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The Health Equity Collective

This contracted role will support a program that stewards: The Health Equity Collective. The Health Equity Collective is comprised of emergent and existing BIPOC health equity leaders from all walks of life, including scholars, activists, artists, and medical professionals from across the country. The Collective aims to transform the American health system from one that profits on sickness to one that invests in wellness. This program is beginning a second phase which will start in February/March of 2022 focused on launching a narrative and health justice movement, evidencing equity possibilities through 10 pilot implementations, and advancing collective anti-racism leadership through a multidisciplinary learning exchange. 

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Position Summary has an opportunity for a proactive, detail-oriented Senior Design Lead to join our Health Equity Collective program, based in the New York City area. As part of a 4-person multi-disciplinary design team, you’ll work hand-in-hand with members of the Health Equity Collective, the Co-Leadership Team and colleagues to design and enable a transformative and liberation-minded experience and program for everyone involved. Your primary role will be to steward the design and execution of the Collective’s experience.

Our ideal candidate is a multidisciplinary designer, with experience in the full life cycle of service design—from concept to prototyping to execution, and a healthy dose of curiosity. Part researcher, part strategist, expert facilitator and passionate maker, in this role you might be sketching wireframes for a new digital service one day, hosting a co-design workshop the next, and wrapping up the week collaborating with health equity experts to host an interactive panel on health justice. 

You may have built your career as a service designer, experience designer, program designer, or co-design facilitator, but by now you’re comfortable flexing your skills in a number of ways, and leading teams through the design process.

Position is a full-time temporary starting April 2022 and ending April 2023. 

You will:

Steward the design and execution of the Collective’s  experience by inspiring great design

  • Co-facilitate inspiring, welcoming, meaningful digital gathering experiences and small group touchpoints with Project Lead and Co-leadership Team, leading with an equity lens
  • Serve as a strategic thought partner and creative leaders in the ongoing design of collaborative experiences, tools, and program approach (co-create/co-design decks for workshops, co-creative activities, facilitator’s guides, event experiences and assets)
  • Participate in all Collective touchpoints to co-hold relationships with Collective members and share daily facilitation, note-taking, and responsive program design needs with the Co-lead team.  

Serve as a co-leader for the program, supporting workstream stewards and collective members 

  • Serve as a co-leader with a team of 5-7 other Co-Leads.  In this capacity your role is to advocate for the needs and vision of Collective members, and ensure their perspectives are represented in program design decisions.
  • Identify and build relationships with emergent and existing BIPOC guests, speakers, and contributors who are or could be engaged across the program workstreams
  • Collaborate with funders, program partners, collective members, contractors, and the team to deliver an exceptional experience in line with the Collective’s theory of change and creative excellence values
  • In partnership with the project lead, hold the institutional knowledge of the program: current, future, and past two years of work
  • Bring expertise in equity, knowledge of equity leaders, and equity innovation reference points in stewardship of the collective experience and intentional design of Collective touchpoints
  • Instill confidence in the design process among our partner organizations, and ensure they are equipped to steward the solutions we design to market
  • Flex your collaboration skills—working with designers of all disciplines on projects
  • Support designers and non-designers to build their creative confidence and infuse their passions into projects and learn new skills.
  • Contribute to studio culture and the Health Equity Collective team culture


Who you are

You love working among people with diverse lived experiences and are adept at wearing many hats at any given moment. You’re a quick learner, enthusiastic, both creative and detail-oriented, intentional, and collaborative—ready to roll up your sleeves and join a team that’s helping to bring human-centered design to some of the world’s toughest systemic challenges.  You’re solution-focused and medium-agnostic, willing to step out of your core skill set or discipline to find multiple solutions to a challenge. You’re willing to be a leader who is led by the Collective members. You’re committed to listening and supporting their vision to be a reality.

You have

  • 5+ years of professional experience in a design consultancy, agency, or other environment where you’ve worked on multidisciplinary design teams
  • Experience creating and hosting collaborative, creative, safe spaces for people to embrace difference,  lean into radical imagining, and connect through learning and doing
  • Theoretical understanding of social challenges and inequity through a lens of sociology, equity studies, intersectional feminism, social change, and impact design
  • Familiarity in the human-centered design process from qualitative research and synthesis to ideation, prototyping, and implementation.
  • Knowledge and touchpoints of where creative equity initiatives and examples are showing up in the world with an inspiring ability to share reference points to drive excellence in the collective’s work
  • Fluency in a solid set of digital design tools Adobe Suite, Google Suite and the ability to convey concepts through wireframes, flows, storyboards, and mockups
  • A diverse portfolio showing a passion for social justice and social change
  • Experience working at the intersection of social innovation and design
  • Experience managing client / partner relationships, small design teams, and projects
  • Adept at synthesizing data, distilling complexity, and storytelling.
  • Cultural sensitivity for diverse intersectionalities and lived experiences
  • A sense of creativity and resourcefulness; a passion for supporting others to shine and creating space for health equity leaders to be heard, seen, and celebrated

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