Friday, August 8, 2008

User Experience Designer, Harvard University

Duties And Responsibilities This position works as part of the iCommons team to develop web-based tools and resources that enhance Harvard University's online student experience. These tools include a portal platform for providing and managing access to academic resources, as well as various modular components that provide for the authoring and delivery of academic content. The User Experience Designer will guide the teams' user interface development, placing an emphasis on usable designs founded on solid information architecture. This person will take a lead role in the design of iCommons tools and content, will collaborate with the development team on architectural issues concerning user interfaces, and lead the user interface design process. Will work with and advise client schools on design projects that make use of the iCommons tools and participate in other design tasks such as creating content for presentations, documentation, and the iCommons websites as needed. Ability to work hands-on by designing and coding user interfaces, and generating design standards documentation for developers is important.

Basic Qualifications Bachelor's degree required. 7 years of relevant experience. Must be proficient in both graphic design and client-side development with demonstrated experience interfacing with application developers and clients. Demonstrated experience with content development and information design is essential. Must possess graphic design skills and the ability to create attractive-looking and usable interfaces for web applications. An understanding of the fundamentals of color theory, typography, and layout as they pertain to the Web is required. Must possess knowledge of web UI implementation with an emphasis on web standards (XHTML, CSS, DOM Scripting) and accessibility (Section 508, WCAG). Must be comfortable addressing cross-browser/-platform issues, and implementing workarounds. Fluent with Photoshop and Illustrator (or equivalents).
Additional Qualifications The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to follow through and complete assignments promptly and accurately; excellent communication and customer service skills are essential. Requires willingness to work independently or as part of a creative team. Experience with online learning tools a plus.
Additional Information Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening. The Office of the University Chief Information Officer (UCIO) is unable to provide H-1B temporary worker visa sponsorship.
Required Screening Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.

Requisition Number 34587
Title User Experience Designer
School / Unit University Information Systems

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