Junior Accessibility Specialist

Summary

A junior accessibility specialist learns on the job by assisting with accessibility testing. At this role level, you will:

develop skills while working under supervision to provide accessibility testing

understand and use different types of testing

be aware of but not responsible for assistive technology testing

engage with and contribute to the cross-government accessibility community

Work Activity Components

Title Details
Acceptance tests (Level 4) Assists colleagues and clients/users in defining acceptance tests for automated systems, focusing on testing usability and accessibility aspects of the system.
Involve, synthesise and inform (Level 3) User research Provides evidence drawn from data and research analysis to represent the user in product and design discussions.

Behavioural Skills

Title Details
Attention to Detail Applying specific quality standards to all tasks undertaken to ensure that deliverables are accurate and complete.
Teamwork Working collaboratively with others to achieve a common goal.

Technical Skills

Title Details Depth
Corporate, Industry and Professional Standards Applying standards, practices, codes, and assessment and certification programmes relevant to the IT industry, and the specific organisation or business domain. Aware of
Systems Ergonomics and Iterative Design Iterative methods and techniques to allocate and optimise the division of functions between the human, machine and organisational elements of IT systems and the functions themselves in terms of ergonomic impact. Systematic and iterative design of the physical and cognitive interfaces to create an effective user experience in a software system, product or service with attention paid to variety of locations and access devices employed by users. Aware of

Other Skills

Title Details Depth
Presentation Techniques Methods and techniques for delivering effective and accessible presentations, either face-to-face or online within various contexts and to a variety of audiences. Aware of

Training

Title Details
Information and Data Modelling Tools and techniques used to investigate, analyse and model the structure, relationships and use of data and information within an organisation.
Human Factors Techniques Methods and techniques for understanding human needs and limitations and for designing usable, accessible and ergonomically sound systems. Examples: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) approaches and iterative design methods and accessibility. Recognising ever evolving user expectations for use of a variety of access devices and locations and opportunities for environmental savings e.g. reducing office space, travel, etc.
Security Awareness Tools and techniques to help users and employees understand the role they play in helping to combat information security breaches and for IT and security professionals to prevent and mitigate risk.

Professional Development Activity (PDA)

Title Details PDA Group
Participation in Group Activities Participating in group activities inside or outside of the working environment that can assist with the development of interpersonal skills. Broadening Activities
Deputising Standing in for supervisor or manager on a temporary basis during periods of absence. Broadening Activities
Job Shadowing and Special Assignments Undertaking temporary periods or secondments in other roles, inside or outside IT, particularly those that offer a new perspective on own function or exposure to other environments and cultures. Broadening Activities
Gaining Knowledge of Activities of Employing Organisation Developing an understanding of the potentially diverse range of activities (service, governance, administrative, regulatory, commercial, charitable, industrial, etc.) undertaken by the employing organisation. Increasing Knowledge
Gaining Knowledge of Surrounding Technical Areas Gaining knowledge of IT activities in employing organisation external to own function. Increasing Knowledge
Research Assignments Exploring a topic which is not part of own normal responsibilities and presenting findings to colleagues and/or management Increasing Knowledge
Involvement in Professional Body Activities Attending meetings, seminars and workshops organised by professional body and reading published material, such as journals and web content. Participation in Professional Activities
Time Management Undertaking learning and practice in the planning and organising of own activities. Developing Professional Skills

Organisational Skill Name and Description

Framework Skill Level
Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Communicating information

Communication involves conveying information using the most effective medium and language for the audience.

Awareness Communicating information

You can: listen to the needs of design and business stakeholders and interpret information take part in discussions within a multidisciplinary team

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Consultancy

Collaboration in the DDaT Profession typically involves working in a multidisciplinary project team, and contributing to working groups and wider professional communities. It requires a broad understanding of the technologies, principles and perspectives of related professions.

Awareness Consultancy

You can: show an understanding of the need for consulting in your role, and its purpose work under guidance to identify what advice, guidance and recommendations might be appropriate, usually by referring to previous work by others show an understanding of how to frame problems that need to be solved

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Technical understanding (accessibility)

Accessibility involves ensuring your service can be used by as many people as possible, including those with impaired vision, motor difficulties, cognitive impairments, learning disabilities and deafness.

Working Technical understanding (accessibility)

You can: demonstrate knowledge of some details of the standards and legislation, and know where to find more information demonstrate knowledge of basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and related common accessibility issues perform basic automated and manual checks on websites and documents, and can communicate findings and fixes be an advocate for the people affected by accessibility barriers within the context of your work demonstrate knowledge of using some assistive technology

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Testing

Testing involves ensuring that requirements have been fully met by using appropriate tools and techniques to verify that a product or service works.

Awareness Testing

You can: correctly execute test scripts under supervision understand the role of testing and how it works

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

User focus

User focus involves understanding the user needs to develop a detailed understanding of the problems that need to be solved.

Awareness User focus

You can: show an awareness or understanding of user experience analysis and its principles explain the purpose of user stories and the focus on user needs

Qualification Components

Title Awarding Bodies
FEDIP Associate Practitioner FEDIP - The Federation for Informatics Professionals in Health and Care
BCS Foundation Certificate in User Experience UX BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

The Professional Body Responsible for this job family is BCS. This job role profile was created in collaboration with BCS, using Role Model Plus.

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