Senior Interaction Designer

London, Nottingham, Coventry, Manchester, Sheffield, Darlington
£49,861 - £57,603
11 May 2022
11 Jun 2022
Full Time
Contract Type

We welcome a flexible working approach but regular travel may be required to one of our hubs in London, Nottingham, Coventry, Manchester, Sheffield, Darlington.

Job description

Right now, we have an exciting opportunity as a Senior Interaction Designer on the Teaching Vacancies team within the Digital & Technology Directorate.

Our mission in Teacher Services is to ensure we provide excellent teachers for every child. We support candidates on their journey to become a teacher - from helping them find the right teacher training course to making it easy for them to find a teaching role through Teaching Vacancies.

Teaching Vacancies officially launched in April 2019 as a free job listing service which helps schools to find the best new teachers, and saves schools time and money on recruitment. We also support teachers to easily search and apply for their next position. Teaching Vacancies is now the largest source of primary teaching jobs listed directly by schools in England. It’s also the second largest for secondary teaching jobs. Over 80% of schools are signed up to use the service. Last year, our job listings were viewed over 2.5 million times by potential jobseekers. The challenge now is to build on our success by encouraging more schools and jobseekers to use Teaching Vacancies, and iteratively improving the service to better meet their needs.

You can read more about our work by visiting the Teaching Vacancies: Blog.


As Senior Interaction Designer you will:

  • Design accessible services across channels, devices, browsers, and platforms that deliver real value for our users.
  • Understand user needs and track interactions across departmental and organisational boundaries.
  • Lead work within a multidisciplinary team to turn research into user-centred services, whilst collaborating with user researchers, business analysts and developers.
  • Create and rapidly iterate low and high fidelity prototypes to test and communicate ideas.
  • Support teams and drive the organisation to take a design thinking approach.
  • Ensure that the design of both staff and public-facing services is consistent, both internally and with the rest of GOV.UK.
  • Welcome constructive criticism and be able to constructively review the work of others.
  • Grow and contribute to design community within Department for Education (DfE) and across government.
  • Collaborate with designers across government to identify and design scalable, cross-government design patterns and standards.
  • Train and mentor other designers.
  • Highlight chances to create benchmarks and to identify potential areas of improvement.

    We are looking for you to demonstrate your experience to meet the following:-

    Essential Criteria
  • Experience of creating and implementing new processes or designing product or service journeys with a user centred approach.
  • The ability to manage expectations, give feedback and facilitate difficult discussions with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • The ability to lead the design direction and advocate user-centred design in a way that other people understand.
  • An understanding of interaction and user interface design with experience of creating user centred design interactions at both low and high fidelity, with accessibility in mind.
  • Experience in removing complexity from services and solving problems, balancing business needs.


At the Department for Education we offer:-

  • An environment with flexible working options, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexitime and compressed hours.
  • As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities which are tailored to your role.
  • As our work represents the whole of our population, the only way we can provide effective services is by being an inclusive and diverse organisation. We are passionate about maintaining an open and positive working culture.
  • A generous annual leave allowance of 25 days increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen’s Birthday as privilege leave and 8 days’ bank and public holidays.
  • Paid special leave for volunteering.
  • A wide variety of staff support networks including a Women's Network, BAME Network, Wellbeing Network, and many more.
  • As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK. For further information on these schemes please refer to the following website: Civil Service Pensions website.
  • Being a member of the Department for Education will give you access to schemes offering discount on various amenities including groceries, sports & activity groups and gym memberships.
  • Cycle to Work scheme and loans towards bicycle purchase.

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