Design Technologist

The USA TODAY NETWORK is seeking a highly-skilled, front-end capable designer, capable of quickly producing prototypes and translating UX ideas into action. The candidate should bring a sense of imagination and play, along with a strong editing eye for tasteful interactions. The Design Technologist will be one of the major touch points with our software engineering team.

We're transforming the ways in which information is gathered, experienced, and shared. Imagine a world where reading, watching, and listening are not passive acts... where the distance between journalist and consumer evaporates. Our mission is to empower communities to connect, act, and thrive.

You'll be joining a bright and talented product organization that's dedicated to making data-informed decisions. We need your expertise as we craft new ways to unleash and leverage the diverse and compelling content created by more than 4,000 journalists. Help us ensure we're solving the right problems and conducting the right experiments, as we lead with digital and integrate it into every part of our business.

User experience is key and the ideal candidate needs to understand people -- who they are, how they interact with media of all types, and what our audience expects from our suite of products. The ideal candidate should think strategically about how to release features in small pieces and regularly looks for opportunities to validate their ideas with multivariate experimentation.

We're open to candidates based in Washington, D.C., New York City and McLean, Virginia (at Gannett HQ).

Responsibilities:

  • Gather user and project requirements to create conceptual wireframes and/or prototypes for editorial projects, apps and site-wide design initiatives
  • Collaborate with research and members of the design team on formal & informal usability testing and user research
  • Follow existing visual and UX patterns and clearly define and document new patterns specific to the USA TODAY NETWORK and/or platform
  • Design and specify details of user interfaces and information architecture
  • Communicate concepts, ideas and design rationale with project stakeholders
  • Set, maintain and advocate for the holistic design vision of the USA TODAY NETWORK, across products, platforms, and feature teams with consideration for the product's future
  • Communicate with product leads and engineers in their language, designing with consideration for their cares and concerns
  • Contribute to multidisciplinary teams (which can include content creators, front-end developers, visual designers and project managers) to develop site improvements and additions based on business objectives, usability studies and research metrics
  • Foster a highly-collaborative design process and, as a result, become trusted to talk through both scope and technical challenges and negotiate thoughtful outcomes

Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Interest in media/journalism a huge plus
  • Expertise in HTML and CSS is required
  • Familiarity with the landscape of prototyping tools is also required for this position
  • Experience using research and analytics to inform design
  • Must have the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Must be a methodical and detail-oriented problem solver
  • Command of industry best practices in information design and architecture, usability and accessibility, and scalable, dynamic user interfaces
  • Advanced knowledge of Sketch
  • Sensitivity to customer satisfaction is key

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, education, political affiliation or veteran status.

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