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Lead Designer

  • Posted:Jan 12, 2022
  • Apply by:Feb 11, 2022
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Experienced (non manager)
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Housing
  • Impact Category
  • Social Enterprise
  • Company Type
  • Social Enterprise

About this position

Ourboro is looking for a creative, prolific, and collaborative Lead Designer to join our growing team.

The Role

We are looking for a designer in the truest sense – someone who can level up our overall company aesthetic while also leveraging those same creative skills to translate complex concepts and processes into elegant content and interfaces between us and our homebuyers. You will be our in-house design expert and work across various teams in the company to continuously seek better and more beautiful ways to share information and for users to experience our product.

You will not be starting from scratch. Instead, you’ll take the great brand collateral that’s already been developed and can build on it – ensuring that our guidelines, our values, and our brand tone are accurately reflected in our design. You will work closely with our Chief Product Officer and our Marketing Director to develop refreshing updates to our website, our customer guides, our out of home campaigns (think billboards and TTC ads), and our digital campaigns. You’ll have access to data that can tell you what’s working and what’s not so you can make better design choices with confidence.

This is a rare opportunity to come in early, build something from the ground up, and work directly with seasoned entrepreneurs who will support you along the way.

Key Skills/Experiences

Impactful UI Design – you have undertaken multiple unique UI design projects for digital, service-based products. You were a part of the whole cycle, from initial mock-ups to production to user-testing and iterating. You’ve done this multiple times with a strong track record of results. Bonus points if you’ve done it for a financial product.

Graphic Design - Your portfolio of work clearly shows your ability to communicate complex concepts in a way that’s easy to understand. You’ve designed compelling custom illustrations, icons, infographics, storyboards, and wireframes. You illustrate your own work and have the versatility to work within the constraints of pre-designed brand visuals. We’re going to want to see your past work! Bonus points if you’ve had experience with editorial and ad design.

Cross-team Collaboration - You use the insights and input of team members to make something beautiful while addressing the real needs of the business. When something is out of your scope, you can manage relationships with external service providers and freelancers to the get the job done. You know how to communicate your ideas to fellow collaborators at various stages of the design process have experience working directly work with developers when it's time to hand off your designs for implementation. You are familiar with the specifications they require for handoff and fluent in communicating your own design needs through prototyping and other tools. Bonus points if you're familiar with collaboration software like Zeplin, Figma, etc.

Implementing User Feedback – you believe that the user knows best. You’re willing to let go of something you love to ensure the end-user has an exceptional experience interacting with our product. You’ve conducted usability studies and have synthesized and implemented feedback in a way that has lead to improved product performance.

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript – this isn’t required, but is preferred.

What we’d like to see in our ideal candidate:

  • You are prolific. There will be a lot of work to churn out over the course of the first year. Your default mode is creating and you’re at your best when you’re in design mode.
  • You have worked in different team environments and thrive when you collaborate with others but can also be super focused and work independently to get stuff done.
  • You’re a good listener. You can hear feedback on your work without it feeling personal. You take suggestions in good faith, assuming best intent.  
  • You operate with integrity, compassion, and transparency; both with customers and coworkers.
  • You own up to your mistakes and are comfortable sharing what you’ve learned from them.
  • You are passionate about the prospect of helping more people become homeowners. You want your work to mean something and to truly help people.
  • You’re a voracious learner. You keep up to date with the latest insights and trends in UI and tech.
  • You have exceptional attention to detail. You’re able to step back and audit your own work as if nobody else was going to.

Why join Ourboro?
  • Leadership that will be present and eager to help you succeed in your role
  • Competitive salary, employee benefits, professional development budgets and flexible vacation
  • An opportunity to work alongside a team of thoughtful, kind people who care deeply about the mission of the organization
  • Hybrid work environment – work up to 4 days a week from wherever your please
  • A real commitment to work-life balance with management that puts our people first
  • Opportunity to work within a high-growth start-up with stable funding and BIG vision


About us

The Company
Recently launched, Ourboro is an entirely new way to buy and own homes. We do this by solving the #1 barrier to home ownership - the down payment. We invest up to $250K in our customer’s homes. It’s not a loan, so there is no interest and no additional debt. Instead, as a partner, we buy a share of the home.

Once our customers move in, we offer programs and services to help preserve and increase the home’s value. When it’s time to sell, we participate in our fair share of the gains or losses.

Too many people are being priced out of the housing market because home ownership is currently all or nothing. We are here to provide an alternative. Not everyone has access to a bank of Mom and Dad, and we want to be there for those who could use the extra backup, every step of the way.

More about Ourboro

A world where everyone can own real estate in their own way

We unlock home ownership for people, creating an opportunity for them to feel personally and financially resilient

We value humans first - When you get to be exactly who you are at work, you shine. We think about how a person may respond to something that we create or share in every aspect of our business, from a conversation to a technology tool. We center our processes and solutions around the people they're meant to help.

We value human potential - Potential thrives when we feel safe and the people around us are confident in our abilities. We know everyone on the team is worth investing in. We choose to instill the confidence needed to fulfill that potential. No one is perfect. No one is a “finished product”. There are always ways for us to stay humble and grow.

We value contribution - We are not a hands-off kind of team. Offering to lend a hand, or getting curious about a tangential project is part of our innate way of being. With that in mind, we expect that you contribute to other projects, whether you are on that team, or not. Whether it is your field of expertise, or not. Your voice matters. Collectively we are all working on different pieces that eventually must fit together. We expect people around you to listen to your contributions.

We value broad worldviews - We are unique in the ways we see the world, shaped and sharpened by our experiences, culture and context. We know that diverse thinking leads to broad viewpoints. Our product can be for anybody. Our team should be too. We actively aim to bring folks from diverse backgrounds together onto our team to reflect the world we're striving to build.

We value context, it matters - When someone succeeds or fails, it is not the end of their story. Rather it is the beginning of the learning journey. We dig deep to understand why something happened. When we understand why we get to grow, learn, and fulfill our potential more deeply. We assume best intent, but when we miss the mark, we attend to the impact we have on each other.

We value emotional engagement - We care about our team members. That means we care about how people feel. Alongside every challenge or accomplishment is a feeling accompaniment. Engaging on the emotional level will help us create better solutions and communicate with depth and sincerity.

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