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IDEO.org is a nonprofit design and innovation organization focused on solving challenges in poverty and spreading human-centered design through the social sector. Human-centered design enables organizations to create and deliver innovative solutions to pressing challenges that are rooted in the needs of people. IDEO.org works directly with organizations on projects using the human-centered design process across a wide range of focus areas related to poverty, including health, financial services, gender equity, water and sanitation.
IDEO.org is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
The Location Lead and Senior Program Director will join the IDEO.org team as part of an exciting phase of growth for the organization. After building a strong base in San Francisco over the last four years, IDEO. org is now ready to launch its second studio in New York City, and we’re looking for an entrepreneurial leader to partner with IDEO.org’s Executive Director and NYC Creative Director to bring this studio to life. Together, you’ll build the team, nurture the studio’s creative culture, make sure we deliver high impact work to our partners, and most importantly, set the studio’s content and program strategy (tackling a mix of domestic and international challenges) and then build the relationships to bring that strategy to life. This position is ideal for someone who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, loves building cross-sector networks, and deeply believes in the potential of design to transform the lives of those living in poverty.
Position SummaryIDEO.org has a unique business model, with a mix of fee-for-service revenue, project- and program specific grants, and unrestricted philanthropic contributions. This model has supported IDEO.org’s growth to an $8M budget in 2015. While not the largest source of revenue for the organization, philanthropic contributions, which currently account for $1.5M of IDEO.org’s total revenue, are perhaps the most important. They allow us to explore new ideas, invest in our creative culture and our people, build our internal capacity, and create new tools and platforms to spread human-centered design. This is why we’re making a strategic investment in our Development function and hiring a Director of Development to lead the function, in partnership with IDEO.org’s Executive Director.The Director of Development will spearhead fundraising efforts as IDEO.org continues to grow, set annual development goals, and report regularly on progress to the leadership team and the Board of Directors. He or she will develop a comprehensive strategic plan and craft communications to engage prospects and bolster meaningful relationships with existing supporters. In addition to directly building and maintaining a pool of active donors, the Director of Development will research new funders and prepare and support leadership team members for meetings and events. The Director of Development will also identify funding opportunities from diverse sources (individuals, foundations, corporations, and government) that are aligned with IDEO.org’s mission and strategies.