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Director of Design Thought Leadership - Design Museum Everywhere

15 Feb 2021 1:38 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
  • Begin ASAP
  • Full-time: Monday-Friday, hours generally 9am-5pm
  • This position can be located anywhere in the U.S. but a substantial number of working hours needs to overlap with a largely East Coast based team.
  • Starting salary range: $50,000-$60,000/year
  • Benefits include: 401k, Paid Time Off, 14-15 paid company holidays per year, Health/Vision/and Dental Insurance, Bonus program, Parental/Paid Family Sick leave

About Design Museum Everywhere

Design Museum Everywhere is a new kind of museum: online, nomadic, and accessible to all. Instead of a single museum location, we pop-up in places where people already go, and produce high-quality media experience to support our mission to bring the transformative power of design everywhere. We believe design can change the world; done well, it can elevate our quality of life, make businesses more competitive, and protect our environment. We inspire people by showing what’s possible through public exhibitions and events, as well as our magazine, podcast, and online content. We educate people — from kids to CEOs — to become creative problem solvers using the design process. And we transform, using design to take action and make change, demonstrating its impact.

Our vision: Accessibility: Design is for everyone. Design is everywhere, so are we. We’re online and we pop-up in places all over to engage as many people as possible. And we’re committed to improving the gender and racial diversity of the design field. Improvement: Design solves problems. We are entrepreneurial and flexible, we are not constrained by existing approaches, we start with real-world problems and we’re committed to using design for the greater good. Community: Design is collaborative. We are a participatory museum, meaning there are many ways for individuals to not only enjoy our programming and content, but to be part of it as well. We’re collaborative and community-focused.

Position Overview

Design Museum Everywhere is seeking a full-time Director of Design Thought Leadership to join our team. We seek an experienced and passionate community manager-meets-facilitator-meets-distinguished-design-thinker for the role. This is a one-of-a-kind and unique career opportunity. At many museums, this role would be most similar to “Chief Curator,” however at Design Museum, we don’t practice the model of one singular expert. The Director of Design Thought Leadership will activate a network of thought leaders to identify and engage them within multiple programmatic and content-based work at the Design Museum — in affect, bridging their thought leadership into the offerings of the museum.

You might be the right person for the job if you’ve researched design in a team environment, managed communities, organized campaigns or large community efforts, worked in journalism or a fast paced media outlet, approached design academically, managed content for a design related company, etc. There is a lot of experience that can contribute to success in this unique role.

This position reports to the Executive Director, Sam Aquillano, and interacts with other staff, community members, and external contributors on a daily basis.

Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 5+ years of experience — or relevant, equivalent experience.

Position Functions

  • Lead the process to build out and recruit for our Think Tanks, groups of thought leaders who advise the museum and generate programming and content across our 12 Impact Areas: Vibrant Cities, Workplace Innovation, Education, Play, Data Visualization, Business, Social Impact, Sustainability, Healthcare, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, and Civic Innovation
  • Channel and facilitate the funnel of ideas to programs in Design Museum, including:
    • Design is Everywhere Podcast
    • Design Museum Magazine
    • Exhibitions
    • And other content opportunities
  • Identify, reach out, engage, and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations that believe in the power of design to transform
  • Co-create and contribute with our internal exhibitions team on exhibition research and development, including our forthcoming permanent exhibition on design impact
  • Produce thought leadership gatherings and events in collaboration with Think Tank members — mostly virtual
  • Design and manage all elements of the Design Museum Summit, a yearly design convening with talks, workshops, demonstrations covering all 12 Design Impact Areas
  • Develop and manage a future Design Museum’s Awards program

Deadline March 21, 2021.

Find out more.


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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