Lead Visual Designer

at Navient in Augusta, Maine, United States

Job Description

Earnest’s mission is to make higher education accessible and affordable for everyone. We empower students with financial support and supercharge their ability to pay down their debt so they can get on the right financial track fast.We build tools that help people feel in control of their financial future, including:

+ Private student loans – low rates, people-first service, and flexible payments.

+ Student loan refinancing – break free from high interest rates or monthly payments.

+ Scholarships – access to thousands of scholars to help students pay less.

What makes an “Earnie” culture:

+ Drivers – Drivers are satisfied by making things happen, not coming along for the ride. They feel a strong sense of ownership for their projects and teams and demand high standards from themselves and others.

+ Humility – Humble team players check their egos and consider the team’s needs above their own. They are self-aware of their strengths and opportunities for improvement.

+ Growth Mindset – People with a growth mindset approach challenges and failures as learning opportunities. They seek feedback to improve, give feedback to others, and genuinely want to perform well.

Earnies are committed to helping students live their best lives, free from the stress of student debt. If you’re as passionate as we are about our mission, read more below, and let’s build something great together!

As the Lead Visual Designer, you will report to the Head of Product Design and:

Visual storytelling:

+ Take a leadership role in developing a specific experience (e.g., a user path for Earnest Growth, an event booth design) from the initial stages of research and concept development to the final stages.

Design process:

+ Implement a clear, refined, and transparent design process that is consistently utilized to produce high-quality results in collaboration with product designers, marketing teams, growth experts, and internal brand stakeholders.

+ Guide and mentor team members on effective contribution methods.

System thinking:

+ Propose innovative documentation tools or frameworks to enhance the accessibility and ease of updating brand and systems content.

Quality control:

+ Independently devise improved approaches for organizing and constructing UI templates and toolkits.

Growth mindset:

+ Embrace challenges and consistently work in demanding, uncertain, and/or highly constrained situations.

+ Demonstrate continuous visible progress based on feedback.

Impact of this role:

+ Growth – Partner closely with marketing and Growth to design website landing pages to provide a best in class top of the funnel experience with high engagement and conversion.

+ Brand – Contribute to and deliver on our rebranding experience and make sure different parts of the org from marketing to product adopt the new brand.

+ Design systems – Build a design system from scratch and be responsible for designing and maintaining design system components, UI patterns and documentation for Nucleus.

Ideal background and expertise:

+ Proficiency in Figma

+ Experience building responsive web and mobile experiences

+ Deep understanding of visual craft, execution, holistic and systems thinking

+ Experience designing WCAG compliant, accessible interfaces

+ Experience using a range of design skills to deliver compelling design solutions to systematic problems

+ Experience writing documentation and usage guidelines that teach designers and engineers how to adopt our brand

+ Documentation and checklist to maintain brand quality across surfaces

+ Ability to set visual design strategy and set metrics for the team

Earnest believes in enabling our employees to live their best lives. We offer a variety of perks and competitive benefits that include:

+ Health, Dental, & Vision benefits plus savings plans

+ Work anywhere in the U.S.

+ Mac computers + work from home stipend to set up your home office

+ Monthly internet and phone reimbursement

+ Employee Stock Purchase Plan

+ 401(k) plan to help you save for retirement plus a company match

+ Robust tuition reimbursement program

+ $1,000 travel perk on each Earnie-versary to anywhere in the world

+ Competitive days of annual PTO

+ Annual “my day”

+ Pet insurance!

+ Competitive parental leave

+ Plenty of Earnest swag, optional in person team gatherings, picnics, celebrations, and plenty of fun virtual events

At Earnest, we are committed to building an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging enables us to move forward with our mission. We are dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and encourage anyone to apply if your experience is close to what we are looking for.

Earnest provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the Fair Chance Ordinance.


A little about our pay philosophy: We take pride in ensuring we are compensating our employees fairly and equitably. We are showcasing a range and actual starting pay may be based on several factors including but not limited to, market rate, the qualified pool of candidates, internal compensation, candidate location, and budgetary constraints. This number does not necessarily reflect your total compensation, but is a range for your base salary.

Pay Range

$174,000-$217,500 USD

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Job Posting: JC242053589

Posted On: Jun 15, 2023

Updated On: Oct 04, 2023

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