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UX/UI Designer

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CommonLit is a nonprofit EdTech organization 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,, that is used by millions of teachers and students worldwide each month. We are a quickly growing team of passionate professionals - many of whom are former teachers. Our team is now almost 100 full-time employees spread across ~20 states.

About the Role

As a Senior UX/UI Designer at CommonLit, you’ll take the lead in designing user interfaces and experiences for millions of students and their teachers as part of our digitally-delivered literacy curriculum. You’ll collaborate with many teams at CommonLit (Product, Engineering, Curriculum, Data, User Research, 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 development is driven by our product vision, organizational strategy, user research, data, feedback from teachers, and partnerships with schools and districts across the country. We work in small iterations using a Shape Up development process, 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 motivated leader who is committed to our mission and excited to work for a fast-paced nonprofit startup.


  • Lead the design and enhancement of the interface and experience of CommonLit.
  • Design and oversee features that fit within the larger experience and flows.
  • Create and guide the creation of deliverables (wireframes, mockups, prototypes, flows, and so on) to communicate ideas.
  • Collaborate with Product Managers and Engineers to iterate on and refine the existing experience.
  • Distill simplicity from complex user requirements.
  • Manage all design stages, from concept to visual design and specifications and through launch.
  • Advocate and enforce design guidelines, best practices and standards.
  • Translate designs to style guides and oversee this process.
  • Work closely with UX Researchers to deeply understand users/customers and their needs and ensure that all designs solve for user/customer problems.
  • Clearly articulate and advocate for key design needs to the design team, leadership and the Chief Operating Officer.
  • Ensure that designs are technically feasible within project scope, performant, consistent with style guide, and user-friendly.
  • Oversee and manage designs for multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Define and contribute to research initiatives (usability tests, surveys, interviews, and so on) alongside UX Researchers and Product Managers.
  • Stay informed and share the latest on UI/UX techniques, tools, and patterns.
  • Exhibit a comprehensive understanding of design systems theory and practice.
  • Have a deep understanding of CommonLit (for example, lesson types, products, assessments, integrations).


  • 4+ years experience in UX/UI design working for SaaS products (edtech experience highly valued)
  • Expert knowledge of information architecture, usability, and UX/UI best practices for both mobile and desktop applications
  • Proficient 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
  • An advocate for accessible design practices and ADA requirements
  • 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
  • Superior design eye andability 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 4-6 case studies that clearly demonstrate how you worked on 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


  • $100,000 - $140,000 annually (commensurate with experience) plus full benefits including health care, 401k, dental, vision, and parental leave.
As an equal opportunity employer, CommonLit values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics. If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected].
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About Commonlit
CommonLit is a nonprofit edtech company that provides a free online reading program for students in grades 5-12. Their program includes thousands of reading lessons, a full year ELA curriculum, benchmark assessments, and standards-based data for teachers.
E-Learning, Education
51-250 employees

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