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Senior UX Designer

Reston, VA 20190

Posted: 05/22/2024 Employment Type: Contract Job Category: UI/UX Job Number: 617382 Country: United States Is job remote?: Yes

Job Description

Location: Remote (EST preferred) 
Pay Rate: up $70.00/hour (DOE)
Duration: 6 Months (likely to extend) 

Planet Interactive's client in the Education Administration Programs space is seeking a Senior UX Designer that is highly skilled, motivated, and passionate about visual design, UX, and research This is a REMOTE 6-month assignment starting in June 2024! 

Senior UX Designer will help bring the clients vision to life. You will bring your deep knowledge of mobile app design and help the team to craft visually appealing and intuitive app interfaces, ensuring seamless user experiences on various devices. 

Senior UX Designer Responsibilities:
  • Identify target users and help build hypotheses around user needs for projects.
  • Develop and lead research (generative and evaluative) for your team/products, including leading Continuous Discovery interviews with users and leading our end-user working groups.
  • In addition to research, collect other types of data to inform design decisions/solutions (e.g., surveys, analytics dashboards, accessibility reviews).
  • Lead synthesis sessions with your team, following agile and lean methodologies.
  • Create artifacts to share out design research synthesis and decisions.
  • Create user journeys and flows to capture current and future states of user pathways to influence planning of MVPs and prospective releases.
  • Develop wireframes, interactive prototypes, comps, specifications, and other design documents to communicate design ideas to project teams.
  • Partner with the Accessibility team to ensure designs are compliant. 
  • Create and present concepts/deliverables to your working team and our stakeholders.
  • Conduct handoffs to developers through tools like Figma, FigJam, and Zeplin.
  • Contribute to the UX/UI of our foundational BigFuture design system, standards, patterns, and UI elements.
  • Work collaboratively with our Content, Design and Engineering Team to ensure brand and pattern alignment.
  • Strong communicator who takes initiative in talking to users, presenting in research sessions, and effectively sharing findings with the team and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the team to promote communication and synchronicity in planning across design, product, and engineering.
  • Contribute to the overall design and UX strategy for our product designs, including feeding into and refining a design system to facilitate a unified experience across all our products.
  • Document and present UX/UI and design updates to stakeholders and users.
  • Collaborate and take direction from multiple stakeholders and disciplines to achieve an impactful experience.
  • Participate and be vocal in agile ceremonies to ensure design needs are met.
  • Nurture a culture of user empathy and deep curiosity that enables us to build simple, intuitive products for our customers.
  • Advocate for consistent design processes, methods, core systems, and patterns.
  • Facilitate whiteboarding sessions, workshops, and brainstorms.
  • Self-manage workload and obtain necessary requirements and acceptance criteria needed to complete work.
  • Coordinate with UX Lead, product leads, design team, and engineers to ensure timely delivery of design artifacts.
  • Help foster an environment for collaboration by partnering with business and other creative units to align our visual design approach with project goals, and the client's brand.

Senior UX Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (computer science, interaction design, HCI, industrial design, information science, social sciences, graphic design, etc.) and/or equivalent years of work experience.
  • 5+ years of professional experience of relevant Design experience. 
  • Documented experience in designing for large, content-rich websites and applications; proven solutions that met users’ needs; Experience designing enterprise products is a huge plus.
  • Extensive experience in information design and user scenarios.
  • Knowledge of digital interaction design patterns, web site architecture, user interfaces, and navigation on various platforms (Web, mobile, tablet).
  • Extensive experience designing for mobile apps, you should have a great grasp on best practices, capabilities, and the intricacies between iOS and Android.
  • Familiarity with user-centered research, such as usability testing, contextual inquiry, and field interviews. 
  • Understanding the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social factors that affect design decisions.
  • Familiarity with front-end coding technologies and data modeling is a big plus.
  • Strong communicator with an ability to demonstrate both leadership and understanding with respect to project partners; Self-managing, but also used to working within a team.
  • Possess a ‘Product Design’ mindset, who owns the end-to-end design delivery: from strategy to comps.
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