[JOB] Senior Interaction Designer ; North Hollywood, CA, Disney Interactive Media Group, Full Time

10 Sep 2008 - 6:08pm
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Jeff Pearce
2008

Hello all,

We are looking for a Senior Interaction Designer to take on a position
of leadership and influence within a large, busy team, building websites
and web products for Moms and Dads. In addition to have strong
experience documenting interactions for web or software, this person
should have experience in or working with a wide variety of web
development disciplines. This person will take projects, large and
small, and move them from idea to scope to wireframe to functional
requirements, and protect the integrity of the user experience as the
project moves through design, development, QA and launch. This person
is expected to have significant impact on our product offering, which
hopes to improve the lives of moms and dads in meaningful ways.

This position is located in North Hollywood, CA. Candidates should reply
with their resumes & portfolio links or work samples.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Jeff Pearce

Jeff Pearce

Talent Acquisition Sourcer

Disney Interactive Media Group

Jeff.X.Pearce.-ND at disney.com <mailto:Jeff.X.Pearce.-ND at disney.com>

516-792-6274 (home office)

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Department: Family.com

Position: Senior Interaction Designer

POSITION SUMMARY

We are looking for a Senior Interaction Designer to take on a position
of leadership and influence within a large, busy team, building websites
and web products for Moms and Dads. In addition to have strong
experience documenting interactions for web or software, this person
should have experience in or working with a wide variety of web
development disciplines. This person will take projects, large and
small, and move them from idea to scope to wireframe to functional
requirements, and protect the integrity of the user experience as the
project moves through design, development, QA and launch. This person
is expected to have significant impact on our product offering, which
hopes to improve the lives of moms and dads in meaningful ways.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Task

Initiate analysis of site features and oversee optimization
efforts.Based on research, analysis and competitive review, initiate
ideas achievable for improvements Substantiate improvement
recommendation with analysis and projections for improvements in key
metrics

Help design, conduct and interpret usability research

Respond to innovation ideas from the team, assisting and guiding
strategic thought

Generate wireframes, site maps & user flows, quickly and reliably

* Wireframes should provide basis for documentation for all
aspects of a product, including: Content management, editorial calendar,
art production and maintenance, information architecture, display logic,
error states
* Wireframes should be appropriate to the stage of production:
Initial buy-in, proof of concept, scope definition, requirements for
developers and designers

Procure buy-in with stakeholders early and often

Synthesize feedback from stakeholders & director with grace and
creativity

During development, respond to day-to-day, minute-to-minute questions
from artists, developers & project managers.

During QA, participate heavily in bug finding, and documentation of
improvements and clarifications

Manage tasks, develop talents of 1 - 2 Interaction Designers

QUALIFICATIONS FOR POSITION

* 7+ years of experience in online product development
* Bachelor's degree required
* Experience creating wireframes
* Experience writing functional descriptions
* Experience interfacing with design, editorial & technology about
building and maintaining websites
* Experience on products that cater to unique needs Moms
* Experience working with Junior level interaction designers,
developing their skills and potential

SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED

* A passionate advocate for our mom audience, putting personal
bias aside if it conflicts with the evident preferences of the audience.
* Builds consensus around the solutions that best serve the needs
of our audience
* Places Compassion, empathy, and common sense as the cornerstone
of good usability
* Ability to step outside of yourself and into the shoes of an
audience member - in our case, moms & dads
* Adept at cutting through the clutter or information and focus on
what's most important
* Appreciation of, dedication to the elegance of simplicity
* Devotion to efficiency in design, process and communication
* Incline toward systems thinking, seeing things in detail,
grasping how the details fit together in the larger picture
* Places importance on reputation as a helpful team member
* Subtle understanding of the differences between audience
communication needs, including users and stakeholders
* Fluency in the languages of different stakeholders - including
developers, designers, editors and business.

RELATIONSHIPS AND CONTACTS

Specify title, level of contacts
Frequency, nature

Internal:

VP & Directors of Family group, Senior Producers, Project managers,
Developers, Art Directors, Designers

Daily meetings, phone calls email

External:

Usability vendors and Research providers, other interaction designers
within Disney

Monthly, meetings, phone, email

Specify title, name
Location

Reports to:

Director, User Interface Design & Community

North Hollywood, CA

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