West Virginia University Libraries is seeking applicants for a User Interface Designer (Professional Technologist 3.294). This position reports to the Head of Digital and Web Services in WVU Libraries and works as part of the Systems Development unit and with the Library Web Team. This position designs user interfaces for the WVU Libraries websites, web applications, digital collections, and other web-based resources, developing and conducting usability testing as part of a collaborative environment consisting of library, university, and community stakeholders. The designer has a strong commitment to user-centered services, improving user experience, web accessibility, and service excellence. This position develops and conducts usability testing, evaluating and visualizing the results. The designer communicates results and makes recommendations to improve digital collections, web applications, websites, and services based on both usability testing data and market research. The designer works collaboratively with library faculty and staff to use the information gathered through testing to design user-friendly and intuitive interfaces.
In order to be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will:
Create digital collections and websites that adhere to WVU University Relations standards, as well as web standards for accessibility, compatibility, performance, search engine optimization, responsiveness, and content management sustainability.
Conduct design research for incremental development and redesign for WVU Libraries digital collections and websites.
Work as part of the Libraries' Systems Development unit to design, develop, maintain and improve web application user interfaces
Propose and implement user interface enhancements and updates to improve accessibility, compatibility, performance and responsiveness based on market research and usability testing.
Design, develop, and work in a shared/version-controlled development and deployment environment with content specialists, designers, and developers.
Design, conduct ongoing market research, and usability studies using best practices and research ethics as an integrated part of the design process including surveys for incremental improvements to WVU Libraries websites.
Research usability issues for digital collections, websites, and web applications.
Conduct patron and staff side usability testing to enhance patron experience as well as staff side workflows.
Meet and work collaboratively across the libraries and university providing design services and issues related to user experience groups.
Supervise design, social media, and web design graduate assistants and/or student workers.
Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design or Related Field. Master's degree in Graphic Design, Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience Design (preferred)
Four (4) years of experience with:
Web design and development
Two (2) years of usability testing (or combination of education and experience).
Experience with service design, photography and video editing.
Experience designing HTML emails for communication and marketing.
Experience with usability scales and tests with TechSmith Morae.
Experience using PHP and Ruby.
Experience with data visualization and presentation, designing responsive web applications, and design management and group facilitation.
UX Certification by internationally-recognized group
Experience using component-based systems and modern tooling to generate production CSS/JS.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans
Job Posting: Oct 9, 2019
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 187902
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.