Design Strategist

New York, NY New York, NY
October 5, 2018
The Role
Luminary Labs seeks a design strategist to lead creative problem-solving in support of highly innovative programs for our Fortune 500, non-profit, and government clients. This role also functions as our in-house creative director.
About You
You are a design strategist who thrives on the problems that matter.
Your natural ability to reduce complexity, tell compelling stories, and identify novel connections makes you a trusted partner to clients across industries, and they frequently seek your opinion across a range of creative and strategic matters. You feel comfortable setting the vision and managing execution across a range of design disciplines, including design research, graphic design, web design, experience design, and visual media such as video and photography. You feel comfortable executing directly on key design deliverables as needed, and maintain exceptional quality across your own work and that of those you supervise. You are a leader who empowers your team to achieve excellence. You know how to give regular feedback and effectively delegate. People love working with you, and for you.
You care about the impact your work has on the world and have been looking for a career path that is both high-performance and high-impact. You are passionate about working at the intersection of emerging technologies and the problems that matter.
Roles and Responsibilities
As a design strategist at Luminary Labs, you will serve as our most senior Design & Insights team member and be responsible for both client-facing and internal Luminary Labs projects.
 
Client-facing:
    • Complexity busting: Serve as provocative problem-solver, helping our consulting team to structure information and identify common threads. Quickly and intuitively grasp client goals and advise on human-centered approaches to workstreams like problem definition, goal alignment, and roadmap development.
    • Storytelling: Serve as creative voice across strategy engagements, collaborating with our consulting team to develop high-quality client deliverables through different forms of storytelling (e.g., presentations, digital assets, infographics, illustrations, data visualizations).
    • Workshops and research: Design and facilitate participatory workshops, stakeholder interviews, user research, and prototyping exercises.
    • Ideation: Collaborate with consulting staff to develop a creative vision and facilitate divergent, generative thinking in project phases that require a new approach.
    • Synthesis: Work with consulting staff to uncover novel insights from first- or second-hand research—including raw data, surveys, interview testimonials, and readings.
    • Creative direction: Serve as in-house creative director for client-facing projects, including print materials, digital graphics, videos, photography, websites, and other deliverables.
Internal:
  • Design leadership: Lead our Design & Insights team, supervising current on staff Designer and developing the future vision and structure of the team.
  • Marketing: Collaborate with our marketing and thought leadership teams to develop and express the Luminary Labs brand and capabilities across platforms.
  • Brand standards: Shape the Luminary Labs style guide and visual language.
  • Skill-building: Support the team in developing their own design skills by sharing knowledge and best practices with the staff and working with colleagues one-on-one.
Desired Skills & Experience:
  • A total of 7 – 10+ years of experience; at least 4 working in design and strategy for an executive audience
  • Proven leader who knows how to grow and inspire a team; passionate about the career trajectory of those around you
  • Thrives in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Super-flexible, adaptable, realistic, practical, and agile
  • Highly collaborative; gives and takes direction and feedback well
  • Blue-sky thinker with experience leading creative brainstorming sessions
  • Compelling storyteller across a range of formats — written word, imagery, spoken word
  • Strong grounding in human-centered design methodology and experience applying these methodologies to research and workshops
  • Experience with and interest in a range of design disciplines, including graphic design, service design, experience design, and design research
  • Ability to organize and simplify complex concepts and research using a range of frameworks and visual structures
  • Clean design aesthetic with a strong eye for typography and images
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, PowerPoint) and Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
Does this sound like you?

Visit: https://www.luminary-labs.com/opening/design-strategist/

Send us your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, show us three examples of communications or marketing programs that you consider to be innovative. Let us know your availability for employment. Salary expectations are helpful.If available, also send us examples of your own work or thinking online (blog posts, Slideshare examples).

Candidates must be authorized to work in the US. No agencies please.