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Design Director

Reports To:
CEO/Head Of Product
Leads Team:
4+ (Mix of UX, UI, Graphic, and Game Designers)
$120,000 - $240,000 (Combination of salary & equity)
Los Angeles (We’re based in LA, and we have a Hybrid office)
Sootchy, Inc.
Startup Stage:


  • You have a brilliant and curious mind
  • You have a desire to have an impact — no matter how small or large — on how our world operates 
  • You have successfully led design teams in early stage startup(s)
  • You have FinTech, EdTech, and/or AR/VR/Game Design experience
  • You have designed products that harmonize the needs of user groups with unique needs and life experiences, such as wealthy funders, policy makers, and impoverished children
  • You have led cross-team design sessions that generate actionable insights and product decisions

Our Ideal Candidate

If ANY of the following resembles your story, let’s talk!

You’re an unabashed Design Geek

You're always looking for fresh ways to reach people with products designed to speak to them, not at them. You know the power of a design is in the delight and surprising new powers people experience while using them. You stay on top of trends to both apply and defy them as you see fit

You’re one of the first in your family to go to college

You know the value of college because you worked to be one of the first in your family to go. You know what the value of an education has done for you and you appreciate the opportunity to help others realize that value too.

You have a fondness for Los Angeles, Technology, and Underserved Youth

‍Maybe you grew up in LA then moved to SF, or cut your teeth designing fintech in NYC. You started small, but worked hard, and designed products that reached millions. Now you're ready to return to your roots and make a product that transforms the opportunity landscape for millions of underserved and underrepresented youth in major metropolitans across the US.

In this role, you'll often find yourself...

  • Designing and conducting user research initiatives
  • Spending time in the trenches with youth at community events
  • Drafting and refining our user journeys
  • Drafting wireframes and mockups
  • Crafting no-code prototypes and quickly testing them with target user groups
  • Guiding and aligning the team on the user experience
  • Leading part-time and remote designers as needed
  • Collaborating with key teammates (CEO, Head of Product, Lead Engineer, Customer Service Representatives)
  • Working with core tools (Figma, Webflow, Hubspot)

About Us

Sootchy is a dynamic, focused, funded, goal-oriented and happy company singularly focused on our God-given mission of “ending long-term poverty”. We do this by activating the singular and most powerful nucleus we know — our communities. We leverage the cumulative power and resources of all levels of the state, federal and local governments, coupled with the resources of some of the world’s largest and most diverse groups of private and public foundations and employers. Driven by the dogmatic efficiency of a dynamic fintech / edtech startup, we aim to leverage the untapped potential of our clients: the 12.6M underserved and underprivileged children living in poverty today, enabling them the access, opportunity, financing, and literacy needed to attain any of these 4 goals by Age 24:

  1. A 2 year community and/or 4-year college degree 
  2. A qualified apprenticeship or other work training program 
  3. Ownership of a small business
  4. Buying a first home or real estate investment property

Why Apply

Having an impact on the world requires a wild imagination and extraordinary dedication. We have both. We hope you do too. Sootchy is an equal employment opportunity employer, and we love diversity, so women, people-of-color and other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Us

Get in touch and let’s build better tomorrow

Contact us

Get in touch and let’s build a better tomorrow.
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