User Experience/User Interface Designer at UC Berkeley

8 Sep 2010 - 8:20pm
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abloodworth
2007

This is a 3-6 month full time contract position, with an opportunity for the right candidate to become permanent.
Job Posting Title: 

User Experience/User Interface Designer 

Description: 

Development Support Services, a unit within Application Services at UC Berkeley, partners with internal development organizations to provide development support services for various enterprise-level software implementations including efforts involving inter-institutional, consortial partnerships.  Application Services at UC Berkeley is on the cutting edge of technology application in higher education.  We work with leading technologies and embrace state-of-the-art software development lifecycle practices.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and professional User Experience/User Interface Designer to define and design functionality for the next generation of user-centered (often open source) academic systems for higher education.  As part of a dynamic team of User Experience (UX) designers, business analysts and developers at UC Berkeley, this role will lead the user research, needs assessment and modeling; interaction design; usability testing; and software interface design implementation in support of the software development lifecycle for projects.  This position will be expected to apply principles and best practices of human-computer interaction and user-centered design in meeting user expectations and enhancing the user experience.  In addition, demonstrated understanding of W3C and Section 508 web standards, along with demonstrated experience translating design requirements/models into usable code (HTML, CSS, jQuery), are integral requirements for this role.

Responsibilities:

· Initiates and manages the complete user-centered design cycle for medium to large projects including: user research and needs assessment; interaction design and modeling; usability testing; and software interface design implementation.
· Considers the demographics of the user audience, technical limitations and time constraints of the project throughout the design process. 
· Facilitates the definition of user-centered design requirements and creates specifications/documentation with input from end-users, stakeholders, project sponsors, and developers (e.g. personas, scenarios, user stories, use cases)
· Facilitates the design of user research and usability testing sessions; analyzes results to identify and prioritize design goals, unmet needs, usability defects, and opportunities for refinement and enhancement.
· Creates the visual appearance, determines the information architecture and navigation, and organizes information for complex user interfaces by applying techniques which support iterative design (e.g. storyboards, flowcharts, wireframes or interactive mockups).
· Translates design requirements/models into usable code (e.g. HTML, CSS, jQuery) and works directly with the developers to incorporate the design into the overall software implementation.
· Communicates abstract ideas, designs and design decisions to end-users, stakeholders, project sponsors, and developers - facilitating awareness of user-centered design issues as needed.
· Incorporates web accessibility best practices into the UX design process.
· Provides UX mentorship within teams, departments and across campus.
· Takes an active role in technology selection and product/solution evaluation, and keeps current with emerging technologies and best practices in the field.

Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree required. 
· Master’s degree in related field (Design, Cognitive Science, Human Computer Interaction, Information Science, Computer Science or related field) is desirable.  
· 7+ years of work experience in software development.  
· Demonstrated expertise and success conducting user-centered design processes applying skills such as sketching, storytelling, critiquing, presenting and facilitating.
· Formal training (or equivalent) and demonstrated success in usability test design, execution, and reporting.
· Expertise developing clear, iterative representations of design ideas using techniques such storyboards, wireframes, flowcharts, and interactive mockups. 
· Demonstrated understanding of W3C and Section 508 web standards.
· Demonstrated expertise in and knowledge of the following:
  o Graphics applications such as Adobe Creative Suite and Fireworks
  o Web design applications such as Adobe GoLive, Dreamweaver and BBEdit
  o Design, diagramming and flowcharting applications such as OmniGraffle and Visio
  o XHTML and CSS
· Knowledge of XML and related implementations including XML Schema and XSLT
· Strong familiarity of multiple SDLCs (e.g Agile, RUP, Waterfall) with the ability to adapt the User Experience/User Interface Design role to the applied methodology as needed - Agile SDLC experience a strong plus.
· Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal and facilitation skills required. 

Desired:

· Javascript, JQuery, and AJAX experience 
· Familiarity with web based multimedia presentation technologies like Flash, Quicktime, Real Audio, etc.
· Proficiency in visual design
If you are interested in the position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and link to your portfolio to Wendy Jones (wjones@berkeley.edu).
Allison BloodworthSenior User Interaction DesignerEducational Technology ServicesUniversity of California, Berkeleyabloodworth@berkeley.edu510-289-6627





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