Careers

Product Designer

iSL is looking for a designer to join our newly-formed product team, to help us launch a product with a focus on helping teams become happier, more productive, and more awesome.

You’ll be working with an internal group of engineers and strategists to devise, develop, and refine new features together, and will participate in every area of the product lifecycle, from ideation to release.

We work fast, and as a designer you’ll be tasked with creating rapid concepts, building them in HTML and CSS, and iterating on the results based on what our research tells us.

You’ll have a strong voice and an immediate impact; we’re a team that listens to, respects, and likes one another, and you can expect the same.

You’re a person with a strong sense for interaction design, a desire to push the boundaries of a browser, and an interest in creating compelling native experiences—but at heart you’re a person who cares about people first.
Empathy for others is the prime motivator in our team’s decisions.

We’re a group that spends the extra time to structure our builds nicely, knowing our teammates will be working on them with us. We aggressively define and refactor the antipatterns in our interfaces to empower the people using them. We structure our technical decisions around the experience we want to create and work backwards from there, because at the end of the day we’re building something that we want people to love. We’re looking for someone who naturally identifies with this spirit, and shares our belief in these same ideals.

From a technical standpoint, we’d love to hear if any of the following apply to you:

- You have designed a native desktop or mobile application.
- You prefer to build your web-based designs yourself, in HTML and CSS.
- You’re comfortable and conversant in both CSS and JavaScript-based interactions.
- You have designed information-rich, interactive visualizations.
- You have samples that exhibit a firm understanding of responsive design elements.
- You have experience with prototyping in both web-based (Bootstrap, Foundation) and non web-based tools (Quartz Composer, After Effects, Keynote).
- Interest or experience in animation.
- You have participated in (or better, led) design research sessions with clients or in-house resources.
- You’re comfortable with GitHub-based collaboration.
- You’re a contributor to any open source projects.

iSL is a fully bootstrapped company, which allows the product team to focus on building something we love and taking the time to get it right. We’re interested in making something great, and having an amazing experience along the way.

If this job sounds like something you’d enjoy, drop us a line below and let us know why. Please make sure to include a link to your proudest works (along with a bit of background to help give us some context), and a GitHub presence if possible.

Location
Washington, DC
Skills
Design research, HTML/CSS, Photoshop, web frameworks such as Bootstrap and Foundation. You're a good writer. Bonus points for natural animation skills and comfort with version control (specifically Git and GitHub), HTML/CSS preprocessors (Sass, HAML, etc), and light JavaScript interactivity.
Experience
You've designed and built responsive web sites or native applications, are familiar with requirements gathering and design research phases, and are comfortable with organizing dense information into interactive visualizations.
The Perfect Candidate
  • Is a thoughtful, independent, forward-thinking designer who wants to be involved throughout the entirety of a project's lifecycle.
  • Is looking to help inspire, build, and learn from a team that strives for the best possible quality in our work.

Product Engineer

iSL is looking for a front-end engineer to join our newly-formed product team, with the goal of helping us launch a product with a focus on helping teams become happier, more productive, and more awesome.

You’ll be working with an internal group of designers, engineers and strategists to devise, develop, and refine new features together, and will participate in every area of the product lifecycle, from ideation to release.

As a fellow engineer, you’ll work with experts on all sides of the stack to move fast and iterate often; building, refactoring, and deploying prototype applications company-wide on a regular basis. You’ll have a strong voice and an immediate impact; we’re a team that listens to, respects, and likes one another, and you can expect the same.

While you’re comfortable on all sides of the stack, ideally you’re deep into a love-affair with JavaScript, and have built enough web applications with today’s client-side frameworks to have an opinion on them. You’re interested in build tools, AMD, Node.js and have a favorite amongst the many testing frameworks available.

We’re a group that spends the extra time to structure our builds nicely, knowing our teammates will be working on them with us. We aggressively define and refactor the antipatterns in our interfaces to empower the people using them. We structure our technical decisions around the experience we want to create and work backwards from there, because at the end of the day we’re building something that we want people to love. We’re looking for someone who naturally identifies with this spirit, and shares our belief in these same ideals.

