Director of Design

DockYard · Sep 13th 2019

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Full-time

(Anywhere)

Who We Are

DockYard is a remote software consultancy based in Boston that specializes in web applications. We have in-house engineers, designers, developers, and project managers, and we are looking for Design Director to join our growing team. You’ll work alongside talented individuals on groundbreaking projects for the world’s largest companies.

What We Do

We help ambitious companies transform new ideas into fully deployed web applications. Our clients range from seed-funded and early-stage startups, who depend on us to define and deliver business-critical workflows, to established enterprise companies seeking fresh perspective and deep expertise on new projects.

We provide a range of design services, including: product discovery, design strategy, wireframing, user journey mapping, iterative prototyping, user research, user testing, and visual design. We take a user-centric approach to solving design challenges and are focused on continuously improving the user experience.

Responsibilities

UI/UX Design:

  • Advising on product discovery phases: establishing stakeholders, identifying business goals, conducting user research, aligning iterative design with business objectives, leading user testing
  • Design reviews for best practice UI/UX design across all client projects (excluding HTML & CSS implementation; we have a dedicated team for that)

Design System:

  • Collaborate with the Design team to fine tune the DockYard design process ensuring consistency and predictability
  • Curate and manage a collection of repeatable components and direct the standards of use to facilitate a superior user experience

Client Services:

  • Oversee UI/UX design quality across all client projects
  • Support business development and marketing efforts throughout the sales, project estimation, and proposal/presentation development stages
  • Work directly with the management team to execute internal design projects

Team Management:

  • Manage a growing distributed team of awesome designers
  • Establish S.M.A.R.T. goals for individual designers and provide mentorship, coaching, and development opportunities
  • Maintain a culture of quality work & continuous improvement via design reviews, best practices, and self-education
  • Partner with Employee Experience to recruit top design talent to join our growing organization
  • Identify and drive planning of team events including training opportunities, retreats, and other events to foster development and team cohesiveness

Department Head:

  • Serve as the professional face of DockYard's Design department - including pursuit of conference speaking opportunities and blog post writing
  • Provide long-term vision and leadership for department in design and client services
  • Develop and manage Design strategy and budget
  • Partner collaboratively with leadership to deliver superior products to our clients
  • Coordinate with Business Development and other relevant partners to accurately quote potential projects
  • Able to travel up to 30%
Requirements Must Haves
  • 5+ years management experience, ideally in an environment where coworkers are not co-located
  • 7+ years working in an agency environment and/or in digital product development
  • Proven track record of supporting business strategy through solid understanding of finance, operations, planning, and execution
  • Proficiency in multiple digital Product Design methodologies
  • High initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Hands on leader focusing on mentorship and advocacy

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Nice to Haves
  • Experience managing a remote team.

DockYard is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, pregnancy, family responsibilities, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

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