Director of Design

Careers at Savas Labs

The Position

We are looking to add a Director of Design who will oversee all aspects of User Experience Design, Visual/Product Design, and Design StrategyThe Director of Design must own the vision for the organization’s design service aspirations and has the responsibility for the professional development of other design team members. A skilled manager that aids in prioritizing work for their team and will direct staffing design resources to the appropriate projects with input from the executive team. The Director of Design is an effective communicator and presenter, especially when conveying design or other strategic concepts to client stakeholders or potential clients in the new business process. They are an ambassador of Savas Labs in outreach efforts for new business, recruiting, and thought leadership.

Responsibilities

Managerial

  • Direct design team by mentoring/coaching/training, performance, career development plans, and performance reviews
  • Lead technical recruiting and candidate evaluations  

Business / Process 

  • Elevate the Savas Labs design brand by
  • Strategically contribute to client pitches
  • Perform client and project related work
  • Shepherd internal process improvement and team activities
  • Continue to expand and deepen your skills

Project Time Expectations 

  • 25% Strategic design leadership
  • 25% Design
  • 10% UX/Research/Prototyping

Internal Time Expectations

  • 25% Mentorship & Process
  • 15% Business Development & Support

About You

You are an eager, curious, results-oriented self-starter who will work directly with company leadership to support the sales and marketing systems we have in place in order to improve them over time through experimentation and learning. The right candidate has the energy and drive to follow up quickly on tasks and is both proactive and personable in their communication. You will be a crucial part of the first impression Savas Labs has on prospective partners. Authenticity and thoughtfulness will be key to your and our success.

You are

  • a leader that has experience, interest and a knack for mentoring others 
  • an appreciator of good design and design thinking
  • an advocate for the user
  • curious and always learning new methods, tools, technologies, and processes
  • a great communicator and presenter
  • constantly seeking efficient ways to work
  • a collaborator that loves working with other people
  • a team player

You have

  • a desire to help shape and improve processes
  • an interest in leadership, teaching and growing
  • a detail-oriented approach
  • pride in the quality of your work
  • the ability to perform well in a fast-paced environment

You understand the importance of a system design and

  • have the ability to articulate design thinking through documentation like sketches, user flows, wireframes, design compositions, and prototypes
  • understand the importance of user research and feedback in the design process
  • seek out qualitative and quantitative data to help guide improvements to interface design
  • are passionate about accessibility and inclusivity
  • have high design standards. 

You are a strong communicator and collaborator who

  • has excellent writing skills
  • has experience working with and managing client expectations
  • values professionalism and making a good impression
  • can lead strategic or design discussions and presentations

You’re comfortable

  • balancing rich, unique, engaging design with usability and functionality
  • aiding business development efforts through proposal or pitch deck design or playing a role in related introductory calls or presentations
  • working with distributed team members and clients

Bonus points for

  • experience working in an agile environment
  • designing for mobile applications
  • technical development skills

Working at Savas Labs

At Savas Labs, we prioritize a few things. We like people who are enjoyable to work with. We learn from and teach one another, and often the result is others learn as well either via blog posts, conference presentations, or social media. We dedicate time each week for self-improvement, socializing, and collaboration. We encourage a flexible work schedule so long as we uphold our commitments to one another and our clients. We value openness and encourage our team members to push and recognize the boundaries of their expertise in a given area. We are honest, yet respectful; this is not a cut-throat environment, but rather a supportive one. We take a lot of pride in the quality of our work and we work hard. We value a work/life balance that keeps us productive and happy. We like to have fun and yet take our values seriously. We greatly embrace inclusivity. You’ll like it here.

Employment Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance covered at 100% for you and your family
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • 401(k) plan with matching
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Generous PTO and holiday schedule
  • Semi-annual team retreats
  • Weekly team social and/or skillshare sessions
  • Conference presentation and attendance opportunities
  • Annual technology, health, and productivity stipend
  • Annual paid community service day
  • 24/7 WeWork access (location dependent)

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