Essential Job Duties:
*This is a Time Limited Position – Contingent upon Grant Funding* The SUDDS research group, under the direction of Dr. Jere Confrey, is building a digital learning system consisting of a learning map, a work-space with open-ed resources, a set of diagnostic and other assessments, and an underlying analytics system. The team is collaborating with middle grades teachers and administrators to refine a tool for middle grades that can tell what a student needs to learn, ways they can learn it and evaluate if they have learned it. The software must be delivered on schedule to serve the needs of the partner research-site schools. The team is conducting federally-funded research with users to understand how they see and interpret user interfaces, how they use and interpret the information gained from the tool, and how they use and interpret data reports to students, teachers and others. The Visual Designer is primarily responsible for inventing visual ways to assist learners in moving around in a conceptual space, making choices, and seeing progress within personalized learning contexts. S/He will be defining, together with the engineer, the information architecture and web interaction, and be primarily responsible for the polished user interface of our product across multiple devices and screen sizes. An advocate for user-centered design, this individual has a unique talent for inspiring the teams with cutting edge UI patterns and innovations. The ideal candidate will have documented experience working with adolescents, thrive in a highly collaborative environment, be eager to apply Agile and Lean UX techniques while working alongside software engineers, assessment and domain specialists, to designing innovative solutions with rich visual elements They will perform the following duties: Primary duties include: • Conduct user research to understand user needs & requirements, and to validate design decisions • Work with stakeholders to help refine user requirements, create wireframes, and inform the visual design of web and mobile applications • Create user interface implementation specs for the team (UI Specifications) • Partner with engineers during development sprints to iterate on design • Meet complex design challenges with interface solutions with other team members • Work closely with back-end developers to ensure that products are being implemented to spec, and to find ways to push the limits of existing technologies
Other Special Projects as assigned.
Associate's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related discipline and one year of experience in the information technology field related to the area of assignment; or bachelor's degree and one year of experience in the information technology field related to the area of assignment; or bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related discipline; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Departmental Required Skills:
• Previous design experience in UI solutions for mobile and/or web products • Demonstrated previous experience of interaction and visual design • Experience with storyboarding, user persona development, designing user/process flow diagrams, sketches, wireframes, click-through demos, or prototypes, or a combination thereof • Proficiency with design and prototyping tools such as Adobe Creative Suite, Invision, OmniGraffle, Balsamiq, Photoshop, Illustrator etc. or some combination • Basic understanding through high school mathematics of school content • Intermediate understanding of HTML/CSS, with direct experience optimizing design concepts around these technologies • Understanding of user research activities, such as interviews and usability testing, and their role in informing design decisions • Previous visual and graphic design experience with an emphasis on user experience (youth and adult learners) and interactive design
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design or Interaction Design, related field or equivalent work experience required • Web-based portfolio demonstrating outstanding interaction and visual design • Knowledge of Agile methodologies and experience working in a highly collaborative, agile environment • Strong application design skills, including information architecture, interface design and visual design • Ability to understand and interpret existing site design, mobile design, and style guides to inform your work • Minimum 2–5 years’ design experience in UI solutions for mobile and/or web products • Advanced proficiency with design and prototyping tools such as Adobe Creative Suite,Invision OmniGraffle, Balsamiq, Photoshop, Illustrator etc. or some combination • Minimum of 2 years previous visual and graphic design experience with an emphasis on user experience and interactive design • Strong technical aptitude, product common sense, and curiosity combined with a genuine love for products, people, and user experience • Highly collaborative, ability to perform in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
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About the Department/Unit:
The College of Education at NC State leads the way in North Carolina in transforming lives, schools, and communities through the professionals we prepare, the research we conduct, and the communities we engage. Driven by its land-grant mission, the College’s purpose is to improve educational outcomes for all learners across the state and beyond. With approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students and a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, the College offers an ideal educational setting where students are involved in a highly-engaged and personalized academic experience within a large research university. The rich multicultural mix of students enrolled in the College of Education has higher SAT scores than national and state averages for education students. Teacher education graduates have been recognized for showing the highest documented positive effects on student learning across the state, and the college is known for its use of innovative technologies as well as for developing a leadership pipeline for K-12 schools and community college. The college is composed of three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, with approximately 100 faculty members and 75 support and professional staff. The SUDDS (Scaling Up Digital Design Studies) team seeks to create a unique partnership among practitioners, publishers, technological producers, and university researchers to produce illustrative cutting-edge materials while simultaneously preparing the next generation of digital educational authors and inventors.
NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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