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Design Lead

San Francisco, California, USA

Full time



About the Role

We are looking for an experienced design leader to create and cultivate the design culture at Anthropic, a safety-focused organization at the forefront of AI research. As Design Lead you will set the overall design vision and strategy for how users interact with and experience our AI technologies and hire and manage a team to execute that vision. 

We believe that large, general AI systems will have a significant impact on society, fundamentally changing how people interact with computers. This will provide many benefits to society, but because the technology can be unpredictable, unreliable and opaque, it also presents many challenges. How these systems are deployed, how they touch people’s lives, and how people interact with them are complicated problems that will require very considered design solutions. We think of design as being a partner to our more technical safety efforts.


  • 5+ years of experience as a design manager

  • Excellent communication skills to collaborate with engineers and researchers

  • Have experience recruiting and mentoring design teams.


  • Experience working directly with machine learning models and designing interfaces for them

  • Experience designing for chat or multimodal interfacesInterest in AI safety and ethics

  • Experience at fast-growing startups

  • Want to fundamentally change and positively affect how people interact with computers

Representative projects

  • Recruit and mentor a design team for Anthropic. 

  • Develop design processes and best practices

  • Proselytize design across the organization, from research to product teams.

Representative projects for the design team

  • Design the user experience for interacting with an AI assistant

  • Conduct user research to understand how people perceive and engage with AI technologies

  • Design interfaces for reviewing, monitoring, and improving AI systems

  • Work with engineers and researchers to ensure a great user experience for AI applications

  • Work closely with entirely new AI systems and design new ways for how people can reliably use them

$240,000 - $380,000 a year

Salary - The expected salary range for this position is $240k - $380k.

Compensation and Benefits*

Anthropic’s compensation package consists of three elements: salary, equity, and benefits. We are committed to pay fairness and aim for these three elements collectively to be highly competitive with market rates.

Equity -  Equity will be a major component of the total compensation for this position. We aim to offer higher-than-average equity compensation for a company of our size, and communicate equity amounts at the time of offer issuance.

Benefits - Benefits we offer include:

- Optional equity donation matching at a 3:1 ratio, up to 50% of your equity grant.

- Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for you and all your dependents.

- 401(k) plan with 4% matching.

- 21 weeks of paid parental leave.

- Unlimited PTO – most staff take between 4-6 weeks each year, sometimes more!

- Stipends for education, home office improvements, commuting, and wellness.

- Fertility benefits via Carrot.

- Daily lunches and snacks in our office.

- Relocation support for those moving to the Bay Area.

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