Design Developer

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Department: Design
  • Type: Full Time
  • Min. Experience: Mid Level

Sprout Social is looking for an outstanding Design Developer to join our growing team. The Design team works tirelessly to create the entire experience that is Sprout Social: web platform, mobile apps, and all sales and marketing efforts. We're a tight knit group that proudly does 100% of our design work in-house, right here in our downtown Chicago headquarters.

What’s a Design Developer? Though a design role at heart, Design Development at Sprout is a technical discipline, requiring expert-level HTML/CSS skills and strong Javascript fundamentals. Design Developers use code to advocate for users, ensuring guidelines for usability, accessibility, and aesthetics are met at the component level. Design Developers maintain our pattern libraries and design system and work side-by-side with engineers and product designers to deliver features for our desktop web applications.

The Design Development team crafts the user interface for software that is used by more than 19,000 brands around the world. Companies like Dropbox, Zendesk, Fender, Zipcar and Evernote rely on Sprout to create stronger relationships with their customers through social media.

If you’re prepared to push new features and enhance existing products at a fast pace using your strong command of design principles and front-end web technologies, we’d love to talk with you.


  • Deliver prototypes and production-ready user interfaces with intuitive design and well structured code
  • Work collaboratively in an agile team to deliver features and holistically with Design to document patterns for our design system
  • Collaborate effectively and efficiently with your immediate and extended teams such as engineering, UX and brand design, and sales and marketing
  • Contribute to testing, standardization, refactoring, and general improvement of our products and processes
  • Committed to professional growth and maintaining high standards

Desired Skills & Experience

  • An eye for great design, typography, and composition
  • Strong experience writing clean, semantic, accessible HTML
  • Strong experience writing CSS, with an emphasis on modularity and reuse
  • Working knowledge of Javascript/jQuery
  • Ability to test in multiple browsers and platforms
  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite or Sketch but capable of designing 'in browser’
  • Strong communication skills and good documentation habits
  • Strong work ethic and curiosity
  • Experience with React, Git, and node-based task runners like Gulp or Grunt a major plus
  • Experience developing design systems, pattern libraries or style guides is ideal

Note: When applying, please submit a portfolio or examples of your design work and/or your favorite code samples and/or Github profile. Having both is ideal.

About Sprout Social 
Sprout Social powers open communication between individuals, brands and communities through elegant, sophisticated software. We are relentless about solving hard problems for our customers and committed to both customer and team success.

Team Sprout is a group of very talented, smart and passionate people with broad interests and backgrounds. We’re proud to regularly be recognized for software, product and company culture achievements. Our team’s shared belief in Sprout’s mission promotes a culture of openness, empowerment and fun. We have built a benefits program to match the strength of our team. This program includes:

  • Insurance and benefit options that are built for both individuals and families, including generous company contributions
  • Progressive benefit programs, like our parental leave program and free Divvy bike memberships
  • High-quality and well-maintained equipment - your computer will never prevent you from doing your best
  • Beautiful, convenient and state-of-the-art offices in Chicago’s Loop
  • Solid programs in some of the staples: transportation, disability and life insurance
  • Wellness initiatives to ensure both health and financial well-being of our team
  • Breakfast and lunch options onsite, and more healthy snack options and beverages than you can imagine
  • Growing corporate social responsibility program that is driven by the involvement and passion of our team members

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