Job Description

Designer, Ground Control

Location: United States

Airbnb is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. It takes a unified team committed to our core values to achieve this goal. Airbnb’s various functions embody the company’s innovative spirit and our fast-moving team is committed to leading as a 21st century company.

The company was born with a creative spirit, much like the environment at the Rhode Island School of Design where Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia two of its co-founders went to college together. This creative spirit is one of the most defining parts of its culture. In fact, they launched a team called Ground Control in 2011 with the aim of building a strong and enduring culture by connecting all employees to Airbnb’s mission, its community, and its core values through storytelling and shared experiences. The people on Ground Control are the ultimate hosts and treat the office and employees as its guests. Ground Control’s creative studio is seeking a Designer who will serve as a core creative contributor and skilled visual communicator, responsible for designing creative assets that adhere to brand guidelines across different types of media formats and achieving client objectives regarding quality, consistency, and creative intent.

The Location

This position is US – Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. Airbnb,Inc. can employ in states where we have registered entities. Currently, employees can not be located in: Alaska, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Delaware and Rhode Island. This list is continuously evolving and being updated, please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from.

The Job

You thrive on delivering creative excellence despite evolving constraints. This position requires strong collaboration, organizational and communication skills, and an eye for the tiniest detail. A multi-platform thinker by default, you’re interested in the unique opportunities each medium provides. You understand that concept and execution are inseparable when it comes to design, and you know how to execute both at the highest level whether creating original artwork or collaborating with a production vendor. And you feel comfortable concepting, prototyping, and building comprehensive brand guidelines and bespoke creative outputs. Never hesitating to jump in with a peer to generate ideas, you’re a collaborator driving the creative production process forward. Candidates should feel comfortable working with creatives throughout a well-constructed process while being able to effectively communicate with non-creatives. Whatever the brief, you seek to build an authentic connection with employees in order to bring Airbnb’s global culture to life.

Key responsibilities:

  • Designing comprehensive identities and design systems for Airbnb’s internal brand that will match the quality of Airbnb’s external brand efforts.
  • Organizing, maintaining, and reviewing technical specs for client assets that incorporates technical nuances of the production process.
  • Working in partnership with creative and production leadership, owning and supporting projects from comps to final mechanicals across a wide range of formats: brand identity, editorial, social, print, events, web, presentations, etc.
  • Supporting the Art Director and Creative Director with commissioning and art directing external creatives and agencies.
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects and timelines.
  • Cleary covey and communicate the intent of the work to our partners and key stakeholders
  • Effectively collaborate cross-functionally with a diverse mix of teams,Always seeking opportunities to elevate the work and craft.

About you

  • 3+ years experience, either in an ad agency and/or in-house studio environment as a designer, or in a field where you’ve developed comparable skill sets previous experience with lifestyle, travel, and hospitality clients preferred.
  • A love for the craft of brand storytelling and editorial, in all forms all standing on a solid, fundamental foundation: great design.
  • A strong systems thinker. Should have experience creating brand or design identity systems.
  • Collaborative and resourceful. An entrepreneurial mindset, able to blaze trails as needed.
  • Strong presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills, with the ability to convey concepts clearly and persuasively.
  • Strong executional and conceptual thinking: Whether it’s typography, photography, grid systems, or color, you draw inspiration from a wide range of creative outlets and bring that to your daily work.
  • Demonstrated fluency with design tools including Figma and the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud. Competency working in GSuite products and Keynote. Experience directing animations and motion graphics a plus.
  • A love for process and the creation of guidelines and documentation (in addition to creative briefs, functional specifications etc.)
  • An inherent host and a passion for community.

Please share a link to an online portfolio showcasing relevant client work.

The Pay

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The starting base pay for this role is between $108,000 and $134,000. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.