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UX Research Director

Employer
Meta
Location
Menlo Park, California
Closing date
Feb 25, 2022

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Position Type
UX / Design Researcher
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Business
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Our UX Research team is designing for the global diversity of human needs, which requires us to deeply understand the behaviors of the people behind them. Facebook Inc. UX researchers tackle some of the most complex challenges to gain deeper insights into how people interact with each other and the world around them, and work collaboratively to contribute new ideas to products that impact the experiences of billions of people on a global scale. We employ a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to accomplish our goals, including surveys, focus groups, field studies, usability tests, and 1:1 interviews. We value a diverse range of perspectives and stem from many different backgrounds- geographically, culturally, educationally, philosophically. We come from industry and academia, with roots in anthropology, design research, economics, HCI, human factors, market research, political science, sociology, social computing, and social psychology, among others. Facebook Inc. is looking for an experienced research leader with seasoned research, communication and people management skills. The successful candidate has a proven track record of translating research into design and product decisions. Its not enough to answer interesting questions about user behavior; our team focuses on impact. You will oversee a team of world-class researchers across multiple research disciplines. The successful candidate must be an expert researcher who can generate and socialize insights that impact the strategy and product roadmaps of complex and diverse products. The role also requires a proven track record of building and managing high-performing teams, preferably with researchers of different disciplines. Candidates must be able to articulate the vision of the team to cross-functional partners and be a strong advocate for the role of research in product development.

UX Research Director Responsibilities
  • Manage a research area with broad scope in size and complexity
  • Manage multiple research managers and ICs across multiple broad initiatives
  • Identify ways to elevate and up level Research with product leadership
  • Influence and drive strategy
  • calls out risks and opportunities across multiple teams
  • Consider factors beyond your immediate team to innovate, take appropriate risks, and balance short, medium, and long-term needs
  • Identify gaps and solutions for future growth and scale within the org, including system, product, function, partnership, culture and/or organization opportunities
  • Responsible for the quality of the team, including coaching, growing ICs and managers and addressing under-performance
  • Responsible for developing a cohesive and strong leadership team of managers
  • Be a role model for inclusive behaviors and build a diverse organization that values, respects and taps into different backgrounds and perspectives
  • Understands org health (engagement, retention, feedback)
  • effectively diagnose and make recommendations to solve complex issues that may span multiple teams
  • Communicate team purpose, contribution, and how it fits in with the broader mission of the company
  • Make the company better through engaging in cross-company efforts like recruiting, cross-functional partnerships, diversity & inclusion, or site initiatives
  • Actively recruit and close top tier talent to fill strategic open positions for both IC and management roles beyond your immediate organization
  • Drive team execution, culture, and process across the FB research community, broader FB community and/or externally
  • Form internal partnerships, influence, resolve conflict, build alignment, and work effectively across teams and disciplines throughout the company to execute the strategy
  • Proactively identify the largest problems impacting your teams execution and effectively resolve and manage dependencies
  • Identify relevant metrics and track trends to report progress relative to goals. (E.g., team health, research impact, product goals)

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or significant experience conducting UX research with meaningful business impact
  • 18+ years of experience conducting and/or studying research post-Bachelor's degree
  • 8+ years directly managing, coaching and developing full-time researchers
  • 5+ years experience managing managers
  • Directly managed across different research methodologies
  • Experience directly conducting primary research (either qualitative or quantitative) end-to-end (i.e., designing, fielding, analyzing and reporting out data)
  • Experience building teams over time through hiring, growing, and retaining high-performing researchers
  • Experience building and setting research strategy that connects with business strategy
  • Track record of translating research into business impact
  • Experience working with a variety of cross-functional peers and stakeholders (e.g., product managers, data scientists, designers, engineers, policy, communications, marketing)

Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters or Doctorate degree
  • Experience with consumer products, consumer insights, or product development
  • 5+ years of UX research experience

About Meta

Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today-beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.

Meta is committed to providing reasonable support (called accommodations) in our recruiting processes for candidates with disabilities, long term conditions, mental health conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs, or who are neurodivergent or require pregnancy-related support.
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