The Civic Design Lab is hiring for a service designer!

Date Posted: August 29th, 2019 @ 3:49 PM
Last Updated: September 19th, 2019 @ 5:45 PM

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Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Work with a range of different City departments to support CDL project goals.
  • Support & document community workshops and interviews with Oakland residents and staff with CDL oversight.
  • Observe and partake in a number of public workshops facilitated by CDL.
  • Design exciting and engaging ways to communicate what we learn with Oakland stakeholders through various media and medium.
  • Undertake basic project coordination to identify, consider, and resolve issues.
  • Create design prototypes or content based on the community and departmental workshops both before and after.
  • Develop policy change in conjunction with community and departmental staff.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Trained in design thinking
  • Able to support CDL development of content and visuals to supplement ongoing workshops and online marketing collaterals either as a graphic designer or content writer.
  • A strong alignment with CDL’s mission and passionate about civic tech.
  • A person with high level of EQ and maturity: demonstrates empathy, good listeningskills, and genuinely cares about people.
  • Data analysis/ analytical skills preferred.
  • Design/ graphic skills preferred.
  • Interest in or experience with public policy preferred.
  • Autonomous self-starter who also works well in teams in a collaborative setting.
  • Resourceful and adaptable to changing circumstances and environments.

How to Apply

Please email the following in one PDF to by September 25

(late applications will be considered for the next quarter, in January of 2020):

1. In two paragraphs (~200 words) communicate why you are interested in working at CDL and your interest in racial justice.

2. Include a resume which includes professional and academic achievements.

3. Send a mini portfolio by way of a 1-2 page of past or current projects in any media that

relate, with a short description (1 sentence) of each.

4. List your relevant skills and experiences in critical thinking, craft, design, writing,

outreach experience, software, policy etc.

5. Identify your availability Monday through Friday between 9am - 5pm.

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