We are currently seeking an experienced Design Director to join our growing team. You will work closely with our Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and project teams to drive the vision for client work and help to define the design philosophy at O3.
We are looking for an individual driven to create world class experiences; someone who lives and breathes design and dreams about its role and impact on great products. We want big picture thinkers who can translate strategy into elegant visual design systems that solve real world problems. We seek an energetic soul who wants to lead a team of talented designers and gets a thrill out of seeing them flourish. We want someone who is comfortable selling a vision to our clients and is always looking to push the boundaries of design.
An ideal candidate is someone who is currently in a Director or Senior role and who has been managing a team of two or more designers for at least a couple of years. We need someone who is familiar with the agency world, and who has been lead creative, design, or UX director on large scale projects and has the portfolio to prove it. Background in product development and UX best practices is essential.
You will be provided guidance and support by our CXO and will lead a team of UX/UI designers who you will mentor and develop. You will partner with our UX strategy and development teams to ensure that the creative vision for the work is backed by sound user insight and technical standards. You will interface directly with clients and be responsible for all design deliverables for projects in your purview.
WHAT YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IN YOUR ROLE…
Lead and mentor UX/UI designers at O3; develop career paths and foster growth for each of them
Guide design team members through feedback and direction on their projects day-to-day
Create design vision for client work; collaborate, interact, and present to clients in a confident, comfortable, and professional manner
Oversee the production of air-tight sitemaps, app flows, wireframes, and/or visual design deliverables on projects
Partner and work closely with our UX Strategists as they conduct and analyze user research and customer insight
Communicate cross-departmentally with directors, account strategists, project managers, and developers
Improve, expand and guide processes and procedures within the design department
Assist business development to develop new ideas to pitch to new clients
A SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL…
Confidently speak to clients and present deliverables in a clear and effective manner (both in person and virtually)
Oversee and direct projects autonomously; develop plans to execute on creative vision
Produce strong visual design work with an emphasis on product based UX and UI
Learn internal design work-flow processes quickly and evolve them over time
Embrace a user-centric design approach
Solve problems through collaboration and team effort
Lead and guide designers with their day-to-day tasks
Oversee design output and quality control for multiple projects on an ongoing basis
Have excellent written communication skills
Be responsible for the professional growth of yourself as well as the members of the design team
Remain positive, patient, and calm with employees and clients
Understand long term project goals and focus on larger business objectives
Consider budgets, timelines, deadlines, and external constraints
Always consider the bigger picture and the real business impact of your work
Actively participate in the design community and be an evangelist for the design department and O3 in general
YOUR EXPERIENCE SHOULD INCLUDE…
5 - 7+ years working as a creative, design, or UX director at an agency, product, or other parallel experience
Process Knowledge - Proven experience with iterative design processes, responsive design, mobile design, application / product design, and/or eCommerce design
UX Design - Proven ability to think critically and solve business problems in new and creative ways using information architecture, wireframing, usability best practices, and prototyping
UI Design - Proven experience creating industry leading visual design by utilizing style guides, UI kits, and screen comps for websites, mobile applications, and interactive products
Communication & Collaboration - Proven experience working successfully within a team or collaborative environment on challenging projects and presenting solutions effectively
Pitching Work - Whether in a business development or internal capacity, you must be comfortable selling a creative vision
Development Familiarity - Be aware of emerging technologies and have a basic understanding of how designs are implemented and integrated into content management systems like Wordpress, Drupal, and Magento. Working knowledge of HTML and CSS is always a positive
New & Emerging Technologies - Familiarity with emerging technologies like AI, AR, VR, IoT, and Voice is a huge plus
YOUR BENEFITS WILL INCLUDE…
Amazing office space in Fishtown, flex vacation time, paid trips to national and regional industry events and conferences, paid training, speaking opportunities, summer hours, company happy hours, casual office dress code, monthly one-to-one employee growth meetings, lunch and learns, sponsored networking events, employee referral program, company holidays and half-days, quiet rooms, annual holiday party, peer-to-peer recognition, annual non-profit participation, neighborhood outreach events, your own personal theme music, and more…
Medical coverage including vision, dental coverage, short term disability, long term disability, life insurance plan, 401k with company match
ABOUT O3 WORLD
O3 World specializes in digital product design and development, from conceptualization through implementation and support. We work with businesses as their strategic partner to provide long-term digital solutions through web, mobile, e-commerce and application development.
With offices in Fishtown, Philadelphia, we’ve emphasized a balanced approach to design, innovative technological solutions and an award-winning agency culture. This is the heart of one of the most vibrant and active areas within the city. You’ll have easy access to public transportation, a variety of delicious local eateries and coffee shops, entertainment venues like Johnny Brenda’s and The Fillmore, as well as fitness centers. Regardless of what your interests and curiosities might be, there is always something new and exciting to explore.
We’re continually looking to explore new horizons in the fields of user experience, design, and technology, we have a unique program called O3 Labs. Here, we embrace future thinking through experiences and experimentation with emerging technologies. All staff members are invited to collaborate internally to devise labs concepts that attempt to solve real experiences and business problems. You’ll have the opportunity to present a concept and, if chosen, company time, employees, and resources are dedicated to making your idea become a reality. O3 theme music is one example of several other successfully launched labs projects from O3 World. See it in action.
We’re proud to be the founder and host of Forge Conference, Philadelphia’s premier user experience and product design conference since 2014. Once a year we invite a national roster of experts in the field of user experience to share their wisdom, ideas, processes, and inspiring stories to people like you. Each employee at O3 World has the opportunity to join the Forge planning committee and contribute your thoughts and ideas to a conference that is quickly gaining prominence as an industry leading event. Learn more about Forge.
Finally, we’re firm believers in a balanced environment, where positivity, hard work and happy hours coexist. At O3, we strive to recruit and retain a diverse team that help us perform better, attract top talent and make smarter decisions. While much of our time is spent at our desks, at whiteboards, or in meetings, we’ve created a culture that makes the outside world an integral part of our daily working routines. The challenging, progressive work we do keeps us energized and exhilarated, while our culture and people keep us grounded, put things in perspective and make us better at what we do. Most of all, it makes us a team.
Please submit your resume and cover letter explaining why you’d be a good fit for this role and our team. Links to your LinkedIn, Twitter accounts, or anything else you feel will help us get to know you better are also appreciated.
O3 is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We look forward to meeting with you.