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Accessibility Developer

Remote — Anywhere

Zotero is an open-source project that develops software and web services to help people collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share their research. Our software is recommended by most universities and used by millions of students, scholars, scientists, and researchers worldwide.

At Zotero, we’re committed to providing the best tools available for managing research, and making sure those tools remain accessible to the widest number of people, including people with disabilities, is fundamental to that goal. We’re looking for a web developer to lead our accessibility efforts across the Zotero ecosystem. You’ll identify areas where Zotero doesn’t live up to its accessibility goals and develop solutions that improve the experience for everyone. You’ll serve as an educator and advocate for accessibility issues within the team, helping to ensure that new features and products are built with accessibility in mind. Most importantly, you’ll participate in a vibrant global open-source community with amazing community developers and passionate users, and you’ll get to witness your contributions making a huge difference in people’s ability to effectively manage their research.

We’re an international, remote-only team. We meet up occasionally around the world (falafel is often involved), but you’ll primarily be working remotely, communicating with the rest of the Zotero team via chat rooms and GitHub and with Zotero users via our active forums. We have a collaborative but often-asynchronous workflow, and you’ll be fully in control of your own schedule.

What We’re Looking For

  • Experience building accessible websites and/or software
  • Deep knowledge of web accessibility technologies and inclusive design
  • Familiarity with accessibility tools (VoiceOver, JAWS, NVDA, etc.)
  • Experience evaluating software and/or websites for WCAG and Section 508 compliance
  • Willingness to engage directly with users in public forums to discuss their experiences and troubleshoot problems
  • Strong English communication skills — we discuss and debate nearly everything we do, so it’s critical that you can (and want to!) take part in that

Bonus Points

  • A love of free and open-source software

This is an open-ended contract role that can scale up and down in hours based on availability and workload.

Pay range: $50–$75/hour (USD) based on background and experience

Interested? Email us at with the subject line “Zotero Accessibility Developer”, let us know why you’re interested in working with us and why you think you’d be a good fit for this role, and include your résumé.


We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive team that reflects the diverse, global community that uses our software. We strongly encourage people from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.