Senior User Experience Designer (UX) at 8th Light, Inc. (Chicago, IL or Remote)

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Senior User Experience (UX) Designer-  US Remote 

Who We Are 

We are 8th Light, an employee-owned, remote-first software consultancy, we consider software design and development a craft. We’re driven by our deep commitment to excellence, and powered by our collective depth of knowledge and experience. Our team of expert developers and designers 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 we take pride in, and value highly. We value colleagues who enjoy learning and teaching, which creates our collaborative organization.

We take a human-centered design (HCD) approach to crafting digital solutions, collaborating with the people writing code as well as those using it. We enjoy working with empathetic, passionate collaborators who value the work they do. At this time, we are seeking a Senior UX Designer to join this emerging specialization within 8th Light. We embrace the need for adaptability in a constantly changing world. 

As a team of polyglot generalists — thinkers and doers ready to take on most any challenge that we encounter, we remain positioned to help an ever growing portfolio of client partners. If this approach to product and software development resonates with you, we'd love to talk.

Who You Are

A UX Designer with a depth of experience focusing on understanding and advocating for users. You’ve contributed to all aspects of design, iterating through potential solutions, mental models, and feature priorities through personas, user journeys, wireframes, prototypes, information architecture, and detailed design. You’ve successfully:

  • Performed user research through a variety of methods throughout the design process (including usability testing in preparation for delivery)
  • Synthesized user insights into opportunity areas for design
  • Established information architecture and content strategy informed by research synthesis
  • Led UX workshops (project planning, design thinking, research and synthesis activities, generative co-creation and prioritization of design opportunities)
  • Performed iterative design prototyping from low fidelity sketches to high-fidelity interactive experiences
  • Regularly sought and participated in design reviews with project teams and the broader design discipline through a lens of usability, accessibility, feasibility, and aesthetic quality
  • Collaborated closely with developers to ensure faithful interpretation of design through delivery

What You’ll Do At 8th Light

You’ll create user research procedures and assets (personas, journey maps, etc.) as well as user interface wireframes and prototypes, working with fellow design team members. You will also support client projects, performing user research and creating software user experiences .  In unison with the design and engagement teams, you will be responsible for: 

  • Designing human-centered software solutions across a range of industries and client organizations, with 5+ years of experience.
  • Applying the design process to solve complex problems across a variety of software contexts (e.g. mobile, desktop, web, and hardware) with a portfolio that demonstrates your skills
  • Collaborating with designers and developers on integrated teams to bring designs to life
  • Facilitating  effective communication with internal teams, clients and partners in team and workshop contexts
  • High-quality presentation and writing skills
  • Intermediate experience with Figma, along with other industry design and prototyping tools and frameworks
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies e.g., web3

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 
  • Integrated human-centered design and Agile delivery practices

How You’ll be Supported

We want our people to feel supported and encouraged to embrace their most authentic selves. Our wellness package at 8th Light is centered around the Whole YOU. Offerings that include:

  • $1,500 annual budget for learning & development
  • L&D time allotment of 120+ hours per year
  • Flexible PTO
  • Wellness days
  • 12 weeks of new parent leave available immediately
  • Fertility benefits
  • Semi annual promotion panel

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Join Us –– 8th Light is Fully Remote

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.

8th Light currently recruits and supports a distributed team of employees in various states who work remotely. When opportunities allow we can also consider hiring talent eligible to work in the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Canada. In this new workplace landscape, it is rare that our consulting engagements require travel for current roles. 

We are committed to supporting, onboarding, growth, and engagement of employees who choose to work remotely on a permanent basis. For team members who seek to work in-office, where local regulations allow, we can provide an experience that supports in-person social interaction and collaboration in our hub cities of Chicago, New York, London and Los Angeles. Learn more about our philosophy, plans, and updates by signing up for our Talent Community!


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25 East Washington, Chicago, IL 60602

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

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Whether it’s regularly evaluating our workload to ensure it’s achievable, encouraging stress-relieving activities like offering mindfulness meditation sessions during Town Hall meetings, or respecting an individual’s boundaries for working hours and vacation time.

Taylor Keazirian

Software Crafter

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.


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 reenforce 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.

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
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
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.
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.
Mandated 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 insurance
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 insurance
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
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.
Team workouts
We have mindful hours and have organized company wide virtual yoga to begin weekly townhalls. We continue to seek further opportunities here.
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.
Financial & Retirement
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.
Charitable contribution matching
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.
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.
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Pet friendly
Fitness stipend
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
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.
Continuing education available during work hours
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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