Product Designer (NYC)

  • DonorsChoose
  • 134 W 37th St, New York, NY, USA
  • Jul 31, 2020
Full time Design Engineering Nonprofit-Social Services All Majors Welcomed

Job Description

DonorsChoose engages the public in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable, and personal way to address educational inequity. In this clip, board member Stephen Colbert tells the organization's story.  

Since its launch in 2000, more than 4 million "citizen philanthropists" have donated to classroom projects on DonorsChoose, channeling books, field trips, technology, and other resources to more than 40 million students in public schools, overwhelmingly from low-income households. Along the way, the organization helped to pioneer the field of crowdfunding and is now making an impact beyond school supplies.

The Role

DonorsChoose is looking for a well-rounded product designer to join our high-performing product and engineering team. As our Product Designer, you will be responsible for executing clear, thoughtful design solutions for our website, developing new features, and continuing to push DonorsChoose as an innovator in the crowdfunding space. Your work will encompass the entire product development lifecycle: from defining the work by listening to our users and analyzing metrics, ideating and prototyping potential solutions, getting into the codebase to help build the thing, shipping, and then analyzing its performance and iterating as needed.

Things you'll do: 

  • Work with our user researchers, product managers, and engineers to design thoughtful solutions to problems our users are facing. 
  • Create prototypes and work with our user research team to validate your solutions.
  • Write front-end code to execute and ship your designs (HTML, CSS, JS).

This position might be a fit for you if you have:

  • 2+ years of experience designing products for web (mobile and desktop)
  • Strong front-end coding chops (HTML, CSS, JS)
  • An appreciation for data and user research to inform your design decisions
  • The ability to simplify complexity
  • Strong beliefs loosely held — advocate for your point of view, but be open to having your mind changed
  • A passion for education, equity, or social good

The Team

The Product and Engineering team at DonorsChoose does important mission-driven work, helping to address educational inequity in US public schools, but we operate more like a fast-paced startup than a traditional nonprofit (we ship weekly!). The product designer will join our team of product managers, UX researchers, and engineers to improve the on-site experience for our user base of donors and public school teachers, directly impacting the educational outcomes for students across the US. 

Read How We Do Product and learn about our Product Principles on our team’s blog.

Compensation and Benefits

DonorsChoose offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision coverage; 401(k) participation; an annual professional development stipend; and 5 weeks paid vacation plus national holidays. To learn more about what it's like to work at DonorsChoose, visit our careers page. 

To Apply

Submit your application online. In your cover letter, tell us a little bit about your favorite teacher or subject in school! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this position is filled.

A Final Note

The DonorsChoose team works toward a nation where students in every community have the resources needed for an excellent education. To do this, we hire and support a diverse team of the best and the brightest talent available.

We are an organization increasingly representative of the varied races and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, and abilities that comprise our nation. DonorsChoose focuses on attracting, retaining, and advancing diverse talent because it makes us more effective, high-performing, creative, and resilient.

If you are passionate about our mission, highly skilled in your field, and looking for a place where you can bring all of yourself to work, we want you.