About the Role

OpenIDEO is searching for a storyteller and community builder with a passion for leveraging the power of story and conversation to drive positive change.

As our Community Journalist, you will leverage the perspective and network we’ve developed through six years at the intersection of open innovation and social change to launch a POV series. This series will explore topics aligned to OpenIDEO strategies to help the social sector become more innovative, open and collaborative.

Responsibilities include:

  • Crafting our message and surfacing provocative stories from our community, conducting interviews and writing thought-provoking pieces
  • Invite influencers, partners and community members to share their perspectives
  • Supporting and documenting events that we might launch as part of each topical exploration
  • Synthesizing and summarizing key themes that surface from other contributors
  • Work with IDEO’s marketing team to drive attention

What will your role at OpenIDEO look like?

IDEO is a human-centered design and innovation consultancy – and our design process starts and ends with storytelling. The right words can make learning engaging, help ideas stick, move people to action, and even create movements.

OpenIDEO builds and engages innovative communities around complex challenges. We believe that today’s problems require more collaborative and inclusive approaches that break down silos, recruit new talent and foster greater cooperation. Leveraging technology and IDEO’s design thinking process, we enable people everywhere to address social and environmental issues through open innovation challenges, events and online collaboration. Working with world-class sponsors, we have completed over 40 challenges on diverse topics, from improving maternal health through mobile technology to reimagining the end of life experience.

This Community Journalist won’t just put the punch or polish in communications, s/he is a designer that architects ideas alongside a multidisciplinary team of creative thinkers. You’ll help shape the big-picture narrative of OpenIDEO and create content-based explorations that help advance thinking within the social sector.

About You

You are an excellent writer, have a knack for visual storytelling and are excited to build connections throughout the social sector.

Maybe you’ve spent time in advertising or have worked as a journalist. Maybe you’ve been stuck writing corporate communications, but you feel like your voice and gifts can be used for the forces of good: to make the world a better place.

You love interviewing diverse community members and sharing their story in compelling ways. You are confident writing and visualizing stories about the communities and projects that are making a difference in the world.

You can cut straight to the heart of the matter, and love making complex stuff feel simple and intuitive. You know how to persuade diverse crowds (for whom English may be a second language) and fluidly crafting a lively, authentic and optimistic tone that inspires action.

You’re nimble, easily able to shift from punchy headlines, to long form stories, to storyboarding complex narratives, or whatever the situation calls for. You’re always pushing your craft, experimenting with new and better ways to convey a message. You’re comfortable working across mediums: from digital to environmental to print to film—whatever delivers the message best.

You have experience working with foundations, non-profits and companies working to do good in the world.

You have 3-5 years of experience in copywriting, journalism, marketing, advertising, PR or a related craft.

You are empathetic. At the heart of your work lies a nugget of deep human insight, and an understanding about how to apply this to your writing for the audience

Here are a few questions that will really make your application stand out:

  • Tell us about a story or narrative you created. What was the process like? How did you tell that story?
  • Tell us about how you’ve creatively crafted and shared a story about an organization, community or social impact initiative.
  • What’s one idea for how the social sector can better address today’s biggest challenges?
  • Why OpenIDEO? Why storytelling? Why you? Why now?

Contract details:

  • 6 months (with possibility of extension)
  • Part-time: 20 hours per week

Application instructions:

A cover letter and resume are required for this position.