From a technical standpoint, we’d love to hear if any of the following apply to you:

- You have a deep background in traditional web development in addition to having launched a number of production websites using client-side MVC frameworks.
- You’ve successfully led the front-end development process for numerous large-scale client builds.
- You have developed a native desktop or mobile application with or without web tools.
- You have built applications using NodeJS and frameworks or platforms like Express, Meteor or SailsJS.
- You have designed information-rich, interactive visualizations in-browser.
- You have a firm understanding of responsive design elements.
- You’re comfortable with GitHub-based collaboration.
- You’re a contributor to any open source projects.

iSL is a fully bootstrapped company, which allows the product team to focus on building something we love and taking the time to get it right. We’re interested in making something great, and having an amazing experience along the way.

If this job sounds like something you’d enjoy, drop us a line below and let us know why. Please make sure to include a link to your proudest works (along with a bit of background to help give us some context), and a GitHub presence if possible.

Location
Washington, DC
Skills
HTML/CSS/JS, AngularJS/Ember/Backbone or similar frameworks, comfort with build tools and preprocessing (Yo, Grunt/Gulp). Common technologies paired with NodeJS, such as MongoDB (via Mongoose or similar), WebSockets (via Socket.io, SockJS or similar), and frameworks such as Express, Meteor, or Sails.
Experience
You're comfortable using JavaScript on all sides of the stack, and have launched numerous large-scale builds. Bonus points for experience with team-based collaboration, continous integration, and API design.
The Perfect Candidate
  • Is a thoughtful, independent, forward-thinking designer who wants to be involved throughout the entirety of a project's lifecycle.
  • Specializes in client-side app development, but is interested in working across the a full stack.
  • Is looking to help inspire, build, and learn from a team that strives for the best possible quality in our work.

Designer (Wild Card)

We’re looking for a talented designer to support iSL’s CMO with everything from internal projects (new product development, concept rendering, R&D, events, community building efforts, and more), to slide decks & pitches/proposals/presentations of all kinds, as well as a variety of ongoing special projects (infographics, brand identity creation, etc.).

You’re ready to sharpen your current skill set and build some new capabilities along the way. While this role will likely evolve as we go, the one promise we can make: You will never be bored.

Location
Washington, DC
Skills
Raw talent and passion for illustration, comfortable rendering ideas both digitally and on paper
Experience
1 year of agency or freelance interactive work, OR a very strong portfolio of personal projects.
The Perfect Candidate
  • Strong Photoshop experience
  • Strong Illustrator experience
  • Some experience with motion graphics (After Effects)
  • Some experience with video production (Premiere / Final Cut Pro)
  • BONUS: Comfort/experience/desire to work with a Wacom tablet (Cintiq)
  • BONUS: 3D modeling and/or animation experience

Interactive Designer

iSL is on the hunt for a (supremely) talented interactive designer to join our 10-person design team. You’ll help to design lush websites, beautiful-yet-functional interfaces, expansive web applications, native iOS apps and more. Front-end skills are a huge plus; deep knowledge of current web technology and tools is a must.

We’re working on projects for Fortune 500′s while also building our own products and projects we find interesting. Join us.

Location
Washington, DC
Skills
An undisputed gift for designing for screens. HTML/CSS/JavaScript skills a huge plus.
Experience
1 year of agency or freelance web and interface work, or a very strong web portfolio of personal projects.
The Perfect Candidate
  • Is as good as they are passionate, and as passionate as they are good
  • Studied design in undergrad
  • Wants to make their mark on the words as a true craftsman
  • Has real-world, client-facing experience
  • Is a believer in the importance of a diligent, focused design process
  • Is good at selling their ideas / explaining design thinking to a client
  • Is a cool person. You cannot be lame.

Full-stack Developer

ISL is looking for a full-stack developer to join our nine-person, in-house engineering team. You’ll lead the planning and development of tools and applications that power digital campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world, using the best technology for the job. You’ll push the envelope and you’ll have fun doing it.

We’re looking for someone who can hand-code clean, semantic, standards-compliant HTML5 and CSS3. We want someone with experience building custom themes and plugins for WordPress who is ready to use custom PHP in order to bend WordPress to do your bidding. You should know when to solve a problem with the front-end and when to leave it to the back-end and understand that the best solution varies client to client.

