Design Director

Remote, United States

Full Time Executive-level / Director
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Our MissionMedium’s mission is to help people deepen their understanding of the world and discover ideas that matter. We are building a place where ideas are judged on the value they provide to readers, not the fleeting attention they can attract for advertisers. We are creating the best place for reading and writing on the internet—a place where today’s smartest writers, thinkers, experts, and storytellers can share big, interesting ideas. Design @ MediumOur mission hinges on design: designing a product that helps readers discover the stories that matter to them; designing an ecosystem that supports and rewards quality writing; designing an experience that respects intelligence and is worth paying for. We are building this future, one product release at a time, and looking to designers to help lead the way. The roleWe are looking for a Design Director to lead the Creators design team. They will work closely with the VP of Product Design on vision and strategy, then translate that into clear guidance and execution. This is a high-impact role with the opportunity to shape how millions of people create and share ideas every day.

Here’s what that entails...

  • Define the design vision for the end-to-end creation and curation experience on Medium, for individual writers as well as professional editorial teams.
  • Develop product design strategies that are informed by user research, business objectives, and design best practices.
  • Develop a team of product designers and design researchers by setting clear goals, evolving our design process, bringing in best practices, building a strong team culture, and ensuring they have what they need to be successful.
  • Establish a strong design process that fosters innovative, divergent exploration while maintaining the highest levels of creative execution.
  • Work with product management, engineering, and data science to ensure a well-aligned and coordinated product development process. This includes advocating for design and upholding a culture of respect and trust across disciplines.

And this is who we’re looking for.

  • You have experience leading design teams working on consumer Internet products. Experience with media-related products is a plus.
  • You have a track record of mentoring and developing designers to do their best work. You value open collaboration and know how to foster a culture of trust.
  • You excel at bringing clarity and structure to ideas, and can put in place strong processes to make them happen.
  • You love big sweeping ideas but also enjoy the details. From product ideation and systems thinking, to kerning and grids, you demonstrate a capacity and enthusiasm for the spectrum of design.
  • You have a deep understanding of UX best practices in mobile and web applications.
  • You have a strong portfolio of design work demonstrating end-to-end product design on products at varying points of the product life-cycle.
  • You have experience managing designers that work with cross-functional product teams in an Agile / scrum environment.
At Medium, we foster an inclusive, supportive, fun yet challenging team environment. We understand the value of diverse backgrounds and respect the healthy expression of diverse opinions. We embrace experimentation and the examination of all kinds of ideas through reasoning and testing. Come join us as we continue to change the world of digital media. Medium is an equal opportunity employer.
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