UX Designer, Hardware & Digital (Remote)

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Soofa is the neighborhood news feed that connects a community with screens everyone can see and anyone can use. We're a woman-founded MIT startup with a mission to make cities smart, social, and sustainable.

Join the Product team at Soofa, where we have designed an incredibly powerful platform from the ground up for making cities more equitable, social, and accessible. You will tackle hard problems here—for our customers, our company, and our partners—and you will get to see the light in their eyes when you do it. We are a tightly knit strike team who is passionate about 'moving the needle' with innovative technology, making data-driven decisions, and pushing the boundaries of our expertise. We get to wrestle with cutting-edge technology spanning multiple disciplines all day long— the Internet of Things, electronic paper, solar power generation and storage, proprietary sensing methodologies, AND MORE!

Remote applicants (U.S.-based only) welcome.

Soofa is for people with a shared stake in a special place. Join us!

 

Opportunity

As our first full-time dedicated UX designer, you will be a trailblazer at Soofa. Since you will be the first among a team that will need to grow in both depth and breadth, your blueprint will be on this emerging discipline at our company. On the digital side you'll have several applications, both B2B and B2C, that need complete makeovers. On the physical side, you have an incredible opportunity to innovate on the sidewalk-level experience of our signage product, which has both a vinyl (static) and digital (e-ink) component. If you are looking for a path to a leadership position, this could be your stepping stone.

 

Responsibilities

  • Take charge and create interfaces, both for the web/mobile and in the physical space
  • Own and map end-to-end user workflows
  • Build wireframes and prototypes that earn buy-in
  • Guide and collaborate throughout the design process
  • Iterate and test, nonstop
  • Innovate! Bring us emerging UI/UX trends and new technologies
  • Start the conversation and make an impact by driving design consistency across the brand
  • Tackle complex problems creatively
  • Act as a UX ambassador and promote a user-first mindset

 

Qualifications

  • A portfolio of creative work that clearly demonstrates a strong UI/UX development process as well as with clear design rationale—send it!
  • 4+ years of user interface design
  • Expert in UI/UX and graphic design software, development methods, practices, and related tools
  • Experience working with multi-disciplinary project teams, especially with engineers

 

Candidate Characteristics

  • A holistic approach to UI design that expands beyond the functionality and includes the experiential qualities that engage all human senses
  • A Design Thinking mindset with passion for interface design that captures the minds and hearts of customers
  • Strong leader and mentor
  • Analytical ability with proven strength in suggesting creative solutions and innovative ideas
  • Ability to work smartly with minimal supervision or guidance

 

Bonus Points For

  • Passion for/background in urban design and cities
  • Passion for/background in advertising and brands

 

Perks of Working with Soofa

  • Best of both worlds:  Soofa’s Cambridge HQ is open, safe, and compliant for anyone who wants to use it; or, work from home
  • Generous healthcare, dental, and parental leave packages
  • Free short- and long-term disability and life insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Virtual team events
  • Company culture focused on talent development and caring personally 

 

Soofa is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Soofa is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Location

Located in trendy East Cambridge, Soofa is steps away from both Kendall Square and the Green Line.

An Insider's view of Soofa

How does your team reward individual success?

From gong rings to weekly shout outs, a Soofarian’s achievements are never kept quiet. Soofarians set quarterly goals and get support from the rest of their team to reach them. At Soofa, there is nothing better than having your hard work acknowledged by your fellow peers. Our company works hard, plays hard and we love a good reason to celebrate!

Kayla Zaylor

Operations Manager

What does your typical day look like?

I love that a lot of my work involves meeting with local government partners, attending neighborhood association or city council meetings, and going to conferences, or going out to new neighborhoods to find the best locations for our signs or oversee the installation of a new Sign and answer any questions curious passerbys might have.

Lyra Schweizer

Director of City Growth

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I was hired as an engineering intern, then into a full-time product manager role. Working with so many aspects of our org has helped me learn how to speak the language of every employee and department. I can speak up for resources I need to hit company goals, and I have ownership over our metrics—which enables and encourages me to get things done.

Charlotte Warne

Product Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We hold monthly "content-making parties" where we all gather over video (it used to be in person, with cheese, but alas) and create content for our Soofa neighborhoods using Canva, our favorite creative tool. It's a great way to de-stress and clear the cobwebs!

Molly

Chief of Staff

What are Soofa Perks + Benefits

Soofa Benefits Overview

Great healthcare through BlueCross/BlueShield (HMO and PPO plans available). Affordable dental insurance. Generous parental leave packages for both primary and secondary caregivers. Free short- and long-term disability and life insurance. Equity for most full-time Soofarians. Unlimited PTO. Dog-friendly office. Team lunches every Friday. Team activities like ski trips, camping, Whiskey Wednesdays, etc. at least once a month.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Soofa's leadership team is over 50% women.
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Soofa also provides 2 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
We welcome dogs into the office daily.
Recreational Clubs
Book club, hiking pals, and more!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
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