Careers

Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research is currently seeking suitable individuals for the positions listed below. If you are interested in working for Yaqeen please submit an application. Due to the volume of applicants, we will be unable to respond to each submission. If your application matches our requirements we will reach out to you for further discussions.

Malaysia Open Position(s)*:

Senior iOS Engineer - Malaysia*

Type:  Full-time

Department: Engineering

Location:  Malaysia

Status:  Employee

Yaqeen is expanding its Engineering team into Malaysia. Candidates willing to re-locate from the U.S will be considered. 

We are looking for an iOS developer responsible for the development and maintenance of applications aimed at a range of iOS devices including mobile phones and tablet computers. Your primary focus will be development of iOS applications and their integration with back-end services. You will be working alongside other engineers and developers working on different layers of the infrastructure. Therefore, a commitment to collaborative problem solving, sophisticated design, and the creation of quality products is essential.

Responsibilities

  • Design and build applications for the iOS platform
  • Ensure the performance, quality, and responsiveness of applications
  • Collaborate with a team to define, design, and ship new features
  • Identify and correct bottlenecks and fix bugs
  • Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization
  • Strong interest in mobile and an intuition for UX and user behavior
  • Independent, self-motivated, and an avid technologist

Skills & Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience in software design and development
 with at least 3 in mobile.
  • Proficient with Objective-C or Swift and Cocoa Touch
  • Experience with iOS frameworks such as Core Data, Core Animation, etc.
  • Experience with offline storage, threading, and performance tuning
  • Familiarity with RESTful APIs to connect iOS applications to back-end services
  • Knowledge of other web technologies and UI/UX standards
  • Understanding of Apple’s design principles and interface guidelines
  • Knowledge of low-level C-based libraries is preferred
  • Experience with performance and memory tuning with tools {{such as Instruments and Shark, depending on project needs}}
  • Familiarity with cloud message APIs and push notifications
  • Knack for benchmarking and optimization
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools such as GIt or SVN
  • Familiarity with continuous integration
Senior Android Engineer - Malaysia*

Type:  Full-time

Department: Engineering

Location:  Malaysia

Status:  Employee

Yaqeen is expanding its Engineering team into Malaysia. *Candidates willing to re-locate to Malaysia will be considered. 

We are looking for an Android developer responsible for the development and maintenance of applications aimed at a vast number of diverse Android devices. Your primary focus will be the development of Android applications and their integration with back-end services. You will be working alongside other engineers and developers working on different layers of the infrastructure. Therefore, commitment to collaborative problem solving, sophisticated design, and creating quality products is essential.

Responsibilities

  • Translate designs and wireframes into high quality code
  • Design, build, and maintain high performance, reusable, and reliable Java code
  • Ensure the best possible performance, quality, and responsiveness of the application
  • Identify and correct bottlenecks and fix bugs
  • Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization
  • Strong interest in mobile and an intuition for UX and user behavior
  • Independent, self-motivated, and an avid technologist

Skills & Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience in software design and development
 with at least 3 in mobile.
  • Strong knowledge of Android SDK, different versions of Android, and how to deal with different screen sizes
  • Familiarity with RESTful APIs to connect Android applications to back-end services
  • Strong knowledge of Android UI design principles, patterns, and best practices
  • Experience with offline storage, threading, and performance tuning
  • Ability to design applications around natural user interfaces, such as “touch”
  • Familiarity with the use of additional sensors, such as gyroscopes and accelerometers
  • Knowledge of the open-source Android ecosystem and the libraries available for common tasks
  • Ability to understand business requirements and translate them into technical requirements
  • Familiarity with cloud message APIs and push notifications
  • A knack for benchmarking and optimization
  • Understanding of Google’s Android design principles and interface guidelines
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git
  • Familiarity with continuous integration
Senior WordPress Engineer Back-Front-End - Malaysia*

Type:  Full-time

Department: Engineering

Location:  Malaysia

Status:  Employee

Yaqeen is expanding its Engineering team into Malaysia.*Candidates willing to re-locate to Malaysia will be considered. 

