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About CommonLit:

CommonLit is a nonprofit edtech company dedicated to providing high-quality literacy instruction to low-income students and students of color to prepare them for success in college and careers. We operate a free online reading and writing program,, used by 7 million teachers and students monthly. 

Job Description:

As a Senior UX/UI Designer at CommonLit, you’ll design user interfaces and experiences for millions of students and their teachers as part of our digitally-delivered literacy curriculum. You’ll work closely with many teams at CommonLit (Product, Engineering, Curriculum, Data, and Partnerships) to understand user needs and customer priorities, develop and test prototypes, design wireframes and mockups, support engineers and product managers throughout development, and track and continually improve product usability.

CommonLit’s product roadmap is driven by user research, data, feedback from teachers through our User Support team, and partnerships with schools and districts across the country. We work in small iterations and deploy several times a day. We’re building an application that’s used by students and teachers across a broad range of technology and connectivity access, and we take accessibility seriously.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is committed to our mission and excited to work for a fast-paced nonprofit startup.


  • Serve as a leader across product and engineering teams, uniting product managers, user researchers, engineers, and other designers in understanding design processes and how design relates to broader company strategy and goals
  • Work closely with user researcher to deeply understand users/customers and their needs and ensure that all designs solve for user/customer problems
  • Articulate and advocate for key design needs to the design team and the Chief Product Officer
  • Create UX/UI prototypes for new products to be used on both desktop and mobile devices
  • Work with user researchers and product managers to test and iterate on prototypes
  • Design wireframes and mockups for new and existing portions of the CommonLit user experience
  • Ensure that designs are technically feasible within project scope, performant, consistent with style guide, and user-friendly
  • Work with engineers and product managers to turn designs into implemented markup and code
  • Creatively problem-solve technical and usability challenges
  • Develop designs for multiple projects simultaneously
  • Optimize existing user interface designs for usability and performance


  • 5+ years experience in UX/UI design working for a SaaS product (edtech experience a big plus)
  • Deep knowledge of information architecture, usability, and UX/UI best practices for both mobile and desktop applications
  • Strong understanding of functions you’ll work closely with, e.g. frontend engineering, product management, user research, marketing
  • Ability to communicate design needs clearly and confidently to leadership and other stakeholders, and unite a team around design strategy and processes
  • Expert in accessible design practices and ADA requirements
  • Experience implementing a component library and design systems
  • Experience working with UX researchers/UX research methods to deeply understand, empathize with, and advocate for end-users
  • Experience conducting prototype and usability testing
  • Experience leading design sprints and working with PMs, engineers, and UX researchers to solve user and business problems
  • Keen design eye and ability to design within a consistent style/brand guide
  • Experience with data visualizations and designing for data storytelling
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Expertise working in Figma and in wireframing tools like Balsamiq or Whimsical
  • A portfolio with 2-3 case studies that clearly demonstrate how you led a team to solve a problem for end-users and the design processes you used
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. without employer sponsorship
  • The following skills are appreciated and should be highlighted in a cover letter:
  • Experience working in/with communities of color
  • Previous people management or team lead experience
  • Knowledge of front-end development web programming languages such as HTML and CSS, JQuery, and JavaScript

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary is $90,000-$120,000, commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include health, dental, vision, 401K, commuter benefits, company holidays, parental leave, sick leave, personal leave

How to Apply:

  • Submit a resume, cover letter, and UX/UI design portfolio to with subject line “Senior UX/UI Designer” (Your portfolio will be a key part of our early screening process)
  • Your cover letter should explain why you are a good candidate for the role, and the special skills that you would bring to the CommonLit team.
  • Your design portfolio should contain original UX/UI designs
  • Round 1 candidates will be asked to join an initial call to meet a member of the product team 
  • Round 2 candidates will complete a short design challenge involving incorporating a round of feedback. 
  • Final Round candidates will interview with multiple teams.
  • Apply by October 14, 2022

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