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User Experience Architect

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VA Interactive Agency looking for a UX Designer for a 6 month contract (possible extension)
Description

The Experience Architect is responsible for performing a lead role in the content and interaction design efforts for company's client applications and large-scaled websites.

Responsibilities

Serve as a user experience/content lead by gathering requirements based on existing business processes, goals, and user needs, by managing small UX teams, and by building consensus through strong communication, work, and client management
Research and analyze the competitive landscape and make recommendations relating to website organization and information hierarchy
Convey strategy by conducting collaborative workshops, using web analytic programs, and clearly explaining UX deliverables
Lead content strategy efforts and the creation of deliverables that include content audits, content requirements, migration planning and content matrices, and editorial briefs
Create UX deliverables: task analyses, UI documents, user interaction models, information architecture diagrams, targeted conceptual mock-ups and prototypes, design briefs, design specs and guidelines, cms object models and screen flows with little direction
Support Sales through representing User Experience, conveying strategy, and by thinking and reacting quickly
Support the proposal process by creating strategy and clearly defining this in a proposal
Collaborate with the internal creative and technical teams to ensure that website and application designs meet both client and end user needs
Communicate updates to the project leads and or client on the progression of projects including setting clear expectations
Ensure deliverables are on time and in budget
Manage multiple deadlines and work with project managers to scope project tasks and levels of effort as they pertain to a project or deliverable for you and any team you’re managing
Innovate new company deliverables as projects require
Perform other duties as assigned


Requirements for our Experience Architect:

Education: Pref. Master’s degree in HCI, computer science, or web design
Experience: Five years experience in human factors, user interface design and information architecture specifically in the Web or Web-based application arena.

Excellent client-facing consultative skills including the ability to lead clients, drive best practices, negotiate, and set clear expectations
User focused, highly motivated, organized, able to multi-task, and work under tight deadlines
Knowledge of user-centered design principles, information architecture, and information design
Ability to analyze business requirements to define and improve applications and business processes
Understanding of social networking and its features
Ability to think beyond the deliverables.
Ability to understand business metrics and view organizational needs with the goal of helping the client enhance ROI.
Strong analytical skills supported with appropriate data.
Experience evolving the Web presence of large-scale websites, large-scale media websites and web applications
Strong understanding of industry tools for generating flow diagrams, user interface diagrams, and specifications
Familiarity with e-Commerce best practices, non-profit and associations, CMS as it pertains to user experience, and Web analytics a plus

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