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Interaction Designer

Be part of a small and dynamic team at the Centre for Homelessness Impact, designing and delivering digital products that support people to use data and evidence to end homelessness.

Interaction Designer

The Interaction Designer works with the product team to design and prototype new ways of making evidence accessible and useful. 

We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and are committed to celebrating and supporting diversity. We know we will thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community.  We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with experiences of homelessness.


IN A NUTSHELL:

You will be part of the small and dynamic team at the Centre for Homelessness Impact, designing and delivering digital products that support people to use data and evidence to end homelessness. 


WHY IS THIS ROLE IMPORTANT FOR THE CENTRE’S WORK

Our mission is to 'end homelessness with evidence. This is our North Star. We understand that we can only create a society in which any experience of homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring by giving policy makers and people on the ground the tools and evidence of what works.  We are looking for someone to join our newly formed multi-disciplinary product team, to lead the user experience design across our existing tools and website, as well as prototype new online products and services. 


IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL:

  • Design and continually improve the Centre’s digital products and services, starting with the existing evidence tools.
  • Champion and implement world-class design and user-experience across our products and platforms.
  • Contribute to a culture of rapid iteration to test ideas, and assumptions with real users.
  • Providing in-depth knowledge of the users’ needs and championing these in the delivery of our data and evidence digital products and the services
  • Work across all parts of the design process: user research, concept development, prototyping, UX + UI, collaborating with development partners, and internal subject matter experts.  
  • Be able to see your work live and out in the world – our tools are used by practitioners, policy-makers and researchers every day. 
  • Get your teeth stuck in complex challenges, and have autonomy to invent and envision new tools and pioneering offers that help end homelessness by better use of evidence.
  • Work alongside a team of passionate people with deep expertise in data science, systems change, lived experience of homelessness, design, economics and policy-making.  

 

YOUR EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

  • UX / Interaction design degree or course equivalent – we also welcome applications from those who are self-taught.  
  • Expertise in prototyping – from live online experiments to in-person testing using sketches and mockups. 
  • Demonstrated ability in applying the principles of visual design (colour, type, grid, hierarchy) to screen-based interfaces.
  • Can think conceptually (and can possibly quickly sketch the concept rather than document it!)
  • You’re skilled in a range of interactive tools for visual and digital design, as well as prototyping, such as Figma, Adobe Creative Suite, etc. 
  • You are passionate about uncovering user needs, navigating the needs of multiple internal and external stakeholders to identify opportunities, and translating them into better products and services.
  • You’re comfortable conducting rapid, incremental and iterative user research and prototyping to test hypotheses and assumptions
  • You are able to use insights from ongoing user research to identify product improvements and unmet needs. 
  • Understanding of agile and lean ways of working  
  • As comfortable collaborating as you are originating ideas and content autonomously and acting self-directed. 


NICE TO HAVE:

  • Some dev skills or understanding of front-end development for prototyping 
  • Experience designing in and using Webflow or similar no-code platforms
  • Can simplify things and avoids jargon

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

Salary: £31,000-40,000 (pro rata if part time), depending on experience and location. 

Both full and part time considered.

Location: Flexible, although applications from Scotland, Wales, NI or from the North of England especially welcome.

Travel will be required on an ad hoc basis, which may be outside normal working hours.


CLOSING DATE

Midday Wednesday 12 January 2022.

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 17th January 2022 via video call.  


If you are interested in applying please send your CV, some examples of your work, and a cover letter (up to two sides of A4) to careers@homelessnessimpact.org, detailing why you think you are qualified for this role and why you want to work at the Centre. For a brief discussion about the role please contact Karoline at karoline@homelessnessimpact.org. We would really appreciate it if, in your application, you can please state where you initially saw the role advertised.

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General information

Who we are

We’re a social startup in the homelessness sector. Our mission is to end homelessness by helping charities, local authorities and policy-makers understand which programmes and strategies work best. We’re big believers in the power of evidence and human-centred design when it comes to solving complex social problems like homelessness – and we’re looking to build a small, agile team to deliver content, training and platforms that make a real difference to those affected, as well as people working towards a future without homelessness.

Joining a relatively small team you’ll be a big part of shaping the way we work, collaborate and deliver impact. You’ll also have a great opportunity to assert your aesthetic and personality on the centre and its work in a meaningful way.

Our values

We value optimism, diversity, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, a talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making each other successful. If you identify with our values and want to help us end homelessness, we’d love to have you in. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with lived experiences of homelessness.

Location

Flexible

How to apply

Read our job descriptions above and apply by emailing a cover letter and CV to careers@homelessnessimpact.org and reference the job title.

In your cover letter, please address the points outlined in the person specification section of the role you are interested in. 

For any queries you can email careers@homelessnessimpact.org and a member of the team will respond.

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