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Junior User Experience Designer (Web App) (Java, CGI, Visual Basic)

Position Description: 

  • Responsible for designing, creating, testing and maintaining web sites and content that enrich and optimize the exchange of information and produce effective communications between CSS and its customers.
  • Interact with team to gather and define requirements.
  • Analyze requirements to determine the most effective web technologies to satisfy their needs.
  • Coordinate creation and collection of necessary technology components and integrate them into a coherent site design.
  • Follow a formal design process that includes adhering to laws, standards, and established guidelines for development and delivery of the web site end product.
  • Design and develop visually-pleasing, content rich, user friendly interfaces with intuitive navigation.
  • Deliver comprehensive web site solutions to satisfy customer requirements. Maintain configuration management.
  • Build and enhance high-visibility, collaborative web application tools used in the day-to-day mission, throughout the customer and across the broader Intelligence Community (IC). Your work will enable data to be updated and shared in real-time and will help drive more informed and timely decisions in matters of security.
  • You will work with real-time data and create tools using cutting-edge visualization, development and analytic technologies.
  • Stay at the forefront of data visualization by staying current on trends, top tools and emerging technologies and recommend, advocate for, and implement solutions that are a fit.
  • Designing high-fidelity mockups using Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop
  • Creating design artifacts, workflow diagrams, low-fidelity mockups, wireframes, static and functional prototypes that supplement the high-fidelity mockups
  • Participate in usability testing to ensure applications meet 508 accessibility compliance
  • Participate in design review sessions, explain design concepts and decisions to creative director, development teams, product owners and stakeholders
  • Be part of collaborative and diverse team of junior, senior and expert level UX designers, developers, and mission leaders allowing you to mentor and learn from others.
  • High level of collaboration with multiple product teams to design detailed web application workflows to streamline our customer’s mission. Working closely with mission and users to identify trends with from the user’s perspective.
  • Provide support to software engineering teams to design modernized analyst web-based workspaces for tasks related to knowledge outputs from source systems.
  • Understand and follow user experience design processes, standards, and best practices
  • Communicate on a regular basis with creative director, product owners, development teams and stakeholders
  • Thus far, our team has created:
    • A streamlined, collaborative User Interface (UI) that shares data across agencies within the IC.
    • Cognitive Data Models to develop data transformations for easier consumption into the UI.
    • A UI that allows users to consolidate, organize, and reconcile data in a sandbox setting and updates real-time tabular, graphical, and map visualizations.
    • An analyst tool that enables users to quickly capture, document and access information.

Labor Requirements: 

  • Web Developer Level 0
    • Maintain a functioning user-accessible website
    • Codes less complex websites using HTML, Visual Basic, or other web-based programming languages
    • Support website planning and deployment
    • Write documentation regarding the website’s technical requirements
  • Web Developer Level 1
    • Maintain a functioning user-accessible website
    • Codes less complex websites using HTML, Visual Basic, or other web-based programming languages
    • Support website planning and deployment
    • Write documentation regarding the website’s technical requirements
    • Maintain website technical documentation to assist with website maintenance and upgrades
    • Apply concepts, develops, tests, maintain and supports high-performance, innovative web-based applications
    • Responsible for troubleshooting software problems and providing solutions to overcome those problems using the latest technologies
    • Work with management and information technologists to determine specifications
    • Use a variety of internet technologies, techniques and tools such as graphics software applications and object-oriented languages (e.g. Java, CGI, Visual Basic, HTML, XML) to create web page elements such as user interface features, site animation, special effects, databases, and e-business applications (from template/Labor Category document)

Technical Skills Required: 

  • Experience with task analysis and user interface design to include: Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Industrial Design, HCI, and Design Architecture.
  • Demonstrated ability to work iteratively with customers to gather and document user experience requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to design compelling and intuitive user interfaces.
  • A high degree of creativity, interaction design, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent presentation skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience partnering and communicating with System and Software Engineers under agile development processes.
  • Any years of experience with the following web application and graphic design technologies:
  • Expertise in visual or graphic design using tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, or equivalents.
  • Designing websites using HTML, CSS, Visual Basic, or other web-based programming languages

Special Technical Skills Desired: 

  • Experience with reviewing or processing TechSIGINT data
  • Analyzing and translating user requirements into software mockups
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas to a wide range of audiences.
  • Creating or reviewing design guides and documentation for mission users, and software development teams, ensuring that processes and specifications meet system needs and are accurate, comprehensive, and complete
  • Documenting scenarios (threads) and an Operational Concept that describes the interactions between the system, the user, and the environment, that satisfies operational, support, and maintenance, and disposal needs
  • Experience working in an Agile software development environment
  • Experience using Jira and Confluence

Minimum Experience Required: 

  • Web Developer Level 0
    • No demonstrated experience is required.
    • Associate’s degree in a technical discipline from an accredited college or university is required.
    • Two (2) years of WD experience may be substituted for an associate’s degree.
  • Web Developer Level 1
    • Four (4) years’ experience as a WD in programs and contracts of similar scope, type, and complexity is required.
    • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline from an accredited college or university is required. Four (4) years of additional WD experience may be substituted for a bachelor’s degree.
  • TS/SCI with Polygraph Required
  • TS/SCI clearance with polygraph
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