Free Association
Free Association
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Design Lead

Brooklyn, NY / Remote

Role

Free Association is hiring! We’re looking for a Design Lead to join our team. In this role, you’ll bring hands-on design expertise and leadership to a variety of product design and service challenges.

Design Leads at FA are senior hybrid designers with leadership experience spanning the entire product development lifecycle. They are passionate design practitioners and leaders who bring expertise and perspective across complex design challenges. In collaboration with the Design Director, you’ll serve as the principal hands on the work, establishing process and setting the bar for execution.

Outside of client work, you’ll provide informal mentorship to other designers, contribute to the company’s body of design knowledge, and help shape our POV on emerging design frameworks, processes and tools.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Strong portfolio showcasing cross-platform digital product expertise
  • Demonstrated ability to distill complex problems into simple and effective solutions
  • Ability to guide the entire product design process, from concept to release
  • Experience collaborating with engineers to realize prototypes and guide implementation
  • Experience mentoring designers
  • Intuitive design instincts with the ability to track into research-driven processes
  • Ability to self-manage, provide feedback and make decisions as-needed
  • Experience with prototyping tools like Principle, Framer, or After Effects
  • Experience creating, using and managing design systems
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Thoughtful, systematic and highly organized

Focus

  • Focus on hands-on UI/UX design and process
  • Create sketches, storyboards, prototypes, and design specs necessary to guide development of product experiences
  • Develop new design concepts, frameworks and interaction models
  • Provide informal mentorship and set the bar for other designers
  • Collaborate with internal and external teams on product strategy and requirements
  • Create site maps, flowcharts, diagrams and other high-level UX documentation
  • Present work to client stakeholders, defending and articulating design rationale
  • Act as key day-to-day communication layer between internal and external team members
  • Lead workshops and help drive cross-disciplinary initiatives
  • Help manage the product backlog and task prioritization
  • Create and/or oversee on-going development of design systems and supporting documentation

Benefits 

  • 6+ Weeks PTO + we close between Christmas Eve and New Year’s
  • 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave with flexible return
  • 3% 401k Contribution
  • $ 75+ monthly Divvy fund 
  • $ 750 Remote Set-Up Allowance
  • Premium Apple hardware and customized software set-up
  • Access to Talkspace/virtual therapy for uncertain times or any time

 

Free Association stands for a culture of inclusion.

We welcome different backgrounds and perspectives. We encourage everyone to bring their authentic selves to work. We have a diverse environment that empowers our team to feel comfortable when they voice their opinions.

For these reasons and more, Free Association is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our company welcomes everyone regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetics.

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