Job Description

Director of UX and Design- AncestryDNA

  • Remote
  • United States
  • User Experience
  • Full-time

About Ancestry:

When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery.

With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.

If you’re looking to join a mission-driven, passionate, collaborative, and inclusive team – one that’s fired up to solve big challenges, deliver meaningful change, and lead through a one of a kind business transformation, we are growing and in search of a Director of UX & Design.

Reporting to the Head of Design, you will serve as the most senior IC and team leader for a tight-knit, passionate, and entrepreneurial team that seeks to utilize some of the latest autosomal testing technology to re-imagine how our customers discover their family history.

What you’ll do

  • You will create exceptional human-centered experiences.
  • Guide the UX and visual design efforts from start to finish — from problem definition to design implementation.
  • Influence the evolution of existing UX/UI standards.
  • Partner with product managers on developing product strategy and definition.
  • Translate quantitative data and qualitative insights for new and existing product feature development.
  • Work cross-functionally, facilitating design discussions, and offer feedback into the planning and execution of product initiatives.
  • Oversee the all design deliverables (e.g. workflow diagrams, sitemaps, content inventories, user flows, wireframes, final design, and navigation systems).
  • Influence the evolution of existing UX/UI standards.
  • Participate in generative research and comprehensive user testing.
  • Attract, recruit, retain, and develop UX & Design talent.

Who you are

  • You have 8+ years of industry experience as a UX designer, interaction designer, or similar design-related role.
  • Committed to understanding and prioritizing the experiences and needs of underrepresented people.
  • You build natural relationships and partnerships with cross-functional partners that span content, research, product, and engineering.
  • A systems-level design thinker and excited to distill complex workflows into simple and elegant solutions.
  • Can transition easily between high-level strategic thinking and detailed execution.
  • You get stuff done.
  • Extra credit: Experience working in life sciences, genomics, and/or healthcare.

Why you’ll love working here

  • Amazing colleagues who can’t wait to work with you.
  • A product that truly means something to our customers.
  • Deeply collegial atmosphere.
  • Visibility with senior leaders.
  • Great work/life balance…seriously!

(Colorado only*) Minimum salary of $104,000/year + eligible for bonus, equity, and comprehensive benefits including health, dental and vision. Read more about our benefits Here

*Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20)

Additional Information:

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law. For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.