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Sr UI/UX Designer

| Chicago

RedShelf is a product-focused, education company that prides itself on having a fun and collaborative environment. Our team is passionate, growth-driven, and always goes the extra mile to deliver the best experience to our users. We offer the excitement and opportunity of a young, fast-growing start-up but with a proven track record of success.

Job Summary:

The Sr UI/UX Designer will work closely with product managers and developers and will be focused on design, UI/UX strategy, wire-framing, prototyping, creation and maintenance of standards guide and UI/UX roadmap for a web-based education platform.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Lead and manage UI/UX team
  • Simplify complex content and ideas into functional, usable interfaces
  • Designing clear, usable prototypes, wireframes, and other UX deliverables
  • Demonstrate an understanding of designing across platforms/devices
  • Grow and polish existing standards guide
  • Working with the Dev & Product teams to develop user stories with clear acceptance criteria
  • Create and Translate low fidelity wireframes/UX prototypes into effective and appealing interfaces
  • Proactively recognize UX/UI gaps in design and propose solutions


  • 7+ years of experience in UX design and/or user interface design preferably with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, human-computer interaction, or a similar technical field
  • Capable of balancing multiple priorities and deadlines while being adaptable to the changing needs of the business
  • Ability to manage a variety of different projects from start to finish
  • The ability to take on complex problems and arrive at simple solutions, matched with the communication skills to talk through and present solutions with both technical and non-technical personnel
  • Expert knowledge of user-centered interface design processes, methodology and UI best practices
  • Ability to leverage new technology, find unexpected ideas, and push the boundaries in solving UX problems with continued innovation
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in UI/Front End Development using CSS/HTML/JavaScript
  • Experience with:
    • Current trends for UX/UI design and data visualization
    • Design tools (Sketch, Zeplin, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.) and prototyping tools (InVision, Axure, etc.)
    • Agile and/or Scrum development methods
    • Managing style guides and pattern libraries for large, complex projects
    • Conducting or managing usability tests to validate design

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Knowledge of Accessibility requirements (WCAG 2.0, A11Y)
  • Knowledge of Ember.js Framework
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the advances in higher educational software, course materials, and digital publishing is a plus
  • Background and/or experience in educational technology and/or publishing
  • Comfort and/or experience in a startup environment
  • Ideal candidate is self-sufficient and highly motivated, self-directed and possess high energy and a passion for RedShelf

Why RedShelf?

Since inception, RedShelf has undergone tremendous growth by providing the learning community with the cutting-edge technology to transform education for future generations. Our goal is to make course materials affordable and improve student interaction with their course content. We partner with 600+ education institutions and 1200+ higher education publishers to deliver a better, more affordable experience to students using our studying platform.

On top of our competitive compensation package that includes company stock options, we offer an engaging office culture with frequent onsite and offsite events including intramural sports teams, happy hours, volunteer work, and more.

EEO Statement:

RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • PythonLanguages
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
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    • RedisDatabases
    • ElasticSearchDatabases
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    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • ZeplinDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • CraftCMS
    • BaseCRM
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Beautiful and convenient River North office located minutes from Magnificent Mile and the Loop with one of the best rooftops in the neighborhood.

An Insider's view of RedShelf

What are some social events your company does?

Our development team gets together outside the office once per quarter with things like bowling nights, baseball games and water taxi trips to Chinatown. I try to host dinner parties every few months -- sometimes just for my immediate team, and sometimes a cross-team dinner to mix things up. Hoping for a company-wide Segway tour sometime soon, but


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We’re constantly collaborating with other dev teams in the company through shared github repos, slack channels and of course some inside jokes. We also work closely with teams outside of the dev department on various projects, including improvements to our book processor and the rollout of new product features.


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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

RedShelf is still a relatively small company, so even as a junior to mid-level developer I’ve been able to take on more responsibility, more quickly. My experience has become much more varied, instead of just focusing on a single type of skill that I might gain at a larger corporation.


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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

It's critical that you encourage an environment of experimentation. People should never be punished for taking risks or making mistakes as long as they're learning and growing. As a product-focused company, the creativity for new ideas exists when your team is comfortable with failure and understands that success can be measured by what we learned.



What’s the vibe like in the office?

Coming from a very corporate environment, RedShelf is a breath of fresh air for me. Driven, like-minded people working together to change education, plus a fun office space, create an environment that makes you want to go to work every day.


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What are RedShelf Perks + Benefits

RedShelf Benefits Overview

On top of our competitive compensation package that includes company stock options, we offer an engaging office culture with frequent onsite and offsite events including intramural sports, happy hours, volunteer work, and more!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
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