Senior Product Designer
Posted: Jun 18, 2018
The short version ?
Join the core team at Aula and grow with us. Work on all levels of the product, from gathering feedback from educators and students to designing beautiful solutions and implementing them with the engineering team.
We're excited to tell you about Aula and what we're working on, but first of all, let us explain who we're looking for. The most important thing about you is that you are curious and care deeply about designing great products that affect people's lives. You are excited about joining a startup with all the ups and downs that entails. You are transparent, reliable, considerate and ready to work hard to further our mission.
You have a real passion for precise design systems and designing mouth-watering user experiences. ?
Whether you've previously worked at a startup or an agency, you've ideally designed for both mobile and desktop, have experience leading the conceptualisation of a feature, an app or a whole design system. +1 if you have front-end engineering experience/interest.
Aula: what we do ?
Aula is a conversational platform for education. Think 'Slack for education': consumer tech on the front-end yet complex infrastructure on the back-end. We've built Aula because we believe digital infrastructure should encourage community and participation-based learning.
For students, this means less one-way communication from the teacher, more collaboration with fellow students and easier access to student services like the welfare team - even if you're commuting or are away from campus on a placement.
For Educators, this means truly connecting with every student in your class, creating a casual and friendly atmosphere in the class and embracing teaching practices such as blended learning.
For Institutions, this means creating a digital campus where the sense of belonging decreases drop-off rates and allows to move away from a focus on physical buildings to a focus on distributed experiences.
Who we are ?
We are a bunch of curious and silly-ambitious people who have set out to do our lives' work. We work hard because we really care about what we do.
Our engineers have previously lead teams that have built things like the Georgian version of Youtube (myvideo.ge with 2.5 million monthly unique viewers) and a novel way to share and view 3D medical images (TissueStack). They work remotely from all around the world (France, Pakistan, Georgia, Sweden...).
We are backed by a world-class team of investors such as Nordic Makers, (an angel group including Co-founders of Unity and Zendesk) Project A and executives from LinkedIn and IBM.
Where we are ?
We started working on this problem in 2016 and launched our institutional product in September 2017. We currently have five institutional pilots running and aim to have 10+ institutions by September this year. Our current pilots have proven our core 'conversational hypothesis' on a small scale, demonstrating that a conversational platform can make teaching and learning more engaging and save educators time. We are currently 16 people (7 nationalities!) and we only focus on higher education (and we're the #1 edtech startup to watch in the UK)
The main thing we now need to prove is that we can enable institution-wide behaviour change (think 50,000 students and 4,000 educators) to really affect institutions' KPIs: a Herculean 'change management' task for core public infrastructure.
The role: Product Designer ??????
We're looking for a full-stack product designer who enjoys working on a design solution from beginning to end.
Sitting down with students, educators, and university administrators to clearly understand existing infrastructures and determine existing pain points.
Conceptualise design solutions.
Design those solutions to the pixel.
Help the engineering team implement the designs.
You can be working at all levels, from designing a whole app from scratch to going into detailed optimisations for our custom-designed editor or the chat structure of our direct messages.
Design processes ?
You will be working directly with Adrian and will have a pivotal role in defining our design processes.
A few tools we currently use: Sketch / Zeplin / Atomic.io / Webflow
We are in the process of building our component libraries that allows to have a common language between the product team and the engineering team.
If you think using other tools such as Abstract, Studio, Figma, Framer, etc. can be helpful, we are completely open to suggestions.
Focus on your trajectory, not just your role. Dedicate 2 hours a week to building the skills and connections you'll need for your dream position at Aula in 2 years. We call it 2:2.
Shared ownership: Joining the Aula journey means you will own part of the company. ?
Learning & Development stipend: Receive a small stipend for any training you would like to do in your spare time. ?
Hardware: Get hooked up with the tools you need to do your best work. ?
Free books: We're all about books. We're building up an Aula library ?
Family Leave: If your family grows while at Aula, we recommend taking 1-3 months off - regardless of when you joined. ?
All the best,
The Aula Team ?