HomeAway, Inc., an Expedia brand based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing over 1.2 million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia; and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway.HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.

Design Technologist at HomeAway
Job Description:

As a Design Technologist for HomeAway’s Global Experience Design Group, you are the kind of person that makes exceptional user experiences come to life. You blend UX design and engineering expertise into a single progressive discipline. At HomeAway you will define the best practices and solutions for multiple types of technologies and platforms with an emphasis on responsive web prototyping. Design Technologists work hand-in-hand with our Experience Designers to conceptualize and define the user experience, while partnering with the engineering teams to deliver great experiences and patterns for HomeAway travelers and suppliers. As part of the Global Experience Design team, you’ll be empowered and challenged to tap the full range of your skills while also being in an environment of growth and learning to develop new skills.

Is this you?
- You will design and develop technology assets, interactions, motion behaviors and highly finessed experiences for A/B tests and usability tests.
- You will work closely with the Experience Design team members and technology partners to develop prototypes and presentation layer experiences.
- You will provide technical guidance and support for implementation.
- You will participate in both creative and technical evaluations, brainstorms and discussions.
- You will develop a systemic point of view to problem solving and pattern development, while contributing to the development of a signature HomeAway pattern library.
- You are a champion for the team and by working hard, respectfully and humbly, you earn trust and respect from your colleagues and managers.
- You are highly versed and skilled in responsive web (native mobile a plus).
- You don’t believe hierarchies make you a better design technologists, but you want to be rewarded and acknowledged for your great work.
- You are equal part interaction designer and developer.
- You exemplify the design technology role and inspire others by leading a great example.

Required:
- MS or BS in Computer Science and/or equivalent industry experience.
- 5 years experience as a key member of a UI/UX design team participating in the complete product development lifecycle.
- Expert proficiency with CSS (and JavaScript) transitions, animations, and motion behaviors
- Expert proficiency implementing both macro- and micro-interactions.
- Expert level proficiency with video and audio media for the web.
- Strong experience writing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code.
- Native Mobile IOS or Android a plus.
- Expert level knowledge of SEO trends and best practices.
- Strong interpersonal skills including strong verbal, listening and written communication.
- An eye for detail and a desire for performance and craftsmanship.
- Portfolio of work that demonstrates detail and attention to typography, layout, color, image and motion behaviors.

Benefits:
- Competitive health and insurance benefits
- Competitive salary
- Annual target bonus or commission
- Paid vacation and sick time
- Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit)
- Employee Stock Purchase Program
- Free snacks and beverages
- Frequent company update talks with our leadership team
- Free listing on HomeAway.com
- Electric, adjustable stand-up desk
- Discounted Metro & Rail pass
- Casual dress code



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Why work with us
Founded by Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd in February 2005, the idea behind HomeAway was to revolutionize the historically-fragmented vacation rental industry and establish the company as the clear market leader. The entrepreneurial spirit of the pioneers who created the very first vacation rental sites, many of which are now part of the HomeAway portfolio, fueled the early growth of the business and set the tone for the company culture that exists today. At HomeAway we work as a team, we work hard and we're competitive, but we always make time to celebrate our successes. From peer-nominated awards for those who have exceeded expectations with a free vacation, to company parties that celebrate holidays and achievements, we strive to maintain a culture where everyone's content and proud to call HomeAway their "home away from home!"
Culture
The HomeAway World Headquarters is located in downtown Austin, Texas. Employees love the proximity to restaurants, bars and retail — especially to the unofficial company cafeteria, the Whole Foods Market flagship store. The office space is also situated off of Lady Bird Lake, which has a fantastic hike and bike trail. HomeAway's four-story, 86,000-square-foot, mixed-use building was awarded Gold-level LEED certification in April 2010 for its use of eco-friendly materials. The design is vacation-themed and features a giant replica of the birdhouse from the HomeAway logo.
Perks & Benefits
Target Annual Bonus
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
4 Weeks' Vacation
Free drinks and snacks
Game room
Workout room/area, onsite showers and lockers, and bike lockers
Great medical, dental and vision plans

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