Digital Product Designer

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New York City, NY, United States

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18 days ago

The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
Position Summary:

Audubon's Digital Product Designer will work with the Digital Products team to lead UI/UX design efforts across our core digital properties including, the Audubon Bird Guide app, and other digital projects within the Product team’s purview. This role will sit within the New York-based Design team and report to the Art Director, with Digital Products being the primary “client.”

Essential Functions:
  • Work in collaboration with the Product team, strategize and execute on designs for new product features, iterative improvements to existing features, and in support of new initiatives. Initial projects and areas of focus include:
    • Refreshing the design system, including revisions to information architecture and core user flows
    • Implementing designs for custom editorial executions
    • Improving usability and interface of the Audubon Bird Guide app, both for new and existing features, with a focus on adding motion and life to the interface
    • Collaborating with web engineering and Product teams to make structural changes to in order to add flexibility for implementing custom designs
  • Own and manage the design system of and the Audubon Bird Guide app, including building and maintaining pattern libraries of reusable components in Figma
  • Design, build, and test rapid prototypes for new ideas, concepts, features, and user interactions, including front-end development where appropriate
  • Conduct user research to better understand user intents, validate new designs, and advocate for user-centered design principles throughout Audubon
  • Collaborate with Product managers, Design team, and other Audubon stakeholders to ensure designs are meeting or facilitating strategic goals, including presenting and articulating design decisions to internal stakeholder groups
  • Ensure all of Audubon’s digital products are accessible to all users, applying WCAG standards and collaborating with dedicated accessibility experts throughout the design process
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelors’ degree and five or more years’ experience in designing digital products for a wide audience (equivalent combination of education and experience also considered)
  • A proven portfolio of effective designs that shows creativity, a diversity of project types and outcomes, and a knack for delivering digital experiences that users love
  • The ability to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams, gathering feedback and requirements from a diverse group of stakeholders with varying levels of technical expertise and translating them into effective designs
  • Knowledge of the tools & frameworks that drive modern digital product development across web and mobile, and the curiosity to keep up with and apply broader industry trends to Audubon’s work
  • Experience/comfort working with Figma
  • Front-end markup/javascript experience a plus

This position is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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