Head of Design Operations

San Francisco
We are looking for an experienced leader who will guide the Asana design organization through a period of growth and transformation. In this role, you will be the chief architect of how design gets done at Asana and partner closely with our design leads to think through the future of both the product and the company.
 
The Head of Design Operations is responsible for driving the design team culture, evolving processes and systems and programs that enable the team to scale with strength and build exemplary brand and product experiences in a creative, focused environment. This role works in partnership with our Head of Design and Design Management team.  
 
What you’ll achieve
  • Build our team mission and charter by gathering data, identifying gaps, improving processes, aligning teams and communicating results across the company
    • Facilitate all of this and all associated programming within a hyper-growth organization
  • Coordinate complex, multi-team, cross-functional product launches - focus on realizing customer benefit and improving cross-functional collaboration
  • Develop and lead key initiatives to scale the design team (in partnership with design leaders and People Ops), including:
    • Guide the Design Management team to set overall priorities, developing skills and career growth, and defining success for the team
    • Iterate on and optimize design on-boarding and training programs
    • Identify gaps in design leadership/management and develop programs to address
    • Spread best practices related to: user centered thinking and approaches, program execution, cross-office communication, cross-functional collaboration
    • Create process for identifying, prioritizing and staffing work towards developer efficiency
  • Own the execution and evolution of key processes and rhythms of the design organization, including:
    • Coordinate/communicate staffing decisions
    • Facilitate design sprints and brain storms
    • Evolve crit, product forum, product development toolkit
    • Own KR tracking
  • Ensure progress towards goals is clearly and consistently communicated by teams
About you
  • 8 years relevant professional experience, including: design management, management consulting, project/program management of design deliverables
  • 3 or more years as a people manager
  • Experienced leading and supporting high-performance, collaborative, design teams; expertise in design development processes
  • Demonstrated leadership (with and without formal authority)
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • B.S. or higher, preferably in a creative field

 

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About us

Asana helps teams orchestrate their work, from small projects to strategic initiatives. Millions of teams around the world, from small businesses to large enterprises, rely on Asana to manage everything from company objectives to digital transformation to product launches and marketing campaigns. For the past 5 years, we've been named a top workplace, including top 10 Great Place to Work Best Small & Medium Workplaces, #1 Fortune Best Workplace in the Bay Area for four years in a row, #8 Fortune Best Workplaces for Women, #14 Glassdoor Best Place to Work, and one of Ireland's Best Workplaces. After spending more than a year physically distanced, we are safely and mindfully returning our global teams to in-person collaboration, incorporating flexibility that adds hybrid elements to our office-centric culture. With offices all over the world, we are always looking for curious, collaborative, and mission-driven people to help us enable the world’s teams to work together effortlessly.

 

We believe in supporting people to do their best work and thrive, and building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company is core to our mission. Our goal is to ensure that Asana upholds an inclusive environment where all people feel that they are equally respected and valued, whether they are applying for an open position or working at the company. We welcome applicants of any educational background, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, citizenship, socioeconomic status, disability, and veteran status.

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