Lead Content Designer at Handshake (Greater Denver Area, CO or Remote)

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Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

If you are not sure that you’re 100% qualified, but up for the challenge – we want you to apply. We believe skills are transferable and passion for our mission goes a long way.

Your Impact:

Handshake is hiring two Lead Content Designers. This role will require you to span the gamut of strategy to microcopy, bringing a talent for simple and clear copy, systems thinking, and seamless user experiences. Your work will be foundational across all aspects of the Handshake experience, helping students discover their first jobs and universities and employers guide early career discovery.

Lead Content Designers at Handshake own content strategy within their areas or squads. They’ll work closely with their design, UX research, product, and engineering partners. They’ll define strategy and write impeccable content that meet users’ needs for comprehension and clarity. And they’ll do it all with a high degree of polish. We’re looking for Lead Content Designers across multiple areas of the product.

Your Role
  • A Lead Content Designer on a small, highly impactful team.

  • Work from concept to delivery to inform product strategy and shape experiences for students, employers, and career services on Handshake.

  • Partner with product, research, and engineering to ensure projects are well defined, high impact, and successfully executed.

  • Develop and improve a shared language across all surfaces, reflective of our brand and tailored to the students and professionals on our platform.

  • Collaborate with numerous cross-functional partners to develop content and strategy for our digital products that are powerful and intuitive to use.

  • Up-level the entire team’s content skills through a commitment to growth and mentorship.

Your Experience:
  • Minimum of 6 years of professional writing experience across UX, marketing, and brand.

  • Experience establishing, following, and socializing voice and tone guidelines.

  • A strong portfolio of simple, compelling writing in both user experience and product marketing.

  • A collaborative, no-ego approach to working with others.

  • Experience presenting work to leadership and executive teams in a startup environment.

  • Strong communication and ability to articulate the "why" behind your work.

  • Willingness to roll up their sleeves and work across a variety of channels.

  • Experience partnering with designers, researchers, product managers, and marketing.

Compensation Range:
  • $130,000 - $140,000

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

About Us:

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 650,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits. Earlier this year, we announced our $200M Series F funding round. This Series F fundraise and new valuation of $3.5B will fuel Handshake’s next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

When it comes to our workforce strategy, we’ve thought deeply about how work-life should look here at Handshake. With our Hub-Based Remote Working strategy, employees can enjoy the flexibility of remote work, whilst ensuring collaboration and team experiences in a shared space remains possible. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, and London and teammates working globally. So, whether you live on the coasts, the midwest, or overseas, chances are we have a hub near you offering the best of both worlds. 

Check out our careers site to find a hub near you!

What We Offer:

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

  • 💰Equity and ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 🍼16 Weeks of paid parental leave for birth giving parents & 10 weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents.
  • 💝Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage. We also provide resources for Mental Health Assistance, Employee Assistance Programs and counseling support.
  • 💻Handshake offers $500/£360 home office stipend for you to spend during your first 3 months to create a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • 📚Generous learning & development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500 stipend for you to grow your skills and career.

(US Handshakers)

  • 🏦401k Match: Handshake offers a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • 🏝 All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. In addition, we offer 8 standardized holidays, and 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off. Lastly, we have a Summer and Winter #ShakeBreak, two one-week periods of Collective Time Off. 

(UK Handshakers) 

  • 🏦Pension Scheme: Handshake will provide you with a workplace pension, where you will make contributions based on 5% of your salary. Handshake will pay the equivalent of 3% towards your pension plan, subject to qualifying earnings limits.
  • 🏝Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.

Benefits above apply to employees in full-time positions.

Looking for more? Explore our mission, values and comprehensive US benefits at joinhandshake.com/careers.

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  • Engineering
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Location

1200 17th St., Denver, CO 80211

An Insider's view of Handshake

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've been at Handshake for 4 years and have held 4 different titles. I'm inspired and constantly learning from the leaders on our team and my colleagues. I learn something new every day and in every role. It's great to work on a sales team where there is so much support, positivity and resources.

Janessa

Enterprise Account Executive, Employer Sales

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We instill a 60/20/20 rule for engineers’ time management: 60% time is spent on building new product, 20% on maintenance, and 20% on innovation. We make sure our engineers can invest time in innovating and trying new ideas. We act with empathy, and we focus on our impact and how we can improve.

Robin

Senior Director Of Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

As a G&A Recruiter at Handshake, I had the opportunity to work on various projects that fired me up. I developed programming for our summer intern class and supported DEI initiatives. Fast forward six months, I'm transitioning into an Early Career & DEI Program Manager role!

Stephanie

Early Career & DEI Program Manager

What are Handshake Perks + Benefits

Handshake Benefits Overview

Stock: Ownership in a fast-growing company.

401k: We care about your ability to save for your future.

Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.

Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.

Healthcare: World-class medical, dental, and vision policies.

Goodies: Whatever hardware and software you need to get the job done.

Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, sports, game nights, book clubs.

Learning: Learning & Development opportunities for you to grow your skills and career.

Great team: Working with fun, hardworking, nice people who are committed to making a difference!

...And much more!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Employees can take up to 2 days of paid time off to be used in service of a non-profit organization, charity, or towards participation in social and civil activism.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Handshake also provides 10 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Fridays. Employees get free lunch on Mondays. We also offer dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns

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