Why Join Teague?
Joining Teague means you’ll hold membership in the original design agency, with almost a century of knowledge, experience, craft, innovation, and network. You will be joining one of the few, largest, employee-owned design agencies. We fiercely defend design as our bottom line and everlasting frontier. Such a rare agency attracts the type of talent you will want to work alongside: discipline hybrids, divergent thinkers, endless tinkerers, curious observers, sage generalists, and people that are just great to work with. You will participate in a portfolio of work that spans all manner of companies and industries and opportunities but is always focused on building a new and better world—from new modes of mass transportation to government policy to cool things for kids to autonomous vehicles to airports and space stations to industrial internet-of-things.
What Will You Be Doing?
Directors ensure Teague—at the level of studio, project team, and individual—has what it needs to deliver Teague-quality output.
Directors guide teams across all phases of projects to ensure objectives are met and quality is achieved. They provide hands-on leadership to the project team, with critique, experience-borne advice, productive framing of problem spaces, and—when the need arises—picking up a marker or a mouse to knock out some work alongside the team. They chart a path forward when projects are murky and ambiguous. Directors form collaborative relationships with the client in order to understand their needs, goals, and business.
Directors help create a studio culture where design, quality, growth, and collaboration are central. They collaborate with other studio leads to ideate and execute efforts that encourage and bolster studio culture and camaraderie. Design directors manage direct reports where they coach, mentor, and provide feedback. Design directors manage direct reports whom they coach, mentor, and provide feedback to. They don the role of hiring manager and participate heavily in the talent acquisition process to ensure the studio is attracting world-class talent.
Directors collaborate with Teague’s growth team to identify promising opportunity spaces, help potential clients understand the value of design, and present Teague’s process and portfolio. They play a central role in scoping and resourcing projects to ensure the right people, processes, and timelines are in-place for Teague-quality design to happen.
Directors of UX design lead projects that run the gamut from interaction design to visual design to service design. They know that "user experience" can happen well beyond the screen across all types of interfaces and touchpoints and products and know the importance of human-centered design having broad influence on an end-to-end experience.
On any given day, a UX design director may find themselves planning a design research project; mentoring a designer on information architecture best practices; collaborating with marketing on a point-of-view on the future of natural user interface design in a particular industry; helping a project team translate user research data into actionable recommendations; making wireframe sketches to provide direction to a junior designer; meeting with a designer to discuss performance goals; planning sprints for a development-focused UI design project; participating in a workshop to brainstorm concepts for a speculative design project; meeting with potential clients to talk about the value of human-centered design.
Who Are We Looking For?
Generally speaking, we find people that have at least ten years of experience and a degree—especially a master’s—in a field related to their discipline are good design director candidates. But, to be more specific, we are looking for someone who checks a lot of the following boxes at a seasoned, expert level.
- Track record as a strategic design leader and tactical contributor for user experiences across a wide array of types of products, industries, and opportunity spaces
- Ability to guide high-performing teams of designers through a combination of experience and soft skills
- High satisfaction from clients, stakeholders, end-users, and peers with outcomes of projects
- Ability to translate various stakeholder needs and objectives into design process, methods, and outputs back into stakeholder needs and objectives
- An eye for great designers and the ability and passion to help designers become great
- Thought leadership in the design community or beyond (e.g., speaking, teaching, publishing)"
- Application of usability principles, interaction design methods and artifacts, user research methods and artifacts, UI patterns, and design terminology
- Knowledge of human interface guidelines of major operating systems (iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows, etc.)
- Proficiency with applications for communicating and prototyping information architecture, flow, and interaction of services and interfaces (Figma, Sketch, Principal, InVision, etc.)
- Ability to quickly understand new topics and spaces and break down complex and ambiguous schema and processes
- Ability to think in terms of systems and provide solutions that can satisfy input and feedback from various stakeholders
- Bonus secondary skill sets in any of the following: product strategy, transformation design, front-end development, video production, motion graphics, visual identity & branding, industrial design.
- Design research methods (ethnographic interviews, usability testing, generative research, stakeholder interviews, etc.)
- Verbal and written communication and presentation of design rationale, content, and framing
- Understanding of major players, platforms, and trends when it comes to innovation and technology
- Willingness to travel for research, project delivery, and client meetings
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer. Be vested in the results- treat Teague as if it was your own company.
The salary range for this job in most US geographic locations is $155,000 - $220,000.
What We Offer
At Teague, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We search the globe to find and attract top talent from diverse backgrounds and value unique perspectives and experiences.
We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, rewarding you based on performance and recognition for the value you bring to Teague. Individual salaries within this range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge, skills, and geography. In addition, our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes medical, dental, short-term Disability, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Account, HSA, Life Insurance, 401k with employer match, Parental leave. We also offer voluntary benefits for vision, voluntary life, AD&D, accident & injury, identity theft protections, legal and long-term care. As part of our comprehensive benefits package, you’ll be offered 4 weeks paid time off and 10 paid holidays throughout the fiscal year. The employer provides more generous sick leave than applicable law through a PTO Program that provides 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked or 3.075 hours of PTO per week worked.
Teague is currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are a Washington State based company. All employees must reside in the state of Washington and be able to access one of our studio locations in the greater Seattle area when we return to work in our hybrid/remote work approach.
Teague is an EEO/AA employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.