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Solutions Architect for Accessibility Remediation (7316U), Berkeley IT - 34113
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 18, 2022
Title Solutions Architect for Accessibility Remediation (7316U), Berkeley IT - 34113
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Information Technology

Solutions Architect for Accessibility Remediation (7316U), Berkeley IT - 34113

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

UC Berkeley has launched a three-year Accessibility Project that will ensure our websites and videos are accessible to people with disabilities. The project has been established in collaboration between Berkeley IT, and the Office of Disability Access and Compliance. The IT Architect for the Accessibility Project will join a new and unique team within Berkeley Information Technology, and is responsible for creating new processes and procedures to enhance UC Berkeley's approach to accessibility compliance with the following primary targets:

  • The top 200 most visited, public facing websites;
  • Poor or absent captioning on websites;
  • Awareness and Prevention Campaign.

The team for the Accessibility Project is a highly collaborative team across Berkeley IT, Disability Access and Compliance, and many key stakeholders on campus. The position involves conceptualizing, planning, designing and implementing complete and integrated information technology solutions at a large scale. The IT Architect researches and prototypes emerging technologies to help remediate accessibility issues on existing solutions such as websites and web applications; works on issues that impact design success or address future concepts, products or technologies; promotes the use of campus information technology standards as they relate to accessibility, security, privacy, and branding, and often serves as consultant to management.

This is a critical position to the success of the Accessibility Project, and in keeping with the core values of Berkeley IT:

  • We champion diversity. We believe that differences in experience, perspective, and identity enliven and enrich our work, strengthen our solutions and services, and uphold our commitment to access and opportunity for all. We treat each other with respect and actively recognize each other for contributions towards creating a positive, inclusive work environment.
  • We act with integrity. We are honest, open, and transparent. We strive to do what is right for each other and the communities we serve. Our actions reflect a high ethical standard and commitment to equity.
  • We deliver. We take responsibility for our work and honor our commitments to each other, our customers and our organization by delivering high-quality, timely service.
  • We innovate. We conceive new ways of doing things by listening to others' ideas, remaining open-minded, fostering creative solutions, pushing our limits, and continually improving our processes.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 27, 2022. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Functions as a technical expert within one or more specialty areas including data warehouse/database architecture, design and development of a client/server system and infrastructure, system architecture for new or existing complex computer systems, software service delivery infrastructure (SOA), software development methodology.

  • Assists with remediation of inaccessible websites and web applications by recommending highly technical changes to existing systems.
  • Coordinates with internal and external web hosting service providers to complete remediation efforts. Uses web hosting skills to navigate the different services needed for each web site or web application, specifically Drupal, Wordpress, PostgreSQL, and MySQL
  • Clearly communicates highly technical concepts to non technical audiences.

Works on issues that impact design of future concepts, products or technologies.

  • Collaborates closely with Disability Access and Compliance and the Web Accessibility team to formulate recommendations for best practices in terms of web accessibility for UC Berkeley.
  • Works with leadership to expand the list of approved external service providers and solutions.
  • Collaborates with Web Platform Services and assists with the migration of websites needing remediation to existing accessible solutions.
  • Works closely with colleagues to identify deficiencies in web sites that prevent the proper use of assistive technology.

Applies IT architecture concepts to perform complex feasibility analysis on potential future projects to management.

  • Provides recommendations about the best approach and time to resolution for the remediation of existing websites and web applications.
  • Recommends different approaches to accessibility remediation processes.
  • Makes recommendations about service providers that fit the needs of websites and applications undergoing remediation.

Designs complex user system interfaces and business application prototypes.

  • Leverages expert knowledge of HTML/XHTML, CSS, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, 2.2 standards, WAI-ARIA 1.2, and other applicable W3C standards to support teams that remediate or design new websites and web applications.

Designs and develops complex new software products or major enhancements to existing software.

  • Assists with enhancements or new development of existing websites or web applications.

May lead or provide technical guidance to a large development team in the design of highly complex software systems.

  • Works with internal and external teams to design new, or remediate existing websites and web applications.
  • Works with internal and external technical teams to assist with the migration of non-accessible websites and applications.

Other work as assigned.

Engages in professional development and training.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of best practices for accessibility in one or more of the following: web products, applications, or mobile interfaces.
  • Working knowledge of and/or ability to learn Drupal, WordPress, or other widely recognized content management systems.
  • Experience with and/or ability to learn one or more web programming languages, databases, libraries, and frameworks such as HTML/XHTML, CSS, Sass, PHP, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Javascript, and jQuery.
  • Interpersonal skills in order to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.
  • Able to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to understand business needs and how business systems can support those needs.
  • Self-motivated, works independently or as part of a team, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills.
  • Advanced skills in web applications, web programming language and object oriented programming concepts.
  • Advanced knowledge of applications programming, database, infrastructure or other IT functions.
  • Knowledge relating to the design and development of applications programs across an organization.
  • Welcomes differing skills, outlooks, and experiences of others working toward shared goals.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • IAAP Certification as a Web Accessibility Specialist
  • Experience with and/or ability to learn SiteImprove or similar tools for web accessibility verification.
  • Working knowledge of and/or ability to learn the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, 2.2 standards, WAI-ARIA 1.2, and other applicable W3C standards.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information

  • This position is eligible for flexible and full-remote work (telecommuting) based on candidate availability and business needs.
  • This is a three-year, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week, Contract (temporary) appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California 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 protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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