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Head of Product Design


3 weeks ago

Job type: Full-time

Hiring from: USA Only

Category: Design

At Skillshare, our mission is to inspire creativity through discovery. We’re building a global platform that empowers millions of members to come together, find inspiration, and take the next step in their creative journey. We’re excited to welcome a Head of Product Design to lead the charge on creating a seamless, engaging user experience, and a world-class design function to match.
As Head of Product Design, you’ll be the voice of product design at Skillshare, championing the user in addition to growing and managing a team of talented designers. You’ll sit on the product leadership team and be responsible for communicating the priorities of the product design team, defining goals and ensuring alignment to help establish a shared vision across the company. Ideally you’re well respected for your portfolio, but take even more pride in the accomplishments and growth of the team. You’ll be responsible for nurturing the team’s culture by fostering talent, ensuring that designers at all levels have opportunities for growth and development. 
We’ll look to your strong design leadership, communication skills, and industry expertise to build towards the future of Skillshare – and ultimately create a product our users love.

What you'll do:
  • Define the holistic and future-facing vision for Skillshare along Product leadership, ensuring alignment and consensus around product design.
  • Be the voice of the user. You’ll evangelize user-focused design across the organization in stakeholder meetings and ensure we’re building an experience our users love across platforms.
  • Build, manage, and scale the Skillshare product design team. You’ll grow and mentor a well-rounded team across strengths, disciplines, and seniority. You’ll define clear goals and empower them to work collaboratively and autonomously, while delivering thoughtful and impactful designs.
  • Streamline and develop internal design processes, including user testing and research, wireframing, prototyping, workflows, storyboarding, design critiques, and more. You’ll ensure the team’s workflows are allowing them to deliver their best work and set up to scale.
  • Build strong partnerships and cross-team workflows with product, engineering, data, brand, marketing, and community teams to ensure we’re aligned on initiatives and delivering an engaging, user-focused product.
  • Cultivate a culture of innovation that welcomes new ideas. You’ll work closely with product stakeholders to improve product releases and push the boundaries of design.

Why we're excited about you:
  • You are an industry leader in consumer-driven product design, and have the portfolio and track record to match. You’ve spent a significant amount of time leading product design in-house for marketplace companies.
  • You are the champion of the user. You evangelize the importance of designing a user-focused product and are fluent in user research best practices as a foundation for larger design workflows.
  • You’re a magnet for talent and have experience scaling teams at small and large organizations.
  • You’re a strong manager with a track record of developing and retaining talent. You know how to empower and inspire teams to do their best work, while cultivating a culture of growth and learning.
  • You’re a big picture, strategic thinker who thinks outside the box – but knows how to start small. You know how to convey your vision (both short and long term), articulate tradeoffs, get stakeholder buy-in, and ultimately execute.
  • You’re a great communicator and cross-functional collaborator. You naturally build relationships across the organization and ensure alignment across the board.
  • You have a strong design aesthetic with experience leading design across multiple platforms. You know how to prioritize initiatives and work towards feature parity.

Why you want this job:
  • Impact: You’ll have the opportunity to build a world-class product design function at a scaling company that values collaboration and innovation.
  • Our team: There aren’t many venture-backed startups with high growth rates, a strong platform and subscription-driven business model, AND a powerful social impact. On top of that, our team is passionate, talented, and driven.
  • Our mission: We’re doing work that matters – connecting lifelong learners around the world and empowering them to pursue their creativity.
  • Flexibility: We believe that doing your best work means living a full life. That means different things for everyone, so we optimize for trust, invest to support remote teams, have an unlimited vacation policy (with a required minimum!), and encourage work-life balance.
About Skillshare:
Skillshare is an online learning community for creatives. We have thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, and millions of members who come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey. We are backed by Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, Amasia, Spero Ventures, and Burda Principal Investments.
Skillshare is committed to building a diverse team that reflects a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We’re proud to be recognized as a top place to work by BuiltinNYC, Crain’s, and Forbes, in addition to being one of the five best places to work for women by Bpeace, and a top-rated workplace for dads by Fatherly. We work to ensure a consistent interview process, fair compensation, and inclusive work environment for all.

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