), ANDI, SortSite, Color and Contrast Checker, Microsoft Inspect, Microsoft AccEvent, or Oracle Java Access Inspector

  • Maintain broad awareness of compliance requirements, processes and objectives through executive briefings, training programs and internal communication tools

  • Provides application/software testing services

  • Develops test plans and documents results

  • Development and testing of accessible documents, e.g., MS Word, PDFs, MS PowerPoint

  • Tests, debugs, documents, implements and maintains software applications

  • Conduct internal and external website and Application Testing/Remediation.

  • Collaborate closely with other Federal agencies to identify and understand specific compliance challenges and needs

  • Maintain close awareness of Section 508 and WCAG guidance and direction coming from GSA, Usability.gov and other federal organizations

  • Collaborate and coordinate with Section 508 Coordinators at other agencies

  • Knowledge and experience in establishing policies, processes and programs to enable Section 508 Compliance across the IC.

  • Provides compliance guidance to support technology planning, design, development, testing and implementation activities.

  • Interpret and provide guidance on Section 508 and related accessibility laws, regulations and standards.

Education and Background requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Curriculum Design and Development, or other areas applicable to the position’s description and needs

  • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience in developing eLearning content at novice through expert levels using interactive instructional multimedia

  • Experience with integration during course design and development and testing of compliance with Section 508 requirements for SW applications

  • Knowledge of instructional design practices and the study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with subject matter experts to conduct research, resolve issues, and develop recommendations.

  • DHS Trusted Tester certification is preferred

  • JAWS certification is referred.

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.

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