Director of Design

Chicago, IL

Imagine a product that reached millions of users without a single salesperson. That same product has been adopted by tens of thousands of schools, with limitless growth potential ahead. That's the opportunity at Screencastify — a massive market, incredibly engaged customer/fan base, and the chance to get in on the ground floor of it all.

Hi, we're Screencastify 👋

More than 15 million people use Screencastify to record, edit and share all sorts of amazing videos. We like to think that we've democratized video creation by making it simpler and more affordable than ever before.

In K-12 classrooms around the world, teachers and students are using Screencastify to create instructional videos, record presentations, give better feedback, and much much more. Our free version is used in more than 70% of US school districts.

Life at Screencastify

Our worldwide team is made up of passionate former teachers and administrators, a semi-pro volleyball player, champion debater, classically trained actor, elite runner, breakdancer, an avid baker, and enough musicians for a Screencastify band 🎼

We’re always looking for people who will add to our culture, add new experiences, new perspectives, and new stories.

About the role

We’re seeking a Director of Design to lead the company in exceptional, seamless design through all touch points of our product and brand. You will be the leader in defining and managing how the world interacts with Screencastify, working with our Product Designers, Brand Designers, and Marketing Team to ensure all outputs are consistent, thoughtful, simple, and tell a unified brand story.

In this role, you will play a critical part in how we can push our design strategy forward and make our product vision a reality. You’ll be the design advocate and thought partner for all major business stakeholders, implementing design principles and expectations at the company level. This role is perfect for you if you’re excited to manage and mentor a team of passionate designers while being not afraid to dive into the weeds yourself. You have an eye for pixel-perfect designs, industry best practices, and a human-centered approach to solving complex problems.

While we have a preference for this role to be based in Chicago, we are open to remote candidates and encourage you to apply regardless of where you live.

Why is this role special?

1. You get to have a massive impact. As our first Director of Design, you’ll be instrumental in unifying the design experience at Screencastify. . Your work will be seen and used by millions of people.

2. Work with an extremely talented team. Our small but mighty team aspires to achieve results similar to companies with many times our headcount.

3. Work for our users. Above all else, you will be an advocate for our users and will get to know their voices and stories better than most people in the company.

4. Join us at a magical time. We're bootstrapped, profitable, and support tens of millions of users, which gives us a huge green field to work with. You'll join at the perfect time to shape how we grow from here.

What you'll do

  • Manage a team of cross-functional designers to produce high-quality, cohesive work across all user touch points - including defining clear goals, prioritizing work, and building a collaborative team culture
  • Implement a design system and hand-off processes to optimize for efficient development cycles
  • Guide ongoing design work and uphold a high-quality standard for user experience
  • Own Screencastify’s visual identity, voice, and brand look and feel
  • Partner with Product and Go To Market teams to deliver conversion-driving designs and hit Quarterly OKRs
  • Mentor and grow design team to create a culture of thoughtful feedback, collaboration, and excellence
  • Work collaboratively with the design team to solve complex product and UI problems, contributing hands-on design work when needed
  • Own overall user experience, identifying points of friction and opportunities to create an amazing user experience
  • Build user personas and a library of research insights

You're perfect for this role if you...

  • 8+ years experience in Product Design; 4+ years of experience managing product designers
  • Experience building and implementing design systems across product and engineering teams
  • Strong proficiency in design software, such as Sketch and Figma
  • Ability to solve complex problems and advocate for design decisions to major stakeholders
  • Experience leading design brainstorms, ideation sessions, and user research
  • Excellent visual communication and leadership skills, excited to create an inclusive and collaborative design environment
  • Ability to empathize with users and are passionate about testing and iterating to ship data-driven solutions to hit company-wide metrics
  • Experience in an agile, fast-paced environment, prioritizing hard tradeoffs between functionality and design
  • A portfolio of representative work demonstrating the above skills

Benefits

  • Competitive compensation. We take a data-driven approach to our compensation strategy so all employees are paid competitively and equitably.
  • 401k plan. We want to invest in the present you and future you, which is why we offer a generous 401k match with our 401k plan.
  • Minimum vacation policy. We recognize the importance of taking personal time off and require our employees to take at least 15 vacation days per year. You’re also encouraged to take additional paid time off, as needed.
  • Flexible work policy. Gone are the days of being in an office from 9-5, Monday through Friday. We recognize there are better ways to measure productivity than counting the number of hours you’re in the office and that sometimes the office isn’t the best place to be productive.
  • Parental leave. Generous paid time off for parents to bond with the newest addition to their family!
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance. We cover 100% of employee medical premiums and 50% of employee dental & vision premiums. Plus, all employees receive a free One Medical membership.
  • Professional development. Each department has a professional development budget and employees are encouraged to take workshops, attend webinars, join associations, and anything else that could help grow their careers. Did we also mention employees get free access to Udemy for Business?
  • Divvy bike membership. If you’re in Chicago, take advantage of an annual Divvy membership -- on us.

We highly encourage you to apply for this position, even if you feel you do not meet all the requirements. You do not need to fit this exact mold.

At Screencastify, we foster an inclusive, supportive, fun and challenging team environment. We value having a team that is made up of a diverse set of 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 through video.

Screencastify is an equal opportunity employer.

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Perks and Fun

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Competitive compensation.

We take a data-driven approach to our compensation strategy so all employees are paid competitively and equitably.

401k plan.

We want to invest in present you and future you, which is why we offer a generous 401k match with our 401k plan.

Minimum vacation policy.

We recognize the importance of taking personal time off, and require our employees to take at least 15 vacation days per year.

Parental Leave

Generous paid time off for parents to bond with the newest addition to their family!

Medical, dental, and vision insurance.

We cover 100% of employee medical premiums and 50% of employee dental & vision premiums. Plus, all employees receive a free One Medical membership. **HSA?

Flexible work policy.

Gone are the days of being in an office from 9-5, Monday through Friday. We recognize there are better ways to measure productivity than counting the number of hours you’re in the office and that sometimes the office isn’t the best place to be productive.

Professional development.

Each department has a professional development budget and employees are encouraged to take workshops, attend webinars, join associations, and anything else that could help grow their careers. Did we also mention employees get free access to Udemy for Business?

Book Club/Stipend.

Each month, get a book of your choosing on us! You’ll be joining a community of fellow bookworms who are always down to talk about what they’re reading in the monthly Screencastify Book Club. Whether it’s the latest sci-fi novel or the audio version of your favorite thriller, we want you to keep learning and expanding your literary horizons.

Giving Back.

Teachers are at the core of our business. We have a monthly recognition program celebrating our employees’ achievements by contributing to a DonorsChoose fund of their choice.

Divvy bike membership.

If you’re in Chicago, take advantage of an annual Divvy membership -- on us!

Friday Playlists.

We have enough Screencastify musicians to start a band and enough music lovers to fill the audience! Each week we curate a themed playlist that’s created by all of our employees. Check out some of our previous jams here.

DEIB Committee.

Our DEIB Committee is actively impacting Screencastify’s initiatives and practices. We strive to educate our employees on the systemic inequities in tech and the world while actively putting processes into place that challenge and guide our team members and organization to honor everyone’s strengths and drive innovative solutions. Join a community that is passionately educating themselves and our larger Screencastify Squad to be the most inclusive and equitable version of itself.

We highly encourage you to apply for this position, even if you feel you do not meet all the requirements. You do not need to fit this exact mold.

At Screencastify, we foster an inclusive, supportive, fun and challenging team environment. We value having a team that is made up of a diverse set of 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 through video.

Screencastify is an equal opportunity employer.