Position: Information Architect / ARTstor / Full-time / New York, New York

16 Mar 2009 - 9:38am
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Jeremy Stynes

Institution: ARTstor (non-profit)
Location: New York, New York
Title: Information Architect
Duration: FTE

ARTstor is seeking a full-time, mid-level Information Architect who
will work on new development initiatives and platform enhancements
for ARTstor — a digital image library of nearly one million images
used for research and educational purposes at institutions worldwide.
The Information Architect is responsible for developing user
experience documentation, such as personas, site requirements, site
maps, transaction flows, schematics, paper prototypes, navigation
models, and wireframes. A firm understanding of user-centered design
processes and a desire to learn new skills are crucial to success in
this role.

As a key member of the User Services team, the Information Architect
will work actively in cross-unit functional groups to inform the
development of ARTstor online environments including the ARTstor
public website, the ARTstor digital library, ARTstor communication
vehicles in electronic formats (currently the ARTstor blog and wiki),
and others as they evolve over time. Working under the User Experience
Strategist, the Information Architect will work on a variety of
projects varying in size and complexity to produce high-quality
solutions utilizing industry standards and best practices. The
Information Architect will have the ability to work closely with
project managers, programmers, designers, quality assurance
specialists, other interface professionals, and all ARTstor business
units as needed


The Information Architect will work closely with other ARTstor units,
in particular the User Services and Technology teams. Specific
responsibilities include:

• Collaborate with the user researchers and stakeholders to identify
and understand both business and user needs.

• Participate in conceptual development with project teams.

• Develop project feature sets and functional requirements.

• Work collaboratively with User Experience Strategist and
consultants to develop interface solutions.

• Scope, develop and understand technical requirements with the
assistance from Technology department.

• Visualize concepts quickly and cleanly through sketching and other
rapid prototyping methods.

• Document feature behavior in detail using: user personas,
storyboards, wireframes, concise site maps, transaction flows,
diagrams and interface schematics.

• Contribute to iterative refinement throughout the design and
development process.

• Present, clearly and concisely, various stages of interface design

• Work collaboratively with interface engineers to define page types
and templates for production.

• Ensure that progress is made in a timely and efficient manner.

• Work closely with software developers and quality assurance staff
during implementation and testing.


The Information Architect should be energetic and flexible, should
have strong personal and communication skills, have the ability to
work closely with a small dedicated team in a fast-paced environment,
and should be committed to the delivery of high-quality service to
users in the educational and arts community. Candidate should be able
to work independently and in a self-directed manner and demonstrate
ability to work cooperatively with professional staff members in all
sectors, internally and externally.


• Experience applying a variety of UX methods and techniques, such as
interaction design, information architecture, usability, user
research, and information design.

• Experience with prototyping tools.

• Experience working with information architects, programmers,
designers, metadata and imaging specialists.
• Web design experience.

• Familiarity with web standards and accessibility.

• Excellent communication skills — oral, written, listening,

• Proven ability to multi-task and to be extremely well organized.

• Undergraduate or graduate degree in human factors, human computer
interaction, graphic design, technology, and/or user experience
related fields.

• 2 years experience designing and documenting applications or
large-scale web-based applications, involving detailed design
schematics and business rules. (preferably within a creative team)

• Familiarity with usability heuristics and relevant HCI literature.

• Ability to research, understand and organize specialized content.

• Proficiency in one or more of the following: Adobe InDesign, Adobe
Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Visio, HTML, Dreamweaver.


• Experience working in an agile development process.

• Competency in CSS, JavaScript.

• Familiarity with client and server side development using various
technologies including Java, Ruby on Rails, and AJAX.


ARTstor is a non-profit whose mission is to use digital technology to
enhance scholarship, teaching and learning in the arts and associated
fields. ARTstor serves a community of not-for-profit research
institutions in the United States, including colleges, universities,
secondary schools, public libraries, and museums, as well as the
international not-for-profit research community.

As part of a community-wide effort to further this goal, ARTstor will
build, continually develop and distribute a digital library of images
and related information that aims to serve the needs of researchers,
teachers and students. ARTstor will work closely with both providers
and users of content from educational and cultural institutions
around the world to construct a non-profit, public utility.

ARTstor is an equal opportunity employer. ARTstor offers a
competitive salary, excellent benefits and a collegial working
environment. Nominations and applications, including a cover letter,
resume and salary history, should be emailed to:
infoarchitect at artstor.org.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No
telephone calls please.

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