Lead Product Designer (K-12 Literacy)

Remote, USA
Full Time
Posted on: September 10, 2022

Build the Future

Do you want to impact educators and institutions around the globe? At McGraw Hill, our Product Designers create materials that will inspire learners at all levels.

McGraw Hill is seeking a Lead Product Designer to join our growing ELA (English Language Arts) Team. In this role you will have the opportunity to develop engaging and effective learning experiences for K-12 educators and learners.

The Product Design Lead is responsible for leading and mentoring Product Designers as well as hands-on creation of product design strategy. As a leader, the Lead will mentor and help foster a culture of continuous learning and desire to master a wide range of product design skills. As a hands-on Product Designer, the Lead will set and model standards of excellence for our teams while showing a passion for learning.

The Lead must be able to think strategically about process and product design to create solutions that are both effective and efficient, are easily scalable, and enable the cross functional product teams to execute on strategy and maximize efficiency throughout the product build process. The Lead must be well-versed in both print and digital product design.

The Lead will identify new opportunities in workflows, make and implement recommendations to help teams gain efficiencies, as well as optimizing roles and skill sets throughout the product design and build process. This is a key role to developing delightful product solutions and ensuring scalability while embracing a spirit of innovation.

The Lead role will leverage design teams and vendors in strategic ways to optimize efficiency and costs. They will work with design vendors to foster a partnership and run projects with little oversight from the Learning Design team.

This position can be based in Chicago, Columbus, New York, or remote. Preference for Eastern or Central Time Zone.


  • Responsible for driving a user-centered approach to product design strategy and assure for scalability during the product build phase.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to create:
  • A consistent approach to user-centered design (user flows, instructional models, implementation models, experience maps, UX methods, UI, and Visual design) development, creation, and style, aligned with technology capabilities.
  • Clearly articulated design creation processes, workflows, and deliverables.
  • A consistent user experience for product design.
  • Lead teams with accessibility standards in both print and digital.
  • Conduct necessary visual design trend and user research and collaborate to develop a Design Brief per project. The Design Brief development serves as the foundation for the visual styles per program prior to building style guides.
  • Collaborate in the creation of various style guides for visual design and/or media.
  • Responsible for budget forecasting and/or vendor invoicing. Capture metrics for team's time on task to inform work estimates moving forward.
  • Coach and mentor designers. The Lead may have direct reports.
  • Develop and maintain initiatives or departmental activities that will aid in increasing productivity, enhancing department workflow, decreasing costs, improving quality or other identifiable benefits or efficiencies.
  • Demonstrate leadership in all aspects of design and in working relationships within and across cross-functional teams.

What You’ll Need to Be Successful:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Digital Design, Human Centered Design, or related field required.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Product Design and/or Marketing leads to establish and execute on program vision.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years of experience as a designer or design leader.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated use of UX and UI design practices and deliverables.
  • Demonstrated success of leading asset development efforts across multiple products to achieve consistent user experiences required.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to convey information effectively to different audiences.
  • Proven track record of managing complex and highly visible products.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Smartsheets, Microsoft Office and working knowledge of HTML/CSS.

The average base salary range for this position is around $70,000 – $90,000 annually , however, base salary pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. An annual bonus plan may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical and/or other benefits, such as a company provided vehicle, depending on the position offered. This information is provided per the New York City Pay Transparency Bill and the Colorado Equal Pay Act.

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