VP, Design Research at Homer



Homer (learnwithhomer.com) is looking for a full time, highly creative and motivated VP of Design Research to join our energetic, growing team! You will have an immediate and visible impact on product initiatives that touch the lives of children, parents and teachers across the globe. You’ll help create engaging experiences for users and lead the growth of a talented research team. You will report directly to our Chief Product Officer and work with Product Managers, Marketing, Engineering, and Content Production teams to design and develop new features, functionality, and experiences for the Homer platform.

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of our users, their motivation, needs and pain points through qualitative and quantitative studies (including field observations, interviews, usability studies and surveys)
  • Rapidly create user experience artifacts including functional specs, user flows, wireframes, sitemaps, prototypes, and low-fidelity sketches
  • Lead a team of researchers, UX designers, and UI designers to conceptualize usable, valuable, consistent and intuitive user experiences across platforms and devices by considering market context, industry and competitor trends, customer feedback, site metrics, and usability
  • Own the Customer Journey Map and Consumer Insights (both parent & child) efforts across the company, including mapping the full funnel from awareness through retention & referral
  • Collaborate with other researchers, designers, product managers, data scientists, marketing, and engineers to ensure research you deliver is integrated into every aspect of the product and provides a holistic view of our users
  • Create powerful ways to synthesize and communicate research insights and recommendations
  • Identify and explore new opportunities through creative research methods and co-design sessions to help define product roadmaps, vision, and strategy
  • Build empathy across the organization to improve the products we create for children around the world and always champion for our users

You should have:

  • 8+ yrs of professional experience in Interaction Product Design and User Research
  • Lead a design team at a high-growth, consumer-facing company
  • A bachelor’s degree in Design, Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction or related field
  • An online portfolio of working on iOS, Android, and web products that shows your approach, thought process, insights, and clear communication style
  • Experience in solving user problems with quantitative and qualitative research and data, with a core belief in testing as a means of constant and iterative improvement
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and team members and prioritize your roadmap
  • A clean and strong design sense that values usability, simplicity and consistency
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills
  • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and prototyping tools

We prefer but don’t require:

  • MS or PhD degree
  • Experience with CSS/HTML and JavaScript
  • Familiarity with a programming language commonly used for data manipulation and
  • computational statistics (such as Python, R, C++, or Java), and in SQL
  • Experience conducting user testing with children

We like people who:

  • Are enthusiastic about building amazing products
  • Are open to suggestions, collaborative, and thrive in team environments
  • Love and are willing to learning new technologies and styles
  • Are scrappy, entrepreneurial with the ability to turnaround high-quality projects
  • quickly without depending on a large team

What You’ll Get:

  • Homer offers competitive compensation including equity and full benefits.
  • Smart, passionate, and engaged co-workers.
  • Excellent top-tier Medical/Dental/Vision benefits
  • The chance to have a big impact, quickly
  • The rare opportunity to make a dent in the universe. We’re bringing a love of reading and learning to children globally

To Apply: Email jobs [at] homerlearning.com and include your resume
Homer is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to apply. Homer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, citizenship, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.