Director Design, Startups

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Rex is creating new tech leadership to serve people. Big tech leadership has lost its social license to lead. They’re focused on extracting value, rather than creating it; muzzling dissent rather than freeing our voices; oppressing rebels rather than being the rebel. We are changing this. At Rex, technology will once again serve people. Review our culture page to understand what we are building. 

At the intersection of real estate and technology, Rex is a startup incubator continuing to launch companies within our ecosystem which are focused on PropertyTech, FinTech, and InsuranceTech. Our initiatives page provides more details on current companies. 

Rex seeks for a leader to build 10+ startups; create end-user centered design. 

We are looking for an experienced Director of Design to oversee all design aspects within the Rex ecosystem. This person should have a passion for making things elegant, attractive, and most importantly, easy to use for anyone. We’re seeking a visionary leader to elevate our product and brand through a user-centric, data-driven approach. This individual will be responsible for guiding product designers, and inspiring them through your exceptional visual eye, breadth of experience, and deep user empathy to create a world-class holistic end-to-end user experience that drives impact aligned to our company goals.

What you'll do:

  • Establish a shared design vision and user-centered, data-driven design strategy in alignment with leadership to support company objectives.
  • Balance big-picture thinking with an iterative approach to continuously deliver improvements for our users.
  •  Measure and optimize the business value of design, using quantitative and qualitative data to influence strategy and tactical execution.
  • Collaborate to establish the company’s personality and brand, ensuring consistency and bringing together product and marketing design teams through a shared strategy.
  • Create structure and instill processes that optimizes the teams performance and impact, creating transparency across projects and proactively communicating with stakeholders.
  • Raise the bar on design quality (never satisfied with status quo), challenging teams to create innovative and impactful work.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with product, engineering, marketing, and research through a partnership model, not a service or agency model.
  • Engages and maintains strong visibility within the design community, staying on the pulse of latest design trends, principles, and techniques.

Who you are:

  • Strong track record for having a very high bar for design. 
  • Strong design portfolio.
  • Can mentor designers across various companies at Rex.
  • Has strong backbone and can push back on suboptimal design practices but can also disagree and own decisions from the leadership team. Has humility around design input they receive.
  • Great at attracting, vetting, and mentoring designers.
  • Strong executor that knows what to prioritize, and understands where skills can best be utilized. 
  • Has proven ability to set up design protocols, processes, etc. so the design input and execution systems are engineered well, with world-class gating mechanisms, etc.
  • Doesn’t just try to fast-follow the SV design mindset which can be goofy at times. Fits our design ethos overall, which emphasizes utility to people over fluff & glitz.

Before you apply, review these resources to better understand our culture and mission:

  • Rex ecosystem initiatives
  • Peter Rex writing in WSJ about moving Rex from Seattle to Austin
  • Peter Rex on Fox Business
  • Peter Rex on Bloomberg Radio

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary and early-in equity awards
  • Competitive and comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Peace of mind through company-paid short-term disability, long-term disability and life insurance
  • 401(K) with employer match
  • Unlimited (discretionary) PTO in addition to Holidays and your birthday off
  • Monthly gym membership stipend
  • Health Savings Account with employer contribution
  • Dependent Flexible Spending Account
  • Mental health telecounseling options
  • We are committed to serving others with a focus on faith, family, and freedom
  • Ability to work in person with flex schedule in Austin, Texas (or willing to relocate)

From the top-down, we are committed to investing in the development of all team members in both a professional and personal setting. We host monthly company socials where employees and family members get together to build our community. Regular performance evaluations are intended to provide a feedback loop, providing opportunities for consistent growth on both ends.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages

Location

We are currently renovating our headquarters downtown, near UT. In the meantime, we are working out of one of the apartment properties that Rex owns.

An Insider's view of Rex

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe at Rex is "Austin chill". We are a mix of laid-back, determined individuals who all have a quirky side that melds well together. Each day is filled with hilarious banter, intelligent collaboration and forward movement. An experience that you don't always get by working fully remote.

Christy

Senior Technical Recruiter

What projects are you most excited about?

Expansion! Super excited to be expanding our product into new markets! I love the excitement there is from new customers using our product.

Madi

Texas Market Launcher

How does the company support your career growth?

The company has strong virtues which they take very seriously. Part of those virtues includes empathizing and caring for their employees. Since my time here, I have always felt heard, included in the big picture, and felt that I have made a real impact. The leadership is amazing here that made it possible for me to learn and continuously grow.

Ritu

Product Designer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

I work with all of our teammates on building out their weekly priorities based on the current business goals. In addition, I meet with each teammate on a biweekly basis to discuss their career development, including the near-term tangible steps they can take to reach their career goals.

Nikhail

Director of Operations

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

At Rex we are focused on using technology to create economic opportunities and empower people to improve their lives. If you are excited to solve technical challenges AND want to create products that improve people's lives - Rex is the place for you!

Casey

VP of Engineering

What are Rex Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
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