IDEO San Francisco and The Teachers Guild is in search of a Chapter Program Manager for a one year contract. This person will be a design thinking educator who will grow a professional learning community that activates and sustains a culture of teacher-led creative leadership for school districts and regions across the U.S. They will lead a program that catalyzes school districts to create more innovative solutions for the evolving needs of its students: that means getting good at starting with questions, not answers, trying new things, and knowing what works and why for students. The District Innovation Manager will be an integral part of The Guild team, with opportunities for extension beyond the one year contract.
Teachers are constantly designing learning experiences to meet the needs of their students. However, while teachers have the greatest impact on our students, their innovations often go unseen and their expertise goes unrecognized. Too often they are left out of the decision-making process. The Teachers Guild is changing that. Our vision is to transform the teaching profession into a creative force through a community of educators who are driving systemic change for and from their classroom. Teachers become creative leaders by practicing design thinking.
Guild Chapters is an initiative that brings together teachers, school principals, and district administrators in local design teams to activate and sustain a culture of creative leadership within their communities. Based on IDEO’s 30 years of experience in design and innovation and The Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit, our learner-centered design methods and mindsets support teachers and their schools to use their expertise of pedagogy and content toward designing solutions that meet the unique and evolving needs of students.
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.
The Teachers Guild is a professional learning community that grows teachers into creative leaders. Creative leadership is the capacity to create change and have the ability to embrace act on and share ideas. It is needed more than ever in education today so we can keep pace with the unique and evolving needs of students and prepare them to be the complex problem solvers of tomorrow. The Teachers Guild is a non-profit initiative of Plussed at Riverdale Country School, that is being incubated by IDEO’s Design for Learning Studio.
Please submit a resume and a cover letter (yes, we read all cover letters). Tell us why you think a culture of creativity is essential in school districts today.
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.