Full-Time UI Designer

We are seeking a remote, full-time UI Designer to create engaging interactions for learners and their mentors in our ecosystem of web and mobile learning apps.

Our design team is small, collaborative, driven, and dedicated to our non-profit’s bold goals. Qualified candidates will have the following:

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate on Concept: The business need and broad vision for a product or app feature will be established with a problem to solve, a loose idea for the solution, and user stories. You may be tasked with creating sketches or wireframes to conceptualize the UX that best solves the problem, or that task may reside with another member of your team.

  • Design: Your primary responsibility will be to turn the concept into high fidelity UI designs and interactive prototypes. You will need to distill complex processes into easy-to-use interactions, and leverage your knowledge of UI best practices and trends.

    Many of your designs will enhance existing products, and will need to honor existing branding and style conventions. You will often be encouraged to elevate and expand upon existing products so they can reach their full potential. Our work is in an exciting period of growth, and you will have the opportunity to influence its direction while respecting its guiding principles.

    Secondary responsibilities may include design for materials to promote NGL’s work, including web pages, infographics, and marketing materials.

  • Collaborate on Specifications: While you will not be required to write your own specs, you will provide input and feedback to ensure the successful implementation of your designs. Working knowledge of software engineering and website development is critically important in this role.

  • UI QA: While we have functional QA role in-house, you will be responsible for ensuring that your designs are implemented as intended by the engineering team. You will carefully review the features you design as they are built in a staging environment and provide your approval for deployment.

  • Communication: Our team is distributed across timezones. Frequent, productive, and clear communication is essential to this role. You’ll communicate with your colleagues daily via Slack and Google Hangouts, and will have several virtual meetings per week set aside for collaboration and catching up on progress. You’ll use other tools such as InVision and Trello to collaborate on projects, track tasks, and ensure everyone is on the same page.

  • Travel: You must be able to meet with the NGL team in person every other month for a two- to three-day meeting in the Washington, D.C. area. These meetings are an important time to connect with colleagues, brainstorm customer challenges, and get motivated and inspired about our work. The design team also meets separately when feasible, and the timing and locations of those meetings will be determined after hiring is complete.

Personal Characteristics

The OE Next Generation Learning team is distributed across various U.S. and overseas locations. To work effectively, you should display the following characteristics:

  • High standard of quality and ability to evaluate your own work critically.
  • Commitment to timeliness and deadlines established by the organization.

  • Intense curiosity about improving how young people learn.

  • Ability to work very efficiently on your own, and know when to reach out and collaborate.

  • Willingness to work productively with interdisciplinary teams.

  • Eagerness to develop and share new ideas.

  • Excel at giving and receiving thoughtful and respectful feedback and critiques.

  • Have strong beliefs, loosely held, about what is best for our products and our end users

  • Excellent communication skills.

Qualifications

  • At least 3 years experience designing UI

  • A portfolio of design work that includes apps

  • A working knowledge of front-end development and software engineering

  • Work well remotely, as well as communicate often with a small, collaborative team

  • Respectful, thoughtful and curious

  • Genuinely interested in how people think and learn

  • Able to travel to the DC-area every couple of months

  • Located in the U.S., (ideally) in the mid-Atlantic

We strongly prefer you to be located in the mid-Atlantic region (NYC, NJ, PA, MD, DE, VA) to facilitate in-person meetings.

Reporting

The Full-Time UI Designer reports to Director, Design.

 

How to Apply

Please send your resume to jobs@opportunityeducation.org