Senior Product Designer
Minerva Project's mission is to change the world through evidenced-based educational practices aided by technology.
We partner with educational institutions to create transformational learning programs based on the science of learning, leveraging our flagship Forum software. By emphasizing active class participation, deliberate practice, and other empirically-proven methods, our system helps teach students critical skills, as well as the ability to apply those skills to diverse and changing contexts.
As a Product Designer on Minerva's Product team, you will help ensure that we retain category leadership in:
- Using technology to make virtual and in-person classroom learning fun, effective, and engaging
- Data-driven feedback for students, faculty and administrators
- Developing tools that make it easy to create syllabi and lesson plans that employ the latest understanding of the science of learning
You'll be part of a small team that works in close consultation with other teams—including academics, business development, and company leadership. You'll collaborate with developers and product managers to help shape the future of our online classroom, Minerva Forum, as well as our curriculum development, assessment, and other tools.
Your typical week will include researching, designing, and getting feedback on new and improved features. We're big on collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
Minerva is special because it is more than a job. It's a chance to build something long-lasting, to leave a legacy and add meaning to your career. Our first class of students graduated in 2017, and we have already started the next chapter of bringing the Minerva system to the world, with partnerships in higher education, high school, and corporate leadership. We take a long term view and, in our mission to nurture critical wisdom for the sake of the world, we've only just begun. This is an opportunity to do interesting and important work, and to do it right. We hope you join us!
You set a high bar with everything you deliver. You feel comfortable working on ambiguous projects because you can distill complex problems into simple solutions. You focus on details and obsess over ways to improve the user's experience. You have big ideas and aren't afraid to experiment, because you know failure is an important part of innovation. You have a growth mindset and great product sense. You can clearly articulate your process which includes research, IA, problem definition, testing, designing, and prototyping.
- Own design projects of all scopes from beginning to end – from long-term design goals to small, tactical adjustments.
- Research problems via analytics, stakeholder interviews, and user testing.
- Create wireframes, prototypes, and high-fidelity designs that effectively communicate design concepts and solutions to stakeholders
- Collaborate with product managers and developers to determine project goals and timeline, and ensure designs are technically feasible and meet business requirements.
- Communicate design goals and deliver assets to developers that set them up for success. Closely collaborate with them during the development process.
- Post-release, evaluate the new design or feature and ensure it's performing as intended.
- Stay up-to-date with design trends, tools, and best practices to continuously improve design processes, activities, and deliverables.
- 3+ years experience as a product or ux designer working on digital experiences.
- Experience or interest in Figma or similar design and prototyping tools.
- Extensive experience in using UX design best practices to design solutions.
- A solid grasp of user-centered design, planning and conducting user research, user testing, A/B testing, rapid prototyping, heuristic analysis, usability and accessibility concerns.
- Ability to iterate designs and solutions efficiently and intelligently.
- Ability to clearly and effectively communicate design processes, ideas, and solutions to teams and stakeholders.
- Be passionate about resolving user pain points through great design.
- Be open to receiving feedback and constructive criticism.
- Mission-oriented team and organization
- The spirit of a non-profit university, the focus of a startup
- Unlimited vacation policy
- Remote (US and Canada)
- Health, dental, vision, commuter checks, and 401K
- Paid parental leave: 12 weeks for moms and 6 weeks for dads
- Competitive salary and stock compensation
- Professional development budget with 1:1 matching
- Salary Range: $115k - $140k (depending on experience level)
How To Apply
Interested? We make applying quick and easy. Just send the following:
- A copy of your resume or a link to something resume-like
- A copy of or link to a portfolio of projects you've worked on in the past that shows your thought process around UX problems
- A brief description of why you are excited for this opportunity to join Minerva.
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