Lead Product Designer

AltSchool - San Francisco, CA - Full time

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We need a Sr. Product Designer

Do you want to transform the way students learn? Do you want to practice human-centered design by working directly with teachers, students, and parents? At AltSchool, we believe that great design brings people together. We are looking for a passionate person who shares this vision and is ready to join our band of designers as we shape the story of AltSchool.

About You

  • You design beautiful things and advance natural behaviors
  • You proactively lead projects and do whatever it takes to make it work
  • You love collaborating
  • You’ll work with researchers, product managers and engineers to establish user needs, incorporate business requirements, find technical limitations, and create amazing products
  • You’ll spend time with teachers, students, and parents to make sure everything we do is human-centered
  • You’ll create innovative new web and mobile experiences while helping refine our core suite of educational products
  • You’ll produce sketches, flows, mockups, and prototypes to test concepts and make them real
  • You’ll work with other designers to improve our processes and shape our culture here at AltSchool


  • 5+ years of relevant experience and a strong portfolio of work
  • A strong foundation in graphic and information design, color and typography
  • A deep knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 and it’s limitations
  • Expert knowledge of Sketch, Adobe CC and other design tools
  • Experience with prototyping and/or motion tools like Invision or Framer

Bonus if you have one or more of the following...

  • Experience in education
  • Experience developing for the web: HTML5, CSS3, JS, etc
  • Experience in print design and production
  • Experience in brand development and communications
  • Experience crafting multi-media campaigns across print, web and other digital media
  • Experience planning and producing photo or video shoots
  • Experience designing for hardware interaction
  • Experience in environmental design or architecture

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive compensation commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401(k) with matching
  • Monthly fitness stipend
  • Free lunch and snacks

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To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please submit a cover letter that explains why you would be a great fit for this role along with your resume. We'd also like to review your portfolio, especially any projects that you’re particularly proud of.

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Product Management

Experience Level

Senior Level


Headquartered in San Francisco, AltSchool currently operates a network of eight schools in California and New York, which serve as learning labs for ongoing research and development. Starting fall 2017, that network of schools will expand to include the first cohort of pilot partner schools using the AltSchool platform of products and services. We are backed by many key investors including Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan’s donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, who are committed to help achieve the goal of making the best education, the most accessible.

The Product, Engineering, and Design (PED) team is made up of a group of talented individuals working to craft a 21st century operating system to power the AltSchool personalized learning model. Our suite of software applications and hardware tools must serve four distinct user groups - students, teachers, parents, and the AltSchool Operations team - yet work together as a seamlessly integrated whole. The unique challenges that we face in this endeavor create opportunities to flex your creative and analytical skills on a variety of different products, such as our student activity playlist, teacher workflow dashboard, parent app. A user-driven approach guides our product design strategies, so we encourage members of PED to interact closely with our user-groups in a variety of ways, including regular classroom visits and our PED-Educator Buddy Program.

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