Sr. UI/UX Designer

About Niche
Niche is the leader in school search. Our mission is to make researching and enrolling in schools easy, transparent, and free. With in-depth profiles on every school and college in America, 140 million reviews and ratings, and powerful search tools, we help millions of people find the right school for them. We also help thousands of schools recruit more best-fit students, by highlighting what makes them great and making it easier to visit and apply.

Niche is all about finding where you belong, and that mission inspires how we operate every day. We want Niche to be a place where people truly enjoy working and can thrive professionally.

About the Role 
As a Senior UI / UX Designer at Niche, you will define and create a cohesive user experience throughout the full suite of Niche products, impacting the school and college search of millions of people each year. You’ll design creative solutions to complex problems and bring them to life as easy-to-use and delightful user flows and interfaces.

In this role, you should be an analytical, empathetic, and creative designer who is excited to understand user needs. You're passionate about user research and gathering insights to inspire and inform your design as well as working together with other designers to transform those findings into impactful solutions. You should be a positive leader, inspiring creativity and providing constructive and thoughtful feedback to other team members. 

At Niche, UI / UX Designers are part of the Design team as well as cross-functional product teams, where you will collaborate with Designers, Researchers, Engineers, and Product Managers to take features from concept to launch—from creating user flows and wireframes to building user interface mockups and prototypes for Niche mobile applications. A strong portfolio of successful UX and UI design is essential. This role reports directly to the Manager of UI/UX Design.

Responsibilities

  • Lead design strategy and thinking on cross-functional product teams, handling complex and business-critical projects
  • Conduct user research and user testing to generate insights to inspire and inform product and design decisions throughout the design process
  • Prototype design flows, information architecture, and interactions with low-fidelity wireframes and functional prototypes 
  • Contribute to a collaborative culture in maintaining openness to new or different ideas and provide constructive and thoughtful feedback to other designers in design discussions and critiques
  • Contribute to the systems and tools used by the Design team to make our work and processes faster and higher quality, redefining the bounds of convention when necessary, and raising the bar as a model for others to follow
  • Collaborate with developers to implement designs, working closely with them to navigate technical hurdles and practical details

What You Will Do

During the 1st Month:

  • Attend onboarding sessions to better understand our internal processes and learn about the company
  • Collaborate with various team members to learn about how your role fits within the team
  • Partner with other UI/UX Designers to begin to understand our workflow, design system, and tooling
  • Shadow design team members to learn more about how we collaborate with other areas of the business and how your role fits with cross-functional teams. 
  • Build confidence to work with our design tools 

Within 3 Months:

  • Be the primary designer for a product team and represent the design perspective
  • Collaborate with members of the Product Management team to gain the expertise of our users and ensure work stays aligned to the product vision
  • Have a high-level understanding of your assigned product areas

Within 6 Months:

  • Build confidence in providing constructive and thoughtful feedback to other designers 
  • Have in-depth knowledge of your assigned product areas and a solid understanding of how the product areas work together
  • You are actively working to improve Design tooling and processes

Within 12 Months:

  • You are a strategic leader and the primary designer for one or more product teams handling complex, business-critical projects 
  • You have a strong understanding of all major product areas, recognizing patterns, and contributing to design strategy across the suite of Niche products 
  • You are a mentor and source of support for other designers

What We Are Looking For

  • 5+ years of experience as a UX Designer, UI Designer, Product Designer, or similar role
  • BA in Graphic Design, Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Media or related creative field
  • Strong awareness of user interface, accessibility, and interaction design best practices
  • Experience in the design of UI / UX for mobile apps
  • Ability to generate multiple design solutions, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and incorporate team feedback to improve upon selected designs
  • Superior eye for visual aesthetics, layout, general design principles, and attention to detail
  • Advanced knowledge of standard design tools (Photoshop, Adobe XD, InVision, Figma, etc.)
  • Bonus points for experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript, or other web languages

Why Niche?

  • Full time, salaried position with competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health plan, including vision and dental, provided at no cost to the employee.
  • 20 PTO days, 10 Paid Holidays, and 3 Volunteer Days Off per year
  • Parental leave
  • Stock options and 401(k) with company match
  • Your ideas and work will make an immediate impact on our company and millions of users

Niche will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship now or in the future for this opening.

Candidates only.  No recruiters or agencies, please. All of our open positions are located in our Pittsburgh, PA office and we are also open to remote employees. Sorry, we do not offer relocation assistance.

Niche is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. 

As interviews are being held remotely, if there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.

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