Lead Product Designer - Publishing, Coded Prototyping

Job Description

The New York Times is looking for a Lead Product Designer to join the Publishing group. Our mission is to empower our newsroom and help shape our best, most innovative journalism by building the tools our 1,700+ Journalists, Photographers, and Editors use to create and promote journalism on our core news products.

You will help us build the tools needed to power the newsroom for today and tomorrow. Working in the Publishing mission and across other missions, you'll help drive strategic north-star opportunities and develop the tactics to get there. You'll create data-driven prototypes that push our thinking while ensuring experiences are simple and easy to use. You'll embed on teams to design live product experiments in code, helping us achieve short-term wins while testing hypotheses that improve longer-term Publishing strategies. You'll also mentor and help shape how the broader New York Times Product Design team grows our collective prototyping capabilities.

In 2021, you'll expand the methods we use to program and publish the home page of the Times: what stories we show to whom, on what platforms, and why, when, and how. You'll partner with our Newsroom Editors to refine and, when needed, reimagine the workflows that bring the home page to life every day. You will also partner across teams to help shape and ship additional Programming capabilities.

If you are passionate about service design, UX, personalization, prototyping, designing in code, and the future of empowering journalists, this role is for you.

  • Report to the Executive Product Design Director of Publishing on a growing team with unique user, design, and technical considerations across a suite of tools and underlying services that power them.
  • Guide product strategy, balancing short-term and long-term newsroom, reader, and company needs.
  • Create data-driven prototypes and design live experiments in code to validate hypotheses.
  • Use Design methods to lead workshops and guide outcomes
  • Summarize research outcomes into well-defined problems to solve.
  • Work with Product Design, Product Management, Engineering, Editorial, Data, and Research partners.
  • Identify user research needs and Create production-ready design deliverables, and partner with Engineers to ensure high-quality, performant experiences. Sweat the details.
  • Help shape and steer the culture and quality of prototyping across the Product Design discipline.

Basic Qualifications
  • A passion for The New York Times' mission of seeking the truth and helping people understand the world.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Proficiency in Figma, Sketch, or equivalent design tools.
  • Proficiency in developing data-driven, coded prototypes in React or equivalent languages and in Origami, Adobe XD, Framer, Figma, or equivalent prototyping tools.
  • A portfolio of work that showcases your process and a range of fidelity levels in addition to finished design work. Applications without portfolios will not be considered.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Work with constraints, ambiguity, and large scope to provide strategy and products.
  • Work with partners to influence team vision, strategy, and goals.
  • Work with Engineers to find unique solutions in coded prototypes.
  • Simplify and bring people along.
  • Use qualitative and quantitative data to develop and iterate products.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.