[JOB] Junior Front-end Developer

Our friends at AMF have a new position available. It’s for six months initially at a rate around $55/hour (I know, I know…but it is for a junior developer). Here’s the summary:

The Front-End Web Developer will be responsible for the development of user interfaces for customer web sites and internal business applications. This position requires an individual that combines a strong visual design background with technical/development experience who is comfortable with hand-coding and using standard development packages, tools and frameworks. This position is knowledgeable and passionate about current web technology trends and is capable of implementing compelling solutions.

If you’re interested in learning more or in applying, contact Ryan Campbell — She’ll give you the details.


From the folks at Genworth:

Genworth Financial-Richmond-VA (RP14653)

Resumes may be sent to martha.spada@genworth.com

The Manager of Digital Service Strategy will set the strategic direction and support the execution of the US Life Insurance’s digital servicing experience. This person must have a proven record of bringing together Technology, Marketing, Sales, Operations and Analytics to drive an improved user experience and deliver tangible business results.

Responsibilities include:
• Setting the vision for US Life Insurance’s digital servicing experience aligned with the strategic objectives of the business
• Generating, shaping and prioritizing ideas and defining a digital servicing agenda to deliver on this vision
• Direct oversight to key digital programs / projects and overall accountability for the portfolio of work on the digital servicing agenda
• Ensuring the current and future digital servicing experience meets all legal, compliance, and security policies / procedures specific to the US Life Insurance and known industry-wide best practices
• Nurturing relationships and facilitating forums with business and functional leaders to gain input and advocates for the digital agenda
• Developing hypotheses leveraging information-based analyses to understand trends, gaps and opportunities for improving the digital servicing experience
• Providing leadership, subject matter expertise and direction to a cross-functional team of business analysts, project managers, developers and testers
• Building effective partnership across businesses and functions, including Technology, Marketing, Operations, Sales, Brand, Legal, and other key stakeholders

Basic Qualifications:
• B.A. / B.S. or the equivalent working experience in business management, marketing, or related field
• 2-3 years of experience leading cross-functional teams in the development and execution of digital capabilities
• Able to manage multiple programs / projects and associated resources
• Strong analytical skills
• Proven problem solving and strategic thinker
• Strong teamwork, communication, influencing skills across all levels
• Strong organizational, planning and time management skills

Preferred Qualifications:
• MBA or the equivalent working experience in business management, marketing, or related field
• Experience in Financial Services
• 1-3 years of experience as a people manager
• Experience with User Experience (UX) design, user-centered design methodologies, information architecture, and other usability-related fields
• Experience with Abode CQ5 and SiteCatalyst
• Experience working in Agile
• Experience in mobile strategy development and delive

[JOB] UX job in Richmond

Not sure exactly what they want (perhaps a unicorn?), but for your interest:


Fun Facts from Interaction ’12

In Interaction Design Association’s annual conference recently concluded in Dublin. From co-chair Steve Baty as well as committee member Ben Arent, here are a few fun facts and a few points of note:

  • 749 people sat down to witness the opening Keynote from Luke Williams
  • Approximately 800 people were involved in the conference – full attendees, workshop-only, day passes, exhibitors and volunteers.
  • Interaction|12 saw around 170 more people in attendance than Interaction|11; and 270 more than Interaction|10. It was twice the size of Interaction|09; and around 375 people larger than Interaction|08.
  • More than 33 countries were represented a t Interaction|12, including every continent (except Antarctica)
  • Approximately 650 people travelled to Ireland from overseas – about 4.5 times higher than the international contingent at any previous Interaction conference
  • This was the first Interaction conference with live entertainment during lunch;
  • This was the first Interaction conference held outside North America
  • Despite the worst economic conditions seen in Europe or the US in 80 years, the conference was (marginally) profitable, delivering much-needed funding into IxDA to serve as seed funding for Interaction|13 and Interaction|14.
  • Speakers were drawn from more than a dozen different countries
  • The Interaction Awards were staged for the first time, and awarded during the course of the conference. This was truly a milestone event for the IxDA and the interaction design community. Jenn Bove and Raphael Grignani – and their organizing committee – did a fabulous job, and we have all benefited from their drive and insight.
  • #ixd12 had 3,378 tweets over all time, and around 2,876 during the conference.  http://cl.ly/131h0G1k403E231q1F3m/o ;
  • IxDAAwards, Docbaty, DaveIxD and Angel were the top tweeters. http://cl.ly/2y2D3B0l300b1a0k262G/o ;
  • Interaction12 facebook page has an equal gender divide, but it’s still mostly males between 25 – 34.
  • Our viral reach peaked during the conference. http://cl.ly/1o1U152y0n0j3S1P3m00/o (People love the photos)
  • Brazil was the 4th most reached country on our facebook page. http://cl.ly/3N1a2h3F0y1u1y181232
  • Our ‘Friends of Friends’ viral reach was viewed by over 162,000 people. http://cl.ly/0C2f0k2S3R050P0r2I00

