Apollo Group, Inc. was founded in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to one in which approximately half the students are adults and over 80 percent of whom work full-time. Apollo's founder, John Sperling, believed -- and events proved him right -- that lifelong employment with a single employer would be replaced by lifelong learning and employment with a variety of employers. Lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated solely to the education of working adults.
Aptimus, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. We are the full-service, in-house marketing agency for Apollo Group education institutions, including University of Phoenix, College for Financial Planning, Insight Schools, Institute for Professional Develepment, Meritus University, Olympus High School and Western International University. Through our proprietary technology and media partnerships we create richer, more relevant brand experiences for students and consumers.
The UX team at Apollo Group is dedicated to building the best user experience for our students and faculty. We are looking for top-end talent to join our close-knit team of innovative designers working in a strategic and highly collaborative environment.
We are seeking an Interaction Designer to help create an engaging and effective user experience for our cutting-edge educational platforms and products. Must be driven to solve the big challenges of online education at large, global scales in creative and meaningful ways (such as linking education to careers, personalized and adaptive learning tools, mobile tools, big data, and gamification).
-Create systematic and scalable information architecture and interaction design for web-based educational applications and platforms. Deliverables include site maps, flows, storyboards, conceptual designs, wireframes and prototypes with detailed functional specifications.
-Tackle big-picture design challenges such as encouraging engagement through gamification, using big data to personalize learning, and developing responsive and mobile-first approaches to our product suite.
-Lead user-centered design process from conception to deployment by coordinating design deliverables from user research, other designers, and UI development.
-Work closely with the User Experience Center Research Team to conduct user research early and often, in order to understand user needs, validate product direction, and fine-tune design.
-Build reusable and scalable patterns, and maintain consistency of design across a large scale platform with multiple designers.
-Work closely with multidisciplinary teams from design, product management, engineering, development and business to ensure successful development of a holistic solution that benefits our users - students, faculty, and educational staff.
-A minimum of 3 years of experience as an interaction designer, information architect or user interface designer in a high-tech environment.
-Minimum of 3 years of experience with design and prototyping tools like Omnigraffle, Axure, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator or similar tools.
-Minimum of 3 years of experience discussing and directing visual design to ensure that it meets the user experience vision.
-A Bachelor's degree in Human Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Information Science, Computer Science, or an equivalent combination of formal education and directly related experience, is required.
-Thorough knowledge of principles and guidelines of interaction design, information architecture and usability.
-Conceptual understanding of user experience research methods and the benefit of conducting user research early and often.
-Visual design experience is a plus.
-Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and work well in multi-disciplinary team environment.
-Excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively interact with business and software development teams.
-Availability to travel for meetings with business sponsors, to participate in user research, and to meet with project teams.
Apollo Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes diversity