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User Experience Architect / Consultant
Anark Corporation
Boulder, CO, USA

Company

Anark Corporation provides powerful enterprise software and solutions to organizations that need to cost effectively deliver high-end, interactive 3D based applications. Anark customers such as Boeing, Panasonic Avionics, USAF, Sony and Maserati improve efficiency, save money and communicate more effectively with mission-critical interactive Product Configuration, Product Visualization, Training, and Corporate Communication applications.

Description of Position

We are looking for a User Experience Architect with at least two years of experience leading consulting engagements to uncover, design and develop the layout, organization and hierarchy for complex websites, web applications, and computer/web based training (CBT/WBT) applications. Right now we need a User Experience Architect with the knowledge to use information gathered from client meetings, research and competitive analyses, to lead a team to develop wireframes, user stories, use cases, storyboards and other visuals to represent the layout, flow and organization of complex web sites and/or web/CBT/WBT applications. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will be able to work closely with the client and the creative staff to translate usability requirements into practical designs that accommodate usability as well as branding and design needs.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent client-facing consultative skills including the ability to lead client meetings.
  • Understanding of state-of-the-art commercial software development, including object oriented technology, agile methods, extreme programming and appropriate use of design patterns
  • Desire to learn and understand the business of Anark's clients.
  • Knowledge of current usability research, theories and methodologies (especially user-centered design processes), and an intuitive feel for how human factors activities provide unique value throughout the development lifecycle.
  • Ability to channel the passion for good design into exploring and comprehending the needs of the user.
  • Deep knowledge of user interface design principles, information design, and web design.
  • Knowledge of-as well as hands-on experience with-user interface evaluation techniques, including usability testing.
  • Knowledge of general business strategy and specific knowledge of web strategy, including the ability to apply that knowledge to meet client needs.
  • Familiarity with usability-related research services, periodicals, thought leaders and industry best practices.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for effective communication to clients and project team members, including prior experience writing white papers, proposals, research reports, articles and case studies.
  • Equally comfortable behind a whiteboard or a keyboard, and possesses the ability to teach an audience the principles of usable design and information architecture.
  • Knowledge of sound management practices.
  • Ability to design within or around existing constraints where necessary, coping with the challenges of distributed development.
  • Expertise in gathering, analyzing, and applying primary and secondary research.
  • Ability to learn new technologies and embrace evolving "best practices."
  • General knowledge of various web technologies and concepts and the proper application of them.
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks and projects within deadlines.
  • Willing to travel for client calls and work off-site as needed.

Required Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science or closely related discipline such as Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Psychology (Cognitive or Experimental), Interface Design, or Computer Science.
  • 2 to 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in the web/software development industry, CBT, WBT; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Master's degree in related field is a plus.
  • Domain expertise in one or more of the following areas is a plus: CBT, Aviation, Aerospace, Defense.
  • Experience with of state-of-the-art commercial software development, including agile methods, object oriented technology, extreme programming and appropriate use of design patterns

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

Status & Travel

This is a full-time position requiring approximately 25 to 50% travel to our client location in Seattle.

Culture

Come work in an interesting, cutting edge, exciting, fun, energetic, friendly and supportive work environment. Those are the words that Anark employees use to describe their experience working in our downtown Boulder office. You will get to learn new technologies and processes on a regular basis and expand your skill-set. Managers are confident in your skills and abilities and will let you work at your own pace to complete tasks and projects. There's a trust between co-workers that we're all experts in our respective areas, so there's no need to make sure someone is on task. We also work hard and play hard. We may work long hours to get a project done, but we know how to relax and have fun too. There is a diverse set of interests among all employees and so whatever your hobby or interest, you can find a colleague to share it with at Anark.

Anark's excellent benefits include the following:

  • Comprehensive Medical/ Dental/ Vision coverage-Company pays 100% employee and 60% of dependent premiums.
  • Three weeks paid time off annually
  • Paid company recognized holidays plus one discretionary floating holiday
  • Hartford 401(k) plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • $50,000 Term Life Insurance/ AD&D
  • Voluntary Life Insurance available at very reasonable rates
  • Company Paid Short Term/ Long Term disability protection
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • $200 Annual Wellness Benefit available for season lift pass, gym membership, fitness equipment, etc.
  • Corporate health club discounts
  • Company provided RTD (bus) pass

Contact

If you are interested in this position, contact Anark. Resumes can be faxed to 1.303.545.2575 or emailed to jobs@anark.com. Equal Opportunity Employer.

www.anark.com

Received: 10-Aug-06

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