Senior Accessibility Specialist at Realtor.com

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Who we are

Realtor.com is your one stop shop for homebuyers, sellers, renters, and dreamers, with comprehensive for-sale listings, insightful information, valuable tools, and professional expertise. We're excited and hungry to make a difference to the millions of people in the US who buy a home each year. Our aspiration starts with treating our home buyer as our focal point - we believe that delivering on experiences that truly help people through this seemingly difficult life event will lead us to continued and greater success as a company.

Summary

At Realtor.com we believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home.

To achieve our vision we’re building the Inclusive Design and Accessibility program. We need designers, researchers, content designers, and accessibility specialists who are passionate about creating meaningful experiences that are usable by everyone. This goal is big, but essential to our mission and our core values.

The Accessibility team is responsible for providing accessibility expertise throughout the organization, which includes consulting, advising on product planning and reviews, helping to train staff, and representing the company to the community at large. In partnership with the Inclusive Design team, they will help engineers, designers, and product managers understand what does and doesn’t work from our consumer’s or employee’s perspective.

Role

We’re hiring a Senior Accessibility Specialist to be a driving force on an innovation team that creates products and services that consider individuals with disabilities and that work for everyone. Accessibility also applies to those in limiting situations and is all about inclusion and designing for diverse groups of users, so developing creative solutions within the constraints of accessibility restrictions will be a key, but exciting challenge of this role. Our Senior Accessibility Specialists will contribute to the long-term accessibility vision and its implementation in addition to short-term operational objectives.

You’ll take a collaborative approach as you work with multiple product teams to ensure that their systems, applications, and experiences are meeting accessibility standards. Over the course of the first year there will be quite a bit of auditing and testing, but as our accessibility maturity grows you’ll be guiding and helping teams proactively instead of telling teams what is wrong after testing. As we grow, this role will also be expected to coach and mentor other specialists on the team.

This role will report directly to the Sr. Director of Product Design, Inclusive Design and Accessibility.

Responsibilities

  • Front line for maintaining the accessibility vision across the organization by ensuring consistency to approach between teams
  • Partner with Inclusive Design and Accessibility leadership to ensure consistency and forward thinking for the accessibility program
  • Develop and execute against a long-term accessibility vision, while ensuring successful completion of short-term operational goals
  • Design, develop, test, deploy, maintain and improve software
  • Help engineers to write solid, maintainable, well tested client code
  • Provide clear and understandable accessibility feedback to designers and engineers
  • Manage individual project priorities, deadlines, and deliverables
  • Conduct design reviews and code reviews
  • Conduct accessibility testing on Realtor.com and other Move Inc. properties
  • Contribute to the Design System, directly or indirectly, on the creation of accessible components
  • Write and maintain clear, smart accessibility documentation for engineering squads to consume
  • Help manage accessibility priorities and how they ladder up company-wide initiatives foundationally across the organization
  • Partner closely with the front-end web enablement team
  • Work across the organization to help drive the adherence and implementation of key compliance guidelines including identifying opportunities to increase effectiveness
  • Assist accountable parties (technology, journey owners) to interpret accessibility audit reports and identify root causes of defect creation and monitor remediation of those root causes
  • Partner with groups across the consumer bank to share best practices for digital accessibility
  • Mentor and coach other accessibility specialists

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years of experience with digital accessibility and/or inclusive design
  • 3+ years of experience in assistive technologies and screen readers
  • 3+ years of experience with accessibility standards for all platforms (web, mobile, desktop) and how they apply to products and services
  • 3+ years of experience working across teams and successfully communicating with engineering and design teams on key initiatives
  • Experience with iOS, Android, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.1 (or higher)
  • Interested in gaining experience in inclusive and/or accessible research
  • Passion for technology, accessibility and overall quality of Realtor.com and Move Inc.’s products and services
  • Empathy and compassion for consumers and partners, and for resolving the barriers they face while using our products
  • Experience working and partnering directly with communities of consumers with disabilities and driving change into products and services
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with diverse project teams and across functional areas
  • Familiarity in working with design systems (desirable, not mandatory)
  • Experience with front-end UI/UX development (desirable, not mandatory)

About realtor.com

At realtor.com®, we believe that everyone deserves a home of their own. We’re a community of nearly 2,000 employees who work hard to ensure that from the moment someone starts dreaming about a new home, to the moment they walk in the door and beyond, we’re there to lend a helping hand. Every month, over 85 million people trust us with their journey home by visiting our site and mobile apps, and we’d love to have you join our team to help.


We’ve got great offices in the U.S. and Canada with lots of sweet jobs to choose from, so we’re hoping you’ll join us on our journey to make buying, selling, renting, and living in homes easier and more rewarding for everyone.  


