Senior Product Designer role at Pocket Prep in Durham

Pocket Prep in Durham is hiring a Senior Product Designer

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Pocket Prep is a small education tech company that creates study apps (iOS, Android, and web) to help people across a range of industries prepare for professional certifications. We believe that education should be within everyone’s reach. Professional certification exams are often a stressful and expensive barrier to career advancement; Pocket Prep prepares our users to pass with confidence.
We’re looking for a Senior Product Designer to join our design team. This role will be responsible for the full product process: research, wireframes, visual design, and user testing. We’re looking for a strong collaborator with 5+ years of product design experience. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for a small team environment where they can make a direct impact.

Design at Pocket Prep

Our larger design team works across multiple touchpoints at Pocket Prep -- from our website to marketing materials, brand voice, and visual language, to our core products and strategy. We believe that design can be a facilitator to connect and amplify the values of our users and team members alike. We strongly believe in establishing clear, consistent communication and transparent goals at the start of every project. Our culture of continuous improvement includes a thorough review process and welcomes new perspectives and feedback along the way. 
Our design and product teams believe in prioritizing quality over speed. We strive to build products thoughtfully with research, testing, and implementation.
To see a glimpse of our process, you can check out our Design Process.

About the Role

Our product designers work closely with product management, development, and the larger design team to bring product initiatives to life. This role will focus the majority of their time on our core product for studiers (iOS, Android, web) and beta Dashboard product for instructors (web).
An ideal candidate brings a collaborative spirit, a curious mind, and the ability to digest user values and needs into strong, best-standards designs. This role will lead projects from PM kickoff to dev handoff, follow along with the development phase, and play a key role in ensuring implementation aligns with our designs.
The right candidate will be passionate about our, support our, and enjoy working within a small team.

What You Will Do

  • Establish and promote design guidelines, best practices, and standards with other design team members; be an advocate for design across the company
  • Lead user research initiatives to align our work to user’s values and needs
  • Create wireframes and visuals informed by our goals, user needs/values, and best practices which align with our product design system
  • Confidently lead meetings with the product team to share our work and thinking
  • Collaborate with other teams, specifically by seeking out and valuing perspectives across departments
  • Give feedback and present your own work in design jams—sessions where our design team reviews and critiques in-progress designs
    We’re looking for someone who has the following experience:
  • At least 5 years of experience working on or with a product team
  • Experience designing for mobile apps and/or web platforms
  • Strong technical knowledge around devices, development needs, constraints, and common pitfalls of product development
  • Experience using Figma and Adobe products
  • Portfolio showcases excellence as a product designer and collaborator
    • Showcases process work, collaboration, knowledge of business, and can tie work to business outcomes
    • Demonstrates design work of large scale projects such as systems, new products, or complex features
    • Designs show expertise, high level of craft, and polish
      And exhibits the following qualities:
  • Inquisitive, Systems-Thinker, Strategic Mindset
  • Engaged team member who is curious, asks good questions, and is an active listener
  • Passionate (or passionate to learn more) about accessible design
  • Aligns with our design process and our design values
  • While all compelling candidates will be considered, those local to the Durham area will be strongly preferred, followed by candidates on the east coast
    You are also excited about our culture:
  • Embrace a spirit of improvement and welcome feedback
  • Choose curiosity instead of judgment
  • Share your opinions and perspectives, and kindly disagree when you see things differently
  • Craft is important to you; You prefer to do things well instead of rushed
  • Love for continued learning individually and as a team, as well as making education more accessible for others
  • Stability: We're 10+ years old, 100% profitable without investor backing, and we continue to have year over year growth.
  • Work/Life Balance: Freedom to live your life while accomplishing something awesome for everyone in education. Unlimited PTO and a 3-week company-wide holiday break from mid-December through New Year.
  • Competitive Compensation: This role will pay $122k-142k based on experience.
  • 100% Healthcare: We cover all of our employees' health care premiums because we are invested in your wellbeing. We also cover 80% of dependents.
  • Remote Flexibility: You can work where and when you are most effective. We have an office in downtown Durham and are supportive of remote work options.
  • Give Back: We are active participants in our communities through volunteer partnerships with local nonprofits. We offer VTO (volunteer time off) for independent engagement with your community.