Design Director

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Design Director

Who We Are 

At 8th Light, we take a human-centered design (HCD) approach to software development, collaborating with the people writing the code as well as those using it. We embrace the need for adaptability in a constantly changing world. Our design team is composed of thinkers and doers, with a breadth and depth of experience across UX design, UI design, and implementation, ready to take on most any challenge that we encounter. 

As an employee-owned software consultancy, we consider software design and development a craft. Our team of expert designers and developers hold the title of "Crafter" to reflect our dedication to quality, our emphasis on continual learning, and our belief that software is truly a craft — something that we take great pride in. We value colleagues who enjoy learning and teaching, which creates our collaborative organization. You’ll also have opportunities to further your expertise as a design leader, through project contributions, and working directly with senior leadership and the Head of Design. 

We enjoy working with empathetic, passionate collaborators who value the work they do. At this time, we are seeking a Design Director to join our human-centered software design team.


Who You Are

You’ve led teams in the past and would describe yourself as being most inspired when you can bring others on a journey conceptually and aesthetically. You are prepared to deepen your organization influence and leadership skills while keeping your heart and hands firmly planted in the low level activities of any design project and engagement. You’ve successfully:

  • Ideally gained design experience over at least 10 years with over 3 years of experience effectively leading design teams 
  • Contributed to consulting engagements in both small and large B2C + B2B organizations
  • Led solutions resulting in measurable financial and organizational growth 
  • Amassed a proven track record of guiding clients and project teams through the human-centered design process and integrating Agile engineering practices
  • Motivated teams by modeling and applying quality design practices through leadership and collaboration with both internal and client teams in software product design and development processes
  • Demonstrated exceptional communication skills (oral and written) and an ability to inspire through teaching and hands-on collaboration with numerous stakeholders

What You’ll Do At 8th Light

You’ll establish and maintain our design activities and the quality of our project outcomes from design through delivery. You will also support the overall growth and development of design team members through project collaboration and mentorship. The Design Director will contribute to the development and growth of client relationships through business development and project advisory services. In unison with the engagement team, you will be responsible for: 

  • Advising and guiding client stakeholders across our software design and delivery engagements
  • Championing our multidisciplinary, integrated approach to software product design and development
  • Contributing to all aspects of design through hands-on collaboration with our integrated core and extended teams
  • Ensuring the desirability, feasibility, and viability of our design directions throughout the entire design and delivery process 
  • Participating in business development activities by offering design perspective in connection to new opportunities and creating positive relationships with clients by setting them up for success
  • Contributing to the growth and development of our designers and the Design Discipline as a whole in collaboration with our Head of Design
  • Creating opportunities for our design colleagues to be exposed and immersed in new practices and tools that evolve and expand their expertise

Nice to Have

We work across many areas, and encourage anyone with the experience mentioned above to apply. Given recent client requests, we would particularly like to encourage applicants with experience in the following areas:

  • Design consulting across a range of industries and client organizations 
  • Depth in UX and visual design
  • Integrated human-centered design and Agile delivery practices

We truly hope to hear from you.

Join Us

We recognize that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re excited to share our journey with you. We have a proud tradition of hiring talented colleagues with unusual career experiences. We're more interested in your experiences, results, and impact than brand names, degrees, or keywords that may appear on your resume. We appreciate your time in completing a few application questions to help us get to know you better.

8th Light is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Languages
    • C#Languages
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • TypeScriptLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ParseLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • LaravelFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Vue.jsFrameworks
    • Google CloudFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • TeradataDatabases

Location

25 East Washington, Chicago, IL 60602

An Insider's view of 8th Light, Inc.

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

When I shifted careers to software crafting at 8th Light I was given the opportunity to build something tangible. I completed the six-month apprenticeship that gave me the basic skill set to become an effective consultant. Since then I've been exposed to multiple technologies and experiences that have catalyzed my development and consulting skills.

