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Head of Design

| Greater NYC Area

About TpT

We are the world's most popular online marketplace for original educational resources. Our strategy of unlocking the wisdom and expertise of the world’s educators has helped us become the go-to place for finding the resources, knowledge, and inspiration educators need to teach at their best. We offer more than ~4 million free and paid resources, created by educators who understand what works. Our marketplace is growing every day to meet the evolving needs of the PreK-12 classroom. When educators get the resources and support they need, they're best equipped to inspire our next generation of learners.

TpT is a marketplace, but it’s also a community of dedicated, creative educators — those who publish their resources and those who seek out solutions to real problems in their classrooms. We are grateful for their collaboration, their innovation, and their pioneering spirit. Together we support the educator connections that create magic for students everywhere.

We’re Looking for a Head of Design

TpT is growing fast, you’ll help lead us through our next phase of growth. We’re on a path to make proactive moves to elevate design and design thinking at TpT. You’ll get to walk in the door ready to scale and manage a talented team of product designers, visual designers and researchers, operationalize the function, introduce new norms, strengthen current practices, and level it all up in a way that is as clarifying as it is inspiring.

Today, the demands on teachers are as high as they’ve ever been. As our Head of Design you will be tasked with developing a team (with the right processes, systems, tools, and rituals) to help everyone at TpT create digital products, services, and experiences that deepen the relationships with our educator communities, wherever they are in the world.

Responsibilities

  • Scale the size and health of Design at TpT by attracting, developing, and retaining the best Product Design, Visual Design, and User Experience Research talent
  • Codify our design team principles, processes, toolkits, and rituals (and empower all our designers to amplify the messages)
  • Increase our thought-leadership and participation in design and tech design communities
  • Lead and enforce product design best practices with our Engineering and Product counterparts
  • Expand our brand and visual identity to account for current and future growth into new products, services, and audiences
  • Inspire thoughtful and purposeful design initiatives by guiding the team to create desirable, usable, and clear interfaces for our educator communities
  • Identify ways to improve the user experience by measurable user outcomes
  • Create the conditions for a rigorous and challenging design environment
  • Grow our user research and user testing function so we can continue to validate design decisions, interpret user feedback with critical hypotheses, and make tough decisions

Qualities of a Successful Candidate

  • An actionable collection of learned experiences — earned through years of previous design leadership — that you are eager and able to transfer to our organization
  • A bias towards action
  • Road-tested and refined toolkits, methodologies, and frameworks that have track records of measurable results
  • A knack for listening, learning, and identifying what is most important amongst a large set of priorities and data points
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with Engineering, Product, and Executives on company-level strategies, planning processes, and product roadmapping
  • 10+ years of experience in design leadership roles within successful high-growth technology companies (Marketplace or Community-driven companies are a plus)
  • 5+ years of Product Design management experience

Extra Credit

  • Degree in design, human-computer interaction (HCI), or equivalent Education experience
  • Experience in education or at an e-commerce company

Extracurriculars:

  • Parental leave for both mothers and fathers to be able to take some quality time in bonding with their new addition to their family
  • Comprehensive Medical & Dental Benefits
  • Mother’s Room
  • Quiet Room
  • Company Events (Bring Your Child to Work Day, Field Day, Camp TpT, Hackathons etc.)


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ElixirLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks

Location

111 E 18th St, New York, NY 10016

An Insider's view of Teachers Pay Teachers

What are some social events your company does?

Every month a different team in the office will host a Teacher's Lounge. These can be anything ranging from a pumpkin-carving contest, to Office Olympics, where teams of TpT-er's represented a variety of different countries to compete for Office Olympic gold.

Emily

Technical Recruiter

What projects are you most excited about?

My team works on the cloud infrastructure that we run all of our applications on, and we’re excited about creating pre-production environments for every pull request a developer opens. Using Kubernetes, we'd create temporary environments that mimic production but are isolated for testing purposes. This empowers our team to build with confidence.

Lucas Chi

Engineering Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

One of our company values is “We Learn and Grow Together”. The first few members of the Schools team started right around the same time, so we really had to embody that value! We were building a new set of features and got to make a lot of decisions. Looking back at the code we were writing when I started at TpT, we’ve definitely learned a lot.

Julia Sterling

Software Engineer

What are Teachers Pay Teachers Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
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