IDEO U

IDEO U Careers

Thank you for your interest in IDEO U, a division of IDEO!

We believe that we can deliver the highest value in our work by incorporating the diverse perspectives of a well-rounded team in terms of knowledge, skills, and cross-cultural understanding. An eclectic and egalitarian workforce helps IDEO realize our full potential by allowing us to better understand, relate, and respond to our clients and their customers around the world.

Please see below for some career opportunities we have open at IDEO U.

Senior Instructional Designer and Storyteller

In a nutshell:

This Senior Instructional Designer and Storyteller is a content and instructional designer. They play a critical role as IDEO scales up the development of courses for IDEO U, our online school for Creative Confidence. This person sits at a privileged point amongst IDEO's most strategic thought leaders, leading us to harvest their content and transform it into globally accessible, cutting edge, online learning experiences. Working with our producer and design team, you will drive the design and development of cutting-edge educational experiences, which requires deep expertise in content strategy, writing, visual storytelling and instructional design.

Why is this role important for IDEO's work?

For the last 30 years, IDEO has been teaching Design Thinking, Creativity, and Innovation to our clients through consulting engagements. Now, with IDEO U, we are teaching and empowering others to develop design thinking skills, ignite their creative capacity and build their collaborative muscles to tackle complexity. We aim to catalyze and grow the community of creatively confident leaders around the globe through online courses and a supportive network.

The ideal candidate:

You live at the intersection of education, storytelling, design and technology. You have a deep love for and expertise in delivering content, education and innovative learning experiences. You are passionate about the future of online learning as well as how business culture is shifting to be more creative. You are not only an excellent writer and content developer, but you can lead teams spanning many diverse skills sets from instructional design to video production to interaction design. You have experience teaching yourself off and online and you know Design Thinking well. You inspire others and balance efficiency and quality by knowing when to roll up your sleeves to scrappily get things done or when to slow down and craft elegant details.

Once here you will:

Relevant experience:

What does IDEO U offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. And IDEO U is at the cutting edge of IDEO. As one of IDEO's most successful and beloved new ventures, we are growing fast and well supported by IDEO. IDEO U is a place where you can get the benefits of working in IDEO, but also in an intrapreneurial venture surrounded by an exceptionally passionate, curious and supportive team.

Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

Our work environment appeals to self-directed, flexible team players that have great interpersonal skills, learn quickly, embrace ambiguity, prototype new thinking and relish the opportunity to guide potential learners, clients and project teams in translating challenges and questions into opportunities for innovation. This role requires design depth, strategic acumen, and learner empathy.

The position will be based in IDEO's San Francisco location. Some travel will be required.

Application requirements and instructions:

Please apply with a resume and cover letter (yes, we read cover letters) and 1-3 portfolio examples of instructional experiences or curriculum you have designed.

Does this sound like you? If so, let's talk more!

Interested? Please visit our IDEO careers page for more details on how to apply.

  

B2U Business Development Associate

In a nutshell:

IDEO U, IDEO's online education platform, is in search of a Business Associate to support our exploration and expansion into the Higher Education/Executive Education market. This person will field incoming leads, qualify new potential clients, and collaborate with the broader IDEO U team to deliver a quality learning experience.

Why is this role important for IDEO's work?

For the last 30 years, IDEO has been nudging the edges of design, pushing it toward a methodology called “design thinking” to solve complex challenges across spaces, organizations and whole systems. Now, with IDEO U, we are teaching and empowering others to develop design thinking skills, ignite their creative capacity and build their collaborative muscles to tackle complexity.

The Business Development Associate will be an important addition to our team extending our reach to Higher Education/Executive Education organizations interested in embedding design thinking and creative leadership skill development into their programs. This is a new role at IDEO U where you will bridge business development and relationship management for an untapped, high potential new market. You will be the first touch for new potential clients, ensuring a positive initial experience with IDEO U. You will generate and manage the pipeline of business opportunities and accounts for IDEO U in the Higher Education/Executive Education market. You will be the primary client services contact, guiding learning on the platform and managing the delivery of IDEO U's offers with our Higher Education/Executive Education clients.

Once here you will:

Ideal Candidate:

If you're the ideal candidate, you have a keen eye for detail, you love connecting with people, running multiple processes simultaneously, and rolling up your sleeves to get things done. You live at the intersection of education, design and technology. You have a passion for helping others learn and adopt new ways of working. You have an endless excitement for honing the ways our offers can better fit with our client and learner needs but also at scale. You will help us identify the right opportunities for impact.

Relevant experience:

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It's a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

Our work environment appeals to self-directed, flexible team players that have great interpersonal skills, learn quickly, embrace ambiguity, prototype new thinking and relish the opportunity to guide potential clients and project teams in translating challenges and questions into opportunities for innovation. This role requires design sensibilities, business acumen, and client empathy.

The position will be based in IDEO's San Francisco location. Moderate travel will be required.

Application requirements and instructions:

Please apply with a resume and cover letter (yes, we read cover letters).

Does this sound like you? If so, let's talk more!

Interested? Please visit our IDEO careers page for more details on how to apply.