Join the Team

Design Impact (or DI, as we fondly refer to ourselves) is not a typical company and we don’t work in typical ways. We aim to build an organization that mirrors the equity we want to see in the world, and we strive to be open-minded and collaborative in all that we do.

One big difference? The way our organization is structured. Our strategy is entirely implemented through an internal “squad system” (inspired by decentralized decision-making structures like holacracy). Each squad is made up of – and led by – our staff. These squads help us learn from each other and respond quickly to change. In short, DI’s staff-centered squads help us prioritize learning, iteration, and responsiveness so we can build a more creative and inclusive world.


Available Positions at DI

Senior Specialist

Social Design + Innovation Fellow


Interested in applying? Read our F.A.Q. first!

Applications close at 9 AM on May 24


Q: But really, who are you looking for?
A: At the end of the day, we’re looking for someone smart, flexible, humble, and deeply empathic. We want someone who thrives in an interdisciplinary, collaborative culture. Finally, we are looking for someone that can wear many hats but also brings deep knowledge in a particular area that complements our work.

Q: What is the salary range at Design Impact?
A: We strive to offer competitive salaries within our sector. We value our people and our partners and want to put out the highest quality work possible—which we know can’t happen without fair compensation. We have listed salary information in our job posting as we are committed to creating salary and compensation structures that are inclusive and do not contribute to social inequity. If you want to learn more about why that is important, read this article

Q: Why should I move to Cincinnati?
A: Cincinnati is a thriving city with an ever-increasing list of social and cultural opportunities and a cost of living that allows for greater space, restoration, and play. Our diverse city also struggles with significant issues of racial and economic inequality, making our work here needed and meaningful each and every day.

Q: How do I apply for the position?
A: See below for instructions on how to apply.

Application Process

To ensure we find the right candidate, we will conduct an applicant search in three rounds.

    In one singular email, send the following information to by 9 AM on May 24th, 2019:
    a. Your resume/CV and portfolios
    b. Three professional references (names and contact information)
    c.  Responses to the three questions below in a way that is meaningful to you and gives us a sense of who you are.

    • What keeps you up at night? What drives you?
    • What is your personal experience with, or understanding of, inequity?
    • In looking at our work, how do you think you would fit in? What would you bring; how would you make us better?

    Whether you make a video, craft an essay, or write a song, don’t be afraid to be creative, take risks, share deeply. On a technical note: please be concise. Keep audio or video responses under 5 minutes and send responses as an easily downloadable link that can be accessed without any special apps. Round 1 will close on May 24th and candidates selected to move forward will be notified by June 6th, 2019. 

    Talk to us. Candidates selected for round 2 will participate in a 30-minute video call.  These calls are less “interview” and more of a chance for us to follow up with any questions from your resume and responses. Round 2 interviews will be June 12th and 13th; candidates selected to move forward will be notified by June 17th.
    Spend some time with us. This will include small group time as well as a session with the whole team where we ask you to facilitate a creative learning experience.  We’ll provide more details after round one but final interviews will take place July 9th and 10th. Individuals will be notified the week of July 15th.