UX Strategist and Designer
Research and UX Strategy are the foundation of all the work we do at Simple Focus. We need your help building and validating sound strategies and designing solutions to meet our clients' business needs.
Like all jobs at Simple Focus, the ideal candidate will be a multi-disciplinarian, checking some or all of these boxes:
Let's talk about what each of these mean:
We need someone with a head for research—someone willing to spend weeks learning about people and understanding problems deeply before we design solutions. You’ll become a subject-matter expert in so many random things.
In your role as researcher, you’ll assist with and conduct your own qualitative and quantitative research. You’ll be a resource for the design team, helping them understand the people they’re designing for and informing their decisions throughout the creative process.
In addition to initial research, you’ll be asked to validate design solutions by putting wireframes, high-fidelity designs, prototypes, live websites or applications in front of users to determine which solutions are best for them and our clients.
As a designer, you’ll combine your knowledge of user and business needs with your deep understanding of UX and UI best practices to design solutions that are thoughtful, novel and beautiful.
You need to be comfortable with stacks of post-its in your pockets, happy holding a dry-erase marker and at home diagraming user flows, designing wireframes and building interactive prototypes.
You’ll also be asked to conduct usability workshops for our clients. Clients love what they get out of these workshops, and UX Designers are natural leaders in those rooms. You’ll guide the client, helping them solve their own problems (after all, they are the experts). This experience is a large part of what brings clients back to us, and you’ll be responsible for making our workshops meaningful, productive, enlightening and fun.
Everyone at Simple Focus is expected to communicate well, both with each other and with clients. First and foremost, you need to be able to communicate clearly and intelligently in writing and pay attention to proper voice and tone.
In your role as a UX Strategist and Designer, you’ll be asked to do more writing than most. You’ll prepare documentation for clients and our team - think heuristic reviews, research plans, direction documents and requirements. You’ll also be tasked with plenty of UX writing like microcopy, alt attributes for accessibility, and maybe the very occasional bit of site content.
In between the specific responsibilities of your role, there are some key skills and qualities we value for this and most roles at Simple Focus.
- Thoroughness. You consider all factors when developing a solution, and you're invested in making sure every aspect of a project is executed to the same high level.
- Eye for Design. We expect you to have the UX and UI design skills required to make your wireframes, prototypes, flows and documents look great. If you can also design pretty UIs, that’s a huge plus.
- Curiosity. You genuinely want to learn, and you ask a ton of thoughtful questions.
- Math Skills. Research often means having to do some math, so don't be shy if you spent some time as a Mathlete™.
- Integrity. You stand up for your processes, results and decisions, and you’re able to communicate how and why you’ve made choices.
- Collaborative. UX design is a team sport. You relish working in tandem with teammates and clients.
- Independent. Even in a collaborative environment, there will be times when you’ll have to work alone. Thems the breaks, but you still have to get the work done.
- Adaptable, Agile and Tenacious. Unfortunately, project budgets and timelines aren’t limitless. And it’s rare, but sometimes, your research goes sideways or the UX budget wasn’t large enough to begin with. You need to be creative in how you approach and scale your work to provide value, even when conditions aren’t ideal.
We offer full health insurance, retirement and a total of six weeks off per year. We’re currently hiring in Memphis, Chattanooga or Portland. These are three rad towns, so it’s a pretty sweet deal. Or, if you’d rather work remotely, we’re open to that conversation, too.
The Application Process
If this sounds like you, we’d love to meet you. Here’s how our application process works.
- You email us. Click the Apply Now button below and tell us about yourself.
- We will respond with a templated “got it!” email.
- In the coming weeks, if we decide you could be a fit for this role, we’ll contact you about an initial interview. If you don’t hear from us, that means we decided you’re not right for this position today, but we’ve got your name in the pool for similar roles down the road.
- You’ll meet with one or two decision makers on our team for about 30 minutes. If you’re local to one of our offices, you’ll come in. Otherwise, we’ll use Zoom conference for a video call.
- If that goes well, we’ll set up a second interview, this time with some department heads and maybe a couple of potential teammates, too.
- There might be a third call, or we may go straight to talking about contracts, start dates and all that.
- You give a respectful notice to your current employer.
- We order your computer.
- You report to your first day of work!
We plan to fill this position by March 1, 2019. We’ll be scheduling interviews starting today, with any candidates we’re excited about.
How to Apply
To apply, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In this email, here’s what we want to know:
- Anything you’d like us to know about you.
- Why Simple Focus? Sometimes you just need a job. We get it. But, take a minute and think about Simple Focus. What is it about this place or this job that interests you?
- Show us your work. Give us links. This is the best thing you can do. Put a link to your portfolio or specific work you’ve done right there in the body of the email.
- Highlight something. What’s the one project you’re most excited to talk to us about? Why?
- Where are you? We’re multi-local with offices in Chattanooga, Memphis, and Portland (Oregon). We’re remote-friendly too, so tell us where you’re trying to be.
- What are your salary requirements? We hire at all levels depending on our needs at the time. We want to get a sense for where you are in your career to make sure this is a match before we get much further down the road.
- Are you looking for full-time or contract work? You may like to always have a job. You could prefer the freedom of contracting. Or, maybe you’re open to contracting for a bit if a full-time job is on the table down the road. Do you have a preference?
We look forward to meeting you. Godspeed.Apply Now