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Harvard University UI Designer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

52741BRAuto req ID:52741BRJob Code:I1657P IT User Experience Prof III Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:UI DesignerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in new media design, interactive design, biomedical visualization or another visualization discipline preferred.

  • In-depth knowledge of design principles coupled with industry standards and trends in UI/UX design, interaction design patterns, and cross-platform responsive design required.

  • Experience developing visual material for learning (e.g. museum exhibits, educational games, explorables) and experience working with faculty or other subject matter experts are a plus.

  • Experience creating online learning materials and knowledge of adult-learning theory are a plus.

  • Experience with clear presentation of data sets is a plus.

  • A background in the sciences is preferred, and a curiosity for delving into and understanding medical topics as needed for developing effective visual communication solutions is required.

  • Must be highly organized, intensely detail-oriented, flexible, and able to manage time well to handle multiple projects and deadlines.

  • Experience creating digital marketing materials, including for social media platforms, is a plus.

  • Familiarity with WordPress theming is a plus.

  • Demonstration of awards for past interactive design is a plus.

  • Submission of a portfolio that demonstrates mastery of the above is required, including published client work and work that demonstrates how good design enhances learning.

  • The ideal candidate will have outstanding visual design skills along with a strong understanding of web-based technologies and the ability to communicate seamlessly with developers as well as experiment with code.

Additional Information:Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.Department:HMXPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentitySchedule:40 hours/week | Monday-Friday | 9:00am to 6:00pmJob Function:Information Technology School/Unit:Harvard Medical School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary:

Independently provide a range of user experience services and consultation for a unit or school.

Typical Core Duties:

  • Conduct complex design activities and projects that integrate research results, design requirements, and University requirements

  • Participate in multidisciplinary projects with accountability for design development

  • Identify and resolve problems and provide advice

  • Contribute to the improvement of user experience standards and best practices

  • Present UX research and design recommendations

  • Provide UX training to colleagues and clients

  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Certificates and Licenses:

  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office setting

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

The UI Designer is responsible for designing and implementing interactive UI elements and UX experiences to enhance the usability of the HMX online learning platform and partner-facing dashboards, and for designing, wireframing, prototyping, and user testing cutting edge interactive web-based learning experiences.

Under the direction of the Director of Creative Media and working with other members of the HMX team, the UI Designer will bring world-class visual design sensibilities and user-experience principles to the table and will create unique and engaging online educational materials that are beautiful, intuitive, and illuminating. Responsibilities include the presentation of online learning data in interactive digital interfaces. Competitive analysis, user research, and persona creation tasks will be minimal.

You may be right for this position if:

  • You are passionate about the roles visual design, usability principles, and information organization play in shaping a unique educational experience.

  • You are knowledgeable about UI design patterns, design systems, and current trends in interaction design and are eager to apply them to high-end educational media.

  • You are sufficiently comfortable working with html, css, and javascript to anticipate successful design approaches and to collaborate closely with a front end developer who will bring the designs to life in the production environment.

  • You are energized by working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with world-class faculty and a small team of visual media, technology, and curricular experts—including giving and receiving feedback.

  • You have a knack for presenting data in a way that extends beyond pie charts and bar graphs and enhances insights.

  • You are curious. You have a love of learning and a passion for problem-solving.

  • You are able to maintain creative excellence while prioritizing the teaching objectives of this educational material.

  • HMX is an educational initiative at Harvard Medical School dedicated to creating fully online courses on foundational and advanced topics in medicine. These courses are led by Harvard Medical School faculty, working in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of experts in biomedical visualization, assessment, and the science of learning. The instruction is based on principles derived from educational research to improve learning and retention, and relies on best practices in scientific visualization.

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