Experience Designer, OpenIDEO (Contract)

In a nutshell:

OpenIDEO is in search of a contract Experience Designers--one in Miami and one in Pittsburgh--who will mobilize local communities, and support innovators through a series of four events that address access and mobility 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, and citizens to improve access and mobility. Their skillset 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.

Once here you will:

  • Mobilize networks of students, entrepreneurs, designers, experts and makers to attend events in Pittsburgh or Miami
  • Independently plan 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 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
  • This is a part-time position from March to June 2018 based in Pittsburgh or Miami. You will be working remotely 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
  • Familiarity with human-centered design and design thinking methodologies
  • 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

Pop quiz, Hot Shot:

Share 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 or Pittsburgh

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.