We are growing! DI is currently looking for a Social Innovation Specialist to join our staff in Cincinnati, Ohio.
DESIGN IMPACT OVERVIEW
Design Impact is a public interest, social innovation firm that provides creative community development services to partners in the US and abroad. We collaborate with organizations and entrepreneurs to:
INCUBATE groundbreaking projects that transform communities,
EQUIP community leaders with social innovation tools, and
ADVANCE methods of creative community change.
In the past five years, we’ve incubated over 30 social innovation projects, trained over 1,000 changemakers, and provided countless hours of design services to community development initiatives. Together with our partners, we co-create sustainable, desirable, and meaningful solutions that improve society by design.
DI is currently looking for a Social Innovation Specialist to join our staff in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Social Innovation Specialist will serve as a key member of our team, with specific responsibilities to develop and implement social innovation programs with our partner organizations and entrepreneurs.
As the DI Social Innovation Specialist, you will be fully responsible for successfully designing and facilitating various social innovation programs. This includes collaborating with partners, developing new curriculum, implementing programs, and growing our network and client base.
+ Adapt DI’s current curriculum to specific programmatic environments
+ Develop new active-learning curriculum to fit program needs
+ Meet with partners to co-design social innovation programs
+ Develop and implement real world, community development projects
+ Design program materials including presentations, workbooks, and facilitator guides
+ Work closely with Design Impact staff to design and deliver program content
+ Deliver engaging presentations
+ Facilitate participant growth and skill development
+ Facilitate “train the trainer” sessions
+ Provide oversight and feedback to program participants
+ Build professional relationships with clients and program partners
+ Participate in developing program evaluations and measurement
+ Document and communicate the impact of programs
+ Identify and develop relationships with potential partners
+ Support a variety of administrative & organizational tasks as needed
If you’re a successful candidate, you will be flexible, resourceful, and willing to work in a non-traditional work environment. You are passionate about bringing design and innovation tools to the non-profit community. You have a strong work ethic, build trusting relationship easily, and can relate to people from various economic and geographic backgrounds. You would have experience working in cross-boundary, cross-sector settings and would be comfortable talking to business leaders on one-hand and low-income community members on the other. You are excited by the challenges of collaborating across multiple time zones, playing various roles (entrepreneurial), and building on existing programs. You’re an excellent communicator, take initiative, thrive in a team environment— and with the switch of a hat, you can work remotely with impeccable ease.
In addition, you must have:
Extremely strong verbal communication skills, both in front of large groups and inter-personally
A deep working knowledge of design thinking, social innovation, and social enterprise
Experience working with NGOs/non-profits, social enterprises, social entrepreneurs, and/or communities affected by poverty
Significant experience in facilitating creative learning environments
At least 3+ years of professional experience in design or social entrepreneurship
Strong visual communication skills and the ability to create your own aesthetic presentations and documents
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field (design, business/innovation, community development)
A genuine and demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary work and intercultural collaborations
Excellent written communication skills in English. Knowledge of any other language is a plus
The ability to work independently; self-motivated and responsible with minimal supervision
A positive attitude, highly curious with the desire to work with people from various backgrounds
The Social Innovation Specialist is a full time position based in our Cincinnati office (to learn more about this great Midwestern city, read here). While most of the position’s responsibilities are conducted in Cincinnati, occasional travel—including international travel—will be required.
This position is open and we are looking to fill it immediately.
Compensation may vary with experience, but will be competitive within the sector.
GET IN TOUCH
Think you’d make a good fit for our team? Send your resume, cover letter expressing your interest in this position, and examples of relevant work to Ramsey Ford, Design Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.