We are seeking a WordPress Developer responsible for both back-end and front-end development, including creating WordPress themes and plugins. This position requires a combination of programming skills (namely PHP, Laravel, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript) and aesthetics (understanding element arrangements on the screen, the color and font choices, and so on). The candidate should have a strong understanding of industry trends and content management systems. Experience with the responsive and adaptive design is strongly preferred. Also, an understanding of the entire web development process, including design, development, and deployment is preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Designing and implementing new features and functionality
  • Establishing and guiding the website’s architecture
  • Ensuring high-performance and availability, and managing all technical aspects of the CMS
  • Helping formulate an effective, responsive design and turning it into a working theme and plugin.

Skills & Requirements:

  • Good understanding of front-end technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery
  • Experience building user interfaces for websites and/or web applications
  • Experience designing and developing responsive design websites
  • Comfortable working with debugging tools like Firebug, Chrome inspector, etc.
  • Ability to understand CSS changes and their ramifications to ensure consistent style across platforms and browsers
  • Ability to convert comprehensive layout and wireframes into working HTML pages
  • Knowledge of how to interact with RESTful APIs and formats (JSON, XML)
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools such as Git or SVN.
  • Strong understanding of PHP back-end development
  • Strong foundation in Bootstrap.js
Senior UX/UI Designer - Malaysia

Type:  Full-time

Department: Engineering

Location:  Malaysia

Status:  Employee

Yaqeen is expanding its Engineering team into Malaysia.*Candidates willing to re-locate to Malaysia will be considered.  

The following is a hybrid UX/UI role as part of the Engineering team. Please read through the description for additional details.

We are looking for a hybrid user-experience and user-interface designer able to understand our business requirements and any technical limitations, as well as be responsible for conceiving and conducting user research, interviews and surveys, and translating them into sitemaps, user flows, customer journey maps, wireframes, mockups and prototypes. The UX/UI designer will also be expected to design the overall functionality of the product, and in order to ensure a great user experience, iterate upon it in accordance with user-testing. You will be able to make deliberate design decisions and to translate any given user-experience journey into a smooth and intuitive interaction. You will be expected to shape the future of UX/UI for the Android, iOS and Web platforms.

Responsibilities

  • Translate concepts into user flows, wireframes, mockups and prototypes that lead to intuitive user experiences.
  • Facilitate the client’s product vision by researching, conceiving, sketching, prototyping and user-testing experiences for digital products.
  • Design and deliver wireframes, user stories, user journeys, and mockups optimized for a wide range of devices and interfaces.
  • Identify design problems and devise elegant solutions.
  • Make strategic design and user-experience decisions related to core, and new, functions and features.
  • Take a user-centered design approach and rapidly test and iterate your designs.
  • Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders.
  • Ask smart questions, take risks and champion new ideas.

Skills & Requirements:

  • Three or more years of UX design experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience designing complex solutions for complete digital environments.
  • Expertise in standard UX software such as Sketch, OmniGraffle, Axure, InVision, UXPin, Balsamiq, Framer, and the like is a must. Basic HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript skills are a plus.
  • Ability to work with clients to understand detailed requirements and design complete user experiences that meet client needs and vision.
  • Extensive experience in using UX design best practices to design solutions, and a deep understanding of mobile-first and responsive design.
  • A solid grasp of user-centered design (UCD), planning and conducting user research, user testing, A/B testing, rapid prototyping, heuristic analysis, usability and accessibility concerns.
  • Ability to iterate designs and solutions efficiently and intelligently.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate design processes, ideas, and solutions to teams and clients.
  • A clear understanding of the importance of user-centered design and design thinking.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting including synthesizing abstract ideas into concrete design implications.
  • Be excited about collaborating and communicating closely with teams and other stakeholders via a distributed model, to regularly deliver design solutions for approval.
  • Be passionate about resolving user pain points through great design.
  • Be open to receiving feedback and constructive criticism.
  • Be passionate about all things UX and other areas of design and innovation. Research and showcase knowledge in the industry’s latest trends and technologies.

*Candidates willing to re-locate to Malaysia will be considered. 

Other Open Position(s):

Yaqeen Academy Instructor/Narrator

Type:  Contractor

Location:  DFW (or willing to travel)

Yaqeen Academy is a new mobile platform that Yaqeen intends to launch on July 1, 2019. In short, it is a platform for users to view Khan Academy style videos that explain Yaqeen content in 2-minute videos.

The job of the Yaqeen Academy Instructor/Narrator is to teach Yaqeen content utilizing a pre-written script (by a Yaqeen copywriter) in a picture-in-picture video format with the Instructor/Narrator drawing freehand on a digital tablet.

