Digital Accessibility Engineer - Telecommute at Optum (Minneapolis, MN or Remote)

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Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that's improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. There's no room for error. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)
United Design (part of UnitedHealth Group and Optum) is on a mission to create a healthier world, one person at a time. We believe this begins with innovative design thinking and technology aimed at delivering experiences that will make healthcare simpler, equitable and more effective. And dare we say even enjoyable.
The Accessibility Center of Excellence seeks energetic, motivated and resourceful individuals to join our growing team. The Accessibility Center of Excellence serves the UnitedHealth Group enterprise (Optum and UnitedHealthcare), providing guidance, training and talent to product teams as they build solutions that ensure everyone can access and use Optum and UHC products.
As a digital accessibility engineer, you will build solutions that remove barriers and empower designers, developers, content writers and quality assurance engineers to build Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)-compliant products, assess and enforce WCAG standards, evaluate and provide accessibility solutions for websites, applications and mobile products and help to educate and promote a culture of inclusive design, using best in class accessibility tools and techniques.
To be successful, you must show empathy towards people with disabilities, have a passion for helping to make products better for everyone, have a curious, inquisitive mind and self-awareness with an interest in continuing to improve your people and technical skills.
You'll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.
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Primary Responsibilities:
  • Understand the accessibility implications of development frameworks for the purpose of assisting developers in creating accessible products
  • Support the Accessibility Center of Excellence by researching and writing posts for our websites in partnership with A11y CoE team members
  • Assist in establishing and implementing accessibility training with guidance from senior-level engineers
  • Review marketing, training and client materials to make sure they are accessible
  • Collaborate with other team members to provide accessibility solutions to clients
  • Apply HTML, CSS, JavaScript and ARIA knowledge to digital properties as part of client engagements and governance processes
  • Identify new opportunities to support and contribute to the growth of the Accessibility Center of Excellence

You'll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.
Required Qualifications:
  • 5+ years working in a fast-paced and highly collaborative development environment with experience in large, complex software or web applications
  • Experience with assistive technology and accessibility-related software, including JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, ZoomText, Dragon NaturallySpeaking or other speech recognition software
  • Knowledge of user-centered design principles and tools
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodology
  • General understanding of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Knowledge of Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines and specifications
  • Familiarity with WCAG
  • Understanding of and promotion of use of design pattern libraries for client products

Preferred Qualifications:
  • BA/BS in information technology, information design, computer science, human computer interaction (HCI), instructional design, quality assurance, assistive technology or related field
  • Advanced soft skills and mastery of working with teams who may not have any understanding of inclusive design or accessibility
  • Proven organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Project management skills
  • Self-motivated with a desire to improve products for people with disabilities
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively both with diverse teams and independently
  • Solid soft skills and experience in working with teams who may not have any understanding of inclusive design or accessibility
  • Solidorganizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Solid communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to sell ideas with strong negotiation skills. Strong presentation skills to peers, clients and executives
  • Willingness to learn and take direction from others

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.
Technology Careers with Optum. Information and technology have amazing power to transform the health care industry and improve people's lives. This is where it's happening. This is where you'll help solve the problems that have never been solved. We're freeing information so it can be used safely and securely wherever it's needed. We're creating the very best ideas that can most easily be put into action to help our clients improve the quality of care and lower costs for millions. This is where the best and the brightest work together to make positive change a reality. This is the place to do your life's best work.(sm)
Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $66,100 to $118,300. The salary range for Connecticut / Nevada residents is $72,800 to $129,900. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you'll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.
*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group's Telecommuter Policy.
Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.
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