Director, Product Design

Product United States Indianapolis, Indiana


Please Note: For the health and safety of our employees, Lessonly’s physical office is currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All of our employees are working remotely and we are re-evaluating the opening date of our office on an ongoing basis.

Lessonly is powerfully simple training software that helps teams learn, practice, and do better work. We enable busy teams to get on the same page, stay ahead of change, and deliver amazing experiences to customers and prospects. We’re on a mission to help people across the globe do better work.

We believe that better work starts with people - and we’re looking for ambitious, humble and collaborative people to join the team. 

We’re looking for an experienced Director, Product Design to join our growing team. As the leader of our Design team, you’ll have the opportunity to impact the lives of tens of thousands of learners on the Lessonly platform.

The Director, Product Design works in partnership with other members of the P&E leadership team to shape and execute on product strategy and vision. Your primary responsibilities will be mentoring and coaching a team of designers and researchers while setting the standards, strategies and direction for these disciplines within Lessonly. 

The ideal candidate will have 6+ years experience in product design/research for a B2B SaaS software product, with at least 3 years managing and developing a team. The Director, Product Design will report to the Vice President of Product. 

Daily Responsibilities

  • Management (40%)
    • Success looks like:
      • Build, hire, empower, inspire, and retain a best in class design team that effectively delivers impactful design work that champions the user experience
      • Manage the performance cycle for the team, recommending promotions and bonuses as needed and conducting quarterly reviews to support team members in progress towards their goals.
      • Build and maintain growth frameworks for Design roles, allowing for career development and advancement for the team
      • Conduct regular 1-on-1 team meetings, identifying opportunities for coaching, support and guidance while maintaining a clear balance of accountability and autonomy.
      • Partner with the engineering, product, and QA leads to ensure strong UX across product experiences.
      • Foster an inclusive design culture.
      • Lead, inspire and mentor teams; promote their work, guide them, and bring them to the next level

  • Design Leadership (40%)
    • Success looks like:
      • Define the Product Design practice, providing creative thought leadership to company strategy.
      • Set the bar for design and research quality and output, advocate for design values, facilitate and manage design processes and practices.
      • Create and champion a user experience vision, along with a plan for evolutionary, iterative steps to get there
      • Establish and iteratively evolve experiential and UI consistency and quality across product
      • Develop and implement repeatable processes that promote design excellence such as rapid iteration, prototyping, design sprints, and design systems.

  • Design Enablement (20%)
    • Success looks like:
      • Establish and maintain a sustainable, robust, component-based design system
      • Enhance the performance and skill set of your team by promoting mentoring and educational opportunities
      • Ensure systems, software, processes, and budget in place to scale and improve team's operational efficiency

About You: 

  • Critical Requirements:
  • 6+ years of experience designing interactions and UI for digital products that deliver on business goals.  (Nice to have: Experience conducting and managing user research programs at scale)
  • 3+ years or experience managing and developing teams with a track record for recruiting and mentoring high-performing teams.
  • A portfolio showing your design thinking and your ability to create user-friendly designs for millions of people
  • Experience working with a Design System
  • You lead with clarity and vision, and you can motivate others to deliver excellent results while keeping them happy and engaged
  • Track record of influencing product and engineering functions to keep user problems top-of-mind and invest in holistic, user centered solutions
  • You enjoy continuously learning more about design and teaching what you know to others
  • Comfortable with a fast pace and driving clarity from ambiguity
  • Product Design Fundamentals
  • Understand a business/design problem, dream big on how to solve that problem, consider what an MVP might be of that solution, and help your teammates and stakeholders understand that vision.
  • Strong design foundation in both UI (interaction, visual) and UX (user research, analysis, information architecture, wireframing)
  • Proficiency in at least one screen design tool and one prototyping tool. If it’s not Sketch and InVision, you’re willing to learn Sketch and InVision.
  • Be open to feedback, be willing to give feedback with grace. We think amazing things happen when we riff off of each other’s ideas.
  • Realistic, User Journey-Driven Design: Thinking through the complete experience when tasked with a design challenge. Ability to build and support the proposed solution.

How We Work at Lessonly

  • We are a tight-knit group with diverse backgrounds who value our culture. Individually, we strive to be humble, hungry, and people-smart. 
  • As a team we put learners first, we share before we’re ready, we ask clarifying questions, we highlight what’s working, we have difficult conversations, we get agreements, and we make time for life. 
These aren’t just slogans we put on the wall… these are the values we aspire to live by every day.

Lessonly Benefits

  • Health Insurance - Medical, vision, dental, and life plans available.
  • Disability Insurance - Short-term and long-term coverage.
  • Paid Parental Leave - Because time with your new baby llama is important.
  • Unlimited PTO - We believe in making time for life, so we like to keep this benefit simple. 
  • 401k Plan - Save and prepare for the future with us.
  • Equity - When we win as a team, you should win, too. 
  • Flexibility - What works best for you, works for us—whether that means you’re in the office, at a coffee shop, or at your kitchen table. We have llamas working in Indy and across the U.S. We also provide everyone with a tech stipend to keep their tech rocking and rolling smoothly.
  • Work Happier - Our community is one of recognition and fun. From company-wide shoutouts to dogs in the office to our vibrant Slack workspace, we’re constantly collaborating and celebrating together. 
  • Make Indy Brighter - Every year, we select four organizations that serve kids in Indianapolis and dedicate our time, money, and talent to them. Making time to volunteer and give back to our community matters.
  • Professional Development - We learn from experts, community leaders, and each other constantly. From Mass Classes and workshops to company events and daily conversations, we’re always growing.
  • Accessibility - We’re conveniently located in the Monon16 neighborhood, right by the Monon Trail and the Red Line if you prefer to run, walk, bike, or bus to work. 
  • Self-Care - We have in-house yoga, ping-pong, Peloton bikes, a meditation room, a library for silent work, a mother’s room, wellness groups, and more because we’re humans first and llamas second. 


Lessonly is an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not discriminate against any protected class including, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. Lessonly will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact [email protected] if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.