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Design Director, Yahoo! Personals
Yahoo! Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA, USA

As the No. 1 Internet brand, Yahoo! serves hundreds of millions of people worldwide. That's a whole lot of human beings making Yahoo! their destination of choice. The Sunnyvale, CA based Communications and Consumer Services User Experience Group designs many of the leading products and services for that population: including Mail, Messenger, Photos, Address Book, Personals, Mobile, set-top, and desktop applications.

Under new creative leadership, we're staffing up to take a quantum leap forward in the ways that people connect with one another on planet earth. If you're a brilliant design director who dreams up new interaction metaphors in your sleep, then we need your brains and skills to help make it happen. And we're prepared to compensate you well for your contributions.

  • What do YOU think needs to be done to seamlessly bridge devices like cameras, mobile phones, terrestrial phones, TV, music players and computers to make end-to-end user experiences feel fluid and effortless?
  • How do YOU think that various communications modalities should come together to enable dynamic shifting between synchronous and asynchronous temporal relationships?
  • What services and tools do YOU imagine should be offered with unlimited storage to enable social networks to bloom more fully than ever before? And how would you employ those technologies to help people looking for a soul mate?

If you're ready for the challenge, check yourself for the following personal characteristics:

  • Armed with competitive technical know-how
  • Even keeled and comfortable in a kitchen with multiple cooks
  • Design for big picture strategic integration and don't sweat the small stuff
  • Totally sweat the small stuff and will do whatever it takes to ship with fit & finish
  • Can embrace "Life Engine" as your mantra


You will manage the User Experience & Design team for the Yahoo! Personals product suite. This interdisciplinary team consists of smart and fun interaction designers, design researchers, visual designers, and prototypers that matrix into a functional organization of product managers, engineers, and marketing professionals. The team's opportunity is to define and develop a growing suite of community-building services for matchmaking, dating and establishing long-term relationships.

URL http://personals.yahoo.com

You will provide direction to the design team as well as to product teams and are expected to help foster and support a collaborative, innovative culture. In this position you will work with technologists and business strategists to define the experience for the future of Yahoo! Personals.

  • Oversee multiple projects simultaneously from planning to launch
  • Apply user-centered experience design practice by giving direction to and leading product design and research, resulting in high quality, innovative, user experiences
  • Define priorities and manage resources as appropriate across projects
  • Communicate with all levels of management and across multi-disciplinary teams throughout all phases of projects
  • Manage and mentor designers, researchers & prototypers
  • Write performance reviews and determine compensation and career growth


  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Human Factors, HCI, visual design, industrial design or related area
  • At least 5 years experience managing a large design team with company-wide impact, and 7 years experience in product design, interaction design, Human Factors, HCI, industrial design, or related area

The time is now. Send your resume and portfolio link to careers@yahoo-inc.com and be sure to reference the job ID # RX0400005701 in the subject heading of your email. Then go tell all your friends that they should jump ship and come with you to Yahoo!

Received: 17-Dec-04



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