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10 Sep 2021

Full-Time UX Designer

UpTogether – Posted by UpTogether Anywhere

Job Description

UX Designer (Full Time, Remote)

About Us

FII-National (FII) dba UpTogether is a national organization of individuals across the country with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities who share a passion for social justice and racial equity.  Our mission is to recognize, highlight and invest in the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of people in undervalued communities and partner with government and philanthropy to do the same.

After working with thousands of families since our founding in 2001, at UpTogether, we are certain people don’t live in poverty because they are lazy, uneducated, or mismanage money, as stereotypes would indicate. Instead, the poverty cycle, which disproportionately impacts Black and Latinx communities, can be traced to well-intentioned but inadequate governmental and charitable policies and practices that rely on a traditional top-down approach. 

UpTogether’s  Strengths Based Approach (SBA) includes:

  1. Community: We center our work around the strengths and initiatives of people living in undervalued communities and promote the role social networks within these communities play in helping people accomplish their goals and achieve long-term socioeconomic mobility.
  2. Capital: We invest in our members with unrestricted cash in recognition of the initiatives they are taking to improve their lives.
  3. Choice: We trust that people in undervalued communities know what’s best and are capable of making decisions for themselves and their families.

UpTogether reveals and accelerates the initiative people are taking to improve their lives.

As a community, a movement, and a platform, we use the power of information—compelling insights and personal success stories—to transform stereotypes, beliefs, practices, and policies. Together with our members, we are championing a community-led movement to boost economic and social mobility in communities that have been undervalued and underinvested in for far too long.

 

At UpTogether, we work towards these values:

  • Community: We honor the strengths and initiatives of people living in undervalued communities and promote the role social networks within these communities play in helping people accomplish their goals and achieve long-term socioeconomic mobility.
  • Impact: We test and scale strategies for systems adoption of a strength-based approach to accelerate socioeconomic mobility for people living at or below the poverty line in the U.S.
  • Collaboration: We center the lived experiences of families in undervalued communities and engage the knowledge, experience, and perspectives of our board, partners, and staff to build and grow a strength-based approach to end poverty. 
  • Racial Equity: We are committed to being an anti-racist organization, and we promote anti-racist policies that eliminate the racial wealth divide. 
  • Leadership: We acknowledge that leadership is not based on a title and honor the many forms in which it appears. We celebrate leadership that embodies all of our organizational values, driving us to act against the dominating deficit-based approach to fighting poverty. 
  • Choice: We trust that people living at or below the poverty line know what’s best and are capable of making decisions for themselves and their families.

 

The Position

The UX Designer will support the development of our technology platform, UpTogether. We are looking to turn UpTogether into the operating system of a new social safety net that invests in people based on strengths rather than deficits.

The new UpTogether will be a capital exchange network where social investors (philanthropic and government) make financial capital investments in low-income members on the platform, and members invest in each other, giving and receiving help and support in their communities.

The UX Designer will work closely with the User Experience Researcher to intimately understand user needs, develop and document a user experience strategy, and advocate for these needs across every element of the UpTogether platform. The UX Designer will also collaborate as needed with the Product Manager and Engineering team to address user needs through technical solutions.

The UX Designer reports to the Director of User Experience. This is a remote position (must be based in the United States). The successful candidate will have a reliable internet connection and functional work environment, including a fully functional computer (laptop or desktop) with video conferencing capabilities. 


Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Translate concepts into user flows, wireframes, mockups and prototypes that lead to intuitive user experiences.
  • Design and deliver wireframes, user stories, user journeys, and high-fidelity mockups optimized for a wide range of mobile devices and web-based interfaces.
  • Identify design problems and devise elegant solutions.
  • Make strategic design and user-experience decisions related to core, and new, functions and features.
  • Take a user-centered design approach to rapidly test and iterate your designs.
  • Be a thoughtful voice for our users. Constantly thinking about new and improved use cases and features that will appeal to our users.
  • Support design needs for website and promotional collateral, as needed

 

Qualifications, Attributes & Skills

  • Proven experience as a UX Designer, UI Designer or similar role
  • Strong portfolio of design projects
  • Experience iteratively prototyping and testing designs in user research strongly preferred 
  • Experience working directly with developers for the implementation of designs
  • Familiarity with interaction design, information architecture, and visual design
  • Proficient in design software 
  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS; JavaScript is a plus, but not required

Other Attributes 

  • Ability to thrive in a remote work environment; self-directed; proactively reaches out, responsive; comfortable in a virtual setting;
  • Demonstrated commitment to, or passion for, our mission; deep belief and trust in the innate capabilities of families with limited incomes and their communities; willingness to engage in conversations aimed at addressing erroneous stereotypes about people with limited incomes and people of color; and
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required; familiarity with Salesforce and Google applications a plus.


Compensation

This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision, 401(k), and vacation. The salary range is $75k – $95k.

This is a remote position (must be based in the United States). The successful candidate will have a reliable internet connection and functional work environment, including a fully functional computer (laptop or desktop) with video conferencing capabilities. 

 

Inclusion Statement

We strive to create a community that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we support the efforts of others to build such communities. We encourage all qualified and interested persons to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

How to Apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter via this link: Apply Here. Your cover letter should outline how your personal and/or work history will contribute to the mission of UpTogether. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: community building, design, economic equity, non-profit, racial equity, user experience, and UX. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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