[JOB] UX Architect

Here’s a new job opportunity from Udig. It’s a direct hire position with the base salary ranging from $65-$80K. For more info, or to submit your resume and portfolio, contact Andy Tullo (andy.tullo@udig.com)

Our cutting edge client in the digital space is expanding its User Experience team and has an immediate full-time position available for a User Experience Architect on their team.  The successful candidate will have 2-3 years of experience working on client facing projects and will join a team of highly experienced UX professionals.  This is a unique opportunity to join an exciting company and work alongside some of the DC area’s best UX minds.


The UX Architect will possess significant experience in areas such as User Experience, Information Architecture, UX Testing, etc. The UX Architect will be responsible for the visual design and modeling of systems and applications based on requirements gathered from stakeholders. These responsibilities include developing workflows, interactions flows/information architecture, navigational flows, and mock-ups, including conditional logic and decision points, to inform how best to build new products and services. The UX Architect will be expected to design quickly and efficiently with minimal instruction or supervision. A strong knowledge of user-centered design is essential to this position.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participating in stakeholder meetings exhibiting strong business communications skills and eliciting stakeholder requirements
  • Creating user-centered design for software projects by considering market analysis, customer feedback, and usability findings
  • Developing and communicating visual specifications
  • Participating in and adding value to creative, business, and technical discussions
  • Delivery of low, medium, and high fidelity page designs and scenarios
  • Quickly and confidently designing wireframes, flow charts, and mock-ups
  • Continuing to develop an active knowledge base of user-centered best practices


  • 4-year degree in HCI, Information Science or equivalent area.
  • Minimum of 3 years of user centered design, application and website development

    Other Skills

    • Creating detailed flow charts and other interaction design documentation
    • Deep understanding of user-centric design including task analysis and user scenarios
    • Possess the ability to collaborate with developers and engineers to define solutions
    • Intimate knowledge of various browser and platform requirements
    • Must be able to adapt on the fly and iterate rapidly with little to no supervision
    • Experience working and collaborating with business analysts to gather stakeholder requirements
    • Experience with iRise or other visualization tools like Axure, Balsamiq, etc. a big plus

Book Club

Join your fellow RVA UX enthusiasts for the first Richmond UX meeting of 2012, a book club! Come discuss “100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People” by Susan Weinschenk. Get your copy now–in fact, why not shop local and buy the book at Fountain Bookstore?

Also, if you have UX books you want to trade, bring them as well. Maybe you have an old edition of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web or The Design of Everyday Things that you’d like to pass on. Think of it as a UX bookswap!


January 25, 2012

Barrel Thief at Patterson and Libbie

6:00-8:00 pm

RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2661740337

2011 in review on richmondux.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Book Club in January…No, Really

You’ve still got time to read Susan Weinschenk’s 100 Thinks Every Designer Needs to Know About People.

Join us January 25 at Barrel Thief (Patterson & Libbie location). RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2661740337

It’s gonna be fun!

Next meeting: Book club

For the next RUX meeting, we’re doing a book club! The book is Susan Weinschenk’s 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People. The date is December 7…the place is to be determined.

Why not support local business and buy the book from an indie bookstore, Fountain Bookstore in Shockoe Slip: bit.ly/u7XnzU

Infographic Awesomeness: A Night with Column Five Media

The Richmond chapter of the AIGA is sponsoring an event Thursday night, 13 October:

Infographic Awesomeness: A Night with Column Five Media: “Column Five Media has carved a noticeable niche as infographic, data visualization, and interactive extraordinaries.”

If you’re not coming to edUi (or you are, but you wanna blow off the reception at the Library of Virginia), check out this cool program!