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Accessibility Architect

Nelnet Madison, WI

Job Description

  • Accessibility Architect

    Job Locations US-WI-Madison | US-SD-Aberdeen | US-WI-Eau Claire | US-CT-Rocky Hill | US-NE-Lincoln | US-CO-Highlands Ranch | US-MN-Eagan
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/1/2018 8:22 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Information Technology


Nelnet, a leader in the student loan industry with a #1 core value of focusing on the customer, seeks a caring, creative, and motivated person to join its Accessibility Team as an Accessibility Architect. The Accessibility Team collaborates with innovative product teams throughout Nelnet to ensure compliance with accessibility standards and to provide superior customer experiences for everyone. Nelnet takes pride in its awesome work environment for associates, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work remotely from a home office, if desired.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as an auditing, consulting, and training resource to all Nelnet product teams.
  • Collaborating with IT staff to ensure compliance and improve the accessibility of Nelnets products.
  • Administering accessibility evaluations, primarily for web and mobile apps, and providing recommendations for solutions.
  • Mentoring/coaching developers, designers, testers, and other stakeholders on how to apply accessibility principles.
  • Building strong relationships with FSA/ED and other business partners during accessibility audits and other related activities.
  • Working with third-party vendors to ensure procurement of accessible products.
  • Creating and updating accessibility learning resources.
  • Developing and providing presentations on digital accessibility topics for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Providing guidance to IT staff on how to leverage accessibility tools and assistive technology during product design, development, and testing.
  • Maintaining the Nelnet accessibility strategic plan.
  • Facilitating Nelnets accessibility leadership subcommittee, accessibility forums, and other related meetings.
  • Staying informed about emerging web, mobile, assistive, and information technologies and accessibility solutions.

Familiarity and working knowledge of the following is desired:

  • Disability law, as it applies to digital accessibility.
  • WCAG 2.0/2.1 and Section 504/508.
  • HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Universal and inclusive design principles.
  • Common accessibility evaluation tools, e.g. aXe and WAVE.
  • Screen readers. (Such as NVDA, JAWS, VoiceOver, and TalkBack.)
  • Other assistive technologies. (Such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking and ZoomText.)

Experience with the following is a plus:

  • PDF accessibility, especially experience with Acrobat and/or LiveCycle/AEM remediation.
  • Mobile accessibility.
  • Email accessibility.

This position requires work in support of the Company's contract with the United States Department of Education (œED).  As such, the United States Government requires that any applicant for this position must complete United States Government security clearance.  Effective June 1, 2018, ED has informed Nelnet that security clearance applications for foreign nationals are not being accepted or processed.  In light of this direction from ED, Nelnet will be unable to hire applicants without United States citizenship for such positions. 


Provide technical direction, training, and mentoring to technical team members.





2 to 3 years experience as a technical or development leader



  1. In-depth knowledge of the full software development lifecycle; with exposure to agile or iterative approaches to delivery preferred.
  2. Self-directed; highly motivated with the ability to motivate and inspire team members.

EEO Statement

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance. Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Nelnet Talent Acquisition & Recruiting.

Nelnet is a drug free and tobacco free workplace.


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Job Details

Date Posted December 3, 2018
Date Closes January 2, 2019
Requisition 2018-6804
Located In Madison, WI
SOC Category 00-0000.00