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Creative Writer, Design for Learning

In a nutshell:

IDEO’s Design for Learning Studio in San Francisco is in search of a creative writer who has a passion for using the craft of writing to create impact in the world. As a writer, you get excited by creating narratives to help in shaping the bigger picture. You know how to persuade tough crowds and fluidly craft different tones to meet your audience. As a writer, you’ll cut to the heart of what matters, and love making the complex feel simple and intuitive. The impact of your words are far greater than what’s on the page.

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

IDEO is a human-centered design and innovation consultancy—and our design process begins and ends with storytelling. The right words don’t just put the punch or polish in communication, they have the power to create change and improve experiences for learners of all ages.

In our Learning Studio we focus on designs that improve experiences for learners of all ages. This could be as micro as designing a tablet-based learning platform, and as macro as redesigning an entire education system. We’ll need you to nimbly shift from punchy headlines to long form stories or whatever the situation calls for. You’re always pushing your craft, experimenting with a better way to convey a message and will architect ideas alongside a multidisciplinary team of creative thinkers.

Once here you will:

You’ll do everything from uncovering insights to interpret and communicate those insights in an inspiring way. Your findings will catalyze design and strategic decisions. You will revel in the art of the details, with an itch to shape the bigger picture and push your craft by experimenting with new and better ways to convey a message.

Relevant experience:

  • You have 5-7 years of experience in a writing position in a creative environment
  • You have some consulting experience. You know what it means to work with a with clients to tackle challenges across a range of topics.
  • 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
  • You’re comfortable working across mediums: from digital to environmental to print to film— whatever delivers the message best
  • You are a radical simplifier. You see the through line beneath complicated ideas and then conveying it with clarity, purpose, and simplicity.
  • You are energized by working in teams. It’s totally ok to go heads-down when it comes time to crafting sentences, but you also believe that the best ideas are the product of creative collaboration.

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

Some previous projects to check out:

Innova Schools: Designing a School System from the Ground Up

Beyond 12: Helping Students Navigate College and Beyond

Lemann Foundation: A Digital Literacy App for Young Learners

Society of Grownups: Offers financial advice to those who need it most

Bedsider : Building a Birth Control Support Network for Women

Circular economy: Guide to creating circular design launches at Davos 

Application requirements and instructions:

Please apply with resume, cover letter, and portfolio that shows your range. We will only consider applications with writing samples. We are not asking you to create new work for us, instead, we’d love to see some of the things you’ve already written.

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.