Design Strategist, Los Angeles

UpStart partners with innovators to redesign the experience and expression of Jewish life. If you want to inspire and advance innovative ideas that contribute to the continued growth and vitality of Jewish life, let’s talk.

We are looking for a talented program designer, facilitator, and relationship builder to serve Los Angeles, the Southern California region, and beyond. You are an experienced professional who understands the landscape of the Jewish community, and knows how to activate the community’s innovation potential. As a member of a small, regional, multidisciplinary team, you will supports the effort to co-design and implement a curriculum drawn from best practices in entrepreneurship, business strategy, and design thinking.

The Design Strategist (DS) is a full-time exempt position based in Los Angeles, and reports to the Innovation Lead in LA. The role of the DS focuses on programming for Entrepreneurs & Ventures (40%), Intrapreneurs & Institutions (35%), and the Community & the Field (25%).

  • Programming for Entrepreneurs & Ventures (40%):

Engage Los Angeles social entrepreneurs in relevant programming, providing them with the tools, network, and resources to transform their visions into successful, scalable Jewish social ventures. Key activities include: leading local outreach, recruitment, and selection; designing and facilitating program workshops; providing individualized coaching and consulting; hosting showcase opportunities.  

  • Programming for Intrapreneurs & Institutions (35%):

Coordinate and facilitate programming for Jewish communal institutions driving innovation efforts from within (“intrapreneurs”). This includes working with key partners to design and implement innovation consulting services aligned with programmatic goals and developing future potential work within the Los Angeles, the Southern California region, and beyond.  Key initiatives include facilitating Innovation Workshops and Fellowships to help Jewish professionals expand their capacity for “out of the box” thinking.

  • Programming for Community & the Field (25%):

Design and manage opportunities to engage the Southern California community in innovative learning opportunities. Provide design and facilitation support for The Collaboratory, UpStart’s national gathering of social entrepreneurs and innovators in the Jewish Community. Support your regional hub engagement plan for current and alumni accelerator participants and local intrapreneurs via convenings, workshops, showcase events, and networking opportunities. Represent UpStart at community events.

Skills and attributes required:

You will have at least 5 years of work experience, and a passion for creating positive change in the way Jewish life is lived. You have excellent communication skills, and exhibit a high degree of professionalism, time management skills, and emotional intelligence.

You will have honed your skills in program design and facilitation, non-profit organization leadership, and project management. We hope that you have knowledge of entrepreneurial mindsets and practices such as design thinking and human-centered design.

We expect that you will be a team player who not only loves to imagine with others, but also hunkers down and make those ideas a reality. You have access to Jewish networks, and have an impressive understanding of the Los Angeles Jewish ecosystem.

You are equal parts educator, designer, and community organizer – with an ability to adapt with resourcefulness, flexibility, and a positive attitude in an entrepreneurial culture.

Salary and benefits:

Compensation is commensurate with experience.  UpStart is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws. Ability to travel required.

To Apply: Send a resume with a cover letter that communicates why you would be a “fit” for the position to with the subject: UpStart Design Strategist, Los Angeles.

About UpStart

UpStart inspires and empowers leaders to dream, build, and grow bold initiatives that enhance the vitality of Jewish life. UpStart hosts programs in 13 communities across the country, supporting entrepreneurs and communal leaders looking to generate and nurture community-changing ideas. Since our inception, UpStart has fueled the impact of over 1,300 organizations and trained nearly 3,000 of the Jewish community’s most inspiring leaders.

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