Information Architect, Boston

23 Feb 2006 - 6:48pm
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Melissa Goldstein

This position is for Arnold Worldwide in Boston, MA. Applicants should
submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Karen Strasser at
kstrasser at Applicants selected for an interview should be
prepared to submit work samples (or online portfolio), and any other
important information that demonstrates strong potential for success in
this position.

Job Description

The Information Architect works closely with a Sr. Information architect
to translate business rules and practices into functional requirements
for large, media-rich, web-based projects. Merging various disciplines
such as UI Design, Development, Usability, Strategy, Systems
Integration, and Information Science, you are responsible for executing
the structure and user experience of the project. You will author the
documentation serving as the blueprint for site development, manage
content, and provided day to day support for interactive projects. A key
part of your responsibility lies in facilitating the creation of, and
executing on, the vision by which the front-end of the site will
interact with the underlying systems.

Major Responsibilities

* Define and design the user experience, interaction model, interface,
usability research, workflow, and information architecture as they
relate to the cognitive flow of information.

* Develop guidelines and standards for consistent and scalable web
applications development while balancing the needs of users, sponsors
and designers.

* Translate usability research findings into design improvements.

* Create and communicate navigation, labeling, searching and
organization systems for web applications through wireframes, sitemaps,
experience flows and inventories.

* Work with graphic designers to improve and refine product visual
design and consistency, creating and testing prototypes.

* Communicate and integrate activities with the team, business and other
departments to foster good relationships and ensure success.

* Support the achievement of goals at the team, department, and company

Job qualifications

Must have knowledge of user interface design principles, human factors,
user centered design processes, interaction design guidelines, usability
methodologies, industry standards and trends, platform standards and
software development.

Must have excellent analytic and communication skills and the ability to
work and lead in a team environment.

Must have knowledge of IA tools, specifically: Omnigraffle, MSVisio, and
MSOffice. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, HTML, DHTML,
XML, Java, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Director is a plus.

Must understand and be able to review usability test feedback

Must understand and employ a customer-centered approach, have an
excellent track record designing consumer applications UI; and a good
understanding of web-based applications.

Must have the ability to design navigation, labeling, searching and
organization systems for web applications development, to conduct user
experience testing, to conceptualize information systems design and
translate into interface requirements and make design recommendations
based on usability findings and standard design practices.

Accountable for the creation, presentation and validation of information
architecture deliverables: conceptual diagram, content inventory,
navigation maps and wire frames

Extensive portfolio of flowcharts/hierarchy maps, blueprints

Minimum BS/BA degree required (MA/MS preferred), with multidisciplinary
backgrounds such as psychology, computer science, information sciences,
commerce/business Library Science, Human Computer Interaction.

3+ years of experience in web information architecture and/or
development of websites in a professional development environment,
experience in IA/IA consultant role on corporate websites, preferably
with dynamic, content managed sites.

Melissa Goldstein
Senior Information Architect
101 Huntington Ave.
Boston, Ma 02199
mgoldstein at

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