IDEO.org has an opportunity for a Partnerships Lead to join our New York City studio, starting this summer. As part of a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team, you’ll help IDEO.org build and maintain partnerships within our US Equity Practice, which focuses on fighting poverty and inequality in America—its root causes and its effects. Our work spans several issue areas, from criminal justice reform to creating financial inclusivity.
As a lead contact with many of the Equity Practice’s partners, you will be responsible for identifying new opportunities, pursuing the right partners, bringing in the business, creating great transitions for our teams who work on these engagements, and maintaining long-term relationships. You will engage with a broad set of players in the social sector—from large-scale funders and foundations to government agencies to smaller grassroots organizations and social entrepreneurs across the country to build relationships and develop new opportunities. You will support design teams on the ground and ensure that the solutions we create lead to real and lasting impact in the lives of the people we’re designing with.
You’re a quick learner, enthusiastic, detail-oriented and collaborative—ready to roll up your sleeves and join a team that’s helping to bring human-centered design to some of the world’s toughest challenges. While you may not be a trained designer, you’re eager to explore new ways of building solutions that meet the needs of those living in poor and vulnerable communities and you have a track record of creating new partnerships and expertise in a field relevant to IDEO.org’s Equity practice.
In this role you’ll have the opportunity to go deep and build expertise on a broad set of issues. You’ll gain deep exposure to the design process, ramping up quickly through on-the-ground fieldwork. You’ll also have opportunities to showcase the Equity Practice’s work to a wider audience, where you’ll represent this way of working through creative storytelling and compelling visioning.