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Sr. User Experience Designer (Remote)

Employer
Northwest Evaluation Association
Location
Portland, OR, US
Salary
Competitive
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Description

Senior User Experience Designer - Remote

Note: This role has an option to be fully remote. fully remote role. The successful candidate may work from any location within the United States. Necessary equipment will be provided by NWEA.

A portfolio submitted to the hiring committee that highlights multiple projects and direct contributions is part of the application process.

Position Summary

At NWEA, we believe in K-12 students and the teachers, administrators, families, and caregivers who

make education possible. Drawing on more than 40 years' experience and a wealth of powerful data, our vision is to transform education by empowering students and teachers. NWEA is seeking a creative Sr. User Experience (UX) Designer for a full-time position within our District Experience design team.

The Senior User Experience Designer at NWEA is responsible for helping to establish a user experience strategy to meet NWEA's mission. In this role, you will employ proven user-centered design methodologies with a focus on diversity and inclusion to identify and define targeted audience segments, their goals, tasks, and criteria for success within a product area. You will organize content into user- centric categories, create navigational structures and relevant UX artifacts, and determine interface requirements that support the task and information needs of our partners. You will provide mentorship and oversight of the day-to-day work produced by the UX Designer role. This position works closely with other District Design Leads, UX Designers, Product Managers, and agile team members to design the overall functionality of our products.

Responsibilities
  • Lead the design of user experiences in accordance with best practices, inclusive design, and

accessibility concepts to satisfy partner and business requirements.
  • Own the overall end-to-end user experience-from the big picture (owning the overall user

experience and consistency across an entire product) down to the specifics of UI layout for a

feature or service flow.
  • Work closely with business analysts, UX researchers, product managers, and partner user

groups to ensure that UX requirements and objectives are met.
  • Participate in and support user research, plan, and conduct UX workshops, and conduct usability

tests.
  • Participate in executing the overall UX strategy, select and manage tools, and integrate UX

design into the product life cycle.
  • Advocate for the prioritization of design-centered changes, refinements, and improvements

when applicable.
  • Lead the design of NWEA Design System artifacts and collaborate with developers on the

creation and adoption of the Design System.
  • Places user impact at the forefront of the process when it comes to design decisions.
  • Proactively manage your work queue by communicating timelines, expectations, and trade-

offs when deadlines cannot be met.

Skills and Abilities
  • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and an ability to execute,
  • articulate, and advocate for these outcomes in your designs.
  • Ability to conceptualize the abstract, design -concepts, into tangible designs artifacts like journey
  • maps, wireframes, prototypes, etc.
  • Strong facilitation, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate strategic and systems thinking skills at several levels of magnification.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex concepts across different audiences and varying levels of
  • the organization to influence product design strategy.
  • Ability to recognize your own bias in the design process and speak directly to customer
  • feedback/insights.
  • Ability to prioritize user feedback based on business realities and changing market situations
  • An ego-free approach when it comes to design, collaboration, and iteration.
  • Experience working on design system.
  • Knowledge of HTML and other web technologies is a plus.

Competencies
  • Instills trust: Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • Communicates effectively: Develops and delivers multimode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of diverse audiences.
  • Customer-focused: Builds strong customer relationships and delivers customer-centric solutions.
  • Drives results: Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances.

Education and Experience
  • Minimum bachelor's degree in HCI, human factors, information design, web design, or related

field, or comparable experience in the industry. An equivalent combination of education and

experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Four to five years of experience in documenting and creating design solutions for a complex

application or service to meet business requirements and objectives.
  • Knowledge and experience with designing and writing requirements for accessibility compliance

(Section 508, WCAG 2.2, AA) is a plus.
  • Proficiency in designing and prototyping with tools such as Sketch, Freehand, Figma, and InVision

About Us

NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency-and provide timely data to help tailor instruction. For more than 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K-12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. More than 11 million students in 146 countries use our solutions to support their learning and growth each year.

What We Can Offer You...

At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees' base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities. an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees' holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.

NWEA strives to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices the center of our work. Our organization's mission, Partnering to Help All Kids Learn, is the foundation for our DEIA commitment as we work to reflect, value, and support the educators, students, colleagues, and communities we serve. We seek to empower and engage all stakeholders in the research, services, solutions, and products we provide, our organizational culture, and the partnerships we establish with schools, districts, states, and countries.

NWEA endeavors to make www.nwea.orgaccessible to all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please call us at (503) 624-1951 or e-mail us at [email protected] and let us know the nature of your request, your location, and your contact information. This is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

NWEA is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For our EEO Policy Statement, please visit our website. If you would like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please visit the EEOC website
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