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UX Designer (contract)

The ASSISTments Foundation is seeking a junior/mid-level designer for a contract position designing reports and workflows for the ASSISTments platform. The UX Designer will support the next phase of development of a web-based educational technology application intended for millions of students and teachers, improving the future of teaching and learning. This position reports to the VP of Product while also collaborating with our Product Owner, Lead Product Designer, software engineers and various departments across the organization. We are looking for someone who enjoys working in a start-up environment where innovation and harnessing new ideas are table stakes for success.  

The ASSISTments Foundation is currently a small and nimble staff of 14 (and growing) and we share priorities and collaborate with The ASSISTments Project at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where there are approximately 10 staff members and a dozen graduate students who work solely on the ASSISTments project. The ASSISTments platform has been in use by researchers and teachers for many years, but very recently, we’ve skyrocketed our efforts to enhance our product and expand our teacher user base while also improving their experience. 

Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with ASSISTments’ Lead Product Designer, design a variety of reports and workflows for our flagship ASSISTments platform. 
  • Represent the design scope of the work and collaborate closely with the VP of Product to ensure design activities are aligned with business needs, organizational goals, and project schedule
  • Working largely within an existing visual design system and styles to, develop, execute and iterate on various design mockups and storyboards representing intended designs.
  • Present and advocate for designs and design decisions.
  • Conduct user interviews and usability tests as appropriate.

Desired Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of UX, UI and/or web application design experience or similar. 
  • Ability to generate creative solutions that bring simplicity and user friendliness to complex design roadblocks and to iterate designs and solutions efficiently and intelligently
  • Ability to function as a UX generalist contributing to all specialized design disciplines including: information architecture, visual design, user research and testing
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to articulately describe design decisions with appropriate data, best practices etc.
  • A solid grasp of user-centered design (UCD), planning and conducting user research, user testing, A/B testing, rapid prototyping, heuristic analysis, usability and accessibility concerns
  • Experience creating mockups in Figma. Basic HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript skills are a plus
  • Experience working within an Agile (Scrum) product management environment
  • Strong portfolio to be presented during an interview

This is a minimum 3-month, temporary position with the possibility of both extension and conversion to permanent. At present we are a 100% remote organization and for at least the duration of the contract, fully remote work would be the expectation. Please take some time to learn more about The ASSISTments Foundation as well as the ASSISTments platform.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, The ASSISTments Foundation seeks not just to accept difference - but to celebrate, support and thrive on it for the benefit of our staff, our product and our community. Employment is based solely on someone’s merit and qualifications directly related to their professional competence. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or related condition (including breastfeeding), or any other basis protected by law. The law aside, we also do this because we believe it’s the right way to treat people. 

To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter (both required), as well as a portfolio, if applicable to Careers@assistments.org. We seek to recruit a diverse pool of candidates, therefore, we also invite you to submit this optional self-identification form along with your application.