Internet Freedom Non-Profit Seeks Product Designer (12 month period)

April 3rd, 2024

The Tor Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advancing human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open source anonymity and privacy technologies, is seeking a Product Designer with 4-7 years of related work experience to be a part of the User Experience & Design (UX) Team.

Are you passionate about making software usable and fun for all types of people? Do you want to design software that helps people protect their privacy and freedom online? If so, this may be the job for you.

This position will be an integral part of a small, "full stack" design team, encompassing the disciplines of UX, brand design, and ethical user research. The team coordinates via IRC, email, GitLab, on audio/video calls, and in-person meetings once per year. A personal commitment to free and open source software, good communication and documentation skills, and passion for contributing to the greater good are all essential.

This is a one-year, full-time, remote position, with the possibility of extension. This position could be performed from most places in the world – please see below for the US sanctions & embargo disclaimer. The organization is also currently experimenting with a four day workweek.

The salary for this position ranges from $80,000 - $93,000 USD/year (based on experience) and there is voluntary opt-in salary transparency for employees and contractors.


In this role, you will:

  • Design and prototype new features for Tor Browser and other circumvention apps on desktop and Android.
  • Adhere to, maintain, and expand our design systems and associated documentation.
  • Support our developers to ensure product changes deliver the best possible user experience.
  • Engage with users and translate their feedback to meaningful product improvements.

Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate for this job will have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent proficiency with Figma and related design tools.
  • Experience designing for both desktop and mobile audiences, including a comprehensive understanding of platform conventions, UX patterns and common components for each.
  • Experience designing for localization (including RTL scripts) and accessibility, to meet the needs of a diverse user-base.
  • A history of working with comprehensive design systems.
  • A great eye for detail and well organized design files.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, plus, as a bonus, proficiency in a non-English language – especially Arabic, French, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili or Spanish.

In addition to:

  • A history of designing or advocating for the causes of free-software, open source technology, human-rights, privacy, censorship-circumvention or an interest in internet-freedom in general.
  • Familiarity with the challenges faced by internet users who are subject to surveillance and censorship, and/or the concept of threat modeling in general.

If you feel that you meet most of these requirements or could meet them with a little time and support, we would love to hear from you!

How to Apply

Click here to apply.

A resumé, cover letter and portfolio featuring recent case studies is required. Please use the cover letter as an opportunity to tell us about how your experience relates to the job description and why you want to work at Tor.

About The Tor Project

The Tor Project's workforce is inclusive, talented, and committed. We currently have a global paid and contract staff of around 50 developers and operational support people, plus many thousands of volunteers who contribute to our work world-wide. The Tor Project is funded in part by government research and development grants, and in part by individual, foundation, and corporate donations.

Tor is for everyone, and we are actively working to build a team that represents people from all over the world - people from diverse ethnic, national, and cultural backgrounds; people from all walks of life. We encourage people subject to systemic bias to apply, including people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and any other person who is part of a group that is underrepresented in tech.

We have long-standing community guidelines and cultural norms. Our community is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. Please read more here:

The Tor Project has a competitive benefits package, including a generous PTO policy, 16 paid holidays per year (including the week between Christmas and New Years, when the office is closed), and flexible work schedule. Insurance benefits vary by employment status and country of residence.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the country in which they live, we cannot provide visa assistance for this position.

The Tor Project, Inc., is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Notice: Due to U.S. sanctions and embargo regulations, The Tor Project, Inc. is not able to hire individuals with citizenship and residency in certain countries, including but not limited to Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Iraq, China, Iran, and Syria.