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Experience Designer, OpenIDEO (Contract)

In a nutshell:

OpenIDEO is in search of a contract Experience Designers—one in Miami (FL), one in Pittsburgh (PA), and one in Grand Rapids (MI)—who will mobilize local communities and support innovators through a series of four events that address access and mobility (how we get around) in your city. 

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

Contractor Experience Designers make the biggest impact by running four design thinking workshops over the course of four months to activate the community voices of entrepreneurs, makers, students, researchers, academics, city officials, business leaders and citizens to improve access to mobility. Their skill set is critical to our work because they mobilize funding and implementation support resources to help community members get their ideas off-the-ground. We count on them to passionately activate networks and people in their city. This role is a good fit if you are a passionate, community embedded, entrepreneurial self-starter with events and facilitation experience. If this listing is still up, we're still looking.

Once here you will:

  • Mobilize networks of students, entrepreneurs, designers, experts and makers to attend events in your city (whether Pittsburgh, Miami or Grand Rapids)
  • Independently plan and facilitate a series of four design-thinking events while working remotely - you will receive guided support from the OpenIDEO team but will be expected to lead the production and facilitation of each event within your city
  • Strategically engage and build relationships with community groups, vendors, contractors, and a diverse set of constituents.

What does OpenIDEO offer you?

OpenIDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place that offers you the opportunity to deepen your event planning and community building skills sets while addressing some of the world’s most urgent problems. Receive mentorship and work alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism.

Learn more about OpenIDEO:

OpenIDEO is a global community working together to design solutions for the world’s biggest challenges.  Check out our website to learn about our work, team, and network.

Relevant experience:

  • 2+ years of event production and/or event coordination experience in-house, at a startup, or with a community-based organization in your city
  • Strong fluency in design thinking and confidence in facilitating the approach with groups of people
  • This is a part-time position from June to September 2018 based in Pittsburgh, Miami or Grand Rapids. You will be working remotely in your city with our team in San Francisco and can create your own schedule.
  • Experience organizing communities around public interest issues such as mobility, transit, urban living, or other related areas
  • You have consistent track record of designing successful experiences and impactful events
  • You are used to working across industries and in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Familiarity with storytelling through various mediums and formats with experience synthesizing to captivating story that build a deep rapport
  • Strategic and judicious decision-making with diligent, consistent follow-through
  • You have a no-task-too-big-or-small mindset and are willing to take on high-level planning as well as minor tasks to make sure events happen seamlessly
  • Fluency in Spanish a bonus (in Miami, FL)

Pop quiz, Hot Shot:

Share information about an event or experience (ideally with a design or design thinking focus) in which you mobilized diverse constituents, partners, and networks to fulfill a specific, community goal 

Contract Details:

  • Short term contract position
  • Located in Miami, Pittsburgh or Grand Rapids

Application requirements and instructions:

Please submit a resume and cover letter (yes, we read cover letters). We are looking to fill this role quickly!

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.