Duration: January – June 2021 (14 week program + pre-program training)
Compensation: Volunteer Position, Year-long membership to Design Museum, and an annual subscription to Design Museum Magazine.
Location: Remote
Time: 2-3 hours/week


Position Duties & Description:

Design Museum Everywhere is seeking Design Coaches (leaders in design and innovation economies) for the Neighborhood Design Project.  This position requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, a passion for teaching and design, and the ability to work with teens.  Coaches will help Cambridge teens learn design strategies, identify challenges, and apply design and creative problem solving to explore solutions.  All Coaches will be paired with a Design Mentor, an early-career designer, as well as trained youth center staff. 

Coaches must participate in at least 1 of 3 pre-program evening training sessions starting the week of January 25 and ending late February.  The teen facing part of the program will begin the first week of March and will consist of 1-2-hour meetings three times a week, with Coaches expected to attend one meeting a week. All meetings will take place after 5pm ET.  


About the Program:

The Neighborhood Design Project (NDP) will build capacity for local economic development by empowering young people to use creativity as a force for change and community building. Our curriculum will teach youth design skills in an accessible, engaging, and meaningful way — and we’ll do professional development for adults who support and guide youth in Cambridge. Twelve cohorts of 5-7 youth between 14-18 years old will participate in a 14-week after school program. Mentors (early career designers) will work with design coaches (leaders in design and innovation) help teens learn strategies for problem identification and empathetic research methods before engaging with their communities to understand problems, identify livability challenges, and use design and creative problem solving to explore solutions. The program culminates with a presentation showcase and an exhibition of the youth’s work.

Teens are paid for their time along with additional funding for their projects. Design Mentors and Coaches debrief each team to create on-ramps into internships and mentorships in the design field, allowing our industry partners to continue to build upon the learning.

Coach Responsibilities:
  • Mentoring 14-18 year old participants 
  • Teaching design thinking in program sessions
  • Guiding real-world research and problem solving through presentations and feedback 
  • Attendance at all mandatory meetings (program sessions, midterm and final presentations, pre-program training)
  • Sharing resources and opportunities with mentored teens
  • Established designer, no age range
  • Comfortable presenting and speaking in front of groups
  • Committed to serving as a mentor to high school students
  • Committed to working with underserved teens and neighborhoods 
  • Lifelong learner
  • Creative and Flexible
  • Organized
Availability Requirements:
Must be available at least 3 hours per week after 5pm ET during Monday – Thursday, to work remotely with a Boston based team. Due to COVID-19, we are planning the program to be entirely virtual.


Application Instructions

To apply, please fill out the application form located below. Applications close on Tuesday, Jan 26 at 12pm ET

For questions, or to recommend someone for the program, please contact Diana Navarrete-Rackauckas ( for more information.