Information Architect
March 14, 2007 12:10 PM

I'm looking for someone who is madly, deliriously, even quixotically passionate about Web usability and design.

We're a financially stable, 80-person company with a spiffy office environment in Northwest Austin.
(Drop "MetaFilter" in your subject line when inquiring so I'll know you're a MeFite.)

Builder Homesite, Inc. (BHI), a leading Web software developer, is seeking a full-time Information Architect to work at our offices in Austin, TX.
The Information Architect will design easy-to-use, measurably successful user experiences for our Web-based applications by exploring creative ways to harmonize user behaviors, business needs, and available content.
This position will primarily work across teams in our EX Squared Solutions group to develop high-profile consumer websites, intranet and extranet applications for our contract customers.
The ideal candidate will be strongly self-motivated, but will also routinely collaborate with product managers, business analysts, project leads, client representatives, and other BHI Technology staff.

Essential functions
The Information Architect will:
• Analyze product feature roadmaps, requirements and specifications to identify usability issues and recommend solutions
• Facilitate task analyses, usability testing and heuristic evaluation
• Define taxonomies, schemas, and other information structures, working independently, with subject matter experts, or with user groups
• Create site maps and interaction flow diagrams
• Design user interface prototypes and artifacts such as wireframes, storyboards, style guides, etc.
• Collaborate with visual designers and front-end developers to create & refine UI concepts and page designs
• Write solution sketches, usability reports, and other documentation

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their ability to meet the following requirements:
• Minimum 2 years experience leading user-centered design practices (UCD, UX, IA, ID, HCI, etc.) for consumer e-commerce websites
• Expert knowledge of interaction design patterns
• Ability to create rapid UI prototypes with common modelling tools (Visio, OmniGraffle, Photoshop, etc.)
• Familiarity with market-mature Web standards (XHTML 1.0, CSS2, WCAG, etc.)
• Strong sense of aesthetics, layout & design as appropriate for enterprise-class websites
• Superlative communication skills, both written and verbal
• Extreme attention to detail, consistency, and quality
• Ability to work unsupervised, self-manage deliverables, and multi-task concurrent projects
• Experience with Web marketing techniques (SEO, scannable copywriting, email marketing, etc.) a plus
• Experience with RIA design patterns for rich Internet applications (Ajax, Flex, etc.) a plus

About the company
Founded in 2000, Austin-based BHI pioneers the design, development, and operation of world-class technology and marketing solutions for the homebuilding industry, and beyond.
BHI's motto, "The Power of Collaboration," illuminates our unique ownership structure and process -- as a consortium of 38 of the nation's largest homebuilders, we combine our industry leaders' expertise and experience to create better solutions.
BHI's flagship product, New Home Source, is the nation's leading marketplace for new homes.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

payscale: $60,000-$75,000
job type: full-time
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