1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 174130
Appointing Department Web Address: http://www.washington.edu/uwit/employment/
Posting Date: 01/09/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

If you would like to find out more about what it is like to work for UW-IT, as well as to get a feel for our culture and our people, visit us at our employment website.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years. 

UW-IT is the central IT organization for the University of Washington, providing critical technology support to all three campuses, UW medical centers and global research operations. UW-IT collaborates with University partners to advance teaching, learning, innovation and discovery at the UW.  Academic Services within UW-IT, develops and provides technologies, learning spaces, classroom support and services that enhance teaching, learning and research at the UW. This division works with UW faculty and departments to use technology to improve learning outcomes and to advance the Universitys academic mission. It collaborates with other UW units and external partners to share and integrate resources and services with a focus on creating efficiencies.

UW-IT has an outstanding opportunity for a User Experience Designer (UXD).

The User Experience Designer (UXD) designs, develops, and consults on products for use in teaching, learning, research, and collaboration by members of the University of Washington community.  Working directly with faculty, staff, researchers and students, the UXD applies User-Centered Design (UCD) methodologies to discover the needs and goals of their audiences, leveraging these to create and modify interactive software applications in collaboration with software engineers, researchers, user support, quality assurance staff, and technical writers from the Academic Experience Design & Delivery (AXDD) team and with other staff from UW Information Technology (UW-IT). The UXD participates in all stages of the development process, from user research to making technology recommendations and writing production code, aligning the projects efforts to the holistic vision of user experience every step of the way. The UXD is expected to serve as a UCD champion and consultant throughout AXDD, other departments within the UW-IT and the UW community, and at times to other higher-education institutions.


  • Bachelors Degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of three years experience in the design of the holistic user experience of products within cross-disciplinary development teams.

  • Experience in user research design and selecting appropriate research methodologies.

  • Experience creating clean information architecture, page layouts, visual designs, and product narrative that supports the User Experience with a clear understanding of the end-user & business needs.

  • Demonstrated clear communication of complex ideas to a variety of audiences, using words, pictures, and interactions.

  • Demonstrated user-centered design process, with demonstrated mastery of UCD methodologies, including translating user research findings into functional requirements and specifications.

  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement.

  • Demonstrated excellent written/oral communication skills, technical documentation skills, user liaison skills, and personal interaction abilities.

  • Excellent teamwork and leadership skills.

  • Keeping up-to-date on current design and front-end development practices and tools.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Experience creating valid HTML and CSS, with a focus on web semantics, and Accessibility best practices.

  • Experience with Git/SVN and LESS/SASS.

  • Understanding of mobile-first, responsive web, and adaptive web practices.

  • Mobile application, mobile Web, and native app development experience.

  • Experience with JS Libraries (especially JQuery and Bootstrap).

  • Experience with Django, React, VUE, or equivalent development frameworks.

  • Experience in design of applications tools for teaching, learning and/or collaboration.

  • Experience working in an Agile software development process.


    While the general working hours are within Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., this individual must be willing to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of his/her colleagues. Events that will occur outside the normal work schedule include, but are not limited to; staff meetings, client consultations, and system modifications. Likewise, this position has regular stringent deadlines revolving around the academic calendar which may require extended work hours.

    This position is required to report to work remotely when the UW suspends operations.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


    Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-08

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