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*Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

 

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 experience 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.

Position Overview

Design Museum Everywhere is seeking a full-time We Design Program Coordinator to organize and amplify our We Design program. 

We Design: People. Practice. Progress. is an exhibition that brings together creatives from a wide range of backgrounds to examine and celebrate the range of career paths, applications, and impact in design. This collaborative, evolving exhibition features career stories showcasing how people have forged their unique paths into different creative professions; from graffiti artists and architects to civic designers and strategic planners, We Design emphasizes the need for more racial and gender diversity in design and innovation fields and highlights the importance of equity and inclusion to generating ideas. Beyond truly representing the community of people impacted by design (everyone!), each story shows that when creatives from different backgrounds and expertise come together, we can effectively create change and design for a more just world.

We Design is the result of four years of planning, research, relationship building, and design. To develop this exhibition, in 2016 our team formed a committee of advisors made up of experts in design, art, education, career development, equity, human resources, and more. This group of advisors helped us build partnerships and invite individuals and organizations to get involved and share their stories. For each story included in the exhibition we conducted one-on-one interviews and reviewed content at multiple points — we work closely and directly with individual and organizational contributors throughout the process. This work culminated in a physical exhibition that premiered in September 2019 and was traveling to venues across Boston, MA and Portland, OR through mid-March 2020. (See photos from the exhibition here). With the onset of COVID-19 we had to close our physical exhibitions, but we immediately pivoted to transitioning We Design into an online resource. 

We seek a creative, organized, researcher and storyteller to build on this work and elevate We Design by adding stories and content as well as coordinating the expression of that content into various formats, i.e. web posts, articles, events, exhibitions, podcast episodes, videos, etc. This position reports to our Director of Learning and Interpretation and is supported by a Board-level Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. Staff resources collaborating with this position include our Exhibition Designer, Graphic Designer, and 1-2 interns per semester.

Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 1-3 years of experience — or relevant, equivalent experience. They’ll have experience — including non-traditional experience — in interviewing, storytelling, and writing. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color to apply.

Position Functions

  • Research people, stories, careers, resources, and content related to We Design
  • Do outreach and build relationships with individual and organizational content contributors
  • Interview, curate, and develop content — both digital and physical, and organize assets
  • Manage the We Design digital collection
  • Interpret content, develop stories, write and edit copy, creatively direct online and audio/visual media productions
  • Coordinate partners, vendors, and venues related to exhibitions and events
  • Serve as a We Design program spokesperson as needed 
  • Collaborate with other staff to bring We Design program elements to life
  • Managing interns in support of the program

Qualifications

  • A creative storyteller with a passion for community, design, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong interpersonal skills: listening, interviewing, public speaking, oral and written communication
  • Adaptable and patient, able to work with little direction, and follow-through towards goals and objectives
  • A creative problem solver and self-starter who can receive collaborative direction but also work independently
  • An efficient and detail-oriented worker producing work on both short and long term projects
  • Observant, curious, considerate, kind, respectful, supportive of others
  • Goal-oriented, but not afraid to admit when they need help

Details

  • Begin ASAP
  • Full-time: Monday-Friday
  • Fully remote position — can live anywhere in the world, but must keep relatively close to Eastern timezone hours. Note we do have offices in Boston, MA and Portland, OR, but have recently transitioned to remote-first work.
  • Starting salary range: $40,000-$50,000/year
  • Benefits include: 401k, Paid Time Off, 14-15 paid holidays per year, Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance, Bonus program, Parental/Paid Family Sick leave

Our Culture

  • 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 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

To Apply

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 traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities.

Email cover letter and resume to info@designmuseumfoundation.org.

Cover letter should outline/detail relevant experience.