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UX Architect/ Interaction Designer

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UX Architect/Interaction Designer needed for a 1+ year long contract job opportunity. As a key member of the UX Team, the Interaction Designer/ UX Architect will be responsible for developing exceptional user experiences that achieve business goals and exceed customer expectations across a wide range of web and mobile experiences. A firm understanding of User-Centered design processes and Interaction Design principles is crucial for success.

As the Information/Experience Architect, you will:
• Design efficient and user-friendly interactive digital products to support the way people communicate and interact with our client in their everyday and working lives
• Advance and support business needs by maximizing the value of our digital assets
• Employ user-centered design principles from several fields including psychology, engineering, anthropology, informatics and more to assure quality human - computer interactions
• Deliver the artifacts necessary to contribute to a robust Agile development cycle, including annotated sketches, low fidelity comps/wireframes, user and transaction flows, site maps, prototypes and navigation models
• Collaborate with leading design agencies, user-research firms and teams across the organization to focus on integrating best practices in usability, analytics, accessibility, responsive design, social media marketing, cross-platform strategy and Agile development
• Deploy a diverse skill set including the abilities to understand complex business goals, product and technical content, interaction design, and brand strategy in order to create engaging, effective and accessible experiences for our wide range of customers
• Create the Information Architecture and Interaction Design for a large consumer-facing transactional, informational, and marketing website
• Develop high-level and/or detailed user scenarios, wireframes and prototypes to effectively communicate design ideas
• Understand target audiences' needs, tasks, and goals and translating them into creative concepts and functional components
• Participate in immersive user research, concept testing, and usability testing
• Participate in the development of user personas and scenarios to clarify results of user research and focus the team's design efforts on the needs of key users
• Collaborate on the development of prototypes for demonstration of concepts to clients
• Conduct competitive audits and market research

Requirements:
• At least 7 years of experience as an Information Architect, User Experience Designer/Architect, User Interface Designer, or Interaction Designer. Lead positions are available for those with more experience
• Bachelor's degree in Human-Computer Interaction or similar field
• A portfolio that demonstrates the ability to strategically create compelling user experiences that factor in business goals, development capabilities, design standards and user needs
• Strong understanding of interaction design principles and current global UI/design pattern standards
• Passion for designing solutions for complex business rules to create simple experience solutions that meet the needs of diverse user groups
• Demonstrated experience in influencing stakeholders, and developing and executing big ideas while maintaining collaborative working relationships
• Ability to make strategic decisions and mitigate risk in order to produce timely, high-quality deliverables under suboptimal conditions
• Significant experience designing with business, technical and design guideline constraints
• Experience in working on multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to adapt existing processes and deliverables when necessary to meet project needs and improve efficiency and quality
• Ability to work with business partners to determine business strategy in the digital arena
• Demonstrated ability to design complex transactional user interfaces and interactions for web, mobile and cross channel experiences
• Experience creating conceptual models, site maps, interaction flows, design patterns, UI specifications, taxonomies and metadata frameworks
• Demonstrated experience conducting or participating in user research and translating user research into design decisions
• Ability to track and predict industry trends
• Ability to define research criteria and lead research efforts
• Experience creating interactive prototypes (e.g., Dreamweaver, Axure, Flash)

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