The SEI helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, computer security, and process improvement. The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. Its core purpose is to help organizations improve software engineering capabilities and develop or acquire the right software, defect-free, within budget and on time, every time.
The UX Design Team at the Office of Chief Information Officer is a group of excellent visual thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. We help the SEI staff understand complex topics, express new ideas, and institute change. We design useful and usable applications and improve business processes to increase organizational performance and help create an enjoyable and inclusive workplace for everyone.
Using human centered design, we:
Obtain data about users' experience,
Analyze and synthesize design research to create human insights,
Validate and evaluate ideas, concepts, and solutions,
Identify meaningful recommendations for improvement, and
Collaborate and iterate with SEI teams to get to the best solution possible.
Do you strive for clarity, order, and understanding? Are you phenomenal at spotting patterns and identifying the essential? Do you take pride in being thorough? If the answer is yes, you will make an excellent addition to our team! As a UX Designer, you will collaborate with coworkers and various teams across the organization to plan and design public and internal websites, applications, and tools. Using design research methods, you will provide understanding of people, context of use, and usability, and be responsible for developing well-thought-out and visually compelling artifacts to communicate information structures, concepts, and processes. As a specialist in UX and human-centered design principles, you will help define and build a culture of UX at the SEI.
Bachelor's degree in design, UX, product development, communication, or related area from an accredited college or university.
Two (2) years of experience in a position that requires a combination of design and technology.
Portfolio that exhibits thoughtful process, strong design artifacts, and excellent visual design and writing skills.
You will be subject to a background check.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Solid knowledge of HCD principles, information architecture, communication design, design research, content strategy, UI design, writing, and visual design.
Simplifying complex data sets to make them intuitive and accessible.
Crafting user interfaces that are rooted in user and business needs.
Crafting design artifacts and presentations that clearly convey a message or concept to a target audience.
Strong communication, writing, planning, organization, and problem-solving skills.
Exceptional attention to detail.
Being an advocate for HCD and the end user, always seeking ways to improve and innovate.
Able to balance great design with delivery dates while working on multiple projects with shifting priorities.
Ability to actively and thoughtfully participate in conversations and thrive in an interdisciplinary work environment that requires independent self-direction, team collaboration, and open communication.
Ability to quickly learn new methods, techniques, and approaches.
Proficiency in Adobe CC, wireframing tools, or equivalent software.
Expertise in one of the following areas: user interface design, interaction design, information architecture, communication design.
Proven ability to research problems, simplify complexity, and develop and communicate new ideas.
Ability to lead strategic conversations that facilitate understanding, empathy, and collaboration across subject areas.
Working knowledge of design research tools (e.g., OptimalWorkshop or Usertesting.com).
Understanding of agile software development practices and lean UX.
Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.
Job Function: Business Operations
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Internal Number: 2015615
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.