JOB: NYC/(London): Sr Information Architect, global news analysis/publishing "biggie"

16 Aug 2008 - 2:52pm
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Joanne Weaver

Talk about getting a high-brow name on the ol' resume---drop this name
during an intellectually snobby cocktail party and you'll be the beau/belle
of the ball. :) Very prestigious, internationally reknowned
company/publisher since the mid 1800's with a circulation of 3.7 million
that's known for its adherence to excellence, research, logic, and high
standards through and through. Global offices; 1000+ employees.

May require travel to London once a quarter too.


The team/company:

Our User Experience team is responsible for creating a world-class online
experience for a leading global news analysis site with a sophisticated,
demanding and international audience. The team contributes to an ambitious
online strategy with experience planning and customer insights, and executes
on the strategy with information architecture, interaction design and visual
design, in close collaboration with technical and marketing teams.

The role:

The User Experience Architect and Analyst plays a key role in the team. With
strong quantitative analytical and wire-framing skills, the architect and
analyst informs how key projects take shape.

We are looking for a strong practitioner who will gather requirements,
review and interpret web statistics and other research data, and help create
effective, desirable and intuitive user interfaces.

The Experience Architect and Analyst works with editorial and product teams
to understand business goals and with designers and developers to guide the
prototyping and implementation process.

Projects include Web sites, applications, products and services for other
delivery platforms.

This position may require travel to London once per quarter.

Key accountabilities

. Gather business requirements

. Oversee the design, creation and execution of quantitative
research, including web statistics and surveys

. Help create and prioritize web statistics analysis for user
experience, including integration with our user feedback collection and
survey tools, OnlineOpinion and iPerceptions

. Refine research methods and strategies

. Analyze and translate research results into actionable

. Develop interaction flows, wire frames and schematic designs

. Advocate for and champion user experience

. Maintain and share awareness of industry trends and new
technologies and explore those that would benefit the business and the

Education and training

. Bachelor's degree required

. Degree or study in statistics, information architecture or
design, human-computer interaction (HCI), information design, or a related

. Active, current participation in relevant professional training
(classes, industry conferences)

Previous work experience

. At least three years of experience as information architect,
analyst, or similar role

. One or more years of experience with designing and executing
quantitative user studies (web analytics, polls/surveys)

. Experience analysing quantitative data and translating it into
actionable information

. One or more years of applied information architecture experience

. Demonstrated ability to produce user-centered solutions as
evidenced by a portfolio or samples of work

. Proven experience creating successful, large-scale,
consumer-facing sites

. Experience in gathering and documenting requirements for
web-based products

. Proven experience in working with cross-functional teams

. Familiarity with technical issues around web development and
ability to work constructively with development teams

. A plus: Experience conducting usability testing

. A plus: Experience designing news sites

Knowledge and skills

. Strong understanding of user-centered design methodologies

. Strong understanding of quantitative research methods and

. Fluency in best practices for web-based information architecture
and design, as well as basic knowledge of usability principles, issues, and

. Excellent web statistics skills

. Excellent wire-framing skills (Microsoft Visio or equivalent)

. Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

. Excellent written and oral communication skills

. Comfortable working in a small team

. Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

Interested? Qualified? Know somoene who is?

email joanne (at) joanneweavergroup (dot) com

joanne at

Thanks for passing along---referral bonus offered!


Joanne Weaver


The Joanne Weaver Group

UX + Creative Talent Acquisition


+1 917 623 9369

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