We’re out to design a better world and we need your help.

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.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

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.

  • Design Director and Location Co-Lead - NYC

    Position Summary

    IDEO.org is looking for a strategic and seasoned Design Director to co-lead our New York studio in partnership with a to-be-hired Managing Director. The Design Director and the Managing Director will partner to cultivate the creative culture of the studio, guide high impact design work, and lead multiple teams of rockstar designers with a variety of skill sets. This role is perfect for someone who is a practitioner of human-centered design, has a deep empathy and understanding of the craft of design, and is excited to be a leader to a growing team of top notch designers. 


    Learn more here and apply

  • Senior Design Lead - SF

    Position Summary

    IDEO.org is seeking a Senior Design Lead to join our Youth Reproductive Health program in San Francisco. As part of a multi-disciplinary design team, you’ll tackle complex, poverty-related challenges alongside thinkers and creators from different backgrounds. With frequent trips that will take you to Africa, you’ll lead a team of designers focused on turning human insights into tangible products, services, and consumer experiences. You’ll work closely with our partner organizations to ensure solutions are feasible, financially sustainable, and a strategic fit. You may have started your career as a Communications/Visual Designer, but by now, you’re fluent in the full design process from research, to strategy, to implementation.

    Learn more here and apply

  • Wildcard Designer- SF

    Position Summary

    IDEO.org is seeking a Wildcard Designer! You’re an exceptionally talented designer with an agile mind and a curious disposition. You may have crafted your major at university, hacked together a career trajectory based on passion and love of design, and have grown skills that are too numerous to  t under one bucket. At IDEO.org, we have lots of graphic designers, technical experts, and many other wonderful specialists, but by wildcard we mean, none of the above. Or, all of the above! In this role, you will work with IDEO.org’s multiple program teams to design and scale breakthrough interventions in various sectors to improve lives in the developing world. As an IDEO.org Designer, you’ll be a hands-on design expert, taking concepts forward and working hand-in-hand with partners to implement services in a variety of communities and settings.

    Interested? Learn more here and apply

  • Financial Sector Expert- SF

    Position Summary

    IDEO.org is seeking a Financial Sector Expert to join our Financial Health program in San Francisco. By joining the Financial Health team, you’ll work with a multi-disciplinary group of designers dedicated to improving financial inclusion for the world’s poor through Human-Centered Design. You’ll gain inspiration and empathy for the low-income people we seek to serve by conducting field research in East Africa and beyond, transforming behavioral insights into new products, services, and experiences that we’ll design, prototype, and test. You’ll shape our market and partner strategies, guiding our collaboration with partner organizations to help bring solutions to market. And you’ll recommend how to leverage mobile money platforms, digital financial services, and other relevant technologies to best serve the needs of low-income people. 


    Learn more here and apply

  • Service Designer - SF

    Position Summary

    Position Summary
    IDEO.org is seeking a Service Designer to join us in San Francisco. In this role, you will work on IDEO.org’s Financial Health program to design systems at scale in the financial inclusion space. You’ll work with a multidisciplinary team of designers and experts to create solutions exist in the digital and physical realms. As an IDEO.org Service Designer, you’ll be a hands-on design expert, taking concepts forward and working hand-in-hand with partners to implement services in a variety of communities and settings.

    You are:
    • You know the power of perfectly crafted design direction, and as a global citizen you see immense potential for change in the world.
    • You have launched, run, or scaled a service or a business in a developing country – you can work in the field and in the boardroom.
    • You have ideas about how to maintain the integrity of a product across distances and the best channels to communicate something new to an audience – think agents, third party businesses and franchise models.
    • You approach things systemically and are a natural at zooming out to see the big picture, then diving in to nail the important details. You get a lot of pleasure in seeing projects through.
    • You’re passionate about growing people-first services. From value proposition to brand to customer experience to scale, you thrive in putting all of the pieces together.
    • You’re passionate about social impact, financial services, and great design. You have experience designing and/or implementing solutions in resource-constrained environments. You love to travel and are comfortable navigating tough situations in the developing world.
    • You easily communicate and envision service concepts and ideas to team members, partners, and funders. You use diverse set of methods & tools that illustrate all the components and touch-points of the service.

    Learn more about the role here, and apply directly here.
  • Business Designer - SF

    Position Summary

    Position Summary:
    IDEO.org is seeking a Business Designer to join our Youth Reproductive Health program in San Francisco.  As part of a multi-disciplinary design team, you’ll blur the lines between business strategy and creativity, helping to design new-to-world offers that are desirable for end-users as well as feasible and financially sustainable for the organization. With frequent travel to Africa (approx. 30%), you’ll be part strategist, part operational guru, and part creative problem solver. You’ll work alongside other builders and thinkers from different backgrounds. Business acumen is a given. Demonstrated passion for solving challenges facing the world’s most impoverished communities is a must. And, believing in the rights, potential, and importance of empowering girls, critical.

