Accessibility Coordinator

Posting date: 18 January, 2022

We are no longer reviewing applications for this position.

The Carpentries is committed to training and fostering an active, inclusive, and diverse community of learners and instructors who promote and model the importance of software and data in research. We seek an engaged and collaborative individual who shares this vision for a full-time, two-year position as the Accessibility Coordinator for The Carpentries. The Accessibility Coordinator will have a broad responsibility for integrating accessibility standards and best practices across all areas of The Carpentries organisation.

As the Accessibility Coordinator, you will lead accessibility audits of The Carpentries programs, services, assets, materials, and communications and work with other team members to incorporate your findings. The audit will consider all areas of accessibility, including disability accessibility, use of non-inclusive language (e.g., ableist or gendered language), reliance on US-Centric framing (e.g., concepts/idioms), and modes of participation for individuals without stable internet access. The Accessibility Coordinator will develop and lead training for staff and community members and will engage closely with these groups to improve user experiences across The Carpentries platforms.


This posting is intentionally broad. We are not expecting experience with all components of the position. We are looking for someone with skills and perspectives that complement our existing team and an enthusiasm for the role and the goals and approaches of our organisation.


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent training and applied experience) in Education, Educational Technology, Psychology, Design, Computer Science or a related field
  • Knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and accessibility issues related to web technologies, multimedia and learning environments
  • Knowledge of assistive technologies (JAWS, ZoomText, VoiceOver, etc.)
  • Knowledge of WCAG 2 accessibility standards and guidelines
  • Ability to use, write, or debug accessible CSS (especially the Bootstrap framework), HTML5, and JavaScript
  • Proficient communication skills, including written and real-time (signing or verbal)
  • Experience working remotely (preferably with a globally distributed team)


  • Experience in accessible website design and development
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities in higher education
  • Experience creating and teaching educational materials
  • Previous engagement with The Carpentries or another volunteer-based organisation

Our team values openness, honesty, fairness, and transparency as the keys to fostering trust. We believe that the individuals who make up our community are the most important part of our organisation and our strongest resource. We strive to make decisions that prioritize people first and empower the growth and success of all who are part of our organisation. We value a growth mindset in all that we do and strive to be always improving and evolving ourselves and our methodologies, being receptive to feedback, responsive, curious, and willing to learn.

About Us

The Carpentries is an open, global community teaching the skills and perspectives to turn data into knowledge. We build capacity in essential data and computational skills for conducting efficient, open, and reproducible research. We believe in a world where more people have the computational skills and perspectives to work with data to address their questions in science, scholarship and society. We aim to build that world by scaling evidence-based teaching, creating inclusive environments, and building communities of practice based on open principles. In this role, you’ll join a diverse team of professionals working to spread data-driven research skills. Our community comprises approximately 57,000 learners, 2,800 Instructors, 100 Trainers, and 100 member organisations from research institutions around the world.

We’re a Core Team of fifteen staff and independent contractors, with a nine person Executive Council. We’re a fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)3 Community Initiatives. We have a large community of instructors and contributors, and a much larger community of users. We use evidence-based teaching practices to teach the core skills for effective computational and data work, and we promote reproducible research and open science/open source widely. All interactions in The Carpentries community and spaces, both virtual and in-person, are governed by our Code of Conduct.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a remote position and is funded for two (2) years. For United States-based candidates, compensation will be $50,000 - $73,000 USD annually, commensurate with experience. Outside the United States, total compensation may need to be adjusted in accordance with legal and financial costs associated with international hiring and contracting for a United States-based entity. All qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply, and we will make every effort to be transparent about the impact of costs on potential compensation during the interview process.

In the US, Community Initiatives offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision
  • 401k with employer match
  • Basic life insurance, AD&D, STD & LTD
  • 4 weeks of vacation
  • 12 paid holidays
  • 4 floating holidays

Outside the US, Community Initiatives will make every effort to support the hiring or contracting of international workers, following all local laws related to employment and benefits, ensuring a competitive compensation package.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Carpentries is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. We are an equal opportunity employer and give consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, colour, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by United States federal, state, or local law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume or CV to Please also clearly indicate the country in which you pay taxes.

Applications received before 1 February at 11:59 PM (anywhere on earth) will receive full consideration.

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