The Instructor/Narrator should be enthusiastic and engaging in regards to the content, and have a friendly/encouraging teaching style.

If you are interested in this position, we urge you to submit 2 separate video samples — one where you are facing camera reading the script below and a second one using a screen recording app of your choice as shown in this video: https://www.fractuslearning.com/free-ipad-whiteboard-apps/). If you so wish, feel free to paraphrase the contents of the script instead of reading it verbatim. The goal is to engage the listener in a naturally flowing learning session.

 

Script:

Honor killings are never far from the headlines, typically with strong references to Islam and Muslims. Here are four things you should know about Islam’s connection to honor killings:

1. Shari’ah, or religious Islamic law, explicitly prohibits honor killings.

Shariah law has a clear position on honor killing, drawing directly on rulings made by the Prophet Muhammad: a husband who kills his wife or her lover has committed homicide like any other case, even if the husband caught the two in the act. The basis of this comes from Hadiths, or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. When he was asked what would happen if a husband found his wife with another man, the Prophet responded that the husband could not kill him and that no one could be punished unless the husband brought four witnesses who had actually seen the act. The bottom line? In no circumstance is honor killing justified in Islam.

So, if the concept of honor killings didn’t originate from Islamic law, where did it come from?

The reality is that Muslim-majority countries today DO have laws that either excuse or treat honor killings lightly. But you might be surprised about their origin…

2. France and England! Criminal law in the Middle East today is largely shaped by the Ottoman Criminal Code of 1858—which was a literal translation of the French Criminal Code of 1832. Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and to a lesser extent Morocco and Egypt are essentially following literal translations of European law—not Shari’ah. In the case of Pakistan, the criminal law remains based in the 1860 code the British imported to rule over colonial India.

As Europe promoted these harsh laws, Muslim scholars and leaders over the centuries have consistently denounced and declared the complete impermissibility of honor killings and violence against women…extending to modern times: the 19th century Yemeni scholar al-Shawkani, and more recently, Sunni scholars Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Abdallah al-Ghumari, late Shiite scholar Muhammad Husay Fadlallah, the Muslim Council of Britain, and American Imam Zaid Shakir.

This brings us to point 3…

3. Honor killing today is part of a larger phenomenon of femicide, or the murder of a woman for some reason associated with her gender. Honor Killings are not even the most prevalent type of femicide; the most serious form of violence against women rarely makes the headlines – the growth of dowry killings among India’s Hindu population is alarming. A 2012 UN report observed that 8,383 known dowry murders occurred in India in 2009, up from 4,836 in 1990. Though the Indian government outlawed dowry giving, it remains an important custom. The suspicious death of wives is rarely investigated and the police often dismiss these deaths as kitchen accidents.

Surprisingly, the country that ranks worst in the UN’s ranking of femicide is non-Shari’ah applying, majority-Catholic El Salvador – with an average of 1 femicide occurring every 16 hours!

This brings us to our final point…

4. Violence against women is a global problem, not a Muslim problem. Violence against women is mankind’s problem, and it’s as much a part of the past and present of the West as anywhere else. Sensationalizing Islam deflects this reality. We can continue to rehash the tired line of Islam allowing honor killing. Or we can point out that the Prophet’s teachings and the Shariah condemn the act in no uncertain terms. Violence against women and the failure of legal systems to punish it is a serious problem in certain Muslim countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, but Islam and the Shariah should be mobilized as arguments against honor killings rather than falsely claiming it as a cause.

Graphic Designer

Type:  Full-time

Location:  Open

Status:  Employee

Reporting to the Creative Director, the Graphic Designer is responsible for the execution of a full range of graphic design, including print, digital and web. This includes the production of a variety of communication needs for Yaqeen.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a consistent visual identity across all platforms
    while customizing per medium.
  • Understand brand, brand standards and how to apply across all mediums.
  • Maintain an organized workflow and complete assignments
    quickly and efficiently.
  • Utilize various graphic software programs to design
    and produce brochures, ads, flyers for print and online.
  • Demonstrate confidence and a collaborative
    attitude with all team members.
  • Adhere to established branding guidelines, policies
    and graphic standards throughout all design tasks.
  • Assist with any other marketing duties as required
    depending on the department’s needs.
  • Take creative direction and design critique well
    and adapt designs when required.
  • Able to meet multiple deadlines, prioritize work, and keep projects
    moving forward.
  • Handle multiple projects at once and has attention to detail.

