Director of Product Design and Creative [Remote, FT]

Brand + Creative · Osage, Iowa
Department Brand + Creative
Employment Type FTE
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.

Director of Product Design and Creative | The Profession | [Remote, FT]

The Art of Education University is seeking an experienced and visionary Director of Product Design and Creative to join our rapidly growing institution. This remote, high-level position is crucial to driving the growth and creative direction of the institution through a variety of methods. 

The Director of Product Design and Creative will set the vision for the AOEU digital experience. Partner with internal stakeholders and external agencies to ensure consistent visual, language, and interaction design through all touchpoints. Ideal candidates must have a background in graphic design, brand identity, and UI/UX and be skilled in providing design and creative direction. This role requires a highly strategic thinker with a proven track record for leading execution on creative and experiential vision across platform, content, social media, motion, print, and events.

This role will be responsible for leading the ideation and execution of AOEUs new marketing and product experiences. These projects are in the early stages, so you will have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor, developing and conceptualizing new and innovative digital experiences that accentuate AOEU’s unique value proposition as a lifelong learning institution. 

Structured as a leadership position within the institution, the Director of Product Design and Creative will participate in a broad range of institutional discussions and decision-making. This position requires the ability to thrive in a fast-paced team environment. 

The Art of Education University | Who We Are | 


Our mission is simple, driven, and inspiring: We grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging professional development at every stage of their careers.


AOEU is an innovative and fast-growing institution of higher education serving art teachers around the world. In 2019, we became the first homegrown graduate university in the state of Iowa in 50 years and the world’s first “university for life,” serving art educators throughout an entire lifetime of learning.

The Art of Education University serves tens of thousands of students, readers, and customers around the U.S. and in over 40 countries. Our Magazine is read more than 800,000 times each month, our events are attended by over 4,000 art educators annually, and we serve over 2,000 graduate students each year. 


Our culture is at the heart of our success as an institution. We believe in a drama-free environment that upholds the ideals of Radical Candor©. We believe that your success is our success. You will always know where you stand and be challenged to grow and stretch yourself in ways you never imagined.


The Details | Director of Product Design and Creative | 

Essential Functions

  • Lead a team of product designers, copy editors, videographers, and graphic designers to develop impactful creative experiences. Provide insight, inspiration, feedback, best practices, and opportunities for growth. 
  • Oversee the design team's efforts across all product initiatives, partnering with product counterparts to ensure strong execution from concept through launch and beyond.
  • Partner with Product Leadership to inform the product roadmap, strategy, and vision.
  • Identify appropriate methods for measuring design team effectiveness, and drive continuous improvement in team performance and design quality.
  • Manage the institutional design system, which includes the development of style guides, brand guidelines, brand campaigns, brand vision, and value proposition for the short- as well as long-term. 
  • Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research, as well as data analysis, will spearhead data-driven decision-making in our design process. 
  • Work closely with the marketing team to develop content for targeted campaigns, sales, and unique growth and product marketing initiatives that are approachable and meet the specific needs of our audience. 
  • Develop original breakthrough ideas for various touchpoints across digital, experiential, e-commerce, social media, motion, print, and events.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 4+ years of experience as a Design leader, and ideally several more years in a mentorship capacity
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in creative and product design, with a focus on web and/or mobile products
  • Experience integrating design workflows with agile product development teams
  • A mix of high-growth Consumer and high-touch Enterprise experience is preferred
  • Experience applying user research methodologies and product data/analytics to inform design decisions, including partnering with product and research teams for data-driven persona creation and quantitative research projects
  • An inspiring portfolio that demonstrates experience managing design processes, leading design projects, crafting design systems, working through complex user flows, and shipping products that are functional, intuitive, and visually compelling
  • High aptitude for problem-solving and collaboration to effectively work with other leaders, customers, and stakeholders to evolve AOEU’s messaging
  • Proven ability to translate marketing and communication strategies into effective design strategies and visual communication solutions.
  • Experience documenting and communicating visual identity — the concept, the elements, and how to apply them — enabling others to easily, efficiently, and confidently work within the brand.

Work Environment

The duties of this position are typical of those performed in a home office setting with normal ranges of temperature. The majority of tasks will be performed while sitting at a desk.


  • Considerable concentration and focus throughout the day
  • Ability to sit for extended periods
  • Ability to lift items such as laptops, monitors, and the like
  • When traveling: 
    • Ability to lift or push a suitcase
    • Ability to carry and lift up to 25-50 lbs of presentation materials for customers, conference presentations, etc.


  • Ability to view computer screens for significant periods. The Art of Education University is an online university. Therefore, 95-98% of one’s time will be on or using technology.
  • Ability to use a laptop keyboard with accuracy
  • Ability to hear at normal levels and through electronic devices, such as laptops, earbuds, phones, and the like

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Position Requirements


  •  Minimum of a bachelor’s degree is preferred


  • Five or more years of experience in a similar position
  • Experience working in a remote capacity is strongly preferred
  • Experience in a leadership role and managing others

Compensation and Benefits


Structured as a full-time exempt position. Compensation is commensurate with education and experience. Payroll is issued on a semi-monthly basis paid on the 15th and last business day of each month.  


  • Health, dental, and vision plan with 100% premium coverage for individual employees and up to 70% contribution for other coverage options with no waiting period (first month after hire) 
  • 401K plan with 4% match, no waiting or vesting period
  • Unlimited, self-managed PTO plus 10 paid holidays
  • Coworking space or home office equipment stipend
  • Fully remote, flexible schedule
  • 8-weeks paid parental leave
  • Lifelong Learning Fund for professional development and educational reimbursement 




Applicants should complete the application form linked below.

Candidates who make it to Round 2 of the application process will be required to complete a packet for review before their scheduled interview time.  

Finalists will have one final culture interview with a member of the senior leadership team.

All applicants and candidates will be notified of the status of their applications.


  • Interested applicants should complete the application and upload a current resume as soon as possible.
  • Candidates selected for an interview will be notified as applications are submitted.

How to Apply | This Is Me | 


The Art of Education University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. The Art of Education University will not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of actual or perceived age, race, color, national origin/ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related conditions), physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. The Art of Education University is a participant of E-Verify.

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  • Location
    Osage, Iowa
  • Department
    Brand + Creative
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.