GitHub Design Manager, Site Design

Posted on March 22nd, 2019

GitHub is looking for a Design Manager to lead our Site Design team. Our Site Design team is part of the larger Design team within Marketing and is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining our marketing-focused web properties. For example, GitHub's primary marketing site, event sites, annual reports, brand campaigns, documentation, and more. Successful Design Managers balance the needs of their team with that of Marketing at large, provide design direction to their team, and measure the effectiveness of their work.

As Design Manager, you’ll work closely with a team of distributed web designers, engineers, and Marketing leadership to translate business requirements into beautiful and effective websites that support our programs, products, and initiatives.

Our ideal applicant is experienced in designing and building websites, cares deeply about intuitive interfaces and experiences, approaches problems holistically, and can inspire and lead a team in doing their best work. We look for Design Managers who are self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsive to evolving requests, and proactive in their projects and team development.


  • Lead a team of technical web designers (all of whom sketch, design, and code) by setting clear priorities, defining success metrics, aligning work with appropriate resources, and delivering clear design direction and timely feedback.
  • Communicate and collaborate cross-functionally with Marketing and Design peers to research, prioritize, and translate business goals into great experiences for GitHub users.
  • Document, evolve, and maintain the team’s design processes.
  • Foster an inclusive environment where everyone can bring their whole selves to work.
  • Model personal accountability and an egoless ownership of projects.
  • Support career development of direct reports.

Minimum qualifications

  • Prior experience as a people manager.
  • Portfolio of prior experience designing and building effective consumer-facing websites.
  • Ability to translate business requirements into design problems and solutions.
  • Deep understanding of website design and development best practices, tools, and techniques.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience attracting and hiring design talent.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Expertise in front-end code (primarily HTML & CSS) to guide informed decisions for how our websites should be built, to participate in code reviews, and to maintain complex web properties.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently while managing resources and several projects simultaneously.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with Git and GitHub
  • Experience with larger code bases (e.g., Rails apps)
  • An interest in elevating and maintaining a strong brand
  • Experience using and contributing to a design system

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. Over 36 million people use GitHub to build amazing things together across 100 million repositories. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

What We Value:

Collaboration: We believe the best work is done together. 
Empathy: We believe in putting people first. 
Quality: We believe in setting the standard for excellence. 
Positive Impact: We believe in making the world a better place through our work. 
Shipping: We believe in creating things for the people using them.

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where over half of our Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The other half of our Hubbers work remotely in 18 countries across the globe. Here is a complete list of where we can hire!

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Where We Can Hire

Please note that benefits vary by country, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner. 



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