UI/UX/CX Designer

Date: May 20, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

Division and Unit Overview

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top ten peer-reviewed science publishers in the world. The Publications Division of the ACS has all of the characteristics of a medium-sized commercial STM publishing company: its primary competitors for authors, market-share, and talent are Elsevier, Wiley, and Springer/Nature. It is one of two ACS divisions charged with serving a dual function: generating substantial revenue – currently over $200M - to support the Society’s programmatic activities and fulfilling a core mission of the Society by advancing knowledge in the field of chemistry and the chemical enterprise.

 

Position Summary

ACS Publications, by virtue of its products and wide-ranging peer review, touches hundreds of thousands of active researchers. Our focus has been on their research outputs, not the skills and techniques required for researchers to excel professionally. The Division’s primary products and revenue center have traditionally been peer-reviewed journals that are widely disseminated through online subscriptions, receiving the most downloads and citations in chemistry. ACS Publications has a significant footprint in the global academy: 3,500 institutions from high schools to teaching hospitals subscribe and use our content services or seek to enhance their professional standing though our publications and events. To further enhance the impact of the Division, the New Product Innovation team is tasked with developing and launching new products, services, tools, or solutions consistent with the Societal mission to provide indispensable information.

 

The goal of the UI/UX/CX Designer is to support prototype development for new research data products that serve the chemistry community. The UI/UX/CX Designer should have strong knowledge of current digital design trends, UI/UX design fundamentals, and contemporary prototyping tools/technologies to support quick, iterative prototype development. This position will collaborate with colleagues within the New Product Innovation team to translate high-level business needs/visions into prototypes that can be used as a path to confirm the value proposition in the marketplace as well as to be subsequently leveraged in technical implementations. The UI/UX/CX Designer will work closely with external vendors, colleagues across IT, others in the Innovation team, and the Division’s Sales and Marketing teams. This position reports to the Technology Manager, New Product Innovation.

 

Position Accountabilities

  • Utilize best practices, advanced knowledge, and solid experience to develop high-quality graphic designs, user flows, wire frames, low-fidelity mockups, high fidelity visual designs, and interactive prototypes to ensure products deliver an engaging, intuitive, and optimal user experience and meet key stakeholder expectations.

  • Employ customer/market research outcomes for improving user interface designs.
  • Analyze prototype performance and determines UI/UX design optimizations.
  • Partner with development teams and product teams to continually maintain a cohesive design and user experience throughout the NPI product lines.
  • Ensure effective management of visual and interactive creative assets, including all content within NPI’s digital design eco-system.
  • Provide coaching and guidance to junior-level team members as needed.

Education/Experience/Technological Knowledge

 

  • BS or MS degree in Computer Science, Web Design, Software Development, or a related discipline.

  • 7+ years’ experience in design, development, and optimization of public facing user interfaces.

  • The candidate should provide examples of their high-quality UI/UX design portfolio that showcase the their ability to tell a story and can illustrate their experience. 

  • Experience with these (or comparable) tools and technologies:  Sketch, Figma, InVision, Adobe XD, JavaScript.

  • Passion for technology:  Knowledge of emerging trends and/or open-source tools and technologies.

  • Experience working within enterprise design teams preferred.

  • eCommerce experience preferred.

  • Solid experience with software development lifecycles as well as scrum/agile and waterfall development methodologies.

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, and an ability to document and communicate UI/UX design concepts in both business and technical terms.

  • Experience collaborating with business stakeholders, internal resources, and third-party vendors.

  • Strong customer service orientation.

  • Collaborative working style, effective at working with cross-functional teams and supporting colleagues to produce high quality products.

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 10% of the time.

 

 

This position will be primarily based in the Washington D.C. office. ACS offers hybrid work arrangement of three days per week working in the office and two days per week working remotely. New employees are immediately eligible for this hybrid work arrangement. ACS offers relocation assistance, if applicable.

 

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