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We solve the world's hardest problems with open data and open technology.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Development Seed seeks a Product Designer to work closely and collaboratively with our partners to help build data products that deliver impact. Development Seed works in emerging problem spaces like AI, Climate Science, Open Science on the Cloud, Green Energy, Satellites and Space, and Sustainable Agriculture, and you will be actively creating designs with a delivery team on projects, as well as contributing to the design practice at Development Seed.  At its core, Development Seed is an impact-driven organization working to make positive social and environmental change by providing decision-makers with the best data about our planet. We believe in the power of design to enable decision-makers to solve interesting, important, and challenging problems that often explore modes of interaction that have no precedent such as human + AI co-mapping and designing new modes to find and access satellite data.  Development Seed is a unique and rewarding place to do this work. You will be given a lot of autonomy to approach problem solving, and learn through what you help to release. Our technical teams are built of curious, empathetic people with high intrinsic motivation and a growth mindset. We also invest heavily in R&D that drives the field and regularly reinvent the nature of our work. 

As a Product Designer:

You will typically focus on 1-3 projects at a time as the main designer who oversees the user experience and visual UI design of a product from problem discovery to launch, together with a delivery and partner team.  You will support and advocate for:

  • Discovery research to determine what specific problems to solve for, at what scale, for who, and why? We are not expecting the depth of research skills as we would for a dedicated UX researcher role, but we see research as a foundation for design decision-making.
  • Problem scoping to help make strategic decisions on what boundaries and requirements to consider at the product and also UI/UX level. This is a collaborative effort, but we think it’s important for a designer to be involved and to continuously advocate for user needs.

You will lead in:

  • UX/UI design to translate product and feature level needs towards functional and usable interfaces and interactions that help people accomplish a goal. You will collaborate throughout the project with developers to ensure the design is properly implemented and provide assistance with new/unexpected features.
  • Communication and documentation of design decisions** **so that internal and external partners can understand why designs resulted in one way vs. other options.

About You

You are someone who is interested in geospatial design and embraces the wide spectrum of activities that a designer needs to plan and do in order to move projects towards a goal. You are interested in working with partner organizations of various sizes (from NASA and the World Bank to a group of data scientists) as a main designer. 

  • 3 to 5 years of professional design experience. You have a solid understanding of applying a design process to solve problems using approaches such as Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design.
  • Experience in building and shipping applications or software. You can demonstrate how you prioritize problem solving at the whole product/feature level, particularly how you are disciplined about gathering information, translate learnings into UI design, and collaborating closely with software engineers to understand technical limitations of your design decisions and work towards building solutions that are both user friendly and technically feasible.
  • Skills in research (beginner - advanced beginner) + UX and UI (proficient). You can demonstrate that you are disciplined about information gathering before designing and proficient in using design tools (we’ve been using Miro and Figma) to facilitate stakeholder conversations and build out UI wireframes and mockups that transition into development. 
  • Ability to work with autonomy to make design decisions. You can show and explain your decision-making across stages of a design process, and how you adapt an “ideal” process to specific project circumstances. 
  • Preference: You bring deeper experience in one of the following—design research, visual design, information design, or front end development, client or project management.
  • Preference: You have experience with geospatial design.

As a Development Seed team member, you:

  • Collaborate — Working as a team makes us stronger than any individual contributor. You write clear Github tickets and communicate effectively on Slack and in-person.
  • Learn — We constantly evolve our technology stack and techniques to deliver the best work to our partners. You don’t need to know any particular design library or toolset upfront but you need to demonstrate you’re able and excited to learn new ways to design.
  • Respect — We are a diverse team spread across the globe. You value other’s perspective, voice, and ideas. You treat everyone with dignity and professionalism.
  • Care about the world and believe that we can do better — Social change is the foundation of everything we do. You are impatient about solving the world’s toughest challenges.

Not sure you tick all the boxes? We encourage you to apply. We have a culture of learning, and if this job description sounds exciting, we’d love to hear from you. Development Seed embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.  The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

INTERVIEW PROCESS

The interview process consists of one-on-one interviews that may go in depth into technical topics and your project experience, but that won't test on arbitrary technical concepts. We also do a small paid project at the end of the process as a way to better get to know each other.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

We actively examine how we work, what issues team members are facing, and how to best support and encourage the growth, confidence, and safety of everyone on the team. We use recurring 1:1s, mentorship, and learning plans to encourage personal and professional growth. Team members are encouraged to learn new skills, lead projects, and are given the space and autonomy to make decisions about their work. We're remote friendly, because wonderful teammates can come from anywhere. We're always improving how we communicate across time and distance, and do our best to respect the working hours of everyone in our wide-ranging set of time zones where team members live.

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