Director of Product Design

Kitchener or Toronto

Full Time Executive level / Director
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We’re building a movement - an education revolution. We’re building a world where anyone, anywhere can have access to the best education regardless of where they were born. At our core, we believe education is a right, not a privilege. To that end, we’re building a company and a suite of products to lead the charge in transforming access to education. ApplyBoard is an online platform that empowers students around the world to access the best education by connecting international students, recruitment partners, and academic institutions. We simplify the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process. Not only do we help students with their study abroad journey, but we also help academic institutions to find the best students globally. Our goal is to help enable better, more diverse, schools that are enriched with cultures from all over the world.
The RoleAs the Director of Product Design, you will be leading the product design team and champion design across all of our product areas. You will establish a vision and strategy that delivers exceptional experiences and innovative solutions that forum our business goals. You will work closely with peers across ApplyBoard and build processes that help your talented teams operate at their best. You’re creative yet pragmatic and an expert in design-thinking, systems-thinking, relationship-building, and storytelling. You have an entrepreneurial mindset and are proficient at finding simple, innovative solutions for complex problems. You are credible, always curious and you bring out the best in everyone you work with.

Why Lead the Product Design Team at ApplyBoard?

  • The opportunity to build out the dream team; hiring, growing, and retaining top design talent
  • Become an expert in leading and designing one of the most dynamic, compelling products in EdTech
  • Our Design Team is an integrated partner to Product and Engineering in our commitment to delivering valuable, compelling and delightful experiences across our marketplace

About You

  • 10+ years of experience designing exceptional experiences with at least 5 years in leading a design team at a high-growth consumer-based product company
  • Strong communication skills with an ability to create clear narratives and plans that align stakeholders and leadership teams
  • A proven track record of hiring diverse teams, developing talent, and leading with positivity and inspiration
  • Proven experience in collaborating closely with leadership across product, engineering, marketing and other executives stakeholders
  • Deep understanding of the design process and best practices, and proven ability to define and improve a team’s design practices
  • Able to empathize with users, employ design methodologies, usability principles and use data to inform design decisions with measurable outcomes
  • Able to roll up your sleeves and design products from the ground up, mentoring team members as you go and setting an example of design excellence 

What We Offer

  • The opportunity to have an impact on a product that is positively affecting change to thousands of students lives every day
  • To work with a brilliant and globally diverse team that is the fastest growing in the Waterloo region
  • Great compensation and benefits package to keep you healthy and happy!
Thank you for your interest in ApplyBoard; however, only those applicants that have been selected for an interview will be contacted.  At ApplyBoard, we understand the value of having a diverse team. That’s why we believe in providing equal opportunity regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability, and conviction. Please let us know if you require accommodation during the recruitment process. 
Life at ApplyBoard:By joining our team, you have the opportunity to:-Join the fastest-growing technology company in Canada, with many opportunities for growth  and advancement-Work alongside a globally diverse team of over 700 team members based in 18 countries, who represent over 30 nationalities and speak more than 40 languages.
Make a difference in the lives of thousands of students as they explore educational opportunities. Want to learn more about Life at ApplyBoard? Check out this video, and be sure to follow us on our Life at ApplyBoard Instagram. 
About ApplyBoardApplyBoard simplifies the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process by connecting international students, recruitment partners, and academic institutions on one platform. To date, ApplyBoard has become the world’s largest online platform for international student recruitment, assisting more than 100,000 students with their educational journey.
 In 2019, ApplyBoard was named the fastest-growing technology company in Canada by Deloitte, ranking #1 on the Technology Fast 50™ list. In May 2020, ApplyBoard announced a C$100M Series C funding on a C$2B valuation, reaching a ‘Unicorn’ status. This funding will allow us to further invest in our technology, grow our team, and serve more students on our mission to educate the world. Thank you for your interest in ApplyBoard. Please note that only qualified applicants that have been selected for an interview will be contacted.  
At ApplyBoard, we understand the value of having a diverse team. That’s why we provide equal opportunity to applicants regardless of race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability, and conviction. If you require an accommodation to submit an application and/or during the interview process, please notify the Talent Acquisition Team at talent@applyboard.com. Requests will be addressed confidentially.
Job tags: Design-thinking Engineering Product design
Job region(s): North America
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