User Experience Designer

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User Experience Designer

Stanford University

Job Number:

User Experience Designer with Stanford Web Services
Job Code: 4816
Grade: J
You make websites amazing

You are a skilled professional with 3-5 years of agency experience and collaboration, which means:

  • You enjoy working closely with clients, designers, and technologists on creative solutions to interesting challenges.
  • You have designed web products that facilitate relationships between organizations and their constituents.
  • You have a portfolio of beautiful mobile-responsive websites and applications.
  • You like to learn new things, because let's face it: things just don't stay the same.

You can get behind the goal of doing things right:
  • You build trusting, successful relationships through strong communication skills.
  • You believe in iteration and communication and seek opportunities to improve user experience at all steps.
  • You are a passionate advocate for universal design and web accessibility.
  • You like to zoom out sometimes and think about the larger picture of how you work.

Here's what you'll do

As User Experience Designer, you'll take a leading role on defining the user experience, information architecture, and visual design requirements on a wide variety of projects, including:

Design project leadership (90%):
  • You'll build functional web properties that are as usable for all people as they are beautiful.
  • You'll lead or oversee the research, definition, design, testing and delivery of the functionality and interface of websites and applications.
  • You'll collaborate with clients and other stakeholders to develop a deep understanding of needs and then work with technical leads to synthesize requirements into sketches, wireframes, and design mockups.
  • You'll contribute to a team dedicated to building the platform as we produce client work.
  • You'll contribute to creating a shared vision and strategy for user experience and design in alignment with department and university goals.

Community engagement (5%):
  • You'll participate in Stanford's Communities of Practice to support an open and sharing environment with our peers.

Professional Development (5%):
  • You'll keep your skills sharp through attending conferences and training.

The fine print

Human Resources wrote up a common set of core duties, minimum and physical requirements, and standards for everyone at Stanford with this job classification. So without further ado, the fine print:

Job purpose
Under minimal supervision, define, design and test the functionality and interface of applications with user interfaces; Develop user protocols, ensure designs aligned with user needs, accessibility standards and underlying technology. Create information architecture and user interface designs for given systems. Ensure systems are compliant with Stanford's online accessibility policies through implementing alternative technologies.

Core duties
  • Define, design and test the functionality and interface of applications with user interfaces; work with users, analysts, software engineers, architects and QA staff to ensure designs aligned with user needs and underlying technology.
  • Conduct user research, create personas, identify required tasks and information flows for given systems.
  • Create relevant design artifacts and, including, but not limited to, information architecture, requirements, personas designs, wireframe and data flows.
  • Make systems compliant with Stanford's online accessibility policies through implementing alternative technologies.
  • Create and lead graphic, visual and interactive design or work with specialists to merge these into the interface.
  • Create application code to manifest the designs, or work with software engineers to develop them.
  • Conduct usability testing on applications during the development lifecycle; refine designs based on the results of testing.
  • Analyze metrics and user feedback for issues and opportunities for improvement; liaise with quality assurance and help desk specialists to identify defects in application functionality or design and create strategies for mitigation.
  • Contribute, maintain and review documentation on design assumptions, application requirements and specifications, business logic, training materials, help text, and release notes.
  • May supervise others.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.

Minimum requirements
  • Bachelor's degree and three years of experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Experience with designing and front-end development of websites built with Drupal and WordPress.
  • Requires knowledge of, computer system capabilities, business processes and workflow.
  • Experience in designing web applications.
  • Experience in current web technologies, such as JavaScript, AJAX and HTML5, CSS, SASS.
  • Experience in responsive design, and application of HCI to mobile application development.
  • Experience in designing for accessibility, ensuring adequate access to information through assistive technologies.
  • Skill in conducting user research, user testing, usability testing and analysis.
  • Skill in developing specifications and mockups using UI design tools and/or programming in web application languages.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to bridge functional and technical resources by communicating effectively with individuals of varying systems expertise.
  • Ability to design and document complex business systems.
  • Proven problem solving and analytical thinking and ability to approach problems logically and systematically.

Physical requirements
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, and reach/work above shoulders.
  • Occasionally sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat.
  • Visual acuity including color vision.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working conditions
  • Occasionally work weekends, evenings, holidays, and flexible shifts.

Work standards
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Location: Business Affairs, California, United States
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To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Posted: 11/6/2018
Application Due: 1/7/2019
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