Design Strategist, Denver/Boulder

UpStart partners with leaders to dream, build, and grow bold initiatives that enhance the vitality of Jewish life. Over the last eighteen years, the UpStart network of programs has been a leading engine of Jewish innovation, empowering organizations to take risks, develop creative engagement strategies, and maximize the potential of their community-changing ideas. If you are committed to inspiring and advancing innovative ideas that create a more just, vibrant, and inclusive future, let’s talk.

We are seeking a Design Strategist, Denver/Boulder who is a talented program designer, facilitator, and relationship builder, to run our best-in-class teen social entrepreneurship program (PresenTense Colorado-UpStart Teen Fellowship). As a member of a small, regional, and multidisciplinary team, you will manage a program that successfully engages and inspires Jewish teens, drawing from best practices in entrepreneurship, business strategy, and nonprofit leadership. You will also support our regional Innovation Lead to grow our portfolio of offerings for innovative leaders in the community.  

The UpStart Design Strategist, Denver/Boulder is a full-time exempt position, and reporting to the Innovation Lead, Denver/Boulder.  The role focuses on programming for teens (80%), local innovators (10%), and the wider community & field (10%).

Overview of Responsibilities

The Design Strategist leads our Colorado-based teen social entrepreneurship program while enhancing and facilitating UpStart’s programming more broadly to the Denver/Boulder community.

PresenTense Colorado-UpStart Teen Fellowship (80%)

Lead the design, execution, and administration of our successful teen social entrepreneurship program, empowering Teen Fellows to create social impact projects that engage their peers, program alumni, and the local community.  Spearhead curriculum design and delivery of the program’s core seminars, Fellow programming, and a culminating community showcase event.  Recruit and manage an effective team of volunteers, including Coaches and the Student Advisory Board. Coordinate with UpStart’s Marketing department to develop a compelling brand and a comprehensive content calendar to promote the program year-round. Support the cultivation of key stakeholders and our local Steering Committee as a resource for programming, networking, and fundraising. Build the teen program into a community catalyst that fosters deeper engagement with Jewish life, social justice, and innovation throughout the Jewish community.

Programming for local innovators (10%):

Partner with Upstart’s Innovation Lead, Denver/Boulder to coordinate and facilitate programming for local entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” (those leading change efforts from within established institutions). Engage regional social entrepreneurs in relevant programming, providing them with the tools, network, and resources to transform their visions into successful, scalable Jewish social ventures. Work with key partners to design and implement innovation consulting services aligned with programmatic goals and develop future potential work within the Denver/Boulder region.  Key initiatives include facilitating Workshops and Fellowships to help Jewish entrepreneurial leaders expand their capacity for “out of the box” thinking.

Programming for Community & the Field (10%):

Design and manage opportunities to engage the Denver/Boulder community in innovative learning opportunities. Support a regional hub engagement plan for entrepreneurial leaders participating in UpStart’s local and national programs via convenings, workshops, showcase events, and networking opportunities. Represent UpStart at community events.

Skills and attributes required:

You will have at least 3 years of work experience, and a passion for creating new access points to Jewish life. 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 leadership, and project management, and ideally bring experience working with teens. We hope that you have a passion for entrepreneurial leadership and know (or are open to learning) practices such as design thinking.

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 (or can quickly gain) an understanding of the Denver/Boulder 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.

To Apply: Send a resume with a cover letter that communicates why you would be a “fit” for the position to Careers@upstartlab.org with the subject: UpStart Design Strategist, Denver/Boulder.

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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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