Trick question coming at you: Are you A) a manager with UX experience, or B) a UX pro with management experience? If without hesitation you answered B, then step on in here and let us show you around, because this gig is for a truly passionate designer who’s learned the joy of managing people and also happens to be darned good at it. As its deputy design director, you’ll help this truly top-rung institution present itself to the world via its website and other projects. It promises to be highly creative work with plenty of prestige, enviable work-life balance, tons of room for new product development, and just enough of a management element to bring you up a step and prime you for future growth. Particularly if you’re passionate about politics and current events, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
You’ll be supervising a small team of graphic, data visualization and UI/UX designers on a chunky portfolio of projects (branding, education, editorial), generally serving as the lead designer. That’ll mean assuming a full-on leadership role on each project, overseeing it from conception to implementation and every stage in between. Some of these projects will represent complex design challenges, but with your team you’ll iterate smart solutions, which you’ll communicate by sketching low-fi prototypes to be shared with all contributors.
That’s at the tactical level, but there’s also a hefty strategic/tone-setting element to your work: You’ll own the visual style guide (and of course make sure that projects adhere to the brand guidelines). More broadly, you’ll be developing, championing and fostering a scalable, user-centered, data-informed, agile design functions.
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As we established above, you are first and foremost a UX/UI designer to the core, with a good seven years’ experience working on cross-functional teams, during which you’ve developed an unparalleled understanding of design principles and tools: UI, Lean UX, sketches, flows, mid-fidelity interactions, Adobe CS, Sketch, HTML/CSS, and so on. You have a track record of producing the kind of arresting designs that make other designers slap their hands onto their foreheads and go, “Why didn’t I come up with that?”
By now, you’ve also got significant experience supervising people, and have come to thrive on that kind of work. You pride yourself on your ability to nurture talent, to elicit collaboration and to inspire your reports to give their best efforts. You’re dynamic, upbeat, and a great communicator.
We’ll want to see an online portfolio, and if it happens to include work that demonstrates an abiding interest in current events and governmental policy, why, that would just about be the icing on the cake, wouldn’t it?
Prestigious organization, great benefits package, and the perfect blend of management and creative — sounds pretty darn great, doesn’t it?
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.