23 Sep Design Program Manager II (37222-1)
Job Title: Design Program Manager II (37222-1)Duration: 6+ Months with scope of extensionLocation:RemoteClient: Social Media Giant, Job type: W2Design Program Manager, VR FoundationWe are looking for a Design Program Manager to drive operational excellence within the VR Foundation pillar of VR Platform Design.The VR Design community is pioneering technologies that help people feel connected – anytime, anywhere! We are committed to designing and building a VR product that serves a diverse global community.As the VROS Product Design team scales and the need for horizontal collaboration with teams across the org and company increases, it’s critical to continue to invest in the DPM discipline. We’re seeking an energetic Design Program Manager to drive operational excellence within the VR Foundation pillar of VR Platform Design.In this role, you’ll focus on building strategic and operational solutions that enable product execution at scale, partnering not only with the Design disciplines but cross functional partners as well. You’ll optimize day-to-day pillar operations, while spearheading initiatives that elevate product quality and foster culture, connections, and communication across teams. You’ll be partnering closely with a VR Foundation Product Design Manager and our existing team of amazing Designers (DPMs, Product Designers, User Researchers, Content Design) to implement operational systems, act as a connector, and problem solve operational hurdles to enable designers to do their most impactful work.Qualifications1) Experience working with product teams or programs from roadmapping through delivery.2) Experience working directly with design leadership, product designers, UX researchers, and content designers.3) 2-5+ years of experience in design operations or related fields establishing programs, supporting design teams, and developing relationships.4) Track record of operating independently and with minimal oversight.5) Value Add: Experience leading product or business strategy in a fast-paced environment.6) Value Add: Experience managing vendors and contractors.ResponsibilitiesYou’ll be expected to:1) Enable teams to focus their time on designing, building and shipping great products.2) You are able to proactively assess risk, raise flags, and resolve issues before they become problems for the larger teams.3) Build strong relationships with cross-functional teams to establish effective ways of working together.4) Manage multi-team strategic initiatives that drive efficiency and impact, including executing specific design initiatives intended to grow team culture and industry expertise. You are able to prioritize, assess tradeoffs, propose clear solutions and communicate strategically. You are able to scale programs and initiatives when necessary and delegate effectively with clear expectations.5) Own and facilitate meetings (e.g. standups, design critiques, design reviews, design sprints, design summits) to drive progress against goals and objectives, and establish clear next steps and owners while resolving blocks that impede progress.6) Improve team communication, collaboration, and identify and remove roadblocks. Proactive in problem solving and effective in information distribution. You represent design in XFN processes and collaborate with XFN partners to drive operational initiatives that achieve business, product, and people goals.7) Use persuasive communication to the right audience to get buy-in and feedback.8) Utilize a full range of organizational and interpersonal skills to keep our teams on track.9) Contribute best practices to the DPM discipline and share expertise with team members.10) Measure impact of programs and initiatives both qualitatively and quantitatively. Continually refines and iterates to ensure usage and adoption.11) Source and manage operational budgets, vendor relationships, and contracts12) Help build a safe and inclusive culture and define ways to bring people together, strengthen our design community, and create an environment designers are proud to be a part of.About VR FoundationThe VR Foundation pillar is dedicated to pushing the platform forward to meet new social, productivity and gaming VR needs. Build the right building blocks so that the other pillars can ship great stuff, including an intuitive System UX and a healthy ecosystem of 1st and 3rd party experiences. Ensure the platform is stable, releases are good, and development is efficient as we scale. The design teams within VR Foundation are composed of inputs and design systems. These teams are in charge of designing cutting edge input solutions such as direct touch and providing patterns and components for all of VR Design to use to maintain a consistent user experience throughout the product.