Lead UX Designer (Remote)

Hood River, OR

52 Limited is a digital staffing agency with an industry-leading focus on the creative + technology space. We exclusively place tech and creative talent in direct-hire, contract-to-hire, and contract roles with our clients in Portland, Seattle, Austin, and San Francisco.


We’re looking for a Lead UX Designer for a full time remote role for an agency client. Lead UX Designers are experts in their craft and are often asked to plan activities for and guide other designers on projects. 


User Experience Designers work closely with Visual Designers and engineering to meet this agency’s clients’ goals. Qualified candidates will be experts in planning and executing user research, designing user flows, and planning architecture alongside these other disciplines. 


While we don’t expect candidates to be expert visual designers, we do expect Lead UX Designers to be very familiar with the visual design process and have the ability to help shape and guide visual design activities within a project context. 


Candidates should have experience working in an agency or similar environment and must be experienced in navigating the varied demands of clients, budgets, and timelines. If you’re ready to take ownership over the design of complex projects, we look forward to reviewing your application.


This role is fully remote and is open to applicants located anywhere around the globe.


Responsibilities

  • Lead workshops/discussions with clients, identifying strategies for leveraging web technologies in support of their content, customers, and business goals.

  • Map information architectures, defining key content/object types and relationships between them, building a bridge of understanding between business, visual design, and engineering disciplines.

  • Design and develop wireframes, user flows, functional specifications, and other representations to document and clarify that understanding.

  • Collaborate with visual designers and front end engineers on visual design deliverables, interactive prototypes, and production-ready web experiences.

  • Perform primary and secondary user research and persona development, as well as design and execute user tests or multivariate tests on prototypes and existing sites with a focus on converting insights from research and testing into actionable recommendations and design solutions.

  • Consistently and proactively builds long-term, and highly productive working relationships across disciplines at agency and with our clients.

  • Create and communicate UX Design project plans that account for project constraints and client preferences.

  • Represent this agency client’s UX Design externally (e.g. conferences or publications).

  • Proactively coach and mentor other team members.

  • Provide expert-level guidance on project deliverables and workflow to the project team.

  • Support the UX Director and VP of Experience Design in process or growth initiatives.

  • Recognize and pursue UX Design opportunities with existing and/or new clients with support of account development team members.


Requirements

  • At least five years experience with information architecture, interaction design, user experience design, or similar field.

  • Experience and comfort working in a fast-paced, digital agency environment across multiple work groups and with multiple concurrent projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to design and define user experiences from blank sheets of paper to sitemaps and wireframes to developed sites.

  • Strong understanding of web interactions: patterns, best practices, common challenges website developers face and solutions to those challenges.

  • Have a collaborative, self-motivated, "always-learning" spirit, driven to improve user experiences everywhere at all times through smart design and applied effort.

  • Willingness to support occasional travel to client sites.

  • Demonstrated experience providing expert-level guidance on project workflow and design deliverables that achieve the best possible project outcomes given a set of budget, timeline, and client constraints.

  • Demonstrated experience working with colleagues and clients in a 100% remote environment including day-to-day communication and workshops.

  • Experience with WordPress as a platform, including custom post types, taxonomies, and use of WordPress beyond typical “blog” use cases. Or similar experience with a different CMS (and at least some familiarity with WordPress).

  • Experience migrating or building WordPress websites using the block based (“Gutenberg”) editor or similar experiences with a different CMS.

  • Understanding of content strategy, publishing workflows, and content management platforms.

  • Demonstrated history of mentoring, teaching, or guiding other designers.



Nice to have

  • Experience with Figma and/or Sketch.

  • Formal UX or design education.