User Experience Designer

Location
Denver, Denver County
Posted
Jul 23, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Technology, IT Support & Training
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Description: Examples of Work Performed * Drive the development and communication of digital design guidelines, patterns, and libraries. * Regularly conduct usability testing including creating task lists, observing users, compiling feedback and findings, making recommendations, and producing reports. * Facilitate key stakeholders design review sessions with the goal of advocating for the user needs, and achieving consensus among stakeholders for the design solution. * Compromise when it makes sense. See user experience design as an evolution requiring relationship building to shepherd a product to the envisioned design over time. * Communicate requirements to developers using business, functional and technical specifications, flow charts, storyboards, wireframes, concept designs, use cases, and process diagrams. * Design iteratively in step with the development process, conceptualizing and refining ideas with a close eye to trends in user data. * Work closely with product manager to convert market research into concrete designs and with front-end developers to convert designs into clean front-end code. * Assist with developing and delivering client presentations, project proposals and scope documentation. * Regularly conduct workshops with business units to enhance the overall user experience of their web or intranet sites. * Serve as subject matter expert to the university community as it adapts to new methods of collaboration, communication, business process automation and analysis using SharePoint. * Help establish a Center of Excellence for SharePoint through user experience leadership, evangelization, best practices, research, support and training.

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications: * Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree. * Three years' experience working in web design with a strong emphasis on user experience and usability in a higher education, corporate, or ecommerce environment. * Experience with wireframe and prototyping tools such as MS Visio, Axure or Balsamic. * Experience in graphics editing tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, or Fireworks.
Substitutions: Work experience in the occupational field or specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the degree.
Candidates must include the following with their online application submission: Please include a link to your online portfolio with examples of wireframes and prototypes, user flows, design patterns, user profiles and personas for websites, web applications, intranets or other technology projects where you were responsible for the user experience design.

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities * Solid understanding of user-centered design principles, excellent visual design skills, great technical know-how and a proven expertise in interaction design. * Expert at developing conceptual use cases, user flows, diagrams and working prototypes based on market analysis, customer feedback, site metrics, and usability findings. * Provide a clear, consistent voice on end-to-end user experience design to project teams and stakeholders. * Effectively communicate research findings, conceptual ideas and detailed design rationale, both verbally and visually to managers, marketing, business analysts, and development teams. * Experience working collaboratively with developers to ensure designs can be implemented without negatively compromising the integrity of the system. * Strong command of typography, color, composition, information design, hierarchy and an understanding of how these elements work together for a design solution. * Ability to quickly acquire knowledge of business objectives and organizational structures in a large and complex organization with diverse and numerous constituents through stakeholder interviews, focus groups, networking, surveys, etc. * Expert time-management skills and ability to provide accurate time estimates and meet deadlines. * Thorough understanding of website design complexities such as browser inconsistencies, mobile platform compatibility and web coding standards. * Comfortable taking a data-led approach to design. * Polished written and verbal communication. * Strong interpersonal skills, tactfulness, customer-service ethic and follow-through are a must. * Strong analytical, organizational and problem solving skills. * A team player, always willing to lend a helping hand and contribute to a positive team culture. * Familiarity with web analytics and related user research tools such as Google Analytics, Usertesting.com, etc. * A proven track record of creative design and strategy that anticipates market trends, user needs, product requirements and business goals. * Expert in the principles and practices of user centered design, responsive design and Information Architecture across both desktop and mobile platforms. * In-depth knowledge of developing A/B and multivariate testing, user surveys, wireframes and prototypes, user flows, design patterns, user profiles and personas. * Proven experience identifying and continuously tracking user experience success metrics, summarizing in usability test reports and recommending optimization efforts. * Comfortable discussing color theory, user psychology, or the semantic implications of the DIV tag. * Ability to write clean CSS and HTML. * Understanding of design considerations for successful Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Desired Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: * Experience using, developing or designing in SharePoint 2010, 2013 or equivalent large-scale enterprise CMS. * Experience with application lifecycle management (ALM) methodologies and how they pertain to user experience design. * Experience with Agile development methodologies. * Experience working with or for a higher education institution. * Experience with MS Project or Project Server.

Campus: Denver