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.
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 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
6+ Weeks PTO
12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave with flexible return
3% Company Contribution to your 401k
$ 100 Monthly Stipend
$ 750 Remote Set-Up Allowance
Premium Apple hardware and customized software set-up
+ many other great benefits to support you & your family!