Digital Product Designer (Communications Analyst, II)

www.rand.orginSanta Monica, CA, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, MA

RAND has an exciting opportunity for a talented digital product designer to join our in-house Digital Strategy and Communications Group, which is part of RAND's Office of External Affairs. The Digital Strategy and Communications Group strives to create products that help make RAND research and people more accessible to a broad audience through storytelling and design.

Digital product designers use their excellent visual design and data analysis skills to collaborate with key stakeholders and colleagues to develop concepts, wireframes, mockups, and quick prototypes, as well as polished visual design for RAND research. As such, you would be expected to think holistically about a product from start to finish, consider the end-user experience in everything you do while maintaining RAND's brand guidelines and ensuring that digital products are inclusive and meet accessibility standards. You will also decide when to apply established patterns and styles, and when to evolve them or leave them behind for something new. You will conduct usability studies to identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations based on your findings. Products that you work on will include digital articles, interactive graphics, data visualizations, microsites, and data tools. Additionally, you will be part of a broader, full-site redesign effort of the 50,000+ page rand.org site.

Qualifications

Required

  • Minimum 6 years of experience working on digital design products.

  • A strong portfolio of work that demonstrates an ability to implement effective, user-centered solutions.

  • Expert with Adobe Creative Suite and prototyping tools like Adobe XD, Figma, or UXPin.

  • Strong visual and typographic sensibility.

  • Experience designing for a variety of viewports.

  • Ability to take complex concepts and break them down visually and interactively.

  • Experience with incorporating data and data analysis into designs.

  • Understanding of web accessibility standards and inclusive design best practices.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team to accomplish tasks, problem solve, and explore new ideas.

  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written. Able to persuasively present design solutions to clients to generate excitement and consensus.

Preferred

  • Experience with data visualization tools, e.g., R Shiny, Tableau, D3

  • Experience with user research methodologies and practices.

  • Experience with large, high-traffic sites and content management systems.

  • Experience in communicating and enforcing brand standards guidelines.

  • Familiarity with workflow management tools like Jira or Workfront.

  • Previous work at a policy organization or media company.

Education

BA/BS in design, communications, marketing, HCI, or related field preferred.

Special Note

A portfolio of relevant work that demonstrates creative and useful design solutions to complex problems, thoughtful attention to information architecture, and excellent visual design skills is required in order to be considered for this position.

Location

Santa Monica, CA, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, MA

Equal Opportunity Employer: race/color/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/national origin/disability/vet

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