Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.
The Office of University Communications and External Relations is seeking a Senior UX/UI Designer and Front-end Developer to take a leading role in defining the user experience, information architecture, and visual design requirements on some of Stanford's highest impact communications channels, including stanford.edu and news.stanford.edu. We are currently implementing a new tech stack to include DXP features and syndication of content across campus web properties regardless of origin CMS. In this position, you will be influential in determining the systems to be employed, having an impact on our web presence for years to come.
This is a new role that reports to the Director of Web Technologies on University Communications' Digital Strategy team. As Senior UX/UI Designer and Front-end Developer, you would:
Be the primary advocate for our users and stakeholders, continually improving their experience with our major institutional communications channels.
Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to establish an ongoing user research strategy, leading and conducting user research, creating personas, and identifying required tasks and information flows for given systems.
Define, design, and test full products to ensure designs are aligned with user needs, underlying technology, and Stanford's online accessibility policies.
Create and maintain relevant design artifacts, including, but not limited to, information architecture, requirements, personas, designs, wireframes, high-resolution and interactive mockups, and data flows.
Lead and create graphic, visual, and interactive design or work with specialists to merge these into the user interface.
Design, conduct, and report on usability testing for applications during the development lifecycle.
Maintain an understanding of evolving industry standards, trends, and best practices. Identify opportunities to refine existing capabilities and leverage new capabilities.
Analyze metrics and user feedback to identify issues and opportunities for improvement; partner 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.
Provide thought leadership and best practices to campus partners in these areas.
Other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and five years of experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to define UX vision and to execute against it.
Defining and leading user research, user testing, usability testing, and analysis.
Advanced knowledge of computer systems, business processes, and technical workflows.
Experience in designing and developing web applications using current web technologies such as ES6, Babel, SASS, and webpack.
Experience creating and maintaining digital assets such as interface design files, wireframes, and interactive mockups using design and prototyping tools.
Experience with 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 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.
Proven problem solving and analytical thinking and ability to approach problems logically and systematically.
Ability to collaborate effectively in multidisciplinary teams and on projects with a diverse array of stakeholders and senior leadership.
* - 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 the 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 University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Why Stanford is for You:
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Additional Information
Location: Office of University Communications, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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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 dedicated 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, 12000 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 is an equal empl...oyment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.