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Product Designer

Discovery Education

Who We Are:

What makes Discovery Education a GREAT fit for you? When you join Discovery Education, you'll be part of a fast-growing global team that empowers teachers with best-in-class digital curriculum that connects learning to the real-world so that every student can achieve to their highest potential. We’re the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum for K-12 classrooms, positively impacting students by aligning with strategic partners and educational institutions to deliver award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development and the largest networked learning community of its kind.  

For candidates interested in taking their next career step in the educational technology space, Discovery Education offers the fast pace and excitement of working for a startup, the support of an established organization, and the opportunity to be on the front lines of innovation in an industry that is always growing and transforming. Team members enjoy a high-energy, purpose-driven work environment — as well as tremendous opportunities to grow, learn and make a difference. If you like working with a curious, collaborative, high-performing team, Discovery Education is the place for you.  

What You'll Do:

Discovery Education is seeking a product designer to develop the visual and interaction design for our award-winning suite of blended learning K-12 products.  A keen aesthetic sensibility and attention to detail, combined with a user-centered methodology, is critical for success. The ideal candidate enjoys rapid prototyping and working directly with developers to collaboratively ensure a product’s success. They care deeply about delivering engaging, effective and easy-to-navigate experiences.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Solve problems, understand business goals, and explore innovative design approaches while working with product teams to plan and build iteratively.  

  • Lead execution of high quality wireframes, mockups, user journeys, and interactive prototypes  

  • Take challenging workflows and convert them into simple, intuitive, and elegant experiences.  

  • Contribute to the overall creative vision for learning products, integrating the Discovery Education brand while visually communicating the goals of the product.   

  • Work collaboratively with team members from product, curriculum, editorial, analytics, design and engineering.   

  • Develop all visual components for the UI including components, views and pages. Must be proficient in responsive and mobile.  

  • Help drive the vision of the product forward by participating in user testing of your designs, and partnering to develop initial user testing scripts and following up with recommendations based on user input.   

  • Manage and develop a consistent design language to guide the look and feel of the company’s portfolio of products, utilizing and contributing to the DE Design System.   

  • Present design solutions to internal stakeholders in ways that deepen their understanding of how the design solves the problem for the user at hand.   

  • Contribute to the evolution of Comet (Discovery Education’s design system and library of components).  

Ideal candidates:

  • Demonstrate strategic product thinking and vision for enterprise-level applications. Understand system-level design and app/platform relationships.  

  • Passionate about design and have excellent oral and written communication skills.  

  • Fully understand the problem and business goals first, and contribute to user research to drive strategy.  

  • Highly proficient with industry-leading design tools (Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.).  

  • Highly proficient with building interactive prototypes and micro animations (Principle, Adobe After Effects, Invision, etc.).  

  • Possess experience building and shipping web-based applications or software with end-to-end (both UX and UI) product design ability.  

  • Demonstrate excellence in designing a beautiful and elegant UI.  

  • Have a true passion for your craft, with an appetite to continue to inspire and challenge yourself and those around you.

 

Requirements

Mission-Driven: Passionate about Discovery Education's vision to transform teaching and learning, experience in education or ed-tech industry a plus  

Professional Experience: 5+ years’ experience in one or more of the following areas: product design, mobile design; platform/systems design; SaaS product design; data visualization; game design; interaction design, user interface design, web design, visual/graphic design.  

Knowledge & Skills: Experience turning complex problems into simple and engaging customer experiences. Comfort with an iterative design process that includes accepting and acting on feedback and constructive criticism. Familiarity designing for accessibility needs. Experience with the Agile/Lean product development.  

Communication: Demonstrated collaboration, communication and presentation skills.  

Leadership: Demonstrate exceptional leadership; strong work ethic driven by a sense of urgency, organization skills, and ability to inspire others to act and fulfill Discovery Education’s mission  

Collaborative: Ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced, high-energy environment. Team builder, not turf builder  

Hustle: The courage and confidence to work hard and with passion; committed to getting the job done; sustain effort in the face of adversity. Maintain consistency and focus over time with a positive “never give up” attitude  

Self-Motivation and Self-Starter: The ability to do what needs to be done without being micromanaged; ability to manage/prioritize multiple tasks, proactively manage numerous projects, and prioritize competing timelines; demonstrate a problem solving/ solution-oriented approach  

Learning Orientation: Always willing to learn something new, not rigid in beliefs or expectations  

Sense of Humor: Because we all need to laugh sometimes   

Technical Skills Required:   

  • Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite, Figma or vector-based layout software   

  •  InVision, Axure, Justinmind, or other interactive prototyping software   

  •  Principle, Adobe After Effects or other animation software   

  •  Jira, Confluence, Asana, Basecamp or other ticketing / project management software   

  •  Designing for children as well as adults a plus!   

  • Legal right to work in the United States 

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