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UI / UX Engineer
Chicago, IL

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Job Description

About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country. The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched such iconic shows as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me…, and the groundbreaking podcast Serial. With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive news and insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to its diverse audiences throughout the Chicago area, as well as nationally and globally.

Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, streaming services, smart speakers, social media and mobile. Its flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is dedicated to producing high-quality journalism and engaging programs and podcasts. WBEZ's website,, and mobile app allow listeners to fully control their experience through its groundbreaking rePlayer functionality and on-demand platform. WBEZ's sister service, Vocalo Radio (91.1 FM,, targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative music format.

About the Job

Chicago Public Media, home to WBEZ, Chicago's NPR news station, is looking for a UI / UX Engineer to help bring beauty, usability, and best practice to the next generation of our digital news products, including web, mobile, and smart speaker experiences. Help us build the future of public radio.

This role demands a unique combination of creative and technical skills; Working with the Lead Software Engineer and Director of Product, you will have a keen sense for design, as well as strong coding abilities in a variety of front end programming languages.

In addition to helping design and code front end experiences, the ideal candidate will have experience in prototyping, and testing web and mobile applications with the goal of driving product success through creating and optimizing superior user experiences.

You will have a strong voice in essential design decisions, and work closely with a cross-functional team of thought leaders and content creators to create best-in-class digital news experiences for our audiences.

Technical & Creative Skills Required

Portfolio-proven mastery of user interface design, typography, and eye-catching visual imagery
Expertise in HTML5, CSS3 and Vanilla JS
Understanding of at least one JS Framework (React / Angular), with a willingness to adopt and learn new frameworks on the job
Understanding of SASS and / or SCSS
Experience using Node JS in conjunction with build tools such as Gulp and Webpack in command line
Strong understanding of performance implications and speed optimization of frontend web applications

Additional Requirements

Excellent communication skills, and a penchant for collaborative workflows
An excitement for news and an interest in public media.
This position requires frequent onsite collaboration

Not Required, but Appreciated

Familiarity with Cloud Computing services such as AWS
Familiarity with one or more backend programming languages
Experience with front-end media streaming technology
Experience with user-testing and interaction design

Working at Chicago Public Media

At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact. Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged. We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.

Chicago Public Media's dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work. We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come. Our benefits include:

6 weeks fully paid family leave
12 weeks paid maternity leave
High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
A 403(b)retirement plan with a company match
Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks' vacation and 4 personal days

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