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Sunday, December 13, 2009

F/T - Information Architect - MTV

Information Architect - ARC CMS
Location: New York, NY - 1515 Broadway
Company: MTV Networks
Channel: Strategic Services
Added to system: 12/9/09 12:39 PM

The ARC CMS Product Development team at MTV Networks’ Global Digital Media group is looking for a mid to senior level Information Architect. As part of the ARC team, you will be a strong user advocate and collaborate closely with a team to produce great interactive applications and tools for our internal users.

Our IA will work closely with our domestic and international users (site leads, digital producers, content editors, developers, etc) to define and refine functionality, analyze task workflows, and generate functional specs and user stories for our in-house home grown content management tools. We’d like you to have some design chops and sensibilities so that our interface looks and feels great. Knowledge and experience in agile, iterative product development methodology is a big plus. Understanding of best practices in user experience design and modeling is an absolute must! Experience in rich internet application product development for tools and utilities is desired, as is experience with HTML, Flash, Photoshop, Visio, and/or related product design tools. This isn’t a technical/developer position – but we’d like you to have some knowledge of how things work.

Our optimal candidate will have hands-on experience with web content management systems or other enterprise class tools and utilities…we’d like you to share a common language with our end users and “walk the talk”.

This is a staff position with full benefits. Applicants will be expected to provide examples of their work upon request.


* Contribute to the development of new product interfaces, feature sets, and information flows specific to the ARC product and related tools.
* Work with Production, Product Development, Design, and Technology to optimize existing ARC/GDM products and templates
* Contribute to the design of user testing and analysis of results; conduct user interface, heuristics, and task workflow evaluation through testing and user interaction observation, and make recommendations based on your findings
* Create detailed wire frames, story boards, mock-ups, user flows, and presentations to effectively illustrate interfaces, ideas and architecture
* Implementation of the user interface design
* Create user stories that can be utilized by the development and QA teams for builds and testing
* Keep abreast of best-practices for user interaction and design

Required Qualification/Skills:

* Experience with enterprise class application development and related systems in a large-scale corporate media environment (entertainment, TV, publishing, etc)
* Excellent visual communication skills
* Proficiency in Microsoft Visio and the Adobe Creative Suite
* Familiarity with current web technologies (HTML, CSS, ActionScript etc)
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Excellent analytical ability
* Knowledge and understanding of sound UX/UI principles: task workflows, usability design and methologies, user story creation, prototyping as it relates to content management applications
* Creative thinker with the ability to quickly come up with concepts and ideas in a team/group setting
* Excellent communication and relationship skills with all levels of executives, management, administrative staff; assertive diplomacy to keep things moving
* Outstanding attention to detail and organizational abilities, ability to troubleshoot and provide feedback, guidance and solutions for product development plans a must
* Strong interest and knowledge of online industry and/or entertainment industry (games, music, new media) required
* Strong hands on standard office computer skills - proficiency in MS Office, PowerPoint, Project, etc
* Experience with Agile-flavored iterative product development methodology (Scrum, ScrumBut)
* Bachelor’s degree required, 2+ years experience is preferred

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