Employment Type:
Full time
Posted:
4/4/2018
Job Category:
Design
Industry:
Government
Compensation:
$45,972 - $73,105
Web Site Designer- Entry/Mid-Level - 30000747
(This job is no longer available)
National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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Job Description

NSA Overview

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation.  The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense.  The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.  The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive of classified national security information.

The National Security Agency (NSA) is currently seeking experienced Web Site Designers to join the NSA Web team responsible for designing and developing state-of-the-art websites and web applications for the Agency intranet, and performing all aspects of designing, developing, publishing, and maintaining the content and applications for the NSA.gov website.

As a Web Site Designer, your responsibilities may include:

- consulting extensively with customers to elicit project requirements, provide content strategy services, and establish and communicate project timelines and milestones
- collaborating with team members, as needed, to ensure technical solutions are implemented to meet project requirements
- communicating ideas through low and high fidelity mockups
- designing, developing, and implementing user-friendly, professional, visually-pleasing websites and user-interfaces for web applications
 
Skills
 
The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (oral and written), problem-solving, analytic, interpersonal skills, and is:

- results-oriented
- detail-oriented
- accountable
- adaptable
- able to negotiate with and influence others
- able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a collaborative environment
- able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables

Experience in the following is required:

- Designing graphics appropriate for websites (e.g. web limitations, screen resolutions, how to create graphics for use in HTML layouts, etc).
- Creating and effectively arranging graphics, images and all other content into a creative, cohesive, functional, and visually-pleasing website utilizing best practices in User Interface/User Experience design.
- Turning a graphic layout into a fully functional web page (i.e., knowing how to slice up graphics and layouts into an HTML framework).
- Translating written/verbal themes and ideas into appropriate visual design.
- Creating original artwork using image editing programs (ability to illustrate a plus).
- Proficiency in HTML and CSS required. Must be comfortable hand-coding HTML without use of a WYSIWYG. Proficiency using CSS for layout and positioning. Proficiency in JavaScript a plus.
- Proficiency with Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
- Knowledge of requirements as defined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act a plus.
- Strong understanding of web design principles and best practices.
- Strong understanding of information architecture, navigation, and usability principles.

Additional qualifications include an online portfolio showing recent examples of your web design work demonstrating your UX and graphic design skills. Applicants without a current web design portfolio will not be considered.
 
Qualifications
 
Salary Range:  $45,972 - $73,105 (Entry/Developmental)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered.

Degree must be in Visual Communications, Graphic Design, Web Design, or a related field (e.g., Web Technologies, Computer Science, and Programming).

Relevant experience must be in visual communication of information (e.g., layout and design principles). Must also demonstrate knowledge (through coursework or experience) in using web-authoring software and web programming languages (e.g., HTML, JavaScript).

The ideal candidate must be proficient with HTML and CSS; and possess experience in web authoring tools (Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator).

Additional qualifications include an online portfolio showing recent examples of your web design work demonstrating your UX and graphic design skills. Applicants without a current web design portfolio will not be considered.

Salary Range:  $68,036 - $106,012 (Full Performance)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered.

Degree must be in Visual Communications, Graphic Design, Web Design, or a related field (e.g., Web Technologies, Computer Science, and Programming).

Relevant experience must be in visual communication of information (e.g., layout and design principles), using web-authoring software, web programming (e.g., HTML, JavaScript), and website design. Experience using Photoshop, Illustrator, or comparable software is required.

The ideal candidate must have at least 3-5 years of web design experience leading large-scale website design projects; be proficient with HTML and CSS; and possess extensive experience in web authoring tools (Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator).

Additional qualifications include an online portfolio showing recent examples of your web design work demonstrating your UX and graphic design skills. Applicants without a current web design portfolio will not be considered.
 
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
 
This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.