How to Apply
You must apply through the UM Jobs website (umjobs.org/). In addition to your resume, please submit a cover letter, not to exceed one page. In the body of your letter, please describe how the position fits with and advances your career goals. Your resume and cover letter will serve as a writing sample for the initial screening process.
Work samples are also required to be considered for this position. Links to relevant samples of work must be included with resume and cover letter. In addition, eight to ten samples representing quality and scope of work relevant to this position are required. Be sure to include links to websites and digital assets demonstrating your relevant technical experience (be sure to provide the entire URL). Candidates who are not in compliance with these requests will not be considered.
Note: Please submit your cover letter, resume, and work samples together as a single electronic document (a PDF is best, but there are other acceptable formats), as the system will accommodate only one attachment.
Who we are
LSA Advancement champions the liberal arts at the University of Michigan by creating access and opportunities for learning, engagement, and giving that will improve the world. We are more than 70 professionals building a positive work environment that supports the excellence and transformative power of the college’s liberal arts mission through values-based fundraising, marketing, and communications. To learn more about what we do, our culture (including our practice of positive organizational scholarship), and our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit our Join Our Team Website: https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/lsa-advancement/join-our-team.html
Who you are
You stand at the crossroads of where humanity meets the digital world filled with wonder and inspiration. You’re an intellectually curious, creative problem solver focused on design methodology who won’t compromise design standards to meet your solutions. You keep the user’s needs top of mind and you’re passionate about creating inclusive, accessible digital experiences for a diverse user population. You have a foundation in graphic design and are well-versed in typography, color theory, branding, layout, and visual and typographic hierarchy. You understand the importance of brand identity and have experience working within an established set of guidelines. You stay on top of design trends and best practices for the web. You’re proficient in UX design and prototyping tools and have at least a base level understanding of information architecture and front-end implementation coupled with a curiosity to grow this skillset. You analyze research findings to make design recommendations and employ a practical approach to your work which appreciates the trade-off between a perfect solution and a working, iterative one. Most importantly, you’re an empathetic and collaborative teammate committed to bringing your whole self to your work.
What you’ll do
You’ll tap into your creative energies and be inspired by the talent of your teammates. As our User Experience (UX) Designer, you’ll help our team create and maintain visually compelling yet intuitive web interfaces and HTML/digital communication assets. Using a digital-first, user-centered approach, you will work both independently and collaboratively to design engaging, interactive digital collateral with an eye toward usability, inclusive design, and accessibility. You will use research to make informed design recommendations, and you will illustrate design ideas using tools that demonstrate how sites look and function across devices and viewports. You will also present original concepts for websites and digital media that enhance the user experience of our core audiences in the digital space. Additionally, you will promote and uphold digital accessibility best practices with an eye toward improving and maintaining LSA’s accessibility and UX/UI design across all web properties and digital media for all users.
You’ll report directly to the Creative Director and are a key member of the LSA Marketing and Communications team which is part of LSA Advancement.
The salary range for this position is mid-60s to mid-70s.
A full job description can be found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16-N80y6Bm6ouZ6ZtRTkBzad6mdUUStA6/view?usp=sharing
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
Why Work at Michigan?
In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:
- Generous time off and paid holidays
- A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
- Many choices for comprehensive health insurance, starting on day one of employment
- Life insurance
- Long-term disability coverage
- Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
Here are the things you already have:
- A bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or 3 or more years relevant experience in user experience (UX) design, human-computer interface (HCI) design, graphic/visual design, interaction design, or similar.
- High level of creative vision and design sophistication.
- An understanding of information hierarchy/architecture, underlying code, UX frameworks, browser support, and industry best-practices driving recommendations for digital solutions.
- Experience designing engaging, interactive, intuitive user interfaces and digital collateral.
- Familiarity with accessibility standards and a demonstrated commitment to designing with those standards in mind.
- Specific experience in relevant UX design software like Figma, Axure, Sketch, Dreamweaver, Adobe Creative Suite, and similar.
If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can rock the role, we’d love to learn more about you.
Women, LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, visit lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.
To learn more about LSA’s Strategic Vision, visit lsa.umich.edu/strategicvision.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely. More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.