Full-Time: Senior Product Designer

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full Time
  • Product
  • Mid Level

KQED is redefining public media to be more inclusive, participatory, and community-powered. In a time of growing misinformation and distrust in media, we are committed to serving the needs of the Bay Area as its trusted source of journalism.

KQED is looking for a seasoned and inspired product designer for our digital product team to envision and build how our content serves the needs of diverse audiences. You’ll partner closely with design leaders, product management, engineering, and editorial teams to craft essential products, platforms, and experiences ranging from our 2022 Voter Guide to mobile apps, kqed.org, KQED Education, and Arts & Culture interactive features.  

Sample content products by our team:

  • KQED Election 2020 California Voter Guide
    https://www.kqed.org/voterguide
  • KQED Public Radio Mobile App
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kqed/id46655895
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kqed.android
  • 'Our Turbulent Decade' Arts Feature
    https://www.kqed.org/ourturbulentdecade/2011-how-occupy-oakland-took-activism-online

This role will be hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to provide documentation of a need for exemption.

One of our core principles at KQED is that we are better together. We are committed to being inclusive, supporting differences, and holding ourselves accountable. We value the contributions of people marginalized in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. We strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

Essential Functions:

  • Partner closely with design leaders, product managers, engineering, and editorial teams to define and build highly usable and engaging experiences that inform, inspire, and involve our audience.
  • Develop research-driven strategies founded on listening to and learning from our users.
  • Collaborate with and incorporate feedback from multiple stakeholders across teams and functions.
  • Uphold and inspire a high level of design craft and holistic thinking from research to execution.
  • Articulate design vision and rationale through UX, visual design, prototyping, and storytelling.
  • Partner with peer designers to foster cohesion across design teams and audience touchpoints.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • 4+ years of proven track record designing high-quality, holistic digital products with cross-functional partners.
  • A portfolio of design projects that demonstrates an exceptional understanding of systems thinking, product thinking, visual design, and storytelling.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to articulate design decisions based on what problems they are solving.
  • A growth mindset, strong proactivity, and self-awareness.
  • Ability to build the team by providing regular feedback and coaching.
  • Driven to improve the quality of information and discussion over the most pressing issues facing the Bay Area. We're non-partisan, but we are not neutral: we're rooted in values of shared humanity, mutual respect, and social and racial equality.

 

Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    

We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

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