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Product Designer, Design Systems

| Greater NYC Area

Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that combines engaging, leveled content with integrated formative assessments and insights to supercharge engagement and learning in every subject. More than three years since our launch, Newsela is already in 75% of schools, across all 50 U.S. states, in addition to being in over 180 countries. The result has been more engaged readers—and engaged readers are better learners.

We are looking for a Design Systems Designer who is ready to help scale design at Newsela. Familiarity with crafting unified design systems to drive greater efficiency is expected, but we are also looking for someone that is eager to learn, and a big picture thinker who also sweats the details.

Responsibilities

  • Interaction design. You geek out on coming up with the perfect affordances, transitions, latest web and mobile patterns but always use accessibility guidelines and usability findings to inform your design decisions. You breakdown complex features into reusable components that ultimately help users find what they are looking for and get the job done.
  • Visual design. You have impeccable taste and pixel perfect standards across various platforms (iOS, Android and Web). You have a deep understanding of grids, colors, layout, imagery, iconography and typography.
  • Process. You think in terms of design systems. As the system evolves, you’ll proactively collaborate with front-end engineers and help designers make rational design choices based on new and existing components that you make. You’ll also be responsible for maintaining and documenting how they behave to make sure teams stay consistent and have what they need to design their feature set.
  • Communication. As one of the key owners for the design system, you regularly share updates to designers when new components are available as well as educate the wider organization on how it works and the impact it brings to the organization. You make sure that other designers get the most out of the system.
  • Technical. You’re familiar with the fundamentals of front end code (React, HTML, CSS, JS), Sketch, Invision, and latest prototyping tools
  • Team culture. Be generous and collaborate with other team members. Work closely with engineers to problem solve and implement components.
  • Data. Become familiar with what product metrics matter and use them to inform your design decisions.

The Ideal Candidate

  • 4+ years of experience in design positions working on design systems in rapidly growing ecommerce, online media, or subscription-based companies.
  • A diverse portfolio of work for a variety of target audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to explain rationale behind design decisions they are making.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Computer Interaction Design, or a similar field.
  • Passionate about product design, making a difference in education and eager to learn and teach others.
  • Adept at cross-functional collaboration and communicating about design with non-designers.
  • Able to keep multiple projects on track and meet deadlines while adjusting priorities as necessary.
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced, agile environment with colleagues who feel as passionate about doing great work as you do.

Newsela is strongly committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all individuals. Newsela will make all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • SanicFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • SendGridEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen

Location

Situated in the New York Times building, our location boasts not only convenience for commuters, but also plenty of food and shopping options nearby.

An Insider's view of Newsela

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Amazing. Newsela is a trusting and responsible environment where we have control to get our work done when and where is best for us.

Vanessa

Lead Web Application Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

On the Community team, we work with school leaders and teachers to create innovative applications of Newsela article content to support our mission to "unlock the written word for everyone". Our goal is to engage and empower educators with tools to enhance their students' learning.

JJ

Educator Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've grown leaps and bounds at Newsela! I initially started out as an enterprise sales development representative and went through a mentorship program to transition to the account management team! I cannot measure the amount of growth I've experienced the past two years.

Emma

Account Manager

What is your vision for the company?

I work with a team of kind, smart people, who are energizing on a daily basis. It is important to put your values to work during the interview process—create accountability for culture when new people join, and don't forget about it as they grow.

Kieran

Chief Technology Officer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Newsela office is a collaborative workspace. The office is designed to reflect the clients we serve. We love to keep our mission of "Unlocking the Written Word for Everyone" top of mind.

Ariel

Sales Development Representative

What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Newsela offers the opportunity to join various affinity groups operated by members of each community to help facilitate an inclusive and diverse workplace where all people are valued.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free daily breakfast. Employees can select from our cereal bar, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, granola bars and unlimited cold brew on tap!
Game Room
Our teams love to take time to challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool throughout the day, and maybe even a ping pong tournament every now and then.
Stocked Kitchen
Newsela has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored seltzer you can handle. You might even be able to catch a Top Chef competition every now and then.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer an annual stipend to encourage all employees to keep learning!
Time allotted for learning
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