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UX/UI Designer

– San Jose, California
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Braven’s mission:

In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Despite 1.2 million low-income or first-generation students enrolling in college each year, only one in four will attain a strong first job or enroll in graduate school upon graduating. In partnership with universities and employers, we believe Braven is a solution and we are on a mission to scale it, equalizing access to the American Dream.

We are looking for people passionate about ensuring all young people can put their education to work at this unique moment in time for our organization:

  • In 5 short years, we have grown from 14 students in a pilot on one campus to a community of 1,200 strong across three sites.

  • To date, 69% of Braven’s Fellows have landed a strong job or quality outcome within 6 months of graduation, as compared with the average of 54% for all students nationally.  Braven Fellows outpace their peers in internship attainment, non-cognitive skill growth, and college persistence.

  • Over the next 3 years, Braven will serve a total of 6,000 new Fellows across our existing three sites, innovate on our core model, and expand to new sites across the country.

The role:

Braven is seeking a UX/UI Designer to join us in delivering interactive and engaging online/mobile learning experiences, streamlined internal tools and services to support the execution of learning experiences, and solutions to help our students get strong jobs. We believe that small, empowered, and self-motivated teams can do big things by focusing on the user experience and iterating towards great experiences that have a real impact on students’ lives. We want students using our platform to feel empowered, connected, and engaged. To accomplish this, we prioritize which projects we work on, aiming to provide the most value in the simplest way possible and we constantly iterate to improve our services as we see what works and what doesn’t.

You will play a crucial role in our mission by wearing many hats. Given our exciting startup environment, your role will encompass responsibilities that would often be split between a Product Owner, Product Manager, UX Designer, Front-end Web Developer, and Visual/Graphics Designer. You will be responsible for the end-to-end strategy, management, design, implementation, and iteration of Braven’s digital platforms and tools. Your responsibilities will range from high-level product thinking to project and product management to designing interaction flows, wireframes, and mockups to front-end web development using CSS, HTML and JavaScript all the way to visual design and asset creation. Deep experience with Wordpress is a huge plus.

To be successful at Braven, on the Product Team, and in this role, you must demonstrate Braven’s core values, be comfortable with ambiguity and constant evolution, and welcome constant feedback and learning. We are a team that likes each other both in- and outside of “work”! Do you have a strong bias to action and enjoy making the complex simple all while driving and owning all aspects of your projects from conception to completion?  Come join us in shaping the next generation of leaders!


  • Effectively manage multiple projects that often involve collaboration with a range of roles-- Product, Engineering, Data, Support, Operations, Branding and Marketing-- to design the user flows, requirements, and the experience of new online products and features

  • Create deliverables like scenarios, sketches, user-flows, wireframes, mockups, and prototypes

  • Bring your designs to life by writing the HTML and CSS components

  • Make people-centered design decisions informed by data and user research

  • Validate and test hypotheses by doing lightweight research directly with users

  • Quickly learn organizational and programmatic context to inform designs

  • Very light travel for programming and in-person team retreats


  • 3+ years professional experience as a UX/UI designer, product designer, interaction designer or similar role required; start-up experience preferred

  • Experience with Agile project management required

  • Experience with best in class UX design processes as well as project management tools, prototyping tools, and UX research tools and techniques required

  • HCD (Human Centered Design) experience and delight in creating sketches, prototypes, research plans, and experiments to validate ideas and opinions required

  • Design thinking experience and project management experience required

  • BA or equivalent degree required

  • Experience with Wordpress preferred


  • Interested in designing and building things for social good

  • Strong cultural competence and experience working with diverse populations

  • Proven track record for creating effective, engaging, and beautiful user experiences via online/mobile platforms

  • Ability to create and follow through on project plans with strong attention to detail and deadlines

  • Highly motivated, self-directed, results-oriented, data-driven, and curious

  • Exceptional and pro-active communicator across a range of stakeholders

  • Advocate for the importance of solving real customer problems and relying on user research and data to validate and inform product thinking

  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to meet team goals and achieve impact

  • Open-minded, adaptable, and unafraid to change your opinion in the face of new information or a new understanding of the product goals  - you have strong opinions, held weakly

  • Exceptional design instincts and aesthetic taste

  • Entrepreneurial and excels in a fast-paced, team-oriented, start-up environment

  • Strong project management skills, personal organization, and follow through

  • Able to compel through written, visual, and verbal presentation

  • Able to build and test quickly

More about Braven:

The Braven Accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation, meaningful careers, and lives of impact. Alongside educational institutions, Braven provides a scalable model to discover, develop, and connect extraordinary, diverse, and driven young people to high-quality skill building, opportunities, and networks. From the Accelerator will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.

Braven currently operates in Newark, New Jersey, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area. We aim to become the nation’s leading accelerator of diverse talent, putting 100,000 emerging leaders on the pathway to college completion and economic mobility. Our work is highly data and outcomes driven: college graduation; workforce readiness skills-based proficiency; employment in a high impact role within six months of graduation.

We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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