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Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.
Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.
We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as an User Interface Designer.
Reporting to the Manager, User Experience, the User Interface Designer is a creative and innovative individual with strong knowledge of and skills in designing usable web and mobile interfaces. The User Interface Designer creates the overall look and feel of a wide range of interactive communication platforms. Working closely with the User Experience Designer, the User Interface Designer is responsible for designing and developing web interfaces, content architectures and functional prototypes and has the desire to learn new technologies and thrives on change. This role is engaged in all aspects of web projects, from planning and concept development to implementation, testing and maintenance.
The User Interface Designer works collaboratively with the Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing (CPAM) team and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) web project team members, and with key stakeholders across the university, to design and build web interface solutions within the parameters of the CMS and other platforms as part of the existing and future digital landscapes.
This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Waterloo Campus. The incumbent provides subject matter expertise to all campuses, requiring regular interpersonal interactions and collaboration with departments at the Waterloo Campus, the Brantford Campus, the Toronto office and external partners. Special attention is given to ensure equitable service delivery across all locations. The regular hours of work for this position are Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.
- Designer plays a key role in the next phases of the university’s digital landscape, working within the newly implemented CMS, and the possibility of designing for new tools and software.
- Responsible for designing, architecting and developing web interfaces and content architectures that align with institutional interface standards and brand identity.
- Participates and fully engaged in all aspects of web projects, from planning and concept development to implementation, testing and maintenance.
- Works collaboratively with project team members to design and build prototypes that fit within the existing and future digital landscapes.
- Researches and understands target audiences’ digital needs and goals, and translates them into meaningful visual online experiences while simultaneously accounting for organizational needs.
- Creates and develops creative solutions using text, data, graphics, animation and other digital and visual effects for enhancing Laurier’s websites and overall ecosystem.
- Creates, maintains and promotes institutional interface design standards
- Works collaboratively with ICT partners and stakeholders to interpret and communicate both business and complex technical requirements of the web strategy and site.
- Provides consultation and critical best practices recommendations to people of all levels across the university related to visual design, usability and online brand standards.
- Leads and/or participates in user research and concept testing.
- Applies research-based decision-making in creating and updating visual design.
- Provides thought leadership and best practices consultation to designers and website coordinators, and advocates for the UXD process through sharing ideas and successes.
- Provides coaching/mentorship, advice and functional guidance to designers related to visual web design and user experience design.
- Participates in plans and makes sound decisions related to web governance, visual design, usability, and multimedia aspects of the Laurier web presence. Contributes to enhancement and redesign projects on an ongoing basis.
- web or graphic design, or related discipline.
- Minimum 3 to 5 years of experience in interaction design, user experience design, usability, information architecture, or related field.
- Proven experience creating responsive designs and interfaces that are cross-browser compatible, mobile-friendly and compliant with AODA
- Experience with prototyping tools (Axure, Balsamiq, Visio or similar tool) and creating functional mockups
- Well-versed in information architecture; content organization and classification; page / category structure and flow; functionality design; and working within an institutional content management system
- Solid understanding of Internet architecture and protocols
- Understands the implications of search and SEO.
- Superior interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a collaborative environment.
- Superior communication and presentation skills to all levels of the university.
- Proven ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
- Strong negotiation and influencing skills, while maintaining positive and productive working relationships.
- Strong problem solving and prioritizing skills in a multi-task environment.
- Proven ability to work effectively under deadlines in a high-pressure environment, and juggle several assignments simultaneously.
- Strong understanding and application of Web Accessibility Standards.
- Superior proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite
- Strong working knowledge of HTML, CSS and responsive web design
- Prior experience in UX for an educational institution is an asset.
- Prior experience in UX for social media or mobile is an asset.
Please submit a cover letter and resume.
Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.
Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Employment Equity and Accessibility at email@example.com. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.