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Designer & Web Developer

IT | Chicago, IL

Job Description

Come help us build something awesome in Chicago as we forever change the face of investing and entrepreneurship in America.

About EarlyShares:  EarlyShares was founded in 2011 with the mission to help small businesses succeed. Having helped shape the JOBS Act that was passed in April, EarlyShares is now focused on building one of the first equity-based crowd-funding platforms in America.  Starting in January of 2013 when new regulations go into effect, EarlyShares will allow ordinary Americans like us to invest small amounts of money in early stage companies we believe in…and get an ownership stake in return.  Under the laws of the past 80 years, that was something only available to wealthy Americans; people deemed to be “accredited investors” by the Securities Exchange Commission.  That’s about to change. EarlyShares will give all Americans the opportunity to invest in early-stage companies in a way that is safe, fair and transparent.

Built in Chicago.  EarlyShares is an established, well-funded company. The company had a choice in where to build a technology office. They chose Chicago over New York, Miami and the valley. Now it’s our turn to stand and deliver; show them what we’re made of here in the City of Big Shoulders.


The Role:

We’re looking for a rare blend of design and development talents -- someone who is part artist and part developer. You know; a creative genius. It’s a hard blend to find, but we’ve seen our best work in Chicago happen when we do.  You’ll have a huge role to play in our product – designing the initial user experience and then rolling up your sleeves to ensure it happens.  You’ll join a team of talented engineers who have their own design sensibilities, but the team will look to you for the most challenging and critical features.  You’ll likely have a hand in print/marketing design as well – either filling the gap until a full-time print designer is hired, or potentially leading our design team as it grows.

This position will report to Jace Mouse, our new Chief Technology Officer in our new Chicago office.

Minimum Requirements:

  • An established body of work online: work you can point to as yours, ideally in addition to your own impeccable personal site.
  • Proven HTML/CSS experience.  JavaScript and programming experience is a plus.
  • Advanced proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • A keen understanding of web usability and user-centric design.

Bonus Points:  We don’t expect anyone to have all these skills, but it’s nice.

  • Advanced software development experience.  Ruby on Rails, Java, or similar.
  • Print Design/Layout skills
  • Photography
  • Videography and/or video editing
  • Comfort in front of the camera
  • Illustration skills
  • Client Management experience in a creative/design firm: Because we assume that means you know how to coddle our ideas and egos well enough that you can herd us all toward a common decision that we can all feel good about.
  • Classically trained marble sculptor. You never know where we might take this business….  And if you have a degree in Sculpture, you have to admit your heart just leapt about two octaves, didn’t it?

The Fit:  You’re looking for a team – not just a job. You bring your own positive attitude to the office in a way that makes others want to do the same. You make work enjoyable for everyone else. You’re talented enough to be comfortable with opinion and criticism, even when it comes from someone less steeped in proper design. You work hard – there’s a lot of work ahead of us this year to launch the business. You’re always learning and growing – not afraid to dive into things you’re not an expert in yet.

Our preference is for local full-time employees. But we’ll consider other options. That includes paid internships for promising bright candidates who just need a chance to show what they’re worth.  If one of these special situations describes you, please note it in your cover letter.


How to Apply:

Please apply through our JobScore site using the link below. We never miss an application that goes through there. All applications are confidential. Please include a cover letter outlining your qualifications and showing us a little bit of what makes you tick – a cover letter is very important to us. 

Don’t see a perfect role for you?  Apply anyway!  Truth be told, we probably won’t staff every one of these roles, and certainly not exactly the way we’ve described them.  Yes, you’ll need to be able to make a contribution starting on the first day. But beyond that, we’re far more interested in hiring people for the long haul; people with the temperament and potential to grow their career with our business. Just explain any skill or experience gaps in your cover letter, and let's see if there's a way to find a fit.

Not working with outside firms. Please apply directly.  Please do not wait for an outside firm to submit your resume, even if they tell you they know us personally and have “an in” with us.  If in doubt, it doesn’t hurt to send y