Head of Design

The Head of Design will be responsible for helping lead all our design efforts through team support and vision. You have experience in growing and building teams, forging through challenges in education teams on user experience and helping grow the design skills on your team. You have experience evangelizing and educating business partners, clients and teams in user experience from what “what” to the “how” and “why” of understanding product design. You will help each individual team member in their growth paths as well as manage the larger growth and direction of our design team.  You have proven ability to push back in the right moments to ensure design success on your team. You collaborate well and inspire the team in the work they do, helping the team understand where they are and where they’re growing. You are able to communicate with  leadership on where the design team is at and where they’re growing, as well as how this can impact the work we do with brands to deliver innovative success in our digital product work.
 
You will work with Product Managers, Engineers, and Product Stakeholders to and support the design team work in conveying the voice and feel of the brand, making sure we’re truly solving the problem at hand, all the while making sure teams focus on the user and keeping their needs in mind. The successful candidate must have exceptional problem solving and design thinking skills, strong ability to advocate for users through design, collaborating with technology teams and growing and leading design teams. We are looking for a proven ability to think through every phase of design and support the work we do in each phase as a team.
 
Must Have:
  • Ability to challenge and establish a foundation for design to work effectively and be truly user-centered in practice and process
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment where continuous innovation is desired
  • Demonstrable design skills and ability to work from early concepts through visual design
  • Demonstrated ability to design while adhering to usability heuristics and best usability standards and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and discuss design and with internal and external partners
  • Experience and passion in mentoring design skills and growth in our design team
  • Familiarity in top design concept and prototyping tools (Sketch, Whimsical, InVision, etc.)
  • Forward-thinking design skills and vision to help our team push ourselves in work and process
  • History of teamwork and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves to get the job done
  • Proven ability to grow and build design teams and support cross-functional work
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study

Some of your responsibilities:
  • Manage and lead our design team individually and collectively through one-on-ones and team meetings
  • Lead the foundation of what we’re building for our user research and testing process
  • Help support user interface guidelines and oversee visual design work of our designers
  • Be a lead design representative for our company design team
  • Help lead our work in growing design system language(s)
  • Help our team balance our collective work both on products and internally on our design team
  • Lead our recruiting and hiring process - help shape the vision for how and with whom we grow our team
  • Foster a supportive environment for the autonomous work our design team handles to grow our own team skills and tools
  • Support and lead our internal design team culture and help us continue to scale and grow the positive, supportive and learning-driven culture of our design team
  • Help support our collective team education and growth through training, education and hands-on practice
  • Help us translate our internal design skills learnings to our greater company team and work

Gentis Solutions offers excellent compensation and benefits including:  higher wages than regional averages, full health, dental, vision, 401K, and two weeks of paid time off in year one. 

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