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Interaction Designer

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Interaction Designer
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0180334
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

University Relations is seeking an Interaction Designer to join our multidisciplinary team to craft digital experiences for our various audiences, from prospective and current students to alumni and industry partners. Projects run the gamut from websites and editorial stories to mobile applications and email marketing. As a critical member of the Design and Digital Strategy team, the Interaction Designer works closely with colleagues to deliver beautiful design and storytelling solutions.

The Creative Studio, composed of the Design and Digital Strategy team (graphic designers and web developers) and the Content Strategy team (editors/writers, photographers, mobile journalists, and video producers), is situated in University Relations within the Advancement division. The studio’s efforts are strategically aligned to support university-level priorities.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in design, visual communication, interaction design, human-computer interaction, or equivalent work experience.

Demonstrated knowledge and use of UX best practices and strategies.

Professional experience in digital graphic design, advertising, communications, photography or video production; in an in-house agency or educational setting, or a related setting, or equivalent experience in an academic environment.

Demonstrated experience in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat).

Strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in design, visual communication, interaction design, human-computer interaction, or related field.

Front-end coding experience, with skills in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (jQuery).

Experience with Agile project workflow.

Knowledge of prototyping tools such as Adobe XD or Sketch.

Experience collaborating with freelance teams and overseeing work both internally and externally.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Must have criminal background check, to include a driver’s license check.

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.

Infrequent regional and national travel may be required for the purposes of creative endeavors and professional development, which may include overnights and weekends. Must have the ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation.

Reports to the Director of Design and Digital Strategy in University Relations’ Creative Studio.

Employment Comments:

Candidates for this position are required to submit a link to an online portfolio that represents original work samples or attach a PDF as “portfolio” when they apply. Portfolios should include graphic design samples including layout, info-graphics, logo and identity work, ads, or any other relevant graphic design samples.

How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates must apply online at and search for posting AP0180334. Include with the faculty application, a cover letter, resume, and list of five references. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process please notify the Human Resources Service Center, 540-231-9331, A review of applications will begin after 02/26/18.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: University Relations
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F
Job Posting Date: 01/08/2018
Review Begin Date: 02/26/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Portfolio