The Front-end Designer is a visual designer, user experience expert and technologist who works in a collaborative team environment to create interactive designs for Brownâ™s digital communication platforms, including the Universityâ™s flagship website, Brown.edu.
Reporting to the Director of Web & Digital Communication Strategy, the Front-end Designer creates visual designs for Brownâ™s digital communication platforms and assists in the development of front-end code to power those designs. The Front-end Designer is responsible for designing beautiful, functional websites and design system components that convey the Universityâ™s messaging strategy, visual identity and brand. The goal is to create designs that achieve Brownâ™s communication and marketing objectives through an understanding of layout and visual hierarchy that meets the needs of end-users.
The Front-end Designer works collaboratively with the practice lead for UX design and front-end development to ensure that Brownâ™s digital communication platforms are modern, functional and aligned with the strategic communication goals of the University. The ideal candidate is a well-rounded digital expert who can solve complex communication and marketing challenges while serving as an advocate for users.
The Front-end Designer is part of Brownâ™s central web and digital team in the Office of University Communications (OUC). OUC offers cohesive marketing strategies, visual identity and multi-platform visual design; web and digital communications strategy and front-end development; photography; video production; and print production and mail services.
Education and Experience
Bachelorâ™s degree in visual design and three to five years of professional experience (or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.)
Demonstrated expertise in web design, design fundamentals, visual identity systems and W3C standards.
Ability to articulate an understanding of layout, typography and visual hierarchy in web and mobile interfaces.
Knowledge of web accessibility standards, including WCAG and Section 508.
Expert-level knowledge of digital design and development tools such as Sketch, InVision, Zeplin, etc.
Experience with front-end prototyping tools, such as Webflow or CodePen
Ability to contribute ideas and execute the ideas of others competently; ability to work autonomously and on a team.
Desire and willingness to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of an institution, its key stakeholders, audiences and partners, and to communicate in a professional manner to all levels of leadership across disciplines.
Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines while maintaining high quality.
Agency experience is preferred.
A portfolio of web/digital design work is a prerequisite for the position.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal and education records check satisfactory to Brown.
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Office of University Communications
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Internal Number: REQ147557
About Brown University
Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.