Front-End Visual Developer

Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society


Overview:  C&EN

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism from around the world of chemistry. It is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline, and is widely considered one of the major benefits of membership. C&EN’s weekly magazine reaches more than 155,000 members of ACS in 150 countries, and its website receives more than 13 million page views per year.


We are looking for a talented Front-End Visual Developer to help C&EN's Creative team elevate our journalism through thoughtful product and editorial experience design. You’ll be part of a team of designers, developers, and graphic specialists shaping design strategy, visual identity, and the user experience for C&EN’s website, mobile app, and digital edition. This is a wide-ranging role that will be involved with the full spectrum of our work, including digital storytelling, data visualizations, and product enhancements and development. Through participation on our cross-functional Product team, the ideal candidate will support and innovate our storytelling and user experience through creative uses of front-end code and design acumen.


What you’ll do:

  1. Design, maintain, and code the look and feel of responsive pages on C&EN’s website.
  2. Collaborate with writers and editors to create storytelling experiences.
  3. Brainstorm and pitch ideas for new storytelling or interactive treatments or product enhancements.
  4. Create mockups and develop prototypes to communicate ideas or design new features.
  5. Deliver improvements and optimizations to existing features.
  6. Work with other designers and developers to establish  and maintain style guides, standards, and design systems.
  7. Be a constant advocate for an excellent user experience, identifying opportunities to improve users’ experience and take initiative to recommend solutions.
  8. Collaborate with developers, designers, and product leaders as they develop UX-research plans and gather business requirements, prototype new features or improvements to existing components, and develop strategies for testing new design elements.


What you’ll bring:

  1. 5+ years of experience designing digital products.
  2. An eye for visual detail, and a drive for implementing great design through code.
  3. Strong knowledge of the building blocks of modern web development: HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  4. Proficiency with common visual design tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, etc).
  5. Experience mocking up designs and using prototyping tools.
  6. Ability to take a design from a sketch to a finished web page, including iterating and updating designs based upon user needs and stakeholder feedback.
  7. Solid understanding of UX fundamentals.
  8. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to describe your ideas, brainstorm with a group, and draw out feedback from colleagues.
  9. A problem-solving mindset and a knack for troubleshooting.
  10. Experience handling multiple projects and meeting tight production deadlines as well as flexibility for last-minute changes.
  11. Experience in media, journalism, or publishing, with an emphasis on creating digital experiences that support storytelling is a big plus.
  12. Familiarity with Adobe Experience Manager is a big plus. Our newsroom uses Adobe Experience Manager as its content management system.
  13. Familiarity with JAVA is a plus.


About working at C&EN:

ACS believes in the strength of diversity in all its forms, because inclusion of and respect for diverse people, experiences, and ideas lead to superior solutions to world challenges and advance chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science. In turn, C&EN believes that to meet its mission to be the world’s go-to source of news about chemistry, our reporting and our newsroom must include diverse perspectives. Therefore, we strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically marginalized communities in the chemical sciences to apply.


How to apply:

Please include a link to your portfolio in your résumé. If you don't have a portfolio, please include links or screenshots of projects you've worked on and describe how you contributed to them. Tell us in a cover letter what you can bring to this position. We know there are great candidates who won't fit everything we've described above, or who have important skills we haven't thought of. If that's you, don't hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.


Job Location: Washington, DC based. Relocation assistance and flexible work arrangements available.



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