Digital Product Designer, MPR|APM

6 days ago
Remote - All Locations • fulltime

American Public Media Group

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Who We Are:

The mission of American Public Media Group (APMG) is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences and assisting them in strengthening their communities.  We aspire to be the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people, and we seek to create a diverse, inclusive culture focused on growth and outcomes to serve our audiences. 

APMG's primary operating divisions Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and American Public Media offer multi-regional FM broadcast channels, website, mobile and social media channels, live events, national content creation and distribution. Together, these divisions operate 49 public radio stations and 42 translators serving regional audiences in eight states from Minnesota, Michigan and the Upper Midwest to Idaho and California; distribute a portfolio of more than twenty national programs reaching nearly 20MM listeners weekly through 1,000 radio stations; serve rapidly growing audiences on digital, social and mobile platforms; and produce an increasing and diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, mental health, water, early brain development, business and investigative journalism. 

Your Role:

Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media are hiring a Digital Product Designer.  A successful candidate will join a Digital Product team of web developers, software engineers, and designers committed to bringing the best public media content to the digital world. This team supports all Minnesota Public Radio services including MPR News, Classical MPR, and The Current. It also supports many nationally produced shows including APM Studios (Brains On!, Terrible Thanks for Asking, Too Beautiful to Live), APM Reports (including the In the Dark podcast), Splendid Table, Performance Today, and YourClassical.

Are you passionate about news design and helping award-winning journalists inform our community? Are you eager to work on multiple digital products with a talented and committed group of web developers, software engineers, and creative designers? Are you eager to craft your UX and UI designs into a coherent suite of digital products that establish an emotional relationship with public radio audiences and audiences that have not yet connected with public radio?

At MPR|APM, you’ll have the opportunity to do all of these things as the Digital Product Designer in Digital Products.

Minimum compensation: $64,300 annually. Exact salary determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.

Application Deadline: March 2, 2021

Location: Remote-All Locations

Position Responsibilities:
  • Work with the director of Digital Products, and team leads of Web Development and Software Engineering to establish the digital product roadmap.
  • Collaborate with Audience Development and Audience Research so that product designs are informed by targeted audience segments and comprehensive analytics research.
  • Conduct user research and user testing processes to create feedback loop to inform and improve product decisions.
  • Establish guidelines to improve overall digital product coherence.
  • Lead development of products with a focus of moving beyond just utility to include product emotion and feel.
  • Develop high level digital product prototypes to advance the UX process.
  • Develop wireframes for websites, native apps and internal software to advance the UX process.
  • Create UI Visual Designs for wireframes
  • Collaborate closely with the Web Development team during the implementation of product designs through launch.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Creative Services to ensure brand consistency and when needing to develop new brands/brand assets.
  • Assist the digital team in other project-related tasks as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • 4 - 6+ years of experience in design of digital products including websites, web apps, native apps, software user interfaces.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Experience gathering feedback from users at various stages of the design process and incorporating into further iterations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in multiple departments/divisions.
  • A love of analytics.  Experience using a combination of data and user feedback to make product decisions.
  • Experience in designing UX for mobile first and optimizing for multiple devices.
  • Awareness of the latest trends and up-to-date with latest technologies and techniques.
  • An understanding of the full digital product development process, including working with Digital Content leads, Front-End developers, and Software Engineers.
  • Ability to create high-level prototypes of design concepts.
  • Ability to handle tight deadlines and quick turnaround.
  • Ability to work efficiently with limited direct supervision.
  • Ability to work with changing deadlines and in fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency with design tools like Sketch and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Proficiency with at least one modern prototyping tool (Pixate, InVision, Framer, Marvel, Oragami, etc.)
  • Experience discussing content strategy with content leaders to inform product and design decisions.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • Two years of experience in web development.
  • Experience designing digital audio experiences.
  • Experience designing user registration interfaces for media websites and apps.
  • Experience leading a project team of numerous stakeholders, through a design process.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Physical Demands: 
  • Required to move about in an office environment and sit at extensive periods of time
  • Required to move about in the community
  • Reach with hands and arms
  • Balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch
  • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
  • Working Conditions: 
  • Moderate noise level
  • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

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