We are a down-to-earth, hardworking team that’s not afraid of a challenge. We listen to each other, we respect each other, and we really like each other. We push one another to make great things. We’re looking for someone who shares and believes in these same ideals.

We’re small, but growing quickly, so we’re still working out the best ways to stay fast and collaborate easily while keeping a solid footing. We’d love to hear your ideas on how we can work together even better. You’ll inspire us with new approaches to tough problems, and we’ll inspire you with some of the most daring client work around.
If this job sounds like something you’d enjoy, drop us a line below and let us know why. Please make sure to include a link to a GitHub account and a portfolio or resume.

Location
Washington, DC
Skills
Some of the tools and technologies we use every day include: PHP, HTML, SASS, Node.js/Express/Socket.io, Redis/MySQL/MongoDB/Nginx, AWS/S3, GitHub
Experience
Ideally, you have a deep background in traditional web development using the full LAMP stack. You should know your way around jQuery and maybe a client-side MVC framework too. You aren’t scared of SSH and the command line.
The Perfect Candidate
  • Understands the best-practices in responsive design.
  • Is a thoughtful, independent, forward-thinking developer who wants to be involved throughout the entirety of a project's lifecycle.
  • Specializes in the understanding development needs across the front-end and back-end.
  • Is looking to help inspire, build, and learn from a team that strives for the best possible quality in our work.

Senior Interactive Designer

We’re looking for a supremely talented senior interactive designer to join our 8-person design team. A passion for creating industry-leading digital experiences is a must. You’ll be asked to lead the creation of lush websites, beautiful-yet-functional interfaces, expansive web applications, native iOS apps and more. Front-end skills are certainly an asset — though not necessarily a prerequisite.

We’re working on projects for Fortune 500′s while also building our own products and projects we find interesting. We’d like you to be a part of crafting the vision for where we take some of these unique ideas in the future.

Location
Washington, DC
Skills
An undisputed gift for designing for screens. HTML/CSS/JavaScript skills a plus.
Experience
3 - 5 years of agency or freelance web and interface work.
The Perfect Candidate
  • Is as good as they are passionate, and as passionate as they are good
  • Wants to make their mark on the words as a true craftsman
  • Has extensive real-world, client-facing agency experience
  • Is a believer in the importance of a diligent, focused design process
  • Is capable of art directing more junior designers
  • Is good at selling their ideas / explaining design thinking to a client
  • Is a cool person. You cannot be lame.

Front-End Engineer

iSL is looking for a skilled Front-End Engineer to join our seven-person, in-house engineering team. You’ll lead the planning and development of tools and applications that power digital campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world, using the best technology for the job. You’ll push the envelope. You’ll have fun.

While you’re comfortable on all sides of the stack, ideally you’re deep into a love-affair with JavaScript, and have built enough web applications with today’s client-side frameworks to have an opinion on each. You’re interested in build tools, AMD, Node.js and have a favorite amongst the many testing frameworks available.

We are a down-to-earth, hardworking team that’s not afraid of a challenge. We listen to each other, we respect each other, and we really like each other. We push one another to make great things. We’re looking for someone who shares and believes in these same ideals.

We’re small, but growing quickly, so we’re still working out the best ways to stay fast and collaborate easily while keeping a solid footing. We’d love to hear your ideas on how we can work together even better. You’ll inspire us with new approaches to tough problems, and we’ll inspire you with some of the most daring client work around.

If this job sounds like something you’d enjoy, drop us a line below and let us know why. Please make sure to include a link to a GitHub account and a portfolio or resume.

Location
Washington, DC
Skills
Some of the tools and technologies we use every day include: HTML/HAML, SASS, Node.js/Express/Socket.io, Redis/MySQL/MongoDB/Nginx, AWS/S3, GitHub
Experience
Ideally, you have a deep background in traditional web development in addition to having launched a number of production websites using client-side MVC frameworks. You've successfully led the front-end development process for numerous large-scale client builds.
The Perfect Candidate
  • Is a thoughtful, independent, forward-thinking developer who wants to be involved throughout the entirety of a project's lifecycle.
  • Specializes in client-side app development, but is interested in working across the a full stack.
  • Is looking to help inspire, build, and learn from a team that strives for the best possible quality in our work.

