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Web Developer for Accessibility Remediation (0652U), Berkeley IT - 34131
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 18, 2022
Title Web Developer for Accessibility Remediation (0652U), Berkeley IT - 34131
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Information Technology

Web Developer for Accessibility Remediation (0652U), Berkeley IT - 34131

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 will soon launch 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 Applications Programmer 4 for the Accessibility Project will join a new and unique team within Berkeley Information Technology, and is responsible for assessing and remediating web sites and web applications that have accessibility issues. The goal of the project is 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 the development and refactoring of server and mobile applications, and web sites and web applications to improve accessibility of such widely used web sites and applications. The programmer regularly researches, designs, and develops specifications for designing, writing, modifying, testing, debugging, troubleshooting and maintaining source code using Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP), ASP.NET, or other stacks that make up existing systems. In particular, the programmer is comfortable developing for widely used content management systems such as Drupal or WordPress. The position may have involvement in the use of databases, user interfaces, and content or multimedia processes. Work includes analysis and design to post-production processes, quality assurance to verify accessibility status after remediation, and documentation to ensure the functional owner can maintain the level of accessibility reached after remediation.

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.


Applies advanced software concepts to plan, design, develop, modify, debug, deploy and evaluate highly complex systems for remediation of accessibility issues.

  • Remediates inaccessible websites and web applications by implementing highly technical changes to existing systems.
  • Analyzes existing highly complex systems, including content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress, to propose options for remediation, including the formulation of new logic and algorithms for highly complex software systems.
  • Performs highly complex data analysis and tests / debugs highly complex software, working directly with management and using tools such as Siteimprove to assess accessibility.
  • Applies and enforces complex programming security practices.
  • Leverages systems administration and advanced programming skills to address inaccessibility of web site or web application, specifically with Drupal, Wordpress, PostgreSQL, and MySQL.

Specifies, schedules, develops, and executes complex test plans for both software and the accessibility of assigned systems. Develops conversion and system implementation plans as they apply to remediation efforts.

  • Performs or directs highly complex data modeling, performance and integration testing and builds interfaces to report on accessibility status of existing or newly assigned systems, using tools such as Siteimprove and Google Data Studio.
  • Collaborates with Web Platform Services and assists with the conversion of websites needing remediation to existing accessible solutions.
  • 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.
  • Determines source code control techniques and configuration management design and changes.

Prepares and approves or obtains approval for system and programming documentation. Initiates and oversees changes in development, maintenance and system standards. Sets the technical requirements for complex software specifications.

  • 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 closely with colleagues to identify deficiencies in web sites that prevent the proper use of assistive technology.
  • Collaborates with Web Platform Services and assists with the improvement of existing content management platforms.
  • 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.
  • Prepare and deliver detailed presentations on programming and system administration solutions at large user group meetings attended by both campus and private sector programmers.
  • Trains users in conversion and implementation of systems.
  • Clearly communicates highly technical concepts to non technical audiences.

Understands and applies industry practices, community standards and department policies and procedures in depth. May serve as technical lead for multiple accessibility remediation projects of moderate to broad scope. Enforces project plans.

  • 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.
  • Customizes systems to meet high standards including these top priorities: 1) Accessibility 2) Security 3) Intuitive end user interface 4) Ease of administration.
  • Conducts security audits. Implements modifications to enhance security.

Provide application programming support at advanced level for ad hoc requests as assigned. 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.
  • Requires advanced knowledge of applications programming functions and secure software development.
  • Must have knowledge relating to the design and development of highly public, high-traffic web sites and mobile applications.
  • Requires advanced skills associated with programming design, modification and implementation.
  • Requires interpersonal skills in order to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.
  • Excellent project leadership and management skills.
  • Must be able to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Has the ability to interface with management on a regular basis.
  • Has skills needed to develop conversion and system implementation plans.
  • Requires ability to understand business needs and how business systems can support those needs.
  • Must be self motivated, work independently or as part of a team, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills.
  • Must have advanced skills in web applications, web programming language and object oriented programming concepts.
  • 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.
  • Advanced experience with identification and use of code libraries and open-source forums.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

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Other Information

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

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:
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