Design Director, Digital Product

Job Summary

Bluecadet is looking for a hands-on, strategic thinking director to lead and mentor our multi-disciplinary team in the design and production of exceptional digital experiences. The Design Director ensures that the quality of our creative concepts and the work produced meet the highest standards. 

In order to succeed in this role you must be a great mentor, leader, and thrive at facilitating effective collaboration across these many disciplines. We’re project-based and you will get your hands dirty on projects but also be responsible for supporting experienced leads to direct best-in-class digital products, mobile apps, web platforms and multi-channel services. We also work directly with our clients, which range from well-known cultural brands like the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress to influential, innovative companies like Zoom and Google. Our director will need to be a strategic, entrepreneurial, partner for these clients. 

Bluecadet is an award-winning, internationally-recognized experience design agency focused on producing transformative digital products and environments. We work with story and experience-driven organizations and brands. Past clients include Google, MoMA, Harvard, Comcast, Princeton, The Smithsonian Institution, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Job Details

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion:

Bluecadet’s staff represents a wide pool of talent across strategy, development, technology, and design. Although we are not a certified diverse vendor, women occupy over half of the leadership and creative roles in the agency. Bluecadet firmly believes in Equity and Inclusion as a general principle. We recognize that we can only get better, and have in the past six months launched internal programming with a dedicated consultant to inform our work moving forward across areas of our business and culture. Our goal in 2021 will be to create a concrete set of actions and commitments that we can take at Bluecadet to encourage inclusion and belonging, and ensure equity including professional development, training, reviews, recruitment and compensation. We look forward to sharing more about our commitments and initiatives in the coming months as we move forward in this process.

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Top 3 things this person should accomplish in first year:

  • Leads the team in solidifying our digital product design processes.
  • Fosters an innovation mindset for designing future-focused products that leverage tactics like voice, VR/AR and game-like interfaces in strategic and meaningful ways.  
  • Successfully develops and pitches our vision of our digital product design to our aspirational clients.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a strategic lead for partners and clients, defining product strategy in the service of the client’s business goals and presenting clients with new and exciting opportunities for future work. 
  • Be a mentor, coach, and advocate for your team.
  • Draw from a range of experiences and references in and out the traditional UX/UI practices — let your passions push us forward
  • Own and design the processes behind the work. 
  • Advocate for innovative processes and technologies across projects; excitement about new trends in technology but interested in real creative value, not just hype
  • Advocate for best practices in incorporating sound strategy & user journey insights into product designs and ensure our internal processes, training, and knowledge-sharing reinforce this perspective
  • Foster an environment of multidisciplinary collaboration and creative problem-solving
  • The rough breakdown of responsibilities will look like:
    • 50% active creative direction of projects
    • 35% mentoring design leads, and senior designers
    • 15% supporting new business efforts in strategy and pitch development

Competencies:

  • Strong leader with the ability to manage multiple clients and projects.
  • Experienced leader with a track record of managing product design teams.
  • You have expert knowledge in the tools used to design innovative digital products (Figma, etc.) and how they can be used to support superior user-centered experiences
  • Tells a great story, with particular emphasis on digital narratives
  • Adept at directing and mentoring others in developing, communicating, and selling industry-leading concepts to clients
  • Exceptional ability to understand, communicate, and develop creative solutions that address specific client goals
  • You’ve demonstrated success in managing the needs of the company and ensuring the delivery of best-in-class work
  • You understand how to deliver new ideas and creativity within the client’s budget
  • Seizes opportunities to make work, team, and clients better

Benefits:
Bluecadet offers competitive salaries, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) participation, paid time off, company holidays, paid parental leave, and the opportunity to work in a dynamic, growing and fun environment. We have a gorgeous office, a relaxed dress code, and encourage work/life harmony.

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