2019-1231 User Experience Designer (USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER 3)

  • Contract to Career
  • Irvine, CA
  • This position has been filled

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Under the general direction of the Assistant Manager, UC Recruit Application Support, the User Experience Designer will guide the user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design for the development of the UC Recruit application.  Incumbent will create UX/UI deliverables that make applications useful and usable, reduce rework resulting from usability problems, reduce end-user training effort, and contribute significantly towards a system that users of all skill levels readily adopt and enjoy using.  Advocate for design based on how people use the system while also taking into consideration University policies. Validate design assumptions through industry-standard evaluation processes, including in-context observations and usability testing.

Communicate with application developers throughout the implementation process to reduce the risk of design-related defects that result in project delays or user dissatisfaction.  Provide effective design wireframes, mockups and prototypes to aid the planning and development phases. Define and document the team’s UX/UI standards and assure that implemented functionality meets those standards.

Recommend and define new projects to improve the usability and user experience of existing systems.  Based on empirical observations, user research, and client feedback, work with the team to recommend priority for design enhancements.  Seek out the team’s input on feasibility and cost-effectiveness of proposed enhancements and incorporate into prioritization recommendations.

Participate in cross-team groups to encourage ongoing growth and skill development within the organization.

Frequently organize and lead project meetings, client meetings, and brainstorming sessions in-person and via web / teleconference.  Collaborate with stakeholders and users to understand and clearly report on their needs. Use established techniques and creativity to elicit requirements when requests are not clearly or completely presented. Build consensus among clients with potentially differing needs. Determine what requirements are needed vs. desired to give the project team options for delivering the most value and to avoid implementing unnecessary functionality.  Encourage and advocate for incremental delivery that focuses on the most important functionality first.

Meet with faculty, analysts, and other users to learn how they use the system and help improve their experience. Distill requirements into cohesive and actionable goals. Design and propose solutions that balance the needs of all stakeholders. Develop and maintain the product roadmap, including user stories, product requirement documents and workflow diagrams. Help the development team understand customer requirements, the goal of the process or request, and impact to existing systems.  Be responsible for the timely delivery of requirements and acceptance criteria for new projects.

Research technical and product trends to identify potential new product directions, features and integration opportunities.

UC Irvine Office of Information Technology is a leader in delivering innovative solutions for UC Irvine and the broader University of California system via Software as a Service delivery and other models.  You’ll be working with a small team to test and support the building and scaling of applications to support recruitment, appointment, merit review and other Academic Personnel processes.

The University of California is one of the largest public university systems in the country, comprising 10 campuses, a combined student body of more than 280,000 students, 220,000 faculty and staff members and more than 2 million living alumni.



External Recruitment: Open to current UCI employees and the general public.

Hiring Salary

Commensurate with experience

DOE, plus benefits