Job posted July 19, 2021
Reviewing applications on a rolling basis
Accepting applications until 11:59PM ET, August 8, 2021
About Design Museum Everywhere
Design Museum Everywhere is a new kind of museum: online, nomadic, and accessible to all. Instead of a single museum location, we pop-up in places where people already go, and produce high-quality media experiences to support our mission to bring the transformative power of design everywhere. We believe design can change the world; done well, it can elevate our quality of life, make businesses more competitive, and protect our environment. We inspire people by showing what’s possible through public exhibitions and events, as well as our magazine, podcast, and online content. We educate people — from kids to CEOs — to become creative problem solvers using the design process. And we transform, using design to take action and make change, demonstrating its impact.
Our vision: Accessibility: Design is for everyone. Design is everywhere, so are we. We’re online and we pop-up in places all over to engage as many people as possible. And we’re committed to improving the gender and racial diversity of the design field. Improvement: Design solves problems. We are entrepreneurial and flexible, we are not constrained by existing approaches, we start with real-world problems and we’re committed to using design for the greater good. Community: Design is collaborative. We are a participatory museum, meaning there are many ways for individuals to not only enjoy our programming and content, but to be part of it as well. We’re collaborative and community- focused.
Design Museum Everywhere is seeking a part-time contract Diversity in Action Facilitator to lead our Diversity in Action (DIA) workshop for a cohort of 150 participants. The multi-session workshop will train participants on taking action to bring more equitable practices, diverse representation, and liberated design to their field. This position reports to the Executive and Creative Director and will interact primarily with external stakeholders participating in the DIA workshop. Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum of 3 years experience facilitating similar workshops — or relevant, equivalent experience.
The Diversity in Action Facilitator will use existing curriculum for a series of half-day training sessions where participants will learn why diversity, equity and inclusion creates better design and business outcomes, how to build and foster diverse teams, and discuss how to give back to communities. As a group, participants engage in breakout sessions, reflection, high energy conversations, and a set of self-led deeper learning exercises accompanied by resource sheets and conversation prompts. Designers at all levels of experience will learn how to become curious leaders, with resources and tools to take action, including digital artifacts they will co-create in the sessions.
The upcoming session runs from early September through mid-November. The contract position will start in late August and conclude mid-November totaling approximately 70 hours including training, with the possibility of extension for subsequent DIA workshops. The anticipated schedule is:
- Late-August through early September: training and planning with Design Museum Everywhere
- September 9: preparatory call with participants
- September 29 – October 8: Workshop 1, six four-hour sessions (each with same content)
- October 9 – November 9: review, synthesize, and prep between sessions, facilitate digital community, and email Q&A as needed by participants
- November 10 – 19: Workshop 2, six four-hour sessions (each with same content)
- The 150 participants will be distributed among the sessions.
Goals for the session include: Community Building, Cultural Responsiveness, and Empowering Leadership. At the conclusion of Diversity in Action, participants will understand how to: build and foster a diverse team, discuss how to give back to communities, and apply concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion to create better designs.
- Minimum of 3 years experience facilitating similar workshops — or relevant, equivalent experience
- Experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training and facilitation
- Strong understanding of and ability to teach about and respond to questions on DEI topics. Applicants should be familiar with current conversations around the following topics covered in Design Museum’s DIA workshop:
- Defining Equity and Diversity
- Unconscious bias
- How to build a diverse team
- Supporting a community of designers, each with unique identities
- Becoming curious equity leaders
- Experience facilitating and moderating DEI discussions in a virtual setting, including maintaining breakout rooms, using effective polling, and pre- and post-workshop surveys.
- Ability to establish and maintain the boundaries and safety of the participants while encouraging them to push beyond their comfort zone, listen to each others’ perspectives and experiences, and then share their own.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work at all levels of an organization
- Schedule: late August through mid-November. Part-time with varied hours totaling approximately 70 hours, including prep time and this anticipated schedule:
- Late-August through early September: training with Design Museum
- September 9: preparatory call with participants
- September 29 – October 8: Workshop 1, six four-hour sessions
- October 9 – November 9: review, synthesize, and prep between sessions
- November 10 – 19: Workshop 2, six four-hour sessions
- This position can report from anywhere in the U.S. but working hours must align with an East Coast schedule.
- $7,000 project fee for approximately 70 hours
- Fee schedule
- $3,000 on October 8, 2021
- $4,000 on November 19, 2021
- Fee schedule
- We work in a collaborative team environment with a non-profit-meets-startup mentality.
- Our jobs are full time, with public programs sometimes happening in the morning, evening, and weekend (we have a comp day program), and we have an all-hands-on-deck attitude.
- Pre-COVID we ate lunch together as a team every day, now we do Zoom happy hours, and even while remote, (and depending on COVID-19) we plan to get together in person a few times per year, including for a week-long annual retreat, which we’ve done the past 4 years.
- We are all creative problem solvers, even on-the-fly.
- Ownership, autonomy, and initiative — we anticipate future needs/tasks.
- We ask questions and are curious.
- We all want to see the Design Museum succeed, and this means participating and caring about our mission, content, and design overall.
- We’re flexible! Things in our environment change quickly, we roll with the challenges
We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above, or who have skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of historically underinvested communities to apply, including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities.
Apply with cover letter and resume via the application portal.
Cover letter should outline/detail relevant experience.