Resume

Experience

Niche.com, Pittsburgh, PA.
Niche combines data and user generated content to provide tools for researching life decisions and making the most out of those decisions. Starting as the company’s first in-house front-end designer and developer, and growing into leading the company’s product vision, I have played an integral role in dramatic increases in site metrics. With unique visitors per month growing by over 10 times, and user registrations per month by over 100 times, we decided our product could expand well beyond college coverage. I’ve had the pleasure of defining the product vision, expanding our coverage to k-12 schools, cities, companies, and beyond.

Product Manager, December 2012 – present
Supervise the company’s growing Product Team
Create and maintain the company’s long-term product roadmap
Manage creation of new features from initial ideation, through requirements scope, development,
     testing, launch, and follow-up analysis for future improvements
Create wireframes to supplement the product scope and requirement specifications
Conduct regular competitive analysis to inform product feature decisions
Perform A/B testing and usability testing to optimize user experience and revenue streams
Maintain communication between all company teams to ensure efficient and effective product growth

Lead Web Producer, September 2010 – December 2012
Supervised a full-time designer/front-end developer and a usability research intern
Managed the company’s visual brand presentation through both online and print mediums
Managed the development of key product features to continue to grow site metrics
Took on project management roles to ensure efficient and timely development processes

Web Producer/Front-End Developer, August 2008 – September 2010
Led the design and front-end development of company’s first in-house website
Designed and implemented new core site features to build a more competitive product
Established company’s first user testing procedures, including subject recruitment

Self Employed, Pittsburgh, PA
Freelance Web and Graphic Designer, August 2007 – present
For work samples, view http://www.davidjrush.com/portfolio/

Led creation of websites including design, implementation, and update management
Fulfilled client graphic design needs including logos, business cards, and brochures
Developed and maintained a consistent clientele that often returned for further work or referred clients
Performed SEO work to improve search engine results and internet branding
Managed content creation and integration as well as image editing and stock photo purchases
Managed all client proposals, contracts, communications, and billing

Skills

Front-End Languages: HTML, CSS, Javascript (including jQuery and AJAX)
Back-End Languages: ASP.NET (C#), PHP, Visual Basic, Java, Perl, C++
Web Technologies: WordPress, Google Analytics, Google Adsense, Google Webmaster Tools,
     Optimizely, Clicktale, Trello, Balsamiq
Design Software: Adobe Creative Suite CS5
Development Software: Microsoft Visual Studio, Subversion Version Control, Dreamweaver CS5
Data Software:Microsoft SQL Server, QGIS, SPSS

Education

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA | May 2007
B.S., Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction; Photography and Digital Imaging minor
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Dean’s List with High Honors, Science and Humanities Scholar