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Job Summary

The Design & Discovery department at the University of Michigan Library is seeking a talented and enthusiastic User Interface Designer. The ideal candidate will be able to create beautiful and usable interfaces, have a passion for understanding users, and be invested in creating designs that support the improvement of Library websites and applications. The User Interface Designer will primarily focus on interface design but will also work closely with others dedicated to user research, usability testing, accessibility, web analytics, and front-end development. The ideal candidate is a strong creative thinker with problem solving skills, has a passion for understanding users in the context of higher education, has the ability to iterate on designs in a highly collaborative team environment, and is dedicated to incorporating user feedback throughout the design and development lifecycle.

 

The User Interface Designer reports to the Senior User Experience Specialist within the Design & Discovery department.

 

The Design & Discovery department is part of the Library Information Technology (LIT) Division and its portfolio includes interface design, user research, web accessibility, content strategy, front-end development, and program management. The department manages the library’s primary interfaces, including multiple websites and applications, and is currently in the process of redesigning the library website. These interfaces provide access to over 10 million physical and digital resources and are visited by over 2 million users a month.

 

 

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's world­changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

 

We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.

Responsibilities*

  • Create complete visual designs and web-ready graphics

  • Create concept sketches, flow diagrams, wireframes, mockups, style guides, and documentation

  • Stay current with new interface capabilities, enhancements, industry best practices, and user-centered design trends

  • Coordinate with user experience specialists and programmers on designs for user research testing and for production-ready web applications

  • Actively engage in professional development activities to expand skills and competencies

  • Collaborate with the Library Environments department on designs intended to be used in both physical spaces and across our web presence

Required Qualifications*

  • A degree in User Experience, Information Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, HCI, or a related field with 5 or more years of experience is required. A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and training or experience in information technologies or an equivalent combination

  • Excellent interface design skills with a strong understanding of user-centered web design principles, typography, composition, and color theory

  • Experience creating complete interface designs and web-ready graphics and using prototyping software

  • Ability to work independently and contribute and collaborate effectively as a member of a team

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience creating concept sketches, flow diagrams, wireframes, and mockups

  • Experience with WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards as well as responsive, universal, and device-agnostic web design principles and practices

  • Experience with HTML/CSS and knowledge of more advanced front-end technologies

Additional Information

Minimum salary for this position is $60,000.  Appointment is anticipated at the Web Designer Senior rank. Final salary will be determined by experience and qualifications.

 

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

 

This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.