User Experience Designer/Project Lead (one year fixed term)-76218
This is a one year fixed term position
Stanford Web Services very well may be looking for you!
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 are an active listener to client and user needs, with a knack for turning those needs into actionable items within the larger vision of a project.
You have designed web products that facilitate relationships between organizations and their constituents.
You have a portfolio of beautiful mobile-responsive websites and web applications built in Drupal and/or WordPress.
You like to learn new things, because lets face it: things just dont stay the same.
Bonus points if you use JIRA.
You can get behind the goal of doing things right:
You build trusting, successful relationships through strong communication skills.
You pay attention to details and know how to keep track of multiple priorities, getting them done successfully in collaboration with a group of other talented people.
You believe in iteration and communication and seek opportunities to improve user and customer experience at all steps.
You can motivate and energize your team to deliver great work.
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.
We are Stanford Web Services
Known as SWS, we are 17 (and growing) topnotch web professionals, many of whom left commercial industries for careers in higher education. We take pride in our work and have a shared purpose of making Stanfords web presence even stronger, because supporting the research and education mission of a renowned university can make a positive difference in the world.
As a part of the Stanford community, we encourage a culture of real work-life balance; going home at a reasonable hour is how life should be. Our group includes musicians, a photographer, a brewer, a master gardener, a rock climber, an ultra marathoner, a lunchtime Zumba-enthusiast, a champion marksman, and many loving parents. We like what we do and other things, too.
Our mission is to build beautiful, mobile-responsive, secure, accessible and effective websites for Stanford, including engineering.stanford.edu, tedx.stanford.edu, english.stanford.edu, cardinalatwork.stanford.edu, and hundreds more.
Everyone in SWS works directly with campus clients and partners, and we are committed to problem-solving using friendly and clear communication. Also, we dont just build one website at a time: we build the tools to drive faster and better development for ourselves and others. (Yay open source!) We created a Drupal hosting platform called Stanford Sites, use Github to track over 80 features and products, are building scalable cloud-based services, and are evolving our product line - Stanford Sites Jumpstart - to empower web communications by our schools and departments.
Everyone in SWS, from designers to developers, works directly with campus clients and partners, and we are committed to problem-solving using friendly and clear communication.
Heres what youll do
As User Experience Designer/Project Lead, youll take a leading role on defining the user experience, information architecture, and visual design requirements on a wide variety of website projects, including:
Design project leadership (90%):
Youll build functional web properties that are as usable for all people as they are beautiful.
Youll lead or oversee the definition, design, testing and delivery of the functionality and interface of web sites and applications.
Youll 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.
Youll contribute to a team dedicated to building the platform as we produce client work.
Youll contribute to creating a shared vision and strategy for user experience and design in alignment with department and university goals.
Youll foster strong relationships with a diverse set of clients across Stanford.
Youll partner with other team members to define requirements, strategy, and architecture on projects ranging in complexity from single websites to complex web products and services.
Youll embody the agile spirit through backlog maintenance and leading daily scrum and weekly development sprint meetings.
Youll write user stories and help others write user stories.
Youll embrace retrospectives and support your team in their continuous improvement.
Community engagement (5%):
Spread user experience and design sensibilities that will help define and build our UX and Design program.
Youll participate in Stanfords Communities of Practice to support an open and sharing environment with our peers.
Professional Development (5%):
Youll keep your skills sharp through attending conferences and training.
Benefits at Stanford
We work for the greater good. We don't have stock options or free lunches (though Free Bagel Tuesday is nice.) We'll pay for your Caltrain ticket, match-and-then-some your retirement contributions, help with tuition for your dependent(s), and provide healthcare options that include zero deductible plans. Stanford is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program with the Department of Education.
You can also take advantage of Stanfords recreation facilities and libraries, get discounted tickets to sports and events, and more. Check out what makes it pretty sweet to work for Stanford:
Human Resources wrote up a common set of core duties, minimum and physical requirements, and standards for everyone at Stanford with this job classification. They're appropriate and applicable, if not particularly sexy. And now, without further ado, the fine print:
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 Stanfords online accessibility policies through implementing alternative technologies.
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 Stanfords 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.
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 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.
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.
Occasionally work weekends, evenings, holidays, and flexible shifts.
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 Universitys Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
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.
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains d...edicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 9000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu.
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.