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Director, Product Design



Product, Design
Posted on Friday, August 4, 2023

The role:

  • As a member of our Design team, the Director, Product Design will lead the strategy and vision for design across our products.
  • You are a strong leader, design evangelist, and thought partner with comprehensive industry knowledge.
  • You will retain, motivate, and develop a high-performing design team while fostering an environment for helping others learn and grow.You do not shy away from difficult conversations and you will coach and mentor team members by providing effective performance feedback to improve and develop optimum performance through day-to-day design challenges.
  • You will produce non-obvious user experience insights to create innovative designs for Newsela and identify ways to improve the user experience both visually and by measurable user outcomes.
  • You will independently produce, deliver, and validate high-quality end-to-end product(s), with a focus on ideating short-term design strategies and features with our product team that balances strategic business goals with the needs of clients.
  • You will collaborate with core team members to introduce new product features and create a better user experience based on user feedback.
  • You will partner closely across our cross-functional team to bring the voice of the customer to every conversation – and ensure we are building the best products in the market.
  • You will be building the org by creating and executing on design vision with a focus on quality metrics for usability while delivering experiences that drive growth. You will be leading the design strategy and influencing direction by using data, examples, and sway to create the vision for where the product design should head for dynamic experiences.

Why you’ll love this role:

  • You will have the opportunity to have an impact on the design strategy and vision across Newsela’s products.
  • You will be joining a fun team with the opportunity for virtual get-togethers and on-site events throughout the year.
  • The team is a blend of high-functioning and collaborative Product Designers and User Researchers who are key in shaping our features and products.
  • You will have a direct impact on our customer-obsessed team who deeply cares about shaping our teacher and student experience, which will ultimately scale Newsela’s ability to bring engaging, culturally responsive learning content to K-12 classrooms nationwide.

Why you’re a great fit:

  • 3+ years of experience leading design teams and a minimum of 7+ years of product design experience. Skilled at implementing and optimizing the organizational structure and creative development processes that allow the design team to scale with the company.
  • Experience with a wide range of design prototyping tools and methods like sketching, storyboarding, diagramming, wireframing, prototyping, and user research.
  • Deep knowledge in 2-3 key areas: UX/Prototyping & Interaction Design, UI/Visual Design, Understanding Human Behavior, Business and Product Strategy, Design Thinking, Accessibility and Inclusive Design, Information Design, Information Architecture, and Design Systems.
  • Product-minded design leader with the confidence and ability to be a thought partner to business leads and our Senior VP of Product.
  • Cross-functional partnership experience across the organization, including Product, Engineering, Marketing, Customer Services, Sales, and Leadership.
  • You can effectively guide designers to communicate and negotiate with other cross-functional members.
  • You have proven experience fostering strong relationships with cross-functional agile teams while successfully managing many stakeholders through all phases of the design process.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal, and negotiation skills for a broad range of audiences including leadership.
  • Ability to drive end-to-end product design and lead the design strategy of our entire product portfolio.
  • You are confident engaging with executives and updating the design framework and processes to meet emerging customer and internal needs.

Base Compensation: $160,000+. Total compensation for this role also incentive stock options, bonus, and benefits. This compensation range may be adjusted based on actual experience.

About Newsela:

Newsela takes authentic, real world content from trusted sources and makes it instruction ready for K-12 classrooms. Each text is published at five reading levels, so content is accessible to every learner. Today, over 3.3 million teachers and 40 million students have registered with Newsela for content that's personalized to student interests, accessible to everyone, aligned to instructional standards, and attached to activities and reporting that hold teachers accountable for instruction and students accountable for their work. With over 15,000 texts on our platform and multiple new texts published every day across 20+ genres, Newsela enables educators to go deep on any subject they choose.

Why you’ll love working at Newsela:

  • Health & Wellness: Access to the world’s leading medical experts for healthcare (pets included!). Discounts and resources to stay healthy: mind, body, and soul.
  • Work From Home: Almost all of our roles are fully remote - tech stipend included!
  • Supporting ALL Families: Supplemental programs and time off to take care of your family and yourself.
  • Time Off: Flexible PTO to recharge, including Sabbatical Leave
  • Inclusive Experiences: Robust DEIB curriculum, Identity & Experience Groups (Affinity Groups + Employee Resource Group), Authentic & Transparent conversations with Executive Leadership Teams, and integration of DEIB lens across Talent lifecycle processes.
  • Professional Development: Holistic Learning & Development Programs that enable meaningful & inclusive experiences, programs that build future-focused competencies, cohort & community learning sessions that foster a sense of belonging, and individual development plans aligned with your personal and professional aspirations to turn goals into reality.
  • Make A Difference: No matter your role or department, the work you do each day helps share the future of education and improves the lives of students and teachers.

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