User Experience Designer

At Hobsons, education is more than just our business; it's our passion. Since 1974, we have been helping educators, administrators, students, and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Hobsons' personalized learning, academic planning, post-secondary enrollment, and student support solutions serve millions of students across more than 12,000 schools, colleges, and universities around the globe.
User Experience Designer
Job Summary
We currently have an outstanding opportunity for a senior position on the Global UX team, dedicated to Hobsons R&D (Research & Development, to create new product experiences for Hobsons. This includes advocating and leading a user-centered discovery process, serving as a point person for concepts and prototypes that will improve the experience of our products, and providing valuable solutions to students and education professionals. The User Experience Designer serves as an expert across the various disciplines of user experience, including user research, information architecture, interaction design, content, analytics and accessibility.
This position will be located in: Arlington, VA (Clarendon Metro).
Essential Functions/Responsibilities
Work on various projects for the R&D team, designing multiple concepts quickly for early validation and immediate iteration based on findings
Occasionally go offsite or lead sessions with users to understand usability pain points, and quickly document assessments to share with the team
Master understanding of other Naviance product design and functionality in order to keep consistency among our products, but still push forward-thinking suggestions to the rest of the UX and R&D teams
Prototype recommendations in the form of wireframes and high fidelity prototypes as appropriate. Review prototypes with other team members, stakeholders, and clients.
Advocate and conduct user research activities, including usability testing, heuristic evaluations, user interviews and persona development
Lead development and socialization of user archetypes, including personas, or contribute to existing ones as appropriate
Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to understand business and user needs, as well as technical capabilities.
Work with engineering peers through implementation when appropriate to ensure the desired user experience is carried through the development cycle
Serve as UX representative for high profile projects and cross-departmental meetings
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in user experience, interaction design, information architecture or related field, or equivalent years of related experience is required
3-6 years of UX experience with web sites and/or web applications/architectures
Education industry experience preferred
Portfolio, or examples showcasing experience, in planning and creating intuitive digital experiences
Understanding of usability and responsive design best practices
Ability to own and articulate design decisions
Proficiency with prototyping tools such as Sketch, Balsamiq, Axure, InVision, Photoshop
Knowledge with HTML5, CSS a plus
Ability to collaborate with others
Basic understanding of product development and sales cycle
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Our employees are a direct reflection of our business. Diverse and talented, we are passionate about the power of education and proactive in seeking new challenges and innovations.
But the most exciting part of Hobsons is where we are headed. We believe the biggest ideas are yet to come. We are well positioned for the future with a growing workforce, international expansion, increasing revenue, creative thinking and new opportunities.
Hobsons recognizes the importance of taking care of our most valuable assets ? our employees. That's why we not only offer a comprehensive benefits package but also continuously evaluate our offerings to meet the evolving needs of our workforce.
Benefits include (but may vary depending on global location):
Competitive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance Plans
Life and AD&D Insurance
Short-term Disability Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
401(k) Plan
Flexible Spending Accounts
Education Reimbursement
Employee Referral Program
Mental & Emotional Well-being
Substantial Paid Time-off
Generous Holiday Schedule PLUS a company-wide paid winter holiday from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day
Casual Dress Environment
Flexible Work Arrangement Program
In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, we actively foster a corporate culture that rewards employee excellence and encourages community service.
Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.
To learn more about Hobsons, please visit our corporate Web site at www.hobsons.com.
Note: U.S. Citizens and those authorized to work in the U.S. are encouraged to apply. We are unable to sponsor at this time.
Hobsons is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

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