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Usability Specialist

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The Usability Specialist guides user interface design activities; translates business requirements into structured system design using appropriate design methodologies in close cooperation with Business Analysts and business customers; employs standard usability principles in the design and development phase of a user interface; works closely with graphic designers to determine the layout of an interface; ensures that interface design is consistent with principles of quality usability design; measures the ease of use of interfaces and how well interfaces meet business goals; identifies critical usability considerations; contributes to user interface design strategies and methodologies. The Usability Specialist will provide technical leadership and will provide positive influence across multiple projects to implement and advocate user-centered design. This will include performing the following tasks and duties: develop wireframes and visual prototypes based upon user and business requirements; review, evaluate, and test development and production interfaces for ease-of-use, comprehension, navigation, and usability principles; design and develop user tasks to use in and conduct usability tests to create recommendations to improve interfaces; perform heuristic reviews of interfaces to create recommendations for improvement.

Skills Required:
. Must have at least 5 years of IT experience with a minimum of 3 years experience as a formal usability specialist creating user-centered application design via wireframe specifications and usability evaluations. . 2+ years experience creating high and low fidelity prototypes . 2+ years experience conducting usability tests . experience with focus group facilitation. . Must have strong analytic and problem solving / troubleshooting skills, and be able to quickly learn new technology areas and provide implementation framework for the development teams. . Must have excellent communication skills, be a great team player and be able to work with distributed global teams with different technical backgrounds. . Ability to explain and advocate usability and user-centered design within the organization . Ability to work with difficult customers and in stressful situations . Applicants should demonstrate a passion for usability and be familiar with multiple authors/principles on the subject.

Experience Preferred:
iRise expertise Familiarity with Project Plans Experience working as part of a global team We are looking for degreed usability specialist (Masters Degree preferred) with formal usability experience. We are not looking for web designers/developers who have applied usability as part of their web design work.

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