User Experience Designer - Remote at NWEA (Portland, OR)

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User Experience Designer - Remote

Note: This is a fully remote role. The successful candidate may work from any location within the United States. Necessary equipment will be provided by NWEA.

Position Summary

At NWEA, we believe in K-12 students and the teachers, administrators, families, and caregivers who

make education possible. Drawing on 40 years' experience and a wealth of powerful data, our vision is to transform education by empowering students and teachers.

NWEA is seeking a creative User Experience (UX) Designer for a full-time position within our Experience Design team. As the person in this role, you'll be responsible for translating user research and business/product requirements into sitemaps, user flows, customer journey maps, wireframes, mockups, and prototypes. Using proven Human-Centered Design (HCD) methodologies, you'll identify and define targeted audience segments, their goals, tasks, and criteria for success.

This role works closely with Design Leads, Senior UX Designers, Product Managers, and Technical Product Managers to design the overall functionality of our products. Throughout the design process-from creating user flows and wireframes to building user interface mockups and prototypes-you'll envision how our partners experience our products. Then you'll bring your vision to life in a way that feels delightful while advancing our mission to help all kids learn.


  • Translate concepts into user flows, wireframes, mockups, and functional prototypes that lead to an intuitive user experience.
  • Integrate user feedback and business requirements into ongoing product updates.
  • Work closely with business analysts, UX researchers, product managers, and partner user
  • groups to ensure that UX requirements and objectives are met.
  • Collaborate with technical product managers to ensure that the design works with the technical solution and propose new designs within technical constraints that still provide a delightful user experience.
  • Participate in and support user research, plan and conduct UX workshops, and conduct usability tests.
  • Participate in executing the overall UX strategy, select and manage tools, and integrate UX
  • design into the product life cycle.
  • Design components for NWEA design system, maintain thorough documentation, and collaborate with developers on the creation and adoption of these components.
  • Advocate for the prioritization of design-centered changes, refinements, and improvements
  • when applicable.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the success of the NWEA experience design team
  • and the entire organization.
  • Be cognizant of the impact that design can have on students, teachers, parents, and caregivers,
  • and champion equity in all aspects of your process.

Skills and Abilities

  • Deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and the ability to execute,
  • articulate, and advocate for these outcomes in your designs.
  • Ability to conceptualize the abstract design and product related concepts and deliver designs.
  • Creative ability to envision and articulate the user experience.
  • Ability to work with partners and internal experts to develop user personas.
  • Advanced knowledge of internet functionality and comparative browser features.
  • Knowledge of design software.
  • Knowledge of HTML and other web technologies is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of usability best practices as they apply to websites and online applications.
  • Strong facilitation, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills.


  • Instill trusts: Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and
  • authenticity.
  • Communicates effectively: Develops and delivers multimode communications that convey a
  • clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Customer-focused: Builds strong customer relationships and delivers customer-centric
  • solutions.
  • Drives results: Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances.

Education and Experience

  • Portfolio highlighting multiple projects and direct contributions is a must.
  • Minimum bachelor's degree in HCI, human factors, information design, web design, or related
  • field, or comparable experience in the industry. An equivalent combination of education and
  • experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Three to four years of experience in documenting and creating design solutions for a complex
  • application or service to meet business requirements and objectives.
  • Knowledge of accessibility and accommodation requirements related to user interface
  • development, a plus.
  • Experience working on design systems.

About Us

NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency-and provide timely data to help tailor instruction. For more than 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K-12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. More than 11 million students in 146 countries use our solutions to support their learning and growth each year.

What We Can Offer You

At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees' base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees' holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.

NWEA strives to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices the center of our work. Our organization's mission, Partnering to Help All Kids Learn, is the foundation for our DEIA commitment as we work to reflect, value, and support the educators, students, colleagues, and communities we serve. We seek to empower and engage all stakeholders in the research, services, solutions, and products we provide, our organizational culture, and the partnerships we establish with schools, districts, states, and countries.

NWEA™ endeavors to make accessible to all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please call us at (503) 624-1951 or e-mail us at [email protected] and let us know the nature of your request, your location and your contact information. This is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

NWEA™ is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For our EEO Policy Statement, please visit our website. If you'd like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please visit the EEOC website
More Information on NWEA
NWEA operates in the Edtech industry. The company is located in Portland, OR. NWEA was founded in 1977. It has 930 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 4 open jobs at NWEA, click here.
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