Hello! 👋🏼

We’re looking for an experienced designer interested in applying their skills 🧠🎨 in service of a more just and equitable world ✊. 

At Khan Academy, our mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere 🌍. We approach it with a spirit of humility and thoughtfulness about how technology is best positioned to help. 

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit, and our team - and funders - care deeply about making a positive impact, our efficacy, and leveling the playing field in education. 🌱

What we’re looking for

As a Senior Designer, you’re an experienced generalist. You will work primarily on the Marketing, Philanthropy and Product (“MPP”) design team, supporting our brand & visual language - and their proliferation throughout our organization, and the world. As a designer, you have an exceptional eye for visual design, solid user experience chops, and are a natural storyteller. You have a holistic approach to design, and are able to execute both high quality visual design, as well as occasional interaction design.

What you’ll do

  • Work with teams across the organization to craft high quality, meaningful, engaging experiences across brand, visual language, marketing, and philanthropy campaigns.
  • Collaborate with other designers, brand thinkers, and storytellers to help us evolve our visual language and user experience, and their relationship to the company’s mission.
  • Offer strategic guidance on how to incorporate engaging visual language into effective user experiences.
  • Provide thoughtful feedback and art direction to internal and external illustrators & designers.
  • Educate and advocate for emotional and conceptual cohesiveness across brand, marketing, product, and content.
  • Take pride in all levels of  your work; from developing rich social media and campaign collateral to more complex UI and UX collaborations.
  • Identify and evangelize for injecting moments of joy into our communications, culture and product. 
  • Create style guides and document best practices.
  • Evaluate our current platform and communications surface area and identify opportunities to improve user experiences, meet strategic goals, and boost learning mindset. 
  • Facilitate workshops and conversations that help other teams incorporate visual and emotional design.
  • Autonomously decide how to approach a design problem and organize your own work.
  • Move between creating rough sketches to high-quality drawings to communicate your solutions. Use user research and data to inform your style and reasoning.
  • Present to and incorporate feedback from stakeholders from Product Design, Engineering, Product, and Brand.

You may be a good fit if 

  • You have a strong visual eye/sensibility.
  • You have an ability to balance individual design work with strategic thinking and developing broader visual systems.
  • You have a rich and diverse portfolio showing evidence of different types of projects, visual maturity, and attention to nuance. 
  • You can work with a low-ego, highly collaborative, cross-functional team.
  • You can shepherd complex projects from start to finish, bringing stakeholders and partners along for the journey. 
  • You have a deep curiosity about how and why people learn - and how they respond to visual and emotional cues.
  • You have a willingness to switch between complex design problems and some occasional (but inevitable) production work. 
  • You are highly proficient with current visual tools (Figma, Adobe Suite, etc).
  • You have experience working on cross functional teams.
  • You are comfortable working within a self-directed culture and are proactive about navigating ambiguity.
  • You have experience with accessibility and designing for a very wide array of audiences, including school-age children, teenagers, young adults, and adults.
  • You have experience creating  illustrations for digital products.
  • You’re interested in and care for how design can lead to inclusion or exclusion of different audiences.
  • You have excellent presentation, communication, and documentation skills.
  • You have experience working with copywriting, and have an understanding of verbal identity/language best practices.
  • You have illustration & art direction chops.
  • Bonus points if you have animation skills.

We may be a non-profit, but we reward our talented team well!

  • Competitive salaries and annual bonuses
  • Ample paid time off as needed
  • The opportunity to even the playing field and put your talents toward a deeply meaningful mission
  • Affinity groups where parents, black and hispanic/latino, women and gender minorities, and LGBTQIA+ identified folks support one another
  • Oh, and we offer all those other typical benefits as well: 401(k) with 4% matching, and comprehensive insurance including medical, dental, vision, and life

About the team

The team at Khan Academy comes from a wide variety of backgrounds, and we actively foster a cross-disciplinary environment because we believe that’s where the magic happens. Khan Academy currently employs around 200 full time staff, including the creators of our educational content, who come from teaching backgrounds.

The design team is a small, highly diverse group of people. Each member has a lot of impact and makes huge contributions across the board. There are currently 16 people on the team, from a wide variety of backgrounds: media (Vox), civics (18F), consumer (AirBnB, Square), enterprise (IBM), service (Starbucks) and the agency world (IDEO, 2x4). About half of the team is based in the Bay Area, and half is distributed across California, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Texas and New York — so we operate in a creatively distributed-friendly way.

Want to know more about us?

Our company values

Live & breathe learners

We deeply understand and empathize with our users. We leverage user insights, research, and experience to build content, products, services, and experiences that our users trust and love. Our success is defined by the success of our learners and educators.

Take a stand

As a company, we have conviction in our aspirational point of view of how education will evolve. The work we do is in service to moving towards that point of view. However, we also listen, learn and flex in the face of new data, and commit to evolving this point of view as the industry and our users evolve.

Embrace diverse perspectives

We are a diverse community. We seek out and embrace a diversity of voices, perspectives and life experiences leading to stronger, more inclusive teams and better outcomes. As individuals, we are committed to bringing up tough topics and leaning into different points of view with curiosity. We actively listen, learn and collaborate to gain a shared understanding. When a decision is made, we commit to moving forward as a united team.

Work responsibly and sustainably

We understand that achieving our audacious mission is a marathon, so we set realistic timelines and we focus on delivery that also links to the bigger picture. As a non-profit, we are supported by the generosity of donors as well as strategic partners, and understand our responsibility to our finite resources. We spend every dollar as though it were our own. We are responsible for the impact we have on the world and to each other. We ensure our team and company stay healthy and financially sustainable.

Bring out the joy

We are committed to making learning a joyful process. This informs what we build for our users and the culture we co-create with our teammates, partners and donors.

Cultivate learning mindset

We believe in the power of growth for learners and for ourselves. We constantly learn and teach to improve our offerings, ourselves, and our organization. We learn from our mistakes and aren’t afraid to fail. We don't let past failures or successes stop us from taking future bold action and achieving our goals.

Deliver wow

We insist on high standards and deliver delightful, effective end-to-end experiences that our users can rely on. We choose to focus on fewer things — each of which aligns to our ambitious vision — so we can deliver high-quality experiences that accelerate positive measurable learning with our strategic partners.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.

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