Design Program Manager
San Francisco, CA
Designer Fund is looking for a Design Program Manager who is passionate about design, education and leadership development. If you’re interested in a world where everyone can use good design, please apply.
About Designer Fund
The mission of Designer Fund is to invest in leaders and empower them with design to improve the world. We invest between $350K – $1M in tech startups with founders who value design including Stripe, Gusto, Omada Health, AltSchool, Abstract, Hustle, Framer, Remix and more. With every investment, our goal is to create better designed products and companies in markets that traditionally have poor user experiences like finance, healthcare and enterprise.
To further our mission, we produce professional development programs like Bridge and DFG, to connect experienced designers from top companies with each other. Through curated workshops, dinners, and talks, we share best practices that accelerate the growth of design leaders.
In the past few years we’ve produced 8 Bridge programs and now have nearly 200 Alumni who were selected from thousands of applicants. We’ve hosted over 100 curated events to date, such as Source and Women in Design. We’ve also open-sourced resources for designers, like Level Up and A Designer’s Guide to Working in Tech, that have reached over a million page views. We want to continue increasing access to our services while keeping a high quality bar—this is why we’re looking for a program manager who can help scale our programs and ultimately our impact.
As program manager, you’ll play a key role managing the entire Bridge experience and shaping the future of professional design education. You’ll collaborate closely with the rest of the Designer Fund team to deliver world class educational experiences for exceptional designers. This will be a unique and highly rewarding opportunity to be immersed in the heart of the Bay Area’s design in tech community.
You’ll be responsible for:
*Designing and Producing Bridge — Creating professional development workshops and programs for designers to share best practices and advance in their careers
*Partner and Designer Relations — Cultivating relationships with exceptional designers at every stage of their career and helping our partners develop their teams
*Program Facilitation — Organizing live events as master of ceremonies including leading group discussions, facilitating hands-on workshops and delivering presentations
*Project Management — Organizing and energizing project teams from start to finish including multiple full and part time team members
*Program Strategy and Process — Everything from defining goals, to managing multiple project tracks, evaluating our performance and improving our program
*Designing hands on learning experiences for Bridge designers and participants
*Managing the entire Bridge program including: marketing, promotion, application, execution, feedback and constant improvement
*Interviewing design leaders in our community to improve the Bridge curriculum
*Reaching out to leaders to participate in Bridge as speakers, instructors or coaches
*Defining the quarterly objectives and key results for all Bridge programs
*Transparently tracking projects and providing status updates to the team
*Managing the longer term Bridge roadmap, key roles and responsibilities
Who we’re looking for:
You don’t have to be a formally trained designer for this role but you do need to love design and have some design thinking skills. Ideally you have at least 2 years of professional experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: program, product or project management; event production, community management, marketing; design education, professional education, leadership development; product design, service design, experience design.
As when you’re joining any small team, you must have a positive, self-starter attitude and knack for aligning critical resources to get projects done from start to finish. You’ll need to do this while still delivering an exceptional experience for Bridge participants, partners and collaborators.
Ideally, you’re also passionate about design education and the design community—you intrinsically want to elevate the design in tech industry and accelerate the growth of design leaders. You should naturally have an extroverted, positive, and warm personality that enjoys hosting and score high on woo in StrengthsFinder.
We’re looking for full-time candidates, but we’ll also consider candidates who are part-time and can eventually transition to full-time. We’re looking for a minimum 1 year commitment starting as soon as possible. We prefer that you’d join our team for multiple years so we can invest in your career growth.
What’s in it For You:
You’ll get to collaboratively design and deliver an exceptional education program that helps people grow as individuals, leaders, managers and executives. As a part of our team, we’ll also invest in your personal and career development. There are multiple career tracks we can help prepare you for including joining a tech company as a design producer, program manager, product manager, or general manager.
You’ll get to work with the Bay Area’s best companies for design and learn from exceptional design leaders on a regular basis through our programs, workshops and events. As part of our core team you’ll have a high impact role within our small organization and our larger community.
You’ll have many opportunities to lead projects and build your portfolio. We’ll offer competitive market salary and benefits. Our studio is also located in the sunnier part of San Francisco, California, walking distance from AT&T Park, Caltrain, South Park, MUNI, BART, etc.