Senior Designer, UX/UI & Design Systems

Creative · Portland, Oregon
Department Creative
Employment Type FT Exempt
Minimum Experience Experienced


Who are we? 

Thesis, a digital agency in Portland, OR. We’re hell-bent on humanizing the relationship between people and brands, which starts with our teams: real people making real work. 

Come as you are. Bring what you bring. We’ve been around for 20 years. In contrast to our former identity that reflected what we do, we chose the name Thesis as it better represents how we do it: a full-service agency believing our strength is in our approach—believing how the work we make is only as strong as the thought—and data—we put behind it. That sounds intense. But make no mistake, we also play real hard. 

The Job 

The Senior Designer, UI/UX works directly with the Design Lead and design director while partly mentoring (you are a senior designer after all) and supporting other team members in delivering exceptional creative, digital work. They excel in creating beautiful user experiences—and know how to organize, sort and help make experiences feel natural while also building best-in-class features and amazing UI. Empathy, clear communication and inspiring others are critical to this position’s success. The Sr Designer, UI/UX will bring experience, talent, technique, and an unflinching pursuit of excellence. The role requires a track record of exceptional work, yet still driven to hone new skills and experiment with new tools and new techniques. The Senior Designer, UI/UX will create, build and produce digital experiences alongside other designers, writers, and developers in collaboration with client services, the clients, and other partners. You should care intensely about your work without conflating work ego with personal ego. While you’ll be working closely with clients, our agency’s integrated teams collaborate equally and share accountability, in failure and success alike. Be prepared to let the best ideas rise to the top.

    As a person, you are 

    An experienced Senior Designer obsessed with every detail about user experience and digital execution. You understand how to follow through and execute on an idea from research, strategy, experience and design. You excel at simplifying complex information, seek out as much background and contextual data you can find to help build the best wireframes and user experiences as possible. You’re not afraid to try new ideas, to push what’s possible, and you’re willing to start anywhere, with anything, and iterate your way to the right thing. You find inspiration in unlikely places and spread it throughout the room. You set the bar high and show your team how to aspire to that level too. Whoever works with you is inspired to bring their best game. Your influence comes through the work first and foremost. You unlock experiential, visual and interactive opportunities through execution, sell your ideas passionately, and elevate the work of the entire team through active mentorship. 

    As a worker, you will

    Have blue-sky thinking while staying grounded and keeping clients’ goals in mind. You are not afraid of conflict, actively working with colleagues and/or partners to resolve issues. You are trusted by your coworkers, collaborative with partners, and the management team. You keep a level head under pressure. You take initiative and leap at mentorship opportunities. You effectively communicate with all parties involved in the projects you’re on. You have the ability to understand the big picture while zeroing in on the details. You are comfortable making judgment calls as necessary, knowing when to consult colleagues and management. You communicate and present work effectively, collaborating closely with clients and team members from discovery through delivery.

    You will own these characteristics 

    • Curiosity: You leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of better work.
    •  You are passionate and experienced about leading small teams on multiple projects simultaneously. 
    • You can articulate design strategy and present both internally and to clients.
    • Quality: You produce your own work and model excellence to the team.
    • Drive: You own your output and design because you love it. 
    • Detail mastery: You nerd out on data, context, personas and new ideas. Research, prototyping, and site maps are in your veins. 
    • Flexibility and adaptability: You’re no one-trick pony. You’re ready to mix it up and make it better anytime there’s a new opportunity. You give and receive feedback well. 
    • Jump in attitude: You’re willing to contribute wherever needed, without hesitation. No task is too small or too big. 
    • Team player: You don’t win on your own. 
    • Self-starter: Work independently and within a team to deliver compelling, well-crafted work across a variety of media. 
    • Be hands-on in every step of the creative process, from concept to delivery.
    • Lead portions of project work wherever needed. 
    • Think broadly about your work to establish consistency across projects and deliverables. 
    • Lead by doing: you reflect your professional acumen and experience to the rest of the team and encourage skill development. 
    • Desire to grow beyond your core competencies. 

    As for experience, you need 

    • Bachelor’s degree in design or fine arts (or comparable experience).
    • Four-plus years of experience in a design studio or agency (or comparable experience).
    • A portfolio and work experience that demonstrate your skills, design sensibilities, and range.
    • Experience working on global brands.
    • Solid core UX/UI competency, including ability to conduct research, user journey maps, personas, wireframing, prototyping, testing, design execution—high level of type, web design. 
    • Strong familiarity with current trends in UX and UI design.
    • Effective and clear presentation skills.
    • Experience with prototyping tools like Figma and Adobe XD. 
    • Experience or demonstrated interest in motion graphics, 3D graphics, VR, or other areas of digital creative work. 
    • Expert knowledge of industry-standard software (Adobe CC, Figma, Keynote, etc.)
    • Basic knowledge of the Google Suite (Drive, Docs, etc.) 

    But even better, you have 

    • The ability to work on multiple jobs simultaneously while feeling comfortable with changing workflows and priorities.
    • The ability to maintain and adhere to brand guidelines, including calling out when and where they don’t make sense.
    • The ability to travel occasionally. 
    • The ability to adapt to changing client needs and priorities.

    Critically, be hungry to learn and grow beyond this job description. 

    Still with us? 

    Cool! Let’s talk. 


    Workplace equity is not a single checkbox. 

    It’s a new way of thinking, of working, and of moving through the world. At Thesis, we prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion. You’ll see this in our hiring practices, growth plans,

    and workplace programs—because our agency, our work, and our society are better when diverse perspectives come together. 

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    • Location
      Portland, Oregon
    • Department
    • Employment Type
      FT Exempt
    • Minimum Experience