Required Skills:

  • Strong design portfolio with a minimum of 3 or more years of experience
  • University diploma or degree in Graphic Design
  • Self-starter with the ability to work well independently,
    and collaborate well with creative direction.
  • Excellent understanding of typography, detail-oriented
    and able to maintain brand consistencies.
  • Vector illustration for iconography and infographics.
  • Ability to adapt design to different styles — take art direction and assist Creative Director in the creation of artwork.
  • Interest in infographics and artwork for animation/storyboarding.
  • Love of typography and a keen eye for layout.
  • Deliver quality work while adhering to the production schedule and deadlines.
  • Advanced/expert knowledge in the Adobe Creative Cloud package particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign.
  • Adaptable to work independently, set and prioritize projects to meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and work well with others and as part of a team.
SEO Specialist

Type:  Part-time

Location:  Open

Status:  Employee

Reporting to the Marketing Director, the SEO Specialist is responsible for managing all search engine optimization and search engine marketing activities. You will be responsible for managing all SEO activities such as content strategy, link building and keyword strategy to increase rankings on all major search networks.

Responsibilities:

  • Execute tests, collect and analyze data and results, identify trends and insights in order to achieve maximum ROI in paid search campaigns
  • Track, report, and analyze website analytics and PPC initiatives and campaigns
  • Manage campaign expenses, staying on budget, estimating monthly costs and reconciling discrepancies.
  • Optimize copy and landing pages for search engine marketing
  • Perform ongoing keyword discovery, expansion and optimization
  • Research and implement search engine optimization recommendations
  • Research and analyze competitor advertising links
  • Develop and implement link building strategy
  • Work with the Engineering team to ensure SEO best practices are properly implemented on newly developed code
  • Work with research and marketing teams to drive SEO in content creation and content programming
  • Recommend changes to website architecture, content, linking and other factors to improve SEO positions for target keywords.

 

Required Skills:

  • Proven SEO experience
  • Proven SEM experience managing PPC campaigns
  • Solid understanding of performance marketing, conversion, and online customer acquisition
  • In-depth experience with website analytics tools (e.g, Google Analytics, NetInsight, Omniture, WebTrends)
  • Experience with bid management tools (e.g., Click Equations, Marin, Kenshoo, Search Ignite)
  • Experience with A/B and multivariate experiments
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript development and constraints
  • Knowledge of ranking factors and search engine algorithms
  • Up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in SEO and SEM
  • BS/MS degree
Motion Graphics Animator

Type:  Full-time

Location:  Open

Status:  Employee

Reporting to the Creative Director, the Animator is responsible for the creation, execution and management of motion graphics assets for Yaqeen. The Animator will be responsible for animating videos and will be provided with artwork, storyboard and creative direction. The role is ideally suited to someone with a strong knowledge of motion graphic design principles and design software. Knowledge and experience of Adobe Creative Cloud:
After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Illustrator is essential.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a consistent visual identity across all videos.
  • Strong animation and motion graphics skills.
  • An eye for harmonic image compositions.
  • Good feeling for rhythm and editing.
  • Creating beautiful animations that flow well.
  • Able to interpret creative direction in provided storyboards.
  • Good knowledge of video formats, encoding.
  • Basic knowledge of sound design is preferred.
  • Knowledge of video production (gear selection, lighting, green screen, sound, shooting, and editing and implementing notes to create an engaging video asset) is a plus.
  • Understand brand, brand standards and how to apply to video.
  • Creating videos from supplied and/or self created graphics.
  • Working with a wide range of media, including photography, illustration, animation and video footage.
  • Managing the pace of the videos so they are easy to follow.
  • Maintain an organized workflow and complete assignments
    quickly and efficiently.
  • Demonstrate confidence and a collaborative attitude with all team members.
  • Take creative direction and design critique well and adapt design elements when required.
  • Love for creative text/typography animation.
  • Collaborate with marketing and creative services team on designing
    and editing motion graphics content.
  • Engage in every stage from the video creation process: concepting,
    scoping, storyboarding, production and post production.
  • Ability to take files from Creative Director and adapt and prep
    them for animation.
  • Ability to incorporate viewpoints and take feedback from
    multiple stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with Creative Director on storyboard concepts for video animation.
  • Create templates for branding assets including logo animations, title cards, typography, text templates, subtitles, lower thirds.
  • Create animations for short videos strategized for publication on social media.
  • Produce conceptual animations (designs and final executions) that are engaging, unique, and reflect a cohesive brand aesthetic.
  • Able to meet multiple deadlines, prioritize work, and keep projects
    moving forward.
  • Generate ideas, inspire your teammates, give and receive feedback,
    and critique respectfully.
  • Handle multiple projects at once and has attention to detail.

