Associate Product Designer, Publishing Tools

Job Description

The New York Times is looking for an Associate Product Designer to join us in building technology that supports the everyday work of one of the world's most creative newsrooms.

In the Publishing group, we focus on tools that move journalism from an idea in a journalist's mind to a finished piece in front of readers' eyes. Our tools allow the newsroom to compose stories collaboratively in real-time, lay out the home page of, send breaking news alerts to devices around the world, browse and select work from our award-winning photographers, and more.

In your first few months, you'll support the launch of Lineups, our new home screen planning tool, but over time your work will cut across all these tools and more as strategic needs evolve. No matter what tool you're contributing to, this is a great opportunity to learn how a newsroom works behind the scenes, while also making a positive impact on the workflows of 1,700+ outstanding journalists, photographers and editors.

As an Associate Product Designer, you'll report to the Lead Product Designer and Manager on Publishing, but in your day-to-day you'll work directly with team members from many disciplines to understand user problems, gather feedback on your designs, and ensure the quality of shipped features. This role also comes with many possible growth opportunities as you learn more about existing systems, develop your own point-of-view, and hone your design practice.

  • Cultivate an understanding of evolving user needs, attitudes and pain points.
  • Research and understand each design problem to be solved. Follow your curiosity and ask "why?"
  • Explore multiple design approaches, and create designs at the appropriate level of detail to explain your design vision
  • Develop clear rationale for each of your ideas, including pros and cons.
  • Seek and incorporate feedback from your team and design colleagues when finalizing your design choices
  • Work with engineers to ensure a high-quality translation of your designs into code
  • Research and apply best practices in usability and accessibility to our tools and products
  • Continually improve your design practice and how you work with others. Be reflective.

Basic Qualifications
  • 0-2 years of industry experience
  • A portfolio of 1-3 projects that communicates your thought process along with finished design work. Applications without portfolios will not be considered.
  • Basic proficiency in a digital design tool such as Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, or Invision

Preferred Qualifications
  • A basic understanding of color usage, typography, and layout for web-based tools
  • A basic understanding of industry-standard design outputs like user journey maps, user flows, wireframes and clickable prototypes.
  • Experience working with a UI library or design system
  • Experience conducting qualitative user research (such as interviews, direct observation, usability testing), and an interest in further developing your abilities
  • Commitment to building an inclusive and accessible design practice


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.