We are an ambitious team based in Chicago, focused on delivering eTextbooks more simply and affordably. Most of us at RedShelf were students not long ago and have experience with both paper and digital textbooks. This has allowed us to look critically at how software can be used to create eTextbooks that help students study, learn, and ultimately achieve their academic goals!We provide digital content from the world’s leading academic publishers, consumer trade publishers, self-publishers and a variety of other content creators. Our close partnerships with publishers and college bookstores have positioned RedShelf to bring affordable digital course materials to students and professors like you across the country.Our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technology is accessible on any web-browser based device with no requirement to use a dedicated reader or download an application. With familiar tools such as bookmarking, highlighting, and note-taking, our eTextbook software allows students to study and learn like they would with paper. Our software also allows for digital advances, such as keyword search, dictionary look-up, and 24/7 access from nearly any device.

Accessibility Consultant at RedShelf

Job Summary:

RedShelf is a higher-ed tech startup based in Chicago, IL. Our mission is to help the learning community transition from print to digital course materials.

Over the past four years, RedShelf experienced 400% YOY growth, and we’re looking to add a talented and passionate Accessibility Consultant to bring their expertise to a multi-disciplined engineering team and grow RedShelf’s accessibility produce and service lines. The Accessibility Consultant will work directly with the development team to test and validate users interface against accessibility requirements and consult on the effective technical implementation of digital accessibility requirements. 

Perks of the Gig (aka Benefits):

  • Be part of a passionate team positively impacting the education industry
  • Own a piece of the company; competitive compensations packages which typically include company stock options
  • Attend annual "RedShelf Retreats" to strengthen team bonding
  • Frequent onsite and offsite events; holiday parties, halo tournaments, intramural sports (soccer, baseball, beach volleyball, etc.), happy hours, volunteer work, etc.
  • Unique growth opportunities; ability to have an impact on multiple parts of the business and grow with the company

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Perform accessibility compliance reviews of RedShelf current produces and service line
  • Test RedShelf system against specific manual tests and assistive technology tools
  • Responsible for identifying a developing and defining boundaries of the testing environment
  • Deliver testing results to CTO and participate in creating improvement plan for accessibility and usability of our platform
  • Consult with our development team on methods for implementing digital accessibility into our platform spanning from web, mobile hardware and document systems
  • Experience in developing and delivering specialized professional presentation and training programs on disability issues


  • Bachelor’s degree within Accessibility or Architecture, Engineering or related field
  • 5+ years of experience in Accessibility consulting
  • Knowledgeable of all applicable federal and state regulations and standards regarding access for students with disabilities including, but not limited to: Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Demonstrated knowledge of documentation required to verify disability accommodations eligibility in higher education
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, concepts, methods and techniques of Universal Design and its application across the higher education environment
  • Experience in developing and delivering specialized professional presentation and training programs on disability issues
  • Current knowledge with applicable regulations pertaining to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Experience working with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Understanding of web development technologies and how they impact the user experience
  • Ability to clearly articulate your recommendations through written, verbal and visual communication
  • Experience testing web-based interfaces for compliance with design specifications

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the advances in higher educational software, course materials, and digital publishing
  • Background and/or experience in educational technology and/or publishing
  • Comfort and/or experience in a startup environment

**Check out some of our favorite team moments to get a better idea of the people of RedShelf! http://blog.redshelf.com/new-blog/redshelfs-best-of-2015 **

EEO Statement:
RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.

Company Reviews

"I've been working at RedShelf for nearly 3.5 years. In that time I have been exposed to opportunities, projects and conversations most young professionals can only dream for. RedShelf is a fast-paced, learn-on-the-go atmosphere. You have the opportunity to work alongside bright minds in a collaborative environment that caters to individuals' professional growth."
Gordon Elson
Sales & Customer Care Director
at RedShelf
"My colleagues at RedShelf are some of the smartest, most personable, and highly motivated individuals I've had the pleasure of collaborating with! The fun and vibrant team culture first drew me to the company and makes it both exciting and enjoyable to go to work each day. The last thing I'll say is each person on the team has the amazing opportunity to make real impact, both in the development of her or his individual role and on the company as a whole."
Briana Haguewood
Publisher Relations Manager
at RedShelf
"Working at a startup like RedShelf is as demanding as it is rewarding. We’re building products that end up in the hands of students and professors across the nation. Being a part of something that big in such an established industry is really exciting.”
Drew Bollinger
Front-end Software Engineer
at RedShelf
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Why work with us
RedShelf is a digital textbook distributor and provider working with over 500 college bookstores and 2000 content creators to spur digital adoption on campuses world-wide. With a team of 45, we have established a very unique company culture that shines in everything we do. From our "all hands on deck" approach for sales meetings to our unique 1:1 meetings with our developing staff, we find that communication is key in keeping our culture. Our ambitious team enjoys the environment of RedShelf where they can learn, grow and work towards purposeful contribution and individual success.
Perks & Benefits
Passionate team impacting the education industry
Competitive compensation packages including company stock options
Annual RedShelf Retreats
Onsite and offsite events; happy hours, intramural sports, volunteering, office bags tournaments
Growth opportunities, impact our business and grow professioinally as quickly as the company has
Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance

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