Frontend Software Engineer - Accessibility

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – Full-time

Canva’s Commitment and Mission

At Canva, we celebrate diversity. We deeply believe that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key to building the best product, team and company. We look for many different skills and abilities, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. So, even if you don’t think you quite meet all of the skills listed or tick all the boxes, we’d still love to hear from you! 

Our mission at Canva is to empower the world to design and since launching in 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 75 million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 2,800 people… and the best bit is that we’ve only achieved 1% of what we know we’re capable of. 

Join us and design your future.

We’re early in our accessibility journey but it’s a path we are committed to for the long-term. Making our product accessible not only makes great business sense, allowing us to partner with education institutions and other organisations, but is also core to our mission to “Empower the World to Design”. Accessibility also reflects our values to “Be a force for good” and “Be a good human”. These values are being lived already in the accessibility space at Canva with strong internal support to participate in accessibility work. This has allowed us to make huge technology changes in a short amount of time.

Last year we focussed on building the foundations for accessibility compliance into our technology stack. In 2021 we want to take that to the next level by making our core flows a delight for all users, especially those with accessibility needs. Your work here includes everything from building generalised components that comply with WCAG standards to building a simple yet sophisticated keyboard-only control pattern to navigate and operate the editor without a screen. You’ll be working in a dedicated accessibility team on core parts of the product with more emphasis on highly technical and architectural solutions than just bug fixes.


  • Work with product designers to build sophisticated accessibility features
  • Provide technical expertise to other teams to add support for accessibility
  • Build efficient and reusable frontend abstractions and systems
  • Contributing to the team’s product roadmap
  • Identify and address performance bottlenecks
  • Participate in design and code reviews


  • Strong knowledge of JavaScript and web technologies (HTML/CSS)
  • Experience developing rich applications with HTML/CSS/JS
  • Ability to write high-performance, reusable code for UI components, including appropriate testing
  • Deep nuanced appreciation and understanding of different disability models, universal design and accessibility-related standards
  • Experiencing writing accessible code, including for common UI patterns (WCAG 2.1 AA and ARIA)
  • Understanding of the browser event model (bubbling, capturing)
  • High-level understanding of computational complexity (Big O)
  • Intimate knowledge of cross-browser and cross-device development
  • Passion for performance debugging and benchmarking
  • Minimum three years experience
  • Computer science fundamentals

Bonus Experience

  • Experience with TypeScript (or other typed languages)
  • Experience with React
  • Experience with MobX
  • An interest in interaction design


  • Competitive salary, plus equity options
  • Flexible working hours, we value work-life balance
  • In-house chefs that cook delicious breakfast and lunch for us each day
  • Gym and yoga facilities onsite
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Pet friendly offices
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations
  • Relocation budget provided and visa application fees covered

One of our core values at Canva, “Being a force for good” means we are actively working towards a world that isn’t just good for a small few, but one that’s good for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community. To achieve this, we need to constantly work towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone.

We are looking for people who love technology and can bring creativity when solving challenging problems. We ensure that the Canva workspace is setup for you to do your best work and have a great time doing so. Do you know we have a chef, Song and Chris, that make fantastic lunches for the team? Follow them on Instagram here to see what has been whipped up today:

Working at Canva 

Our culture is unlike anywhere else and we design your #CanvaLife experience to empower you to do the best work of your life.  

Whether you’re in the office, working from home or choosing your own adventure, our benefits for permanent Canvanauts include: 

Equity packages for you to truly be a part of the Canva journey. 

We have a hybrid work model (in-office & from home), so while our offices are always open to you, we aim to come together for 8 days a year at minimum - balancing flexibility and connection

Flexible leave so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own professional development.

Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents and carers throughout their parenting and caring journey.

An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance. This is for you to spend on whatever will support your wellbeing and development.. because you know what you need to Vibe and Thrive, better than anyone.

Virtual and in-office wellness benefits including Canva University, Employee Assistant Programs and Fitness & Meditation Classes.

Canva For Good program matching your not-for-profit donations, Force for Good leave (3 paid volunteering days) and a range of sustainability and ethical initiatives to get involved in.   

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. Please note that interviews are conducted virtually. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.