OpenIDEO is in search of a Program Manager to support the strategy, planning, client management and execution of OpenIDEO’s Open Innovation Programs. This role is based in San Francisco, CA.
Program Managers at OpenIDEO have a unique vantage point in a fast-paced innovation journey. Their key role is to translate insights into strategy. They listen, synthesize and facilitate the creation of the program strategy with sponsors, broader OpenIDEO team members, and the OpenIDEO community. They are able to make an impact by navigating the delicate balance between developing a community management strategy that provides value to all Program participants and helping clients meet their strategic goals. They are absolutely amazing communicators, facilitators, and guides for all the groups that touch a Challenge. They have the ability to build empathy for multiple different stakeholders at once, with grace and an eye towards driving impact. We count on them to uncover the most promising innovators by leading the evaluation process, organizing the review of all contributions, and distilling insights about our innovation community. As our programs close, they work to to frame the narrative and capture learnings strategically.
This role is for you if you’re excited to explore opportunities for innovation in big social impact challenges and thrive when guiding teams towards a common goal. You will succeed if you embrace ambiguity and know we work better together rather than alone.
OpenIDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place that offers you the opportunity to deepen your design thinking and community management skill 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. Our community of 150k people from all over the world will keep you inspired with stories of real impact. Depending on programmatic goals, this role may sometimes include travel domestically and internationally to connect with challenge partners and participants.
OpenIDEO is IDEO’s open innovation practice. We enable people worldwide to come together and build solutions for today's toughest societal problems. Check out our website to learn about our work, team, and network.
Individuals who will flourish in this role are intrapreneurs possessing deep skills in project management, communications and writing, and client relationship management. We also seek a candidate with a particular emphasis on listening and learning from a broad global community, both online and offline. We are an entrepreneurial team and seek someone who is comfortable with ambiguity and learning through experimentation.
Please submit a resume and cover letter (yes, we read cover letters).
You are also encouraged to create a profile on OpenIDEO.com and participate in one or more of our open Challenges.
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.