What we’re up to
Small businesses represent a massive contribution to our national economy, and individually they often serve as pillars of their communities. We have found that these small businesses are massively under-represented on the internet and are constantly bombarded by internet companies looking for their advertising dollars. The thing is, what these small businesses are really looking for are leads and passive advertisement doesn’t really do the trick on their scale.
Right now we’re working on giving businesses simple, easy tools to generate the thing they need most, leads. Their customers are looking for them in a variety of channels so we make sure they’re represented in those channels but focused specifically on the areas they serve.
As one of our first hires, you will be required to possess a unique set of skills and characteristics to serve our mission to cultivate our local communities.
- A gentle and forgiving soul.
As you get familiar with our platform, the various user roles, and interfaces you will see an unnerving pattern emerge; we hate our users. Why else would we create these tortuous flows, ridiculous arrangements of pixels and otherwise horrible UI choices? No, we don’t actually hate our users. We want to give them the best possible experience as we develop our platform and that’s why you’re here. Forgive our UX transgressions and then fix them. Please.
- A profound ability to listen.
As the CTO rants about missions and visions and building great, useful things, you’ll begin to piece together a thread of rational thought. Far more important than the musings and ravings of our CTO are the unspoken needs of our customers and users. You’ll need to be able to suss out these needs through whatever tools and means you deem necessary, and help put a delightful experience in the hands of our users.
- A burning desire to have a meaningful impact.
As your creativity starts to percolate you’ll want to affect change in our local communities by helping to keep them informed about the day to day happenings. Given the myriad of channels and potential interface for the various user contexts the challenges will be plenty, but the rewards of giving people unprecedented access to their immediate communities will match them.
- A monk-like understanding that building great things takes patience.
You’ll see that a lot of work has been done to get us to this point. You’ll see that that’s nothing compared to where we want to go. Our reach has always exceeded our grasp, and that’s how we like it. You should too. The first few months will be difficult but they should also be exciting as you realize how much you are impacting Bizyhood’s future. Together with the CTO you will be shaping the product with respect to the various users it serves. Additionally, in the first couple of years, as we build our product team, you will help us handpick the product design staff.
You can demonstrate proficiency in:
- Defining and maintaining design patterns and UX standards.
- Excellent communication, presentation, and analytical skills including the ability to communicate complex, interactive design concepts clearly. Product Development starts with you.
- Driving user research/usability tests and interpreting usability test data.
- Making us look good. Literally. We know UX and UI are not synonymous, but we’ll need you to take on the responsibility of doing UI design for both mobile and web products because you seriously don’t want the CTO doing it and most definitely not the CEO. No, never again.
- HTML/CSS. We’ll need sensible prototypes, templates, and models to implement.
To apply for this role, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.