User Experience Design Lead job in Wakefield, MA | Cast Inc

User Experience Design Lead
Cast IncWakefield, MA3 months ago
Role Summary
CAST is developing credentials and certifications to help qualify competence in and alignment with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) best practices. These credentials and certifications along with a growing body of UDL resources are available on a system called Learning Designed, enabling educators across the globe to learn more about UDL and voluntarily demonstrate their competence. Our goal is to grow Learning Designed and create outstanding, industry-leading opportunities for education professionals to benefit from the learning resources and activities available, as well as network with each other.
Critical to the success of Learning Designed is an exceptionally well designed, accessible, world-class user experience. CAST is hiring a User Experience (UX) Design Lead to oversee the user experience and user interface definition and design for the Learning Designed platform. This person will work under the direction of the Director of Educational User Experience Design and with CAST’s Art Director and other designers to develop consistency, beauty, and maintainability.
Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the design and development of Learning Designed, including front and backend experiences, instructional content design, tool development, and professional learning experiences

  • Lead to envision, design, and implement learning experiences that leverage educational research and technology, and that are optimized for individual variability among all users

  • Assess and revise Learning Designed's information architecture; create a system for its UX patterns and UI components library

  • Understand and balance the business and educational requirements and user needs; draw upon user data and market research to make evidence-based decisions

  • Design and facilitate focus groups, user experience interviews and usability testing; evaluate, synthesize results and define user requirements

  • Create user flows, storyboards, wireframes, and prototypes; turn wireframes and prototypes into engaging, usable, effective, and visually sophisticated user-centered design solutions


Required Skills/Abilities

  • Expert knowledge of user-centered design principles, UX best practices, trends and emerging technologies

  • Atomic design knowledge and experience creating UX and UI pattern libraries

  • Familiar with current design tools and platforms (e.g. Figma), and agility for adopting new ones

  • Skilled with front-end code (html5, CSS, and javascript) — enough to work collaboratively and experimentally to explore and shape ideas, and for handing off design specifications to developers

  • Self-motivated and self-directed; a collaborative team player

  • Committed to design for inclusion and accessibility. Understanding of and passion for Universal Design for Learning is a plus


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Education and Experience*

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in User Experience Design, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, HCI, or related discipline preferred (or document equivalent academic plus professional experience)

  • 5+ years experience leading and executing design across UX domains, preferably in the education space

  • Experience creating, applying, and maintaining design systems and libraries

  • Solid experience and comfort working on development of online platforms that share learning resources and promote best practice development

  • Solid experience in designing user experiences for professional development

  • Required: Portfolio demonstrating solid design foundation, design thought process, interaction, and UI skills, and talent and facility with a range of design aesthetics


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Other*

  • Full-time, salaried position

  • Remote or hybrid work environment

  • Primary office in Greater Boston area

  • Work schedule is somewhat flexible and must include 50% or more time available during regular business hours (8am-5pm EST)


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Work Environment
The learners we serve come from all walks of life and so do we. Hiring talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds is a top priority because different experiences and different perspectives help us design products and services that work for everyone and strengthen our organization’s impact. If you share our values, enthusiasm for busting the barriers to learning that millions of people encounter every day, then you will enjoy joining CAST.
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. If you have a disability that requires accommodation, please let us know. The contact for an accommodation request is [email protected]
About CAST
CAST is a not-for-profit research and development organization that originated the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Our central mission is to leverage advances in modern technology and contemporary learning sciences to develop innovative, equitable approaches to teaching and learning that access the full spectrum of individual learners and their cultures. We seek to celebrate and even amplify learner variability, removing barriers to learning that people encounter every day.
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