Let’s make a difference, together. For Real.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • GITDatabases
    • AWSDatabases

Location

Cool downtown office nestled in the bars and restaurants of East 6th Street

An Insider's view of Realtor.com

How does your team reward individual success?

We reward success through recognition and appreciation. We often celebrate wins loudly and with fun events. It's one of the best parts of our culture!

Fluker

Consumer Experience Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about how we're scaling our outreach to consumers which allows us to help more people every day. Not only that, but I love the pace we have in testing new consumer experiences!

Diane

Senior Product Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I’ve been with Realtor.com for exactly one year and I’ve grown a great deal. I’ve expanded my literacy from AWS to Python to React Native and been mentored all along the way.

Yufeng

Senior Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

With 100 million unique users to Realtor.com a month, we play a leading role in the world's largest real estate network, sitting uniquely in this position of big data, while still being a mid-sized company that is able to democratize the information throughout the business. It’s an incredible position to be in.

Anne

Vice President, Product Management

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

Our consumer success model is best in class, yet we continuously strive to build even better services and products for for the Realtor.com consumer.

James

Senior Training Manager

What are Realtor.com Perks + Benefits

Realtor.com Benefits Overview

At Realtor.com we fully embrace the value of having an inclusive culture where people can be their whole selves and do their best work. Having healthy and happy employees is extremely important, which is why we offer all of our employees more than just great basic health coverage. We strive for a culture where everyone feels fully "at home."

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We love our neighbors and think it important to give back to those in need. Our employees come together to volunteer and donate to local and national causes near and dear to their hearts.
Partners with Nonprofits
From our volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity to our employee charitable gift matching per employee, our commitment to our communities is unwavering.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Realtor.com has an Employee Engagement and Culture volunteer committee who come together regularly to plan events, programs and celebrations, from holidays to sports to philanthropy, and more.
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Mandatory company-wide training on Inclusive leadership and inclusive culture.
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Our Employee Resource Groups invite our employees as they bring their whole, authentic selves to work and engage with one another in taking action to build a more diverse and inclusive work space.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Unbiased candidate sourcing, diverse candidate pools and removal of referral source data in support of unbiased candidate selection is our approach.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Employees can contribute up to $2750 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Realtor.com offers both short term and long term disability programs upon your date of hire at no cost to you.
Dental Benefits
Realtor.com® offers two dental plans through Aetna. The Aetna Dental PPO allows flexibility to see in and out-of-network providers, while the Aetna Dental DMO is a low-cost, in-network only plan.
Vision Benefits
Vision coverage is available through the Aetna Vision Preferred plan. It offers coverage for a variety of services both in and out-of-network.
Health Insurance Benefits
For the 2021 plan year, there is a choice of four medical plans offered through Aetna and Kaiser.
Life Insurance
Realtor.com® provides life insurance coverage for both Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment for all eligible employees.
Pet Insurance
Coverage is available for accidents, illnesses and preventive care.
Wellness Programs
Employees can access unlimited, on-demand, and personalized streaming videos on the topics of exercise, mindfulness, nutrition, sleep, and financial well-being.
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
News Corp and realtor.com provide a variety of choices for serving and supporting your emotional wellbeing needs.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
At realtor.com®, there are two retirement saving accounts available; the Traditional 401(k) and the Roth 401(k). You may choose to contribute to either plan to participate in the employer matching.
401(K) Matching
The News Corp 401(k) Savings Plan provides a matching program of 100% of the first 1% and 50% of the next 5% to help you make the most of your money.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Realtor.com offers charitable gift matching of up to $500 per employee annually.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
A dependent care FSA reimburses you for eligible child and adult care expenses such as day care, before/after school care, nursery school, preschool, and summer day camp.
Generous Parental Leave
Paid Parental Leave to include bonding, adoption, & surrogacy (20 weeks for primary caregivers and 4 weeks for secondary caregivers)
Flexible Work Schedule
Austin Tech Center employees have flexible start and end times.
Family Medical Leave
There may come a time when you need to begin a leave of absence to cover needs such as disability, caregiver leave, Family Member Leave Act (FMLA). MetLife will be your main point of contact.
Company sponsored family events
Annual events including friends and family members are a company highlight.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Pop-a-shot is an Austin favorite. All net!
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Realtor.com reimburses up to $5,000 annually, for graded courses/degree programs from accredited institutes. We also offer 50% reimbursement up to $2500 per year for job skill programs/certifications.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our HomeGrown Mentoring Program is available for all full time employees.
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

When we show up to work each day, regardless of title or tenure, we all want to be heard, be valued, and know that our contributions matter.

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