Design Technologist

  • Part Time
  • Remote
  • Part Time
  • Remote

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Do you live and breathe design? Do you sweat every pixel? Do you care deeply about how tools function and also how they look? Do you have a passion for smooth, beautiful interfaces, usability, and user experience? Can you design and code them, from starting idea to static mockup? If so, we want to hear from you!

We are only considering applicants who are US-based and authorized to work for a US employer.


Action Squared is a fast-growing, nonprofit-owned business-to-business SaaS provider, with two web-based toolsets on the market serving the progressive nonprofit sector in the US and worldwide. We partner with the most important and impactful organizations — including the Democratic National Committee, the AFL-CIO, Daily Kos, and others — to deliver best-in-class tools at scale to help build the progressive movement. Our toolsets powered the Women’s March, the organizing campaign in Amazon warehouses in Bessemer, Alabama, and thousands of other digital and organizing campaigns great and small. 100% cloud-native from the start, we seek an experienced Design Technologist to join our growing engineering team as a freelance contractor.


Situated at the front line of the development team, the Design Technologist lives comfortably at the intersection of ui/ux design and product development. The Design Technologist takes new products and features from ideation to interactive mockup – creating wireframes, visual aids, documentation, design patterns, and production-ready HTML and CSS along the way. As a vigilant advocate for users and an integral member of the development team, the Design Technologist endeavors to deliver intuitive experiences that accommodate consumer needs, while simultaneously exhibiting a competent understanding of the technology and time constraints that will ultimately determine the success and timely delivery of new product development initiatives.

Specifically, the role will focus on:

  • Design the interface and interaction flow of responsive web and mobile experiences.
  • Establish and document UI patterns to help maintain quality and consistency across application features.
  • Participate in key phases of the product development lifecycle, including product ideation and definition, user research, design, front-end development, post-launch evaluation, iterative improvements, and new features.
  • Support the team with UX documentation as needed (sketches, wireframes, prototypes, etc).
  • Work closely with our frontend engineers to use existing components to do initial markup of features, and then clean up to make them user ready.
  • Contribute to a strong design culture by collaborating with all members of the organization and advocating for users.
  • Support a culture of transparency, respect and commitment to the progressive movement.


Our frontend stack for our browser-based single page application includes HTML, SASS/SCSS, Angular, Typescript, Angular Material UI, RxJs, and GraphQL (Apollo Client). A successful candidate will be comfortable designing and coding for desktop and mobile browsers, from initial idea through static HTML and CSS, including two to three years experience in the following:

  • Designing responsive user interfaces with Photoshop, Figma, HTML, or other similar tools.
  • Taking feedback and iterating on designs to improve aesthetics, clarity, and usability.
  • Writing static HTML and CSS for those designs that work well in a variety of modern desktop and mobile browsers.
  • Experience with adding basic interactivity, components, and templating with Javascript, Typescript, Angular, and Angular Material UI a plus.

Our Team

Action Squared engineering is a small but mighty team, proud to get more done on time and on budget than larger teams due to our entire organization’s approach to collaborative technology development. Technological roadmaps are developed in close coordination with our largest users, and toolsets are developed with a sense of focus on doing one thing well, ensuring deliverables and timelines are clear, feature and requirement creep is nonexistent, and our products do what they are supposed to do. Engineers and designers have clear expectations for their work, and are able to work independently in the context of small, functional teams. This position would report to the Director of Technology, who leads the engineering team, and collaborate with the sub-team that builds the Action Builder toolset.

In practice, this means:

  • Flexible hours — we don’t expect you to work a set schedule, but rather collaborate effectively with your team to deliver your assignments on time and on budget, though some overlap with core team work hours (9am – 5pm US Eastern) is expected.
  • Asynchronous work environment — communication is largely handled through tickets and Slack, work is portioned out into achievable and independent items, and engineers are clear on what they are working on at any given time, and can achieve progress independently.
  • Small-team collaboration — small teams mean natural collaboration and support, without the bureaucracy of useless meetings, chains of command, multiple levels of management, and the like.
  • High impact — our toolsets operate at a global scale and are used by the most cutting edge and sophisticated cause-based progressive organizations. Your work will power progressive victories around the world.


This is a part time, freelance position. The expectation would be 20 hours of billable work per week, or 80 hours per month. This position reports to the Director of Technology, and is remote.

What We Believe In

Action Network is committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We are able to grow and learn better together with a diverse team of employees and freelancers. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our employees and freelancers invest in their work represents not only part of our culture, but our reputation. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Woman-identifying persons, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Action Squared is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.

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