UX Designer

Digital Democracy is looking for a full- or part-time User Experience Designer to join our small, remote team on a 6-month contract (with potential long-term) starting as soon as possible. You will help build cutting-edge open-source mobile and desktop mapping apps for remote and marginalized communities to document, map, monitor, manage and report information on environmental and human rights issues around the world.

We’ve seen firsthand that change does not come from technology, but from how people use it. We are building tools our partners are using to achieve transformative change. We are dedicated to working towards a world where all people can participate in the decisions that govern their lives.

What we’re looking for

You will lead our design work on desktop and mobile apps for mapping and field reporting, to be used by indigenous communities worldwide. You are enthusiastic about making complicated workflows simple and intuitive, designing for users without technical experience. You have excellent people skills and are able to work with our programs team to understand user needs and requirements and turn them into wireframes and prototypes for feedback, and work with the technical team to implement designs in code. You will also work on one-off projects such as interactive story maps, our website, and online user manuals.

We are a small, high-impact team that takes a collaborative approach to tool-building and decision-making. Our tool development is led by our partner communities. You would be building tools that will be tested and used by our partners to confront real problems on the ground in the Amazon and around the world: Protection of the world’s forests and their ancestral homelands from deforestation and contamination. We need someone who can think creatively to solve these problems.

This can be a part-time or full-time position of 20-40 hours per week (negotiable).

The Role

Qualities we’re on the lookout for

Our Team

Our small but growing team is based in Oakland, CA; Washington, DC; New York; Montreal, Canada; Abuja, Nigeria; London & Oxford, U.K. and we welcome candidates from around the world, especially South America. We embrace distributed working, and are happy for you to work from where you live. The indigenous communities we work with have lived through colonization and deal with its effects everyday, along with marginalization and discrimination against their language and culture. It is therefore particularly important that we build a diverse team with individuals who understand and empathize with their situation. Indigenous people, people of color, women, LGBTQ folk and others who identify as coming from a marginalized identity are strongly urged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Perks

How to Apply

Send a note with the following by 9am UTC August 10th to jobs@digital-democracy.org.