Design Manager

Portland, OR, US
Nov 21, 2020
Design Manager

About This Role...

We are the Partner Experience team, responsible for researching and creating delightful experiences. We're a multidisciplinary design team looking to transform education through exceptional products and services for students, teachers, principals, administration, and families. Our design practice is highly collaborative, informed by data, and constantly pushing the boundaries of what's possible in education.

This role will require empathy, thought leadership, and design operations management skills. You will be responsible for people management, skills development, and coaching of designers from a variety of disciplines.

Your Next Challenge...

  • Utilizing design thinking to build engaging experiences for students, teachers, principals, administrators, and families
  • Collaborate with product managers, engineering, researchers, and designers that deliver on business objectives, brand goals, and are technically feasible
  • Works with client user groups to ensure that design experience requirements and objectives are met
  • Collaborates with the engineering teams, services teams, and external vendors to ensure that the design works for the users
  • Manage the development of team members and mentors in design process and prowess.
  • Serve as implementor of design standards and guidelines throughout their direct team
  • Day-to-day work will consist of people management, design operations management, and design execution
  • Fosters a creative environment for inspiring design
  • Able to work across siloes and organizational layers to create repeatable design processes with a constantly improving quality standard
  • Knows how to manage difficult stakeholders and complex working relationships to produce a desired outcome.
  • Understands the intersection of Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, and Systems Thinking. Able to translate to others and teach new concepts when necessary
  • Operates as a teacher and a facilitator of the design organization
  • Direct management of other design services.
  • Provide leadership and direction on content management and strategy
  • Passionate about generating ideas and getting them to succeed
  • Not easily knocked off-track, able to push through roadblocks and barriers for a successful project
  • Keeps teams focused on what's best for the end-user
  • Creates and manages an end-to-end content strategy for digital and physical presences
  • Generate innovative solutions, provide input, and contribute to overall service strategy and design

Traits for Success...

  • Ability to conceptualize the abstract and manufacture the concrete
  • Ability to create simple and intuitive solutions to complex problems.
  • Expert ability to envision and articulate how to build exceptional experiences
  • Ability to work with partners and internal experts to develop cohesive strategy
  • Expert knowledge of Internet functionality and comparative browser features
  • Working knowledge of HTML/CSS/JS. Hands-on a plus
  • Expert knowledge of best practices in usability as it applies to Web sites and on-line applications
  • Expert knowledge of design processes, including how to teach it to others
  • Strong skills in modern design tools like Sketch, InVision, Adobe Suite, etc.
  • Superior facilitation, presentation, written and verbal communication skills
  • Logic and analytical skills
  • Proven leadership skills

Your Education and E xperience ...

  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in HCI, Human Factors, Information Design, Web Design or related field, or comparable experience in the Industry. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
  • 10+ years' experience in documenting and creating delightful solutions to meet the clients' business requirements and objectives
  • 8+ years of exhibited knowledge in developing products or systems, or comparable education.
  • 1 to 3 years ' experience leading teams of designers
  • Advanced knowledge of accessibility and accommodation requirements related to User Interface development preferred

About U s...

[NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency-and provide timely data to help tailor instruction. For more than 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K-12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. More than 11 mil l ion students in 146 countries use our solutions to support their learning and growth each year.
What W e C an O ffer Y ou....

At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees' base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees' holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here

NWEA strives to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices the center of our work. Our organization's mission, Partnering to Help All Kids Learn, is the foundation for our DEIA commitment as we work to reflect, value, and support the educators, students, colleagues, and communities we serve. We seek to empower and engage all stakeholders in the research, services, solutions and products we provide, our organizational culture, and the partnerships we establish with schools, districts, states, and countries.

NWEA™ endeavors to make accessible to all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please call us at (503) 624-1951 or e-mail us at and let us know the nature of your request, your location and your contact information. This is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

NWEA™ is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For our EEO Policy Statement, please visit our website. If you'd like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please visit the EEOC website