Join our team and play a role in advancing equity justice in Canada. ArtsPond is a changemaker of a different sort. Devoted to radical inclusivity, our mandate is to nurture healthy ecosystems that promote social, spatial, economic, digital, and accessibility justice by fostering cooperative actions fusing social innovation and the arts on-the-ground and in-the-cloud.
About the role
UI//UX Design Associate, DigitalASO / OSANumériques is an integral part of ArtsPond’s digital innovation knowledge management and platform-building team. In collaboration with Executive Leads and a cross-functional team of researchers, designers, and developers, UI/UX Design Associate is tasked with supporting user interaction and design research activities for the development of DigitalASO’s Ecosystems Map.
Incubated by ArtsPond, the goals of DigitalASO / OSANumériques are to help foster a national innovation ecosystem for shared digital transformation of Canadian arts, culture, and arts services in response to collectively identified systemic issues. Featuring strategic alliance-, literacy-, and platform-building actions with regional and national stakeholders onsite and online, this transformative cooperative governance effort seeks to identify and strengthen regional advantages, national champions, cross-disciplinary institutions, shared digital resources and human-cloud infrastructure to help collectively bolster digital justice for all in Canadian arts and culture.
DigitalASO’s planned activities in 2021 include the cooperative publication of a digital transformation manifesto, co-design of an open source ecosystem mapping and matchmaking digital tool, and the scoping of a national alliance to help sustain access and inclusion for equity-seeking groups from the arts, cultural, and creative industries in the digital world.
Design of the Ecosystems Map will apply an iterative process rooted in the values of critical access. Our vision is for it to become an inclusive suite of interactive digital tools including visual cartography of non-geographic (i.e., conceptual, emotional) and geo-located digital transformation stories, networks, needs, resources, and initiatives. A recommender engine will also facilitate matchmaking between impacted groups for solutions in real and digital communities. These will help identify pathways to a more accessible post-pandemic digital future in Canadian arts and culture.
- Strengthen Ecology: Help strengthen humility and trust in regional and national ecosystems via open and honest collaborative dialogues led-by impacted equity-seeking groups
- Actualize Justice: Help actualize social and digital justice for equity-seeking groups in Canadian arts and culture through a generous spirit of reciprocity, respect, and mutual care
- Enable Equity: Boost access and inclusion for equity-seeking groups by celebrating and enabling the multi-dimensionality of difference, including beliefs, values, needs, and experience
Specific responsibilities include:
Design Research (30%)
- Conduct user research activities to gather user needs throughout the product design cycle, from ideation to post-launch
- Conduct usability testing sessions to validate designs
- Support relevant workshops as facilitator and researcher as needed
UI/UX Design (40%)
- Creation of low to mid-fidelity prototypes
- Synthesize input from all platform-building team members
- Ensure alignment with human-centered design practices and business objectives
- Incorporate accessibility principles (in collaboration with front-end development)
- Delivery of front-end UI/UX Design (for implementation by front-end development)
Product Development (30%)
- Support the testing and validation phase of the software development process
- Conduct quality assurance of the UX design
The ideal candidate(s) will have:
- Experience with applying the human-centered design framework and practices
- High comfort level in a cross-functional team structure
- Applied critical approaches to information, design, and/or access
- Relevant training or experience in UI/UX or interactive design (or equivalent)
- Specialized experience or unique approach to accessible design (or equivalent)
- Familiarity with user-centered design processes (or equivalent)
- Excellent oral and/or written communication skills
Additional experiences and interests that would be considered an asset:
- Familiarity with software and product development processes (or equivalent)
- Currently enrolled or a graduate of a master’s degree
- Familiarity with or a passion for arts and culture in Canada
This is a flexible, part-time, freelance contract from April to November 2021. Compensation is maximum $10,000 flat-fee. The position remains open until filled.
Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae outlining your skills and interests related to the position to:
Jessa Agilo, Founder, President + CEO
ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts
Please reference “21103 UI/UX Design Associate” in the subject line.
ArtsPond is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity or expression, place of origin, or race, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, provincial, or local laws. We particularly encourage equity-seeking groups including women, Black, Indigenous, New Canadians, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ and other diverse identities, cultures, and origins to apply. While we thank all who take the time to apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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