Required Skills:

  • Strong motion graphics portfolio with a minimum of 2 or more
    years of experience. Proven track record, showreel a must.
  • University diploma or degree in Animation / Motion Graphics or similar.
  • Animate graphics, characters, and text in After Effects.
  • Deliver quality work while adhering to the production schedule and deadlines.
  • Advanced knowledge in the Adobe Creative Cloud package particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects & Premiere Pro.
  • Advanced technical skill in video production, editing & motion graphics.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work well independently, and collaborate well with creative direction.
  • Avid consumer of video trends on Instagram, Youtube, Twitter,
    Reddit, Facebook etc.
  • Excellent understanding of typography, detail-oriented and able to maintain brand consistencies.
  • Adaptable to work independently, set and prioritize projects to meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and work well with others and as part of a team.
  • Must be able to visualize, analyze, and organize Islamic academic research through working knowledge of the basic beliefs, values, and practices of Islam.
Creative Copywriter

Type:  Full-time

Location:  Open

Status:  Employee

Reporting to the Creative Director, the Creative Copywriter is responsible for strategically developing and building creative concepts through masterful use of language that aligns with the Yaqeen brand. The Copywriter is the voice strategist who exemplifies the Yaqeen brand and helps craft the ownable narrative or story through which we can converse with our target market in an inspiring, compelling and persuasive way. The Copywriter is someone who is  excited and passionate about everything to do with words: developing unique voices, creating names and turning strategy into storytelling. Someone who knows how to write well, and how to think and talk about how their writing fits into the broader creative concept. Someone with opinions, and the ability to express them.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in close partnership with Creative Director to develop creative concepts.
  • Have the ability to take creative direction well and create a story around art
    or a design concept.
  • Manage multiple projects, with the ability to switch from one to the other seamlessly.
  • Meets and collaborates with the Creative Director and other members of the Yaqeen team to discuss and clarify the direction of creative development against the creative strategy and creative brief.
  • Develop strategically relevant creative solutions based on the information gathered from all documents including the creative brief, team members,
    and the Creative Director.
  • Write copy which includes a complete brand message without extraneous embellishments.
  • Use innovative and dynamic copy with vivid language appropriate to Yaqeen’s needs and brand voice.
  • Present concepts to the Creative Director to ensure all creative meets the creative brief, and Yaqeen’s brand and creative standards.
  • Presents copy/concepts to the team for discussion and approval, ensuring
    all details are included in the copy at presentation.
  • Collaborate fully with Creative Director and all members of the Yaqeen team.
  • Apprise the Creative Director of progress as warranted.
  • Regularly attend briefs, group meetings, status meetings, production meetings, and presentations where appropriate.
  • Proofread file prep material for detail and accuracy.
  • Embrace, adhere to and champion the brand guidelines and standards process for ongoing copy development, to ensure a consistent style, tone and quality for all brand language across all external and internal touchpoints.
  • Provide coaching to voice-over artists on how to create professional quality work, with direction on inflection and tone of voice.
  • Work with Creative Director to develop the verbal component of Yaqeen’s
    brand architecture.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

  • A strong critical thinker who has the ability to translate a creative brief grounded in consumer insights into compelling content that embodies marketing strategies and objectives.
  • An authority in written language and copy who demonstrates an eye for basic design principles and how they work in tandem with words to create a strong, cohesive brand message.
  • Possesses a high degree of conceptual creativity and verbal polish—a natural storyteller.
  • Is able to write engaging advertising headlines, body copy, and tag lines for a variety of audiences, both online and off, within a consistent brand tone and voice and in response to a range of strategies and objectives.
  • Demonstrates the ability to critique and discuss his/her own work and the work of others in a constructive manner.
  • Demonstrates an aptitude to present concepts and work, from both messaging and brand perspectives.
  • Possesses excellent editing and proofreading skills and has an eye for detail that ensures high quality deliverables.
  • Must be able to analyze, and organize Islamic academic research through working knowledge of the basic beliefs, values, and practices of Islam.