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21102 Accessibility Design Associate, DigitalASO

Artspond - Other
Salary Freelance: maximum $10,000 flat-
Posting Date March 24, 2021

About ArtsPond
Join our team and play a role in advancing equity justice in Canada. ArtsPond is a changemaker of a different sort. Devoted to radical inclusivity, our mandate is to nurture healthy ecosystems that promote social, spatial, economic, digital, and accessibility justice by fostering cooperative actions fusing social innovation and the arts on-the-ground and in-the-cloud.

About the role
Accessibility Design Associate, DigitalASO / OSANumériques is an integral part of ArtsPond’s digital innovation knowledge management and platform-building team. In collaboration with Executive Leads and a cross-functional team of researchers, designers, and developers, Accessibility Design Associate is tasked with contributing to design research activities that strengthen accessibility and inclusion for Deaf, disability, and differently-abled groups in DigitalASO’s Ecosystems Map.

Incubated by ArtsPond, the goals of DigitalASO / OSANumériques are to help foster a national innovation ecosystem for shared digital transformation of Canadian arts, culture, and arts services in response to collectively identified systemic issues. Featuring strategic alliance-, literacy-, and platform-building actions with regional and national stakeholders onsite and online, this transformative cooperative governance effort seeks to identify and strengthen regional advantages, national champions, cross-disciplinary institutions, shared digital resources and human-cloud infrastructure to help collectively bolster digital justice for all in Canadian arts and culture.

DigitalASO’s planned activities in 2021 include the cooperative publication of a digital transformation manifesto, co-design of an open source ecosystem mapping and matchmaking digital tool, and the scoping of a national alliance to help sustain access and inclusion for equity-seeking groups from the arts, cultural, and creative industries in the digital world.

Design of the Ecosystems Map will apply an iterative process rooted in the values of critical access. Our vision is for it to become an inclusive suite of interactive digital tools including visual cartography of non-geographic (i.e., conceptual, emotional) and geo-located digital transformation stories, networks, needs, resources, and initiatives. A recommender engine will also facilitate matchmaking between impacted groups for solutions in real and digital communities. These will help identify pathways to a more accessible post-pandemic digital future in Canadian arts and culture.

Guiding values
Enable Equity: Boost access and inclusion for differently-abled and other equity-seeking groups by celebrating and enabling the multi-dimensionality of difference, including beliefs, values, needs, and experience
Seed Action: Cultivate a culture of co-creation and positive collective action by using human-centered approaches rooted in a spirit of generous reciprocity, respect, and mutual care
Amplify impact: Illustrate and amplify the capacity of the arts to lead positive social change by fostering honest and truthful dialogues in both real and virtual communities led by impacted equity-seeking groups.

Specific responsibilities include:

Design Research (40%)

Provide disability-first design leadership to the overall platform-building team
Supporting the team in applying a critical approach to accessibility design
Support usability testing sessions to validate designs as needed
Support relevant workshops as facilitator and researcher as needed
UI/UX Design (40%)

Provide insight into different design solutions for accessible UI/UX design
Recommending accessibility features in collaboration with UI/UX designer and front-end development
Delivery of front-end UI/UX Design (for implementation by front-end development)
Product Development (20%)

Support the testing and validation phase of the software development process
Support development of on-going user needs gathering process to improve accessibility

The ideal candidate(s) will have:

Experience with applying the human-centered design framework and practices
High comfort level in a cross-functional team structure
Applied critical approaches to information, design, and/or access
Relevant training or experience in UI/UX or interactive design (or equivalent)
Specialized experience or unique approach to accessible design (or equivalent)
Familiarity with user-centered design processes (or equivalent)
Excellent oral and/or written communication skills
Additional experiences and interests that would be considered an asset:

Familiarity with software and product development processes (or equivalent)
Currently enrolled or a graduate of a master’s degree
Familiarity with or a passion for arts and culture in Canada

Other Information
This is a flexible, part-time, freelance contract from April to October 2021. Compensation is maximum $10,000 flat fee. The position remains open until filled.

Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae outlining your skills and interests related to the position to:

Jessa Agilo, Founder, President + CEO
ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts

Please reference “21102 Accessibility Design Associate” in the subject line.

ArtsPond is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity or expression, place of origin, or race, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, provincial, or local laws. We particularly encourage equity-seeking groups including women, Black, Indigenous, New Canadians, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ and other diverse identities, cultures, and origins to apply. While we thank all who take the time to apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

How To Apply
Contact: Jessa Agilo, Founder, President + CEO

By email

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