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The Mission

NeighborSchools is on a mission to reinvent child care from the ground up. 

Today in America, working-parents with young children spend over $75B a year on child care, but the caregivers, the hard-working women* who actually work hands-on with our children, they get paid peanuts. The problem is that big child care centers are so expensive to run that they have to charge parents a ton, and there's still very little left over for the caregivers. This forces the best caregivers to leave child care in search of better wages, and leaves families struggling to find quality care. 

At NeighborSchools, we've developed a new solution that puts people first. We help individual caregivers go independent, get licensed, open up micro-daycares in their homes, and work directly with families in the community. Caregivers that launch daycares on NeighborSchools earn 2-3X more than preschool teachers, even while charging parents less for child care. And children benefit from the small, intimate settings and programs led by experienced professionals. That's the win-win-win. 

Our goal is to help a million caregivers launch new, independent daycares in the next 10 years and bring quality, affordable child care to every neighborhood in America. 
* over 99% of prospective daycare providers signing up for NeighborSchools are women.

The Role

Lead all things design at NeighborSchools. You'll be our first design hire and own everything from product design, working with our CEO & CTO, to our brand identity and marketing campaigns. You'll set the vision and roll up your sleeves and ship designs, assets, and generally do the needful.

We believe design matters, especially as an emerging brand in a high-consideration category like child care. The caregivers we support are truly amazing, and our brand and our Brand/UI/UX needs to be good enough to match.

Our product is bigger than you might imagine. Think of all the complexity built into a product like Turbotax - and how important good design is to making complicated workflows simple, approachable, and maybe even a bit fun. And then think of Airbnb, and all the micro-interactions that bring the platform to life. We're taking the best from both, and we have a lot of work to do.

This is an opportunity to join a high-growth, mission-driven startup and directly impact the success of our customers. You'll work directly with our CEO and collaborate with our Customer Success, Product & Engineering, and Marketing teams.

First-hand experience finding and enrolling in child care is a plus, but not a requirement.

Experience & Skills

  • Strong product design foundation: you can flex into visual design and brand identity, but you're rock solid in UI/UX and enjoy working hands on with PMs and engineers to design beautiful, simple, usable products and features
  • A design mindset: you appreciate good design across all mediums and are always studying other products, brands, and goods. You're informed and have a defined sense of
  • 2-4 years experience in high-growth startup: you've directly contributed to the growth of a strong brand. You know the playbook, even if there are things you'd do differently next time around
  • Ability to work independently & as a team: with a one-month onboarding, we expect you to own your own calendar, work towards your goals, and ask for help when you need it. We collaborate a lot, but we don’t micromanage; we expect everyone to take initiative and work directly with teammates across the company.
  • Be resourceful & organized: we’re an early-stage startup (< 15 people) and everyone on the team is expected to roll up their sleeves and “figure it out.”

If you meet some but not all of the qualifications here, and you’re passionate about our mission and this opportunity, we hope you’ll apply anyway. 

Culture & Values
NeighborSchools is a mission-driven startup, and we prioritize candidates who demonstrate a passion for our cause. We work hard, we work as a team, and we care deeply about the success of every caregiver and parent who comes to NeighborSchools.

We try to ensure NeighborSchools is an inclusive and diverse place where everyone feels happy, fulfilled, respected, comfortable, and welcome. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We care a lot, so our benefits are actually benefits, not just the fun stuff like swag and team lunches in the office (though we have that too!).

Benefits & Perks 

We know the biggest investment we can make is in our employees, so we provide:
- Strong compensation package, including meaningful equity in a high-growth, early-stage startup
- Your choice of medical, dental, & vision insurance for you and your family 
- Free OneMedical membership 
- 401(k) 
- Up to 12 weeks paid family leave
- Unlimited PTO, which we track to make sure that everyone takes at least 14 days off per year. 


Our HQ is in in Boston but we are fully remote for the foreseeable future and are hiring the best candidates regardless of location. 

NeighborSchools is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • CanvaDesign
    • FigmaDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • Google DriveManagement
    • Google DocsManagement
    • NotionManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • MailChimpEmail
    • MailgunEmail


Prior to Covid we worked out of a spacious office in the heart of Downtown Crossing in Boston. Since Covid we've been fully remote and have developed a cadence of weekly & monthly virtual events to maintain and foster relationships among our tight-knit team.

An Insider's view of NeighborSchools

What does your typical day look like?

Our team starts the day by discussing any key decisions over morning coffee. We make a point of staying aligned on our work and listening to each other's feedback. Then, I'll focus my attention to a feature I'm working on, which recently has been focused on improving our payment processing platform. I usually push code to production every day!


Sr Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

There's loads of open & honest communication - tons of coaching. We're a start up with less than 10 employees so we rely on each other every day to overcome obstacles. It keeps everyone growing simultaneously.


Partnership Manager

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

We’re not the type of leaders who just say we want open communication... we build it into all we do. Weekly, company-wide kick-offs and retrospectives give us the opportunity to collectively share goals, key learnings, successes and failures. Team outings remind us we’re all quirky humans with lives outside of work and help us build camaraderie.


Co-Founder & COO

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We're insanely passionate about building a better model for child care. It's a problem that effects everyone in America - not just those with kids, or those that work with young children, but everyone. We're talking about the next generation, and about creating a system that values caregivers and allows parents to go to work every day.


Co-Founder & CEO

What are NeighborSchools Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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