User Experience Designer

Monday October 22, 2012

Copley Square
501 Boylston
Boston, MA 02116

About Alleyoop

Alleyoop is an online education venture intent on making meaningful changes in the way young people learn and pursue their goals. We are a small, entrepreneurial team with large ambitions. We are strongly backed by Pearson (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO), one of the world's leading learning and media companies, and we feel the urgency to shake up the status quo. We value intelligence, decency and humor in our peers. We also value outstanding results for our customers since our success hinges on their future.

Our office is located in Boston in Copley Square. We will consider remote candidates who are willing to travel to Boston ~twice/week. 

This position includes a competitive compensation and benefits package you’ll be hard-pressed to improve upon. Pearson is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D, and a member of E-Verify.

About You

You have:

  • An exceptional portfolio, containing examples of engaged communities, complex interaction/tools, and customer funnel engagement
  • A passion for making users' lives easier, and leveraging user research and usability studies to do so
  • Experience designing consumer and/or teen-facing applications (a plus)
  • Excitement around our goal of making a substantial and enduring difference to education and learning
  • Experience working in an Agile/SCRUM environment and a bias for action.
  • 5+ years product design experience, ideally for web or mobile
  • A solid understanding of technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, and XML

About this Role

The User Experience Designer works across the user experience domain, and is responsible for research (user interviews, ethnography, persona development), product design (sketching, group ideation, information architecture, interaction design, low-fidelity prototypes), documentation, and user testing. The successful candidate for the role will be a User Experience Designer who has a passion for getting out of the building to learn how to improve the lives of our potential and current customers. 

You will:

  • Conceive, design, and prototype new interactions for all components of a technology startup.
  • Work closely with the product team to define feature hypotheses, perform usability studies, and take action based on results.
  • Plan, conduct and document user research such as interviews, focus groups, workshops and surveys to understand user needs.
  • Establish and track design tenets and design and usability requirements.
  • Iteratively design solutions that satisfy project goals, requirements and design tenets based on research, design patterns and UI standards. 
  • Plan, conduct and analyze formative and summative usability testing and other user research to validate existing and proposed designs. 
  • Document and present the findings of research to a variety of different audiences. 
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