Hundreds of millions of children, youth, and adults around the globe lack access to quality education. Learning Equality strives to address this inequity by creating products and tools that can be adapted and contextualized to meet learning needs, with or without Internet access.
Founded as a nonprofit organization in 2013 by a group of students, Learning Equality first launched KA Lite, our first-generation platform which brought the Khan Academy videos and exercises offline. Learning Equality expanded on that product in 2017 to create Kolibri, an adaptable end-to-end suite of open-source tools, educational resources, and support materials designed for offline-first teaching and learning. We’ve always focused on boosting learning outcomes in some of the world’s most challenging contexts, supporting disconnected learning in refugee camps, rural schools, orphanages, and out-of-school programs. To date, Kolibri has been translated into 28 languages and is being used in over 215 countries and territories.
Learning Equality is directly supporting the implementation of Kolibri with collaborators in more than 30 countries, including UN Women, Vodafone Foundation, UNICEF, and UNHCR, as well as a global network of organic adopters advocating for learning opportunities in their communities. With the support of organizations such as Google.org, the Hewlett Foundation, and the nonprofit tech accelerator Fast Forward, we are continuing to grow our products to be able to reach more communities around the world.
Learning Equality is seeking a Product Designer to build the next generation of tools to enable every person in the world to access education. This is a full-time position and we’re looking for someone who is eager to dive into the complexities of equity-focused design in the educational space and who is energized by the chance to build tools that enable educational opportunities for under-resourced communities around the world.
What does design look like at Learning Equality?
Our products support effective offline-first learning in a wide range of learning environments and educational programs, ranging from community centers, to refugee camps, to public schools. We are a small team, and designers work across multiple products and engage with all stages of the design process from research to production. This role is highly collaborative: you’ll work with designers, product managers, software engineers, educators, and curriculum experts on our team.
Some of the projects you could contribute to in a given month include:
- Working with internal team members, community partners who use our products, and other stakeholders like UN agencies and international NGOs to define design problems.
- Reviewing our existing repositories of research, feedback, and UX issues, and conducting research as needed to find new opportunities for design.
- Helping to define the scope of projects by facilitating workshops to explore a problem space when there are complex technical constraints and differing needs between user groups within the education space.
- Ideating solutions for learners, educators, and administrators that are guided by Learning Equality’s design principles, with equity, accessibility, cross-platform responsiveness, and internationalization in mind.
- Using and evolving the Kolibri Design System for Learning Equality’s products by improving existing documentation, documenting new components as needed, and enhancing collaboration processes between designers and engineers.
- Iterating on mockups and prototypes, conducting design reviews that engage appropriate cross-disciplinary stakeholders, managing design feedback, and being able to articulate the reasons for design decisions.
- Collaborating with engineers and QA specialists to ensure the end product reflects the intended design.
This position might be for you if…
You have experience:
- as a professional Product, UX, or Interaction Designer.
- collaborating with software engineers to get features into production.
- designing for a range of people who have different and sometimes conflicting needs, using the same product.
- Passionate about bringing equitable and inclusive practices to the design process.
- An active listener who cares about building relationships with colleagues and users.
- Willing to challenge the status quo and advocate for users.
- Intentional in your approach. You make sure to understand the problem space before moving towards a solution.
- Comfortable with ambiguity and resourceful in how you approach research.
- A systems thinker who can work out what to do when one change affects the whole.
You’ll stand out with:
- A background in education and/or experience designing in EdTech.
- A background in Cognitive Science and/or Human Computer Interaction.
- Experience with equity and community-focused design practices.
- Experience building open-source tools and/or engaging with open-source communities.
- Strong visual design experience in addition to a foundation in user experience.
- Experience with data visualization.
- Project management experience or experience working with Agile teams.
- Experience with some of these tools: Figma, Adobe Creative Suite, Mural, Git/Github, Notion, Google Suite
Compensation & Benefits
Our core values guide our compensation and benefits package, just like they guide the rest of our work. We offer the following pay and benefits to US-based employees and account for similar benefits for international compensation. While we cannot sponsor visas, we are open to applicants who work from home internationally from time zones similar to the continental US, such as Central and South American countries.
- In an effort to avoid biases and address historical pay inequities, we use a consistent formula to set our team salaries. Our salary is calculated through three factors: a person’s role, level of experience, and their work-from-home location. We believe in being transparent about compensation: We will calculate salary ranges based on candidate location and share during introductory conversations.
- We cover 100% of your and your dependents’ health insurance, including vision and dental. We have an Employee Assistance Program where you can access counseling in support of your mental health, financial wellbeing, and other life issues.
- We offer a monthly wellness stipend to support all aspects of your wellbeing – you can put it towards purchases like a gym subscription, a mindfulness app, or yoga classes.
- Learning Equality offers a 401(k) plan with a 3% contribution, regardless of the amount you contribute, to help you plan for your future.
- We offer flexible work schedules, 5 weeks paid vacation, 13 paid holidays, and 4 months paid parental leave.
- Remote Work
- We are a distributed team and collaborate online through Slack and video meetings, and other online communication tools. We provide up to $1000 when you start to help with your initial work from home setup, and we pay for your home internet.
- We’re a team of life-long learners and we want you to have the workspace set up that is best for you. We budget $2,400 a year per employee to a Constant Improvement fund. You can decide whether to use this budget to upgrade your physical WFH space, purchase technological tools to support your work, or continue to develop through reading or perhaps attending a webinar to learn alongside peers.
At Learning Equality we work towards a world where everyone can achieve their full potential through access to quality education. To achieve this goal we seek and support a diverse team representative of the cultures and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, religious beliefs and abilities that are reflective of our global community of users. We are passionate about diversity because it brings strength, creativity, perspective and joy to our team.