VSA Partners

  • Associate Director, UX Architect

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 1 month ago(11/20/2018 2:36 PM)
    ID
    2018-2927
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    UX Architecture
  • Overview

    VSA Partners is a design-driven branding and marketing company.

    VSA was founded as a design firm more than 30 years ago with the belief that design is not only a craft, but a tool for achieving business objectives. As design thinkers, we approach business challenges holistically and aim to break down silos between branding, digital, marketing and advertising.

     

    VSA’s Technology Practice exists to guide and inspire human interaction. At points where brands and business need to engage their audiences, we provide interfaces and design digital experiences that transform interactions, elevate understanding and enhance value.

     

    The Associate Director, UX Architecture will be part of a dynamic team that will be responsible for conceptualizing, chartering, designing, and activating the next generation marketing systems, messages, and interfaces. He/she will be responsible for creating compelling experiences that balance user intent, clients’ needs, and performance.

    Responsibilities

    • Take a leadership role in developing unique concepts and plan solutions to meet clients’ needs.

    • Interpret client needs and interact closely with team to create and refine chosen direction, identifying alternative strategies for achieving clients’ objectives.

    • Design and conduct, or advise on initial needs-gathering research to ensure that all projects are driven by user needs and business outcomes. 

    • Conceive of innovative user experiences that result in improved consumer engagement, brand affinity and content consumption.

    • Model proposed user experiences though maps, screen wireframes, workflow diagrams, functionality lists, and prototypes.

    • Explain to project teams and clients how proposed solutions deliver on strategic goals, business goals and user needs.

    • Have a strong, supportable point-of-view that adapts to changing context or new evidence.

    • Design and conduct, or advise on usability testing and to inform additional iterations of the user experience.

    • Apply client knowledge to multiple projects over long-term, possibly multi-year engagements.

    • Identify and structure project activities other senior UXAs can seamlessly contribute to.

    • Contribute to new business development efforts, including pitches, RFP responses, and helping scope work.

    • Identify and evaluate potential freelance resources and direct them on behalf of clients and team.

    • Think beyond individual projects and collaborate directly with clients and develop programmatic solutions.

    Qualifications

    • 7+ years of information architecture and/or UX design experience.

    • Possession of an undergraduate degree; Master’s degree preferred.

    • Experience working in a fast-paced agency environment.

    • Proven client facing skills, responding well to client input and feedback. Experience presenting work with clarity, persuasiveness, and as influential business participant when necessary.

    • Experience managing resources and leading teams, while not required, is a plus.

    • Excellent analytic skills – the ability to break a complex problem into prioritized components.
    • Skills in problem solving, judgment, critical thinking and decision-making.
    • The ability to see a big idea realized through a series of individual user interactions.
    • Drive to see ideas well executed in the end product.
    • Self-motivation – the willingness to set personal goals and work independently in a collaborative team setting.
    • Ability to work rapidly while observing and managing deadlines.
    • Great communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to interact confidently with all levels inside VSA and with our clients.
    • Ability to be versatile and handle multiple projects and re-prioritizations.
    • Ability to skillfully organize and prioritize information with thorough attention to detail.

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