Senior Software Engineer, Accessibility and Design Systems at GitHub (Remote)

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GitHub is looking for a Senior Engineer specializing in accessibility to work on our design system, Primer. You will be part of a team of skilled designers and engineers, and work closely with UI platform engineers specializing in accessibility—you’ll have the opportunity to shape this function and have a high impact on our design system and GitHub applications. This position is embedded on a team that’s part of the Design organization.

GitHub is a home for all developers, so we want to ensure our applications and websites are inclusive to our customers. This role will focus on the design and delivery of inclusive UI patterns and the internal experience of implementing accessibility compliant UI through partnership with platform and feature teams. You’ll be working closely with designers and engineers working on our design system and UI infrastructure, so that we evolve systems for the needs of our product. Our team is composed of talented individuals who have backgrounds in product design, design systems, design ops, and illustration; as well as CSS experts, and engineers with front-end and full-stack experience working in Rails and React.

If you enjoy the challenge of building design systems at scale that deliver a great customer experience and create an empowering developer experience, you might find a happy home on the GitHub design systems team.

What we're looking for:

Senior Engineers at GitHub are strong individual contributors; they're given a lot of autonomy and trust to work on high impact projects. For this specific role on Design Systems, we're looking for someone who values the following:

  • Systems thinking: Our team has to apply decisions holistically, making sure to look at new patterns in context to the larger system of the product, as well as ensuring we support experiences for individual features.
  • Inclusive design: GitHub is a home for all developers and our design system should reflect that; this means including and learning from people with a range of perspectives. Designing for inclusivity first can lead us to solving problems for the many, and open up our product for more people.
  • Creating together: Getting to the right result is our focus. This can come from platform engineers or product engineers, and ideally both. Facilitating collaboration between teams and individuals is key so that we continue to evolve the design system alongside the needs of the product.
  • Progress and impact: Our team often works on the meta so it's easy to get caught up in the design details. We have to be mindful of this and ensure we keep making decisions and move forward. This means being solutions oriented and prioritizing progress over correctness when it's the right call.
  • Candidness: We encourage candidness and recognize its role in building trust between peers and leadership. It can take time and effort to get there but it's worth it. Making decisions for projects, design patterns, and processes, will yield better results when we can get to the “real talk”.
  • Write, review and maintain code primarily in JavaScript and CSS, used in applications built in React or Rails
  • Lead the implementation of complex UI components and cross-cutting features of our design system
  • Work closely with designers to define component APIs, provide feedback, make recommendations, and propose improvements
  • Prototype, experiment, and create demos to find the right solutions
  • Provide code review and accessibility feedback on contributions to the system
  • Document the systems you help build, contribute to training materials and onboarding
  • Participate in on-call rotations with your team, triage and respond to issues, and look for opportunities to improve service health
  • Partner with select teams developing new features to share expertise as projects move from conception to launch, with a view to growing the project team’s systems thinking practices
You might be a fit if:
  • You have experience working with design systems
  • You have 5 years minimum engineering experience as an individual contributor
  • 3 years building and maintaining web applications
  • Experience writing code that meets accessibility standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • Experience with Git version control
  • Experience with component API design
  • You can help scale the design system of a product like GitHub
  • You have led the implementation of complex components, websites, and applications
  • You have experience contributing to design systems within an organization or as part of an open-source project
  • You are confident in writing CSS, JavaScript, and working in applications built in React or Rails
  • You like to go to the extra mile to implement small but important design details
These qualifications will help you stand out:
  • You have production experience working in Ruby on Rails
  • You have led the development of internal or open-source design systems, with a focus on meeting accessibility standards
  • You have developed or contributed to frameworks such as CSS-in-JS libraries, open-source component libraries, or utilities that improve the developer experience
  • You have experience in CSS architecture, through CSS-only frameworks or as part of component library development
  • You are passionate about building accessible and inclusive products
  • You have experience working on developer tools
  • You have experience analyzing or auditing code for accessibility issues
  • You have experience with relational databases

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here:

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.


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GitHub operates in the Software industry. The company is located in San Francisco, CA. GitHub was founded in 2008. It has 3232 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits, Life Insurance and 401(K). To see all 57 open jobs at GitHub, click here.
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