Job Description

Location: San Francisco, CA or Remote (Based in the U.S.)

NerdWallet is looking for a talented Design Director to join our Brand Studio Team. On Brand Studio, you’ll be in charge of leading a group of highly skilled visual designers to create engaging and memorable work that defines the look and feel of the entire NerdWallet ecosystem. With a start-up mindset and your full range of skills in graphic design and art direction let’s push the boundaries of what’s possible to grow and extend the NerdWallet brand. On Brand Studio, we develop and define our brand expression, build creative for our advertising channels, integrated marketing campaigns, our CRM program, content experiences, and our corporate brand.

The right candidate will possess an unapologetic love for managing and mentoring a growing team of visual designers. You have a demonstrated track record of leading people to success through your empathetic management style, developing the talent and skills on the team through your thoughtful approach to art direction, and sharing your vast experience as a designer with the broader team. You’ll partner closely with our head of Creative Production, our Content Strategy team, as well as our key partners on Marketing and Product. This role reports into NerdWallet’s Senior Creative Director.

Where you can make an impact:

  • You are inheriting a team of high performers. Your ability to manage and coach your team to continue to excel and grow will be key to Brand Studio’s success.
  • You have many partners across the programs and initiatives that Brand Studio supports. Being able to assess current and build future needs at scale across the business for Brand Studio will be key.
  • With your own best in class design POV you have the core ability to lead your team in creative development and ideation across both typical campaign advertising channels and the NerdWallet brand at large.
  • You are able to take the 10k foot view and propose new ideas and processes in service of driving innovation and impact.

You are:

  • A strong leader, fostering career development and growth paths for team members whilst considering their personal and team objectives
  • An outstanding designer with a visual design portfolio that demonstrates your ability to create inspiring creative solutions for consumers across typical digital and brand advertising channels
  • A highly strategic big thinker, not one to shy away from complex challenges that require new thinking and a willingness to take chances
  • Enthusiastic and collaborative, partnering cross-functionally to build the very best creative solutions
  • A great communicator, able to inspire while articulating design decisions

Your experience:

We recognize not everyone will meet all of the criteria. If you meet most of the criteria below and you’re excited about the opportunity and willing to learn, we’d love to hear from you.

  • BFA in Visual or Communication Design or similar field
  • 10+ years of applied design experience, 4+ years of proven management experience
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Figma
  • Excellent graphic design skills (layout, typography, color)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong understanding of UX design principles
  • Ability to successfully manage a group of designers while also contributing strategically on an individual level
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to keep abreast of innovative trends and technologies


  • This role will be based in San Francisco, CA or remote (based in the U.S.).
  • We believe great work can be done anywhere. No matter where you are based, NerdWallet offers benefits and perks to support the physical, financial, and emotional well being of you and your family.

What we offer:

Work Hard, Stay Balanced (Life’s a series of balancing acts, eh?)

  • Industry-leading medical, dental, and vision health care plans for employees and their dependents
  • Rejuvenation Policy Flexible Time Off + 13 holidays + 4 Mental Health Days Off
  • New Parent Leave for employees with a newborn child or a child placed with them for adoption or foster care
  • Mental health support through
  • Financial wellness, guidance, and unlimited access to a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) through Northstar
  • Paid sabbatical for Nerds to recharge, gain knowledge and pursue their interests
  • Health and Dependent Care FSA and HSA Plan with monthly NerdWallet contribution
  • Weekly Virtual Bootcamp, Yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation sessions
  • Monthly Wellness Stipend, Cell Phone Stipend, and Wifi Stipend

Have Some Fun! (Nerds are fun, too)

  • Nerd-led group initiatives Intramural Sports, Employee Resource Groups for Parents, Diversity, and Inclusion, Women, LGBTQIA, and other communities
  • Hackathons, Happy Hours, and team events across all teams and departments
  • Company-wide events like Little Nerds Day (aka bring your kids to work day, even if you’re remote!) and our annual Charity Auction

Lifestyle (Be your best self – we’ll take care of the details)

  • Our Nerds love to make an impact by paying it forward Donate to your favorite causes with a company match
  • Work from home equipment stipend and co-working space subsidy
  • Anniversary recognition program choose from different items and experiences
  • Commuting stipend

Plan for your future (And when you retire on your island, remember the little people)

  • 401K with company match
  • Annual Enrichment Stipend for learning and development
  • Be the first to test and benefit from our new financial products and tools
  • Access to Rocket Lawyer for online legal support and resources

If you are based in California, we encourage you to read this important information for California residents linked here.

NerdWallet is committed to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.