Product Designer

Roost Living Inc. Published: August 31, 2020
Toronto or remote, Ontario
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Founded in early 2019 and based in Toronto, Canada, Roost is redefining what it means to be home – from the space to the people within it. As the world’s first end-to-end marketplace platform for shared living, we make it incredibly easy for landlords to turn their properties into shared rentals (Roosts), and in turn, offering comfort, convenience, community, and value for residents (Roostrs).

Backed by leading venture capital investors, we’re passionate about technology and its impacts on the real world and are on a mission to make city living more affordable, accessible, and less lonely. For Roostrs, that means perfectly matched roommates and increased housing options with a single monthly bill. For landlords, that means increased rental income with quality, pre-screened tenants.

We know that home is so much more than just space, it’s your personal haven and the people who make you feel that you are not alone. Join us on this journey to unlock the true potential of home.

The Role:

We are looking for an empathetic Product Designer who is excited for Roost’s mission, has an interest in technology and real estate, and is passionate about beautiful and functional UI/UX design across different screens sizes and mediums. In this role, you’ll be working closely with our cofounder / lead designer and engineering team to not only iterate on existing products but also to create new ones.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a venture-backed startup on the ground floor in a high impact role.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Design, prototype, and iterate Roost’s products and features across web and mobile
  • Create wireframes, detailed visual designs, interactive prototypes, UX flows, and more to demonstrate ideas and thinking process
  • Lead UX research and usability testing as part of our human-centred approach to product design
  • Proactively solve problems for our users, anticipating them in advance
  • Collaborate with cofounders and engineering team to help define our product strategy and key priorities
  • Be flexible and comfortable with wearing multiple hats in an early stage startup

Knowledge and skills

  • Proven UI/UX design experience on web and mobile app design; working with sketches, prototypes, wireframes, user flows and UI interactions
  • Strong portfolio with examples of shipped products that people use
  • Have a strong intuitive sense for high quality design and an eye for details, keeping up to date with current design methodologies and trends
  • Obsessed with human behaviour and problem identifying / solving
  • Experience in using Figma and Adobe Suite
  • Self-starter with a willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to make Roost win
  • Entrepreneurial and thrives in a minimally structured, team-oriented startup environment
  • Aligned with our core values of Roostr-First, Win-Win(-Win), Unwavering Empathy, No BS, and Purposeful Optimism
  • Skills in iconography, illustration design, and photography are a plus

Education required

  • 1-2 years of relevant work experience
  • Relevant post-secondary degree/diploma preferred

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Post-secondary graduates – this is not a requirement for residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut applying for internships in those territories
  • Underemployed (employed below their level of education or work part-time)
  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment and Skills Strategy initiative.

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