• Senior Program Manager, Product Accessibility

    Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/11/2018 10:40 AM)
    Job ID
    2018-1395
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Program Management
    Travel
    Up to 25% Travel
  • Overview

    ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success.  Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.

     

    Learn more about working at ACT at act.org!

     

    Responsibilities

    Responsible for the oversight and execution of the ACT Accessibility product roadmap and support of the execution of the ACT Accessibility Policy and Strategy. This is achieved through close collaboration with the Product Managers across the product portfolio, the Accommodations and Accessibility Oversight Board (AAOB), the Director of Test Accommodations, and others across the organization, and draws on their comprehensive understanding of ACT’s mission, strategy, and portfolio of education and workforce solutions.

     

    ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    Typical work-related activities include:

    • Execute accessibility product strategies and initiatives.
    • Develop and Execute product roadmap for accessibility in collaboration with product managers.
    • Develop and manage applicable accessibility standards or reference existing industry standards to insure ACT policy, products/services meet industry expectations.
    • Support the drafting of RFP responses related to accessibility in partnership with product managers.
    • Support the drafting of VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) responses in partnership with product managers.
    • Drive Product and Platform accessibility audits.
    • Serve as a SME regarding accessibility compliance for technology purchases, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.
    • Serve as a SME regarding research and studies that support accessibility policies and procedures.
    • Support user testing, market research and persona development regarding accessibility and accommodations.
    • Develop and deliver strategy and content for internal/external training on the Accessibility Policy and overarching accessibility concepts.
    • Support development of technical documentation and online help for accessible product components.
    • Support portfolio projects that are on the Strategic Portfolio Solutions Docket as requested.
    • Maintain a current knowledge of all ACT products as well as the appropriate market.

     

    Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in education or business administration
    • Master’s degree preferred
    • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired 

    Experience:

    • A minimum of five (5) years of program management, product management, product development, or business consulting required.
    • Experience with accessibility, accommodations, special education programs or services required.
    • Experience in the assessment industry and/or knowledge of one or more of ACT’s key market segments strongly preferred.
    • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of internal stakeholders in a matrix environment to deliver contracted services required.
    • Experience with Agile preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Proven ability to be successful in a fast paced environment
    • Self-starter, action oriented, and strong independent contributor
    • Ability to manage multiple projects or products at one time
    • Proven ability to collaborate across multiple functional areas
    • Strong analytical skills
    • Proven ability to solve complex and detailed problems using an analytical and data driven approach – strong judgement and decision making capability
    • Successful history meeting aggressive deadlines
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong writing and presentation skills
    • Strong communication skills
    • Energetic and creative with a positive attitude
    • Strong change management skills
    • Strong financial acumen
    • Willingness to travel as required

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