UI Designer - School of Medicine, Center on Society and Health

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Instructional Technology & Design (Campus), Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time

The VCU Center on Society and Health (CSH) is looking for an hourly, part-time Dedicated User Interface (UI) Designer with an emphasis on data visualization to join our team. This role will be embedded in a small team for 7-10 months and will work for up 15 hours per week designing a public-facing behavioral health data dashboard.

The UI Designer will assist the Lead Experience Designer with the design of the visual interface of the project, including developing style guides, design systems, interaction patterns, and prototypes in line with the project goals. The ideal candidate will be able to translate user research/business requirements into functional user interfaces, delivering rich and complex data in a simple and intuitive format.

The successful candidate will: need to be able to attend all team meetings (eastern standard time,); have experience working with multiple datasets and data visualizations; be well-versed in digital interaction patterns; have enough familiarity with HTML/CSS and javascript to understand what is and isn’t possible; have a good understanding user-experience and accessibility best practices; be able to improve/expand on existing work or create from scratch as needed; be able to create visual consistency as well as flexibility within a design system; work autonomously and proactively to beat deadlines; and have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

The Center on Society and Health is an academic research center that studies the health implications of social inequities—such as education, income, neighborhood environmental conditions, and public policy. The goal of the design team within the center is to translate complex public health data into multi-media deliverables that are user-friendly and easy to understand.

  • Develop a baseline UI kit and Style Guide
  • Produce digital prototypes (from low to high-fidelity)
  • Build rapid mockups to validate ideas and convey UI plans to users and clients when needed
  • Ensure UI designs meet business requirements, accessibility standards, and UX best practices
  • Ensure design assets are optimized for loading speed performance
  • Deliver impeccable design assets and style guides to developers
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team and problem solve with a developer
  • Implementation solutions from a user-centered and accessibility perspective when challenges arise
  • Turn data into compelling storytelling through visualization
  • Create beautiful visualizations along with good user experiences
  • Review user stories and participate in planning sessions
  • Assist in usability testing and analyze user feedback and website data to iteratively improve usability
  • Initiate, suggest, and spearhead major UI refactoring for a more intuitive user experience
  • Additional duties as assigned
Minimum Requirements:
  • At least 2 years of professional working experience as a UI Designer.
  • Proficiency in a variety of design tools in Adobe Creative Cloud including the ability to work in either Sketch, Figma, or Adobe XD.
  • The ability to extrapolate user research into UI deliverables with a knack for reducing complex ideas into bare essentials needed for a project.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, HCI or a Design-related field.
  • Located in the Richmond, VA metro area (remote candidates will be considered on a case by case basis requiring availability on EST for team communication.)
  • Familiarity with public health, behavioral health, and/or social determinants of health and public health subject matter.
  • UX content strategy experience and/or experience working with a content writer.
  • Working knowledge of data visualization software such as ArcGIS and/or some experience with advanced JavaScript libraries and frameworks such as React.
  • Photoshop, Illustrator experience.
  • Hands-on experience with web technologies such as HTML5, ES6, TypeScript, JavaScript, and CSS.
Candidates will be required to submit a portfolio or work samples with demonstrated UI skills in data visualization, user flows, prototyping, and strong visual design sensibilities (typography, grid systems, etc.) Your portfolio should not only show us your work, but also tell us how you think through and solve problems during the design process.

This is a restricted position dependent upon grant funding set to end in 2023. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. This is an hourly non-exempt position and therefore is not eligible for participation in the state's health benefits program, life insurance, employer-funded retirement, or cash match programs. The work-hour limit for hourly employees is 1,480 hours annually (365 consecutive days). Work hours include regular and overtime hours, student hours, and any other hours worked in a second job with VCU.

Salary Range: $30 - $40 per hour depending upon relevant education and experience

Position Details:

Department: Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Center on Society and Health
Employment Type: H1 - Hourly
Restricted Status: Yes
FTE: .5
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Contact Information:

Contact Name: Cassandra Ellison

Contact Email: Cassandra.Ellison@vcuhealth.org

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