UPDATE: 11 October 2-16 - Applications are now closed
Do you want to use your designs skills for Good? Would you like to be part of an employee-managed, non-hierarchical organisation for social benefit? If so, join us!
We are a not-for-profit organisation focusing on IT for international development. We work on projects that have a positive social impact, and we believe IT can empower, inform and connect people all over the world. We mostly work on web and mobile application development projects. We also provide research, evaluation, consultancy, and other advisory services.
We use agile practices in all our work. The software we produce is open source. We use and promote participatory practices with our clients, end-users and internally. We believe in manifesting our values both in the work that we do and how we run our organisation together. We are an equality-based non-hierarchical organisation; important decisions are made together by consensus.
Who are we looking for?
At Aptivate we don’t have job titles. We are generalists with cross-cutting skills and responsibilities, and most of us specialize in a few areas, for example, software development, project management or design. We often change roles depending on what needs doing and how a team is made up. We are all responsible for the organisation's wellbeing. There’s currently nine of us and we often find that we need more capacity to work in a Lead UX or Visual design role.
We are looking for a generalist, with user experience and visual design skills. However, this is more than just a UX/UI design role. At Aptivate we are equally responsible for setting and working towards our mission. You would have equal ownership and responsibility over Aptivate and become part of what makes it work.
What we look for in every Aptivate member:
- A desire to use their skills to help others
- Passion for working in international development
- Willing to travel to less-developed countries as part of their work
- 2+ years experience working on web projects
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Self-motivated and resourceful
Attributes we need this person to have:
- Skills in UX through to UI, interaction and visual design
- Comfortable taking on a design leadership role on software development projects
- Ability to solve user experience (UX) problems
- Familiar with creating UX design processes to suit the project's needs
- Experience in user testing and analysing results to make recommendations
- Confident to design and facilitate workshops and interviews with clients and users
- Experience in creating artefacts to support a project, eg. wireframes and prototypes, user journeys, personas, information architecture, reports and more
- Strong visual design skills and experience in creating graphic mockups (using software like Inkscape or Adobe CS)
- A passion for getting to the root of problems in order to create a vision for solutions
Bonus points for:
- Experience in international development
- Experience in working with Agile teams
- Experience in marketing
- Experience managing projects
What will you be doing?
Our typical project team is 3-4 people and you would usually be working on two projects at a time. You will often be working with people in different locations, communicating over video calls. As part of the team you will take on a share of the project’s tasks depending on who's in the team and the skills available. You will often be working directly with the client or users to understand UX problems and design solutions. You also will find yourself regularly participating in things other than UX/UI work, including contributing to proposals, networking, project planning, organisational management, and client communication.
Our clients are charities, NGOs and governments who are working in international development. We only take on work which we feel is worthwhile and contributes in some way to our vision of empowering people to have a say about decisions that affect them.
We make all important decisions about the organisation together by consensus and you will participate in this process, helping us to improve and develop our working practices. You will be invited to become a director of the organisation following a successful appraisal period.
About the role
It is possible to work from either our Cambridge or Brighton offices. For the right candidate we will consider remote or home based candidates who can work within, or close to UK hours (10am-6pm) and who are available to easily travel to our offices and to monthly meetings in London. Remote workers would not need to attend all such meetings in person but will be encouraged to participate periodically in person.
We operate a flat staff structure. Currently the terms are:
- Salary £33,500 p.a.
- 35 hours per week (Part time also considered)
- 6 weeks paid holiday plus bank holidays
- Flexible working hours
- Socially responsible pension contribution of 3%
- Equal parental leave and pay for men and women
How to apply
Send your CV (maximum two sides), examples of your work and a short statement describing why you would like to work for Aptivate and what you would bring to this role to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note, you must be able to legally work in the UK.
If you have any questions about the role or about Aptivate please contact us at email@example.com
No recruiters or agencies, Thank you.