    Key Responsibilities:
    • Champion business design within the Youth Reproductive Health program
    • Work with partners and teams to design, iterate, and scale IDEO.org’s health interventions for youth
    • Ability to think holistically about the design of a new offering and the implications related to both the customer’s experience as well as the organization’s ability to implement and scale
    • Work closely with our partners to develop strategies, timelines, and operational models that appropriately consider the organizational needs, aspirations, business realities
    • Distill business, customer, and partner constraints into digestible components for the design team
    • Communicate the story of IDEO.org’s work with partners, funders, and stakeholders
    • Participate in the delivery of a range of projects, defining project scope, goals and deliverables in collaboration with key stakeholders
    • Establish relationships and liaise with key stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle

    Learn more about the role here, and apply directly here
  • Director of Finance - SF or NYC

    Position Summary

    IDEO.org is at a critical juncture in its organizational development. Since launching in 2011, we’ve grown to become a $15M organization, attracting diverse sources of funding and a wide range of partnerships. We’ve built a strong foundation of financial systems, processes, and controls,and we’re looking for an entrepreneurial Director of Finance that can maintain this foundation, while building strong systems that move IDEO.org into a paradigm of proactive and distributed financial management to position us for continued financial health and growth. 

    You’ll confidently serve as a strategic steward of all of IDEO.org’s financial resources and oversee all fiscal responsibilities at the organization, in partnership with IDEO.org’s Leadership Team and Board of Directors.You’ll drive everything from an effective and inclusive budgeting process and a clean audit to pristine external reporting to our partners and funders. You’ll create a rhythm of monthly financial reconciliation, reflection, and reporting to our internal stakeholders, and you’ll create the tools and systems our teams need to better understand and manage their budgets and make financial decisions. You’ll hold a vision for IDEO.org’s financial future based on the ways in which we might grow, and you’ll ensure we mitigate risks and seize opportunities along the way. And, importantly, you’ll do this all through a lens of amplifying our impact,  protecting our creative culture, and sustaining the health and wellbeing of our team.

    Learn more about the job here, and apply directly here

  • Software Engineer - NYC

    Position Summary

    IDEO.org is seeking an experienced Software Engineer to join a dynamic project team in our New York City studio.  As part of a multi-disciplinary design team, you’ll tackle complex, poverty-related challenges alongside other builders and thinkers from different backgrounds.

    IDEO.org is partnering with a leading financial institution on a $4.8 million, 18-month program to develop digital tools to help low-income Americans understand and improve their financial health. The program will collaborate and fund a range of community-based organizations to develop, deploy, and implement these tools, which will be open source and available for any to use.

    This role offers the opportunity to design new digital experiences and interactions to drive healthier behaviors around money, to educate and demystify finance, and to empower people to take control of their financial life. Through deep immersion in the everyday lives of low-income people, the team will generate insights about possible interventions and turn them into prototypes, experiments, and production digital tools. We are looking for creative and fluent engineers who can quickly build tools which are effective, impactful, and targeted to their audience. 

    Learn more about the position here, and apply directly here.

  • Partnerships and Operations Specialist - SF

    Position Summary

    IDEO.org is seeking a Partnerships & Operations Specialist to join our Health XO (HXO) team in San Francisco. Health XO is IDEO.org’s program dedicated to the design of youth reproductive health solutions. As part of a dynamic and multi-faceted team, you’ll work to support and nurture funding relationships with a range of supporters including large-scale foundations, small grant making organizations, and in some cases, individual donors.  You’ll help steward some of our largest partnerships to date, including engagements that span multiple years and countries, and have stakeholders from the funding, design, implementation and evaluation communities. You’ll get your hands dirty, learn a lot, keep everyone organized, and we will be deeply engaged in the work the HXO team is doing to improve the lives of girls around the world.  

    As a successful candidate, you are organized and inspired. You’re a go-getter with 1-3 years of experience working in grants management, project management, or a related field. You’re interested in human centered design, are building a career in the social sector, and are willing to roll up your sleeves and get things done. You’re a quick learner, and thrive in a self-directed environment.  You’re enthusiastic, detail-oriented, collaborative, and passionate about IDEO.org’s mission to design an end to global poverty.

    To learn more about the role click here, or apply directly here.