Website Developer/Builder - Updated requirements
GAATES - Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments - Whitehorse, YT

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CONTRACT POSITION: GAATES Website Developer/Builder for ‘On Thin Ice’

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments.

GAATES is a not for profit organization that was incorporated in Canada in 2007 by an international consortium dedicated to promoting accessibility worldwide. GAATES’ purpose is to provide leadership in promoting accessibility of information and communications technologies, accessible transportation, habitat and built environments. The organization has an International presence in 6 regions: the Asia-Pacific, Arab, North America, South America, European and African Regions. Members of GAATES are widely regarded international experts from all continents and regions of the world who are dedicated to the promotion of accessibility.


GAATES is seeking an firm, company or individual capable of developing a new Website with the skills to develop and maintain and accessible website and develop a policy on social media communications to assist the organization, specifically the GAATES Project Manager, with duties related to the GAATES ‘On Thin Ice Project’. The ideal candidate (individual, firm or company) is resourceful and organized, with solid accessible website design experience.

The successful candidate (firm/individual) will have the capability to work collaboratively with team members located in Ottawa and throughout Canada’s arctic. Competitive candidates will bring at least 1-3 years experience working in the social media and web design field and have a passion for accessible information and communication technologies and disability inclusion.

The GAATES Website Developer/ Manager reports to the GAATES Project Manager at our office in Ottawa, ON, CANADA. This is a contract position and is contingent on project funding.


Web Site Development and Maintenance

  • Ability to develop and maintain an accessible website usable by persons with a variety of assistive technologies and ICTs (such as JAWS and other speech readers).
  • Work collaboratively with Project Manager and other project team members to present complex issues in understandable language for the general public through content developed for on the ‘On Thin Ice’ project website, brochures, social media and newsletters
  • Work with the Project Manager and the project team so as to coordinate the design for online and print information.
  • Craft social media messages for the media and stakeholders to increase our visibility, clearly communicate our purpose, and raise awareness about our project and initiative.
  • Disseminate relevant and timely information through social media, webinars and other networking to further the project mission, address barriers, and inspire action.
  • Maintain the quality and relevancy of website content by posting news items, fixing broken links, updating existing resources, and completing other website tasks as assigned.
  • Work with external vendors as needed for site hosting and development, captioning, production, language translation and other needs as necessary.
  • Research, analyze, and make recommendations for utilizing webinars, audio, video clips, vlogs, blogs, webcasts, archive trainings, teleconferencing, digital photo library.


  • Work as part of a team to achieve goals and mission of assigned projects; see beyond own projects to anticipate priority needs; contribute toward overall team goals


  • At least 2 years experience in accessible web design and social media participation.
  • Experience implementing messaging campaigns, disseminating media messages, and designing marketing strategies to increase awareness of issues.
  • Experience with social media including Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, Flickr, etc.
  • Experience with disability or professional disability rights experience is an asset.
  • Excellent detail-oriented, organizational and prioritizing skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively via e-mail, telephone, Skype, video relay, instant messaging and other mediums.
  • Extensive computer experience and skills, including using software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, internet, databases and email.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Passion for empowering people with disabilities.
  • An understanding of the concepts of universal design and accessibility of the virtual environments is required.
  • An understanding of accessibility of information and communication technologies and assistive and adaptive technologies is required.


This position is time intensive initially to develop and get the site operational, and then requires fewer hours for website and updates throughout the life of the contract. The position requires that the successful candidate be working remotely, independently and unsupervised as a sub-consultant.

The contract will commence approximately February 3, 2014 and end March 31, 2016.
To apply:
Please send a proposal of what services you can offer, including a price for the initial website hosting and development costs. Also include an hourly rate for site maintenance and updating. Please provide references and a list of existing sites that you have developed.
Applications are due by Monday, February 10, 2013 by 9:00 am. Eastern Standard Time (EST) for initial consideration and screening.
Send detailed cover letter detailing experience related to the job description, resume and list of references with “Web Design position” in the subject line, via email to:

Ms. Marnie Peters
GAATES Executive Officer

GAATES is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
No calls please.
To learn more about GAATES, visit