Senior Quality Assurance Engineer (Accessibility)

The Nerdery (View all Jobs)

Chicago, Illinois, United States, Edina, Minnesota, United States, Phoenix, Arizona, United States, Remote

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A Senior Quality Assurance Engineer within the Accessibility discipline provides accessibility expertise for both internal and external Nerdery clients. Primary responsibilities include representing Quality during the design phase of a project, collaborating with design and development teams, and performing functional and accessibility testing of desktop and mobile applications.  The Senior QA Engineer is focused on expanding the awareness of accessibility best practices, and contributing to the success of Nerdery by the constant pursuit of excellence in all areas of testing.


  • Review websites to WCAG 2.1 A/AA standards
  • Map out site features and assess accessibility testing requirements
  • Utilize tools, scripts and knowledge of WCAG as needed to verify accessibility
  • Perform remediation testing when necessary
  • Test with empathy for potential users and understanding of the guidelines
  • Advocate for and support internal accessibility initiatives and best practices
  • Contribute to internal accessibility initiatives and projects as directed
  • Create well-written, comprehensive tickets and accessibility reports
  • Follow test strategies and execute functional test plans under the direction of the testing lead
  • Proactively identify testing risks and possible solutions
  • Effectively communicate findings to project stakeholders
  • Demonstrate reliable and independent work ethic, regardless of work setting


  • Conduct or assist with mobile application accessibility testing
  • Review websites to WCAG 2.1, Section 508, or other accessibility standards as required
  • Maintain and expand subject matter expertise
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with clients
  • Provide timely technical consultation and clear communication to client throughout project lifecycle
  • Work proactively to discover and understand clients’ needs, communicating objectively with both the project manager and the client to ensure the best possible outcome
  • Collaborate on creation and maintenance of project documentation (e.g., scopes of work, test plans, deployment plans, milestones, and timelines)
  • Perform other applicable tasks, as directed
  • Previous accessibility team or project lead experience. Collaboration and continuous communication with design and development teams. Ability to build and execute upon thorough test plans and suggest test plan improvements. Experience providing recommended solutions to issues for the team. Must be able to communicate to client leadership and project team, and be an advocate for accessibility principles who can explain ticket prioritization.


  • Strong understanding of web accessibility standards, particularly WCAG 2.1.
  • Able to articulate accessibility issues from a user perspective
  • Able to navigate effectively in screen reader software such as VoiceOver, NVDA, or JAWS
  • Familiar with ARIA states and properties, and their uses
  • Able to recognize, choose, and effectively use tools that are right for the job
  • Able to read standard HTML5 and determine potential issues
  • Knowledgeable on use of browser inspection tools
  • Able to execute terminal commands and read output
  • Familiar with issue tracking software such as JIRA
  • Curious, driven, and creative in performing daily work
  • Able to communicate both verbally and in writing with a high degree of precision using technical language
  • Able to accurately track time against simultaneous clients and work streams



  • Associate’s Degree and/or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 3 year as an accessibility tester and/or equivalent experience

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