Tech Champion – Digital Accessibility
Location: Based in any Arts Council England office outside of London. Flexible hybrid working.
Salary: Regional based £33,708, plus excellent benefits including 25 days annual leave.
Contract: End March 2024- working 35 hours per week.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Digital Culture Network (DCN) as a Tech Champion for Digital Accessibility. The network supports digital skills development in the creative and cultural sector of England.
You will be a champion for encouraging best practice and innovation in digital accessibility for a range of organisations from galleries to theatres, libraries, festivals, arts centres, and museums across the country. Practically, this will involve providing actionable 1-2-1 advice, delivery of training and creating resources to share best practice and to mentor organisations to develop and consider digital accessibility.
You will be an experienced digital accessibility professional, who has a good understanding of how creative and cultural organisations and individuals might use these skills and technologies to their best advantage. You should have drive, ambition, and the communication skills to encourage and support organisations at all levels to realise their digital ambitions in this area.
To apply: please forward your CV and a covering note application to Neil Rogers at RedCat Digital firstname.lastname@example.org
Ref No: TBC
Close date: 10th January 2023
Tentative interview dates on 23rd January 2023 and 31st January 2023
Tech Champion – Digital Accessibility
Arts and Culture
Any Arts Council England office outside London, with flexible hybrid working.
35 Hours per week
Overall Purpose of the role
This role provides digital accessibility expertise for creative and cultural organisations and individuals. The role sits within the Digital Culture Network, which works to develop the digital skills of the creative and cultural sector in England.
This role provides actionable and practical 1-2-1 advice and mentoring to organisations, the delivery of training sessions and the creation of resources and case studies to highlight best practice in digital accessibility. You will also create video content and take part in events to promote the Digital Culture Network’s support offer. You will help promote Arts Council England’s (ACE) involvement in a new UK-wide access scheme and help increase awareness of the scheme within the sector. You will form and foster partnerships and effective working relationships with technology companies
Essential skills, knowledge and behaviours
As the Digital Accessibility Tech Champion, you will join this highly motivated and well-regarded team to provide expertise to arts and cultural organisations.
You will have expertise in:
· Digital accessibility, being able to offer advice and guidance around a wide variety of web development platforms, applications, and content management systems.
· Health checking email marketing campaigns for accessibility
· How to identify an agency or developer, offering a suitable web accessibility design process, catering to different budgets, internal capacity, skillsets, and timescales.
· Awareness of best practice around digital accessibility in integrating websites, e-commerce, CRM, and box office systems. This would also include tools and plugins, and the consideration of their impact on privacy and data policies.
· Awareness of a variety of digital accessibility tools including audio description, Easy Read, BSL interpretation and close captioning.
· Assistive technologies and their applications such as screen readers, text to speech, screen magnifiers, eye-tracking, and joysticks.
· Accessibility regulations and required accessibility standards in reading levels and other outputs, including PowerPoint and PDFs.
· Awareness of best practice in the creation of accessible content on web, social and other digital platforms.
You will have:
- Effective communication and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate to individuals and groups in a confident and engaging manner.
- Coaching and mentoring skills with the ability explain solutions in a methodical way.
- A strong knowledge of the technology sector and how it relates to your specialism, as well as an understanding of relevant trends and areas of innovation.
- An ability to influence, engage and bring together internal and external stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and organisations.
- The motivation to make a difference, work well independently, manage your time effectively and exercise judgement with an emphasis on actionable outcomes.
- A proven ability to quickly learn new platforms or be experienced in using Microsoft Dynamics to support DCN’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategy.
You will be:
· Approachable, empathetic, adaptable, and open to new ideas.,
· A good listener with the ability to understand and translate technical information for different audiences.,
· Creative and inquisitive with an appetite for building knowledge and expertise beyond your area of specialism.,
· A collaborative team-player who thinks strategically and understands the contribution of their work to the bigger picture.
· Able to travel regionally and nationally when required.
The role will include some travel across England, to see clients, and to deliver sector training and workshops, to present and attend conferences and networking events, and to participate in internal Digital Culture Network team meetings and away days.