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Lead Accessibility / Usability Engineer


McLean, VA
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We are interested in highly motivated candidates with skills in human computer interaction (especially related to accessibility) combined with some or all of the following: assistive technology, collaboration, human-machine teams, social media, and/or decision support systems.  These skills would be employed to solve critical technological problems for our Government sponsors and enhance the user experience in Government systems and experimental prototypes.

The successful candidate will:

  • Lead MITRE and government sponsors in solving accessibility and usability challenges, including enterprise remediation efforts and integrating commercial accessibility solutions into government environments

  • Develop test plans and lead teams in conducting accessibility evaluations, design enterprise wide accessibility remediation plans, and develop accessible alternatives to problems

  • Perform evaluation and testing: accessibility testing, usability testing, heuristic evaluation, and other HCI methods

  • Conduct market surveys

  • Assist the government in standing up program offices for enterprise remediation

  • Design wireframes and mockups for prototypes or to integrate commercial accessibility solutions into prototype

  • Collaborate with industry and academia to improve accessibility at MITRE and the sponsor;

  • Lead working groups

  • Think strategically about the best way to apply accessibility standards to enterprise issues and to integrate accessibility and usability
Key Functions:

  • Employ user centered design/user experience engineering: understand people's current work practices and user needs, gather requirements, lead the development of prototypes concepts, iterate on design with stakeholders, and rapid prototype with UI mockups

  • Lead accessibility and usability evaluation teams and develop strategies for remediation

  • Make recommendations for acquiring or implementing decision support, collaboration, or assistive technology

  • Apply knowledge of the state of the art for decision support systems, collaboration tools, and assistive technology

  • Document work, produce and brief presentations, and write technical reports and papers for publication

  • innovate and envision, i.e., think out of the box, generate the next great idea in collaboration and social computing, make an impact on current work practices


  • MS or PhD in accessibility, human factors, human computer interaction, computer science, or a related field

  • 4+ years of experience

  • Advanced understanding of WCAG or Section 508 compliance, accessible development practices, applying accessibility to agile development, and assistive technology

  • User centered design, usability, and evaluation experience and/or Software design, development experience

  • The successful candidate will have a strong background in assistive technology, accessibility testing or coding, usability and evaluation, and have the ability to get a TS clearance.