The Wild Card

ISL is made up of five teams – each of which is related to Operations, Marketing, Design, Strategy and Engineering respectively. Many of us cross over one or more of these teams in terms of skills and passions. We’re all aligned by delivering great work for Fortune 500 clients and on inventing new things we love.

The Wild Card might join one of these teams – or span them. We’re not sure. What we’re looking for is someone who is devastatingly creative, insightful, and energetic with a technical orientation.

Submit for this role if you’re…well…a wild card that doesn’t fit the typical boxes of life.

Location
Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Skills
Just one: being able to absorb the chaos of the world and distil it into amazingness
Experience
Startup or Agency experience required
The Perfect Candidate
  • Is technical - understands code, APIs and how web things work - but is not necessarily a dev
  • Is a design-thinker but is not necessarily a designer
  • Is a terrific writer and expresser of ideas
  • Can sell people on their vision like a pro
  • Has tons of relationships with interesting creative/technically oriented people

Developer Apprentice

We’re looking for a couple really smart, ultra-web savvy Spring/Summer Developer Apprentices to have a bunch of fun with us as we build web and mobile apps, and digital experiential campaigns (pranks, stunts, buzz marketing stuff) for our Fortune 500 clients. Apply with a friend! More about us here: http://istrategylabs.com/about/

You’ll join our 6 person engineering team and will have the opportunity to work on projects for famous brands, as well as on internal projects just for fun. Compensation is based on the candidate – and is likely a few hundred dollars a week. Start dates are flexible (like early May through August).

If you’re a Senior, the apprenticeship will be structure to result in a full time offer at the end of your apprenticeship if that makes sense for us and you.

Location
Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Skills
HTML/CSS/JavaScipt a must. PHP/Python experience of interest. Knowledge of node.js, RoR and/or objective-c a plus.
Experience
Intermediate experience required (i.e. you can code and launch an app - but still have a lot to learn)
The Perfect Candidate
  • Is painfully talented, sociable, and interesting
  • Is a true web geek conversant in the idiosyncratic culture and memes we <3 so much
  • Doesn't understand the meaning of 'can't' - there is only 'figure out'

Lab Administrator

This position is a terrific entry level opportunity for someone who wants to learn how to run an agency, how to bring ideas to life, and how to support the growth of a fast-paced company. You’ll serve as the Lab Administrator (office manager) as well as work closely with the CMO and CEO in an executive assistant capacity (editing, copywriting, producing, and more). You’ll help craft, and ultimately manage/execute campaigns to raise awareness of ISL and interact with the broader marketing and technology community in DC (and beyond).

You’ll work closely on bringing new ideas and concepts to life, all while making sure the office is running smoothly. It won’t be easy, but it will be fun and you’ll learn a ton. Compensation is expected to be $32,000-$40,000 (including benefits).

Location
Dupont Circle - Washington DC
Skills
Excellent writing and proof reading, tireless problem solving, hyperorganization, able to execute projects flawlessly
Experience
This is an entry level position and requires no prior professional experience.
The Perfect Candidate
  • Is incredibly smart, charismatic and a natural networker/conversationalist
  • Is an entrepreneurial fountain of ridiculously good ideas
  • Is not satisfied with good enough—will stop at nothing to crush it
  • Is terrifically organized
  • Is service oriented—willing to help the CEO, CMO and executive team on day to day requests

Senior Creative Strategist

You’ll create killer digital and experiential campaign concepts for Fortune 500 brands, non-profits and for internal projects. You’ll manage and create chaos masterfully. You’ll have fun. You would be able to get enough!

Location
Washington DC
Skills
Client Management, Social Media Strategy, Ideation, Digital Project Management
Experience
You must have agency experience and have worked directly with Fortune 500 clients. 4+ years experience.
The Perfect Candidate
  • Has managed several design/build projects (web/mobile/social apps)
  • Is a meticulous manager of timelines, client expectations and team members
  • Is incredibly smart, charismatic and a natural networker/conversationalist
  • Is an entrepreneurial fountain of ridiculously good ideas
  • Is not satisfied with good enough—will stop at nothing to crush it
  • Understand how to manage clients and design/dev deliverables
  • Has managed dozens of digital design/built projects and campaigns
  • Understands social media and social technology

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