Charles

Software Crafter

What are 8th Light, Inc. Perks + Benefits

8th Light, Inc. Benefits Overview

8th Light has a comprehensive benefits and total compensation package that is flexible and customizable as per your family/ life/ personal circumstances. We are supportive of family friendly flexibility which includes perks and offerings such as an extensive parental leave program which covers (4 paid months- time off). Our benefits and perks also re-enforce our values of Humanity, Education and Ownership- with options to purchase stock, Learning and Development stipends with paid time allocated to growth and continuous learning, additionally a popular donation matching program.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
8th Light offers a company day of service. Team members elect to participate in support of various charities, foundations and non-profits regionally and locally, such as Code First Girls, Code Platoon
Partners with Nonprofits
We partner with Code Bootcamps to provide opportunities to career changers and self taught software developers to deepen their knowledge base and gain experience through our world class Apprenticeship
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Community, Connections and Collaboration work group and our Career Pathing work group.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Women in executive level positions, including the Co-CEO. women and POCs on the 8th Light executive board and throughout the company.
Unconscious bias training
Led by the Director of Training and Development, unconscious bias training is a quintessential component of the 8th Light Interview Process.
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
There are internal networking communities including but not limited to a Persons of Color Channel and Woman Forums.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We partner with various diverse talent communities, broaden our scope of where we post, source and evaluate candidates. We prepare candidates for success with details on every step of the process.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Through opt-in enrollment, our plans offer Heath Care, Dependent, and Commuter Reimbursement.
Disability Insurance
8th Light offers company-paid both short-term and long-term disability benefits.
Dental Benefits
The Dental plan offered provides comprehensive dental coverage with low, predictable costs. 100% of coverage for preventative services, including x-rays. Child orthodontia coverage available as well.
Vision Benefits
100% coverage for eye exams and lenses after $35 dollar copay-- with a $130 allowance for frames per year. 20% discount offered on balance for frames at participating providers.
Health Insurance Benefits
8th Light offers four unique options for comprehensive medical coverage to support you and your family. In addition to MD Live, a service offering included in all BCBS plans at 8th Light.
Life Insurance
Employer paid coverage of up to $50,000 with the option to increase coverage at a low-expense.
Pet Insurance
Pet's veterinary services are covered with 90% reimbursement. Open to all ages. Includes spay/neuter, hereditary, Rx therapeutic diets, dental and more. Provided at low cost through Nationwide.
Wellness Programs
Annual budget for personal wellness to be used on: massages, gym/fitness memberships, equipment and more.
Mental Health Benefits
In addition to comprehensive mental health coverage through medical plans, 8th Light offers EAP services at no cost to employees. Unlimited telephone consultations, and up to 3 in-person sessions/ yr.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Eligible 60 days following employment. 8th Light will match 100% up to the first 4% employees contribute.
Company Equity
Over 40% of organization are employee owners. Employees will have the option to purchase shares of the organization. Employee owners will receive quarterly payouts based on organization's performance.
Match charitable contributions
8th Light will match up to $250 per calendar year for each employee’s contributions to a charitable organization.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Available immediately upon employment. 8th Light covers 12 weeks of leave at 100% of salary.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
8th Light is 100% Remote. There are office spaces open for voluntary employee use. With state of the art issued office technology, not limited to MacOS Notebooks and 4K monitors for the home office.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Four weeks of paid time off with incremental increases based on tenure of employment. PTO can be used for vacation, personal, and sick time at the employees discretion.
Paid Volunteer Time
8 Hours per year.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Can be used in addition to PTO.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Employees are reimbursed $100 per year for health and wellness expenses.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
New hires receive a $200 stipend for home office furniture. In addition to a state of the art work device (Apple Notebook) and 4K monitors, accessories, and more-- through partnership with FirstBase.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
There is an annual $1,500 learning and development budget given each crafters, there are opportunities for educational expenses as well as conferences paid through 8th Light's partnership.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Employees are assigned mentors at the start of employment to guide them throughout their career journey and assist them in getting acclimated into the culture at 8th Light!
Continuing Education stipend
All employees are awarded an annual $1,500 stipend for learning and development expenses. This can be used on: classes, software subscriptions, conference travel, etc.
Time allotted for learning
Based upon role, employees are given time allotments to focus on non-project based learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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