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Education technology to empower learning.

Design Lead
San Francisco, CA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

Make it simple. Then make it simpler.

Job Summary

Clever is the fastest-growing product in K-12 education, depended on by over 300 software companies and over half of America's schools. These organizations depend on Clever to put the best software in the hands of over 25 million students every day. Clever's job is to make this task dead simple, despite the complex legacies of the school system.

You're an experienced designer, gifted at visual storytelling and building easy to use interfaces. As the head of design here, you're excited to apply your skills to a broad spectrum of challenges and contexts - from designing a login page for a five-year-old, to explaining single sign-on integration flows to application developers, to creating detailed data dashboards for the CTOs of the largest school districts. You excel at defining the design challenge, iterating quickly on visual designs, mentoring junior designers, and working with engineers to see your work implemented (you can craft HTML/CSS/JavaScript as well? Awesome!).


  • Define and own Clever's visual aesthetic.

  • Design easy-to-use products and interfaces, by working collaboratively with product and engineering from prototype to pixel-perfect implementation.

  • Create excellent designs across all of Clever's products and properties, maintaining a high bar for design excellence.

  • Manage and mentor Clever’s small but mighty team of product designers.


  • You have at least seven years of experience as a full-time designer.

  • Your portfolio shows exceptional work building interfaces and communicating visually.

  • You're a fluent creator - whether it's sketching a rough mockup or perfecting a final design in Photoshop.

  • You're looking for a startup environment - iterating quickly, rolling up your sleeves, and being self-directed.

  • You have deep awareness of the context and users you design for, and ask "why?" as often as "what?"

  • You collaborate well with product managers, engineers, and other teammates.

  • You’ve led a high-performing team of designers before.

What Clever offers

  • A chance to revolutionize the way schools use technology

  • Competitive salary and significant equity in well-funded, high-growth company

  • Catered lunch, daily

  • Generous vacation and holidays

  • Top-notch healthcare, vision, & dental coverage

  • Unlimited credits for learning

  • An incredible team of fun, bright coworkers