Digital Product Designer - Casual Games (WFH | FT or PT contract)

Location: VA-McLean
Company Order Number: 1553
# of openings: 1

Description

Brainstorm Creative Resources is supporting a highly visible, national media organization headquartered in northern Virginia, that is looking to engage a Senior Digital Product Designer in either a full-time, staff position (with excellent benefits) or a mid- to long-term full-time or part-time contract role. All work can be done one-hundred-percent remotely and this opportunity is open to applicants anywhere in the United States. The comittment will require consistent availability during typical business hours throughout each week.

OVERVIEW: 
The employer's Product Design & User Experience team handles a variety of consumer-facing information and entertainment products. For this particular role, they're seeking someone who is passionate about entertainment and gaming experiences. Enjoy crosswords? Maybe even a little sport betting? This opportunity might be for you. In this role you will work with fellow designers, product managers, business analysts, and technology developers to shape next-gen consumer experiences. The employer's apps, websites, content verticals, and events reach a broad national and local audience.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Iterate on design strategies and UX solutions that address business goals and customer needs.
* Ensure consistency in UX flows and interactions across multiple platforms and devices.
* Perform qualitative research, followed by iterative usability testing to validate insights.
* Translate insights and strategy into concept prototypes, clearly communicating your vision through your artifacts.
* Drive strategic consideration of the desired customer experience through frameworks, product prioritization, roadmaps, CX designs, etc.
* Use visual and tangible storytelling to share your discoveries, influence stakeholders, and create energy around an idea or an initiative.
* Leverage a generative work style: you can visualize and iterate rapidly at different levels of design fidelity (e.g., sketches, wireframes).
* Work with and develop expressive design systems that are efficient and scaleable.
* Proudly deliver high-fidelity outputs that are consistent, pixel-perfect, and dev-ready.

REQUIREMENTS: 
* BA and/or equivalent professional experience in UI/UX design, design strategy, communication design, visual design and/or human-centered design.
* 4-7 years of design experience, preferably within a product, publishing, or agency setting.
* Strong portfolio of work and/or studies that clearly demonstrate the breadth of your relevant experience. 
* Substantial hands-on expertise with product design and agile methodologies.
* Expertise in human-centered design and design thinking tools and methods.
* Experience working for or on behalf of a digital product & services company. 
* Experience designing across multiple devices and contexts (desktop, mobile, accessories).
* Hands-on knowledge of product design tools such as Figma, usertesting.com (preferred but not required) and Adobe CS.
* Comfortable working in Microsoft Office Suite, etc.
* Ability to tell compelling stories about your work and present it confidently to your team.
* Strong written and verbal communication capabilities.

HOURS / LOCATION:
We are interested in receiving applications and inquiries from individuals who can work:
(1) 20 – 40 hours/week;
(2) during regular business hours; 
(3) 100% remotely at the location of their choice within the United States; 
(4) starting in April or May 2022; 
(5) in either a full-time, staff positoin or a contract role for at least three months. 
 
FULL-TIME SALARY / CONTRACT HOURLY RATE: 
Based on what we have learned during conversations with the employer, we can offer a contract rate range of up to $120/hour -- that's up to $240K annualized, when considered within the context of a long-term assignment with regular billing of 40 hours/week. Alternatively, we are advertising a staff salary range up to $120K plus benefits. 

We are aware that the hourly rate ceiling for the contract assignment is double the hourly rate indicated for the full-time role with benefits. We have helped multiple individuals find work with this employer in full-time and contract roles, within the rate ranges advertised, during the last two years. 

Brainstorm Creative Resources encourages client employers to pay competitively. Highly and relevantly experienced applicants can expect that we will make a strong, evidentiary case to our client, to pay you at the top of the range. However, its unlikely (but not impossible) that we will be able to pay less experienced applicants at the top of the stated salary range. 

The actual salary offered will be commensurate with experience and market norms. It will also be based on some or all of the following factors: credentials as detailed in your resume, your portfolio, interview experiences with Brainstorm Creative Resources and our client, and quality of reference providers and references provided.

BENEFITS: 
We will direct qualified applicants for full-time positions to a detailed Careers hub on the employer’s website and will also be able to address specific, benefits-related questions. 

APPLICATION:
Brainstorm Creative Resources is a recruiting and staffing firm that has been focused on placing creative and editorial professionals into freelance and full-time positions with Washington, DC-area employers since 2003. We are recruiting for this position at the request of our client, the hiring organization.
 
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