Senior Product Designer

Remote, Toronto

Hatchways' mission is bold. We're modernizing education by helping people new to the tech industry get real, practical experience on-the-job instead of in the classroom.

Our goal is to provide access to opportunities to people who otherwise would have been overlooked through our background-blind skills assessment and project-based work simulations.

Hatchways is a place you come to make an impact, working with like-minded people to build something meaningful-- a future we'd like to live in.

About the role:

As the first Product Designer on the team, you will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with both the CEO and CTO (co-founders) on reimagining how employers hire people that are non-obvious, and traditionally overlooked, through innovative design. We are looking for someone who is unafraid to take risks, who is highly empathetic and thrives in a startup environment. You'll have full ownership of the design process, including research, testing, cross-functional communication, copywriting, and visual and brand design. As we grow, you'll also have the opportunity to continue to be an individual contributor or have the opportunity to lead a team.

This role is open to anyone around the world. A slight preference for someone in Canada.

What we're looking for:

  • Someone who can get a high-level product goal (ie. sign up more users) and create a strategy and plan towards solving that
  • Strong blue-sky thinking, not afraid to take risks and enjoys pushing boundaries of design
  • Wants to also get in the weeds and take that strategy all the way through to execution
  • Understands the power of validation
  • Prototypes as a tool for discovery - hypothesis-based iteration
  • Early-stage startup experience- bonus if you've also built a team/hired other designers before (this would happen down the line)
  • Able to see the links between co-dependent product lines and design information architectures that elegantly make for an overall seamless experience across the ecosystem
  • Believes beautiful UI makes for better UX, with a focus on responsive web
  • Aligned with values of helping underrepresented folks (i.e. cares deeply about accessibility)
  • Knows how to design for scale by creating flexible systems and documents just enough to allow for clear communication
  • Has worked closely with developers, product managers, and partner stakeholders to iterate on user-facing products
  • Compelling, empathetic storyteller and collaborator, able to get the team excited about how design can help solve problems while delighting the folks it's meant to help
  • Excited to lead and have ownership over product design at a thoughtfully-growing startup

About us:

Hatchways is a Y Combinator-backed startup (S19) and is founded by two-time founders Jaclyn and Shums. Hatchways is a lifelong pursuit, and the founders wanted to focus on the problem area they were most passionate about: improving the education to employment pathways so more people have access to opportunities in tech. Read a personal story from one of our founders about the origin story on Hacker News:

We are a team of just under 20, and are distributed around the world (Canda, US, India, Africa!). Our tight-knit group is bonded by its shared commitment to our core values of teamwork, curiosity, integrity, empathy, and humility. While we hustle hard, we also have a ton of fun with in-person and online socials (games, escape rooms, lunch and learns, bookclubs, yoga classes, etc.)

We are committed to building a warm, inclusive, and diverse environment. We believe that people do their best work when they feel good, and every member of our team deserves to feel safe, empowered, and supported. To this end, we offer a comprehensive set of benefits, including:

  • Competitive salary + bonuses
  • Stock options in a hypergrowth startup - we grew 4x in the last year!
  • Health and dental benefits for you and your family, including an HSA and extended mental health benefits (for folks in Canada)
  • Annual professional development budget and regular learning opportunities
  • 3 weeks of vacation + a 1 week company-wide shut down during Christmas

If you are interested, please email your portfolio and a little bit about yourself to

Hatchways is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. If there is any part of the interview process that is not accommodating for your situation, we are more than happy to create a more comfortable process for you. Just let us know by emailing us at