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Product Designer - Industrial Design

THE POSSIBLE PROJECT

For the past seven years, The Possible Project (TPP) has built, implemented, assessed and refined a model for after-school programming that provides high school students in Cambridge and Boston with an opportunity to: a) create and take products to market, b) partner with local businesses for real-work design and business operations projects, c) have access to industry and professional mentors who can help hone their skills and grow their access to networks of supportive adults, and d) receive pathways counseling for post-secondary opportunities.

Through our program, students have the opportunity to dream up, design and create real products for sale in our cutting edge Makerspace and to work with real external clients in our two in-house run Social Enterprises: We Sell Possible and Made Possible.  Our impact stretches beyond the skills learned by the students who participate; we use entrepreneurship as a mechanism for bolstering creativity, fostering perseverance, harnessing optimism and revealing the possible.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Possible Project’s social enterprises have two primary objectives:

  1. Educating and empowering students through authentic work experience
  2. Generating revenue to support programming.

In this role, you will work within Made Possible - a TPP social enterprise that empowers young people to develop skills for lifelong success by working in a growing design and manufacturing business. Our Made Possible students learn how to conceptualize, design, and manufacture products to be sold to external clients and partners.

We are seeking a Product Designer - Industrial Design to join our growing, entrepreneurial TPP Enterprises (TPPE) team. You will play a pivotal role in supporting the business operations of Made Possible, helping the team develop, design, manufacture, and market products that serve as the base of Made Possible’s business activity.

DUTIES

  • Continuously develop new product designs;
  • Develop and iterate design intention through sketches, prototypes, renderings and communication with fellow designers;
  • Develop product from concept through production stages while adhering to budgets, timelines, marketing strategies and plans, and client/partner specs;
  • Regularly present design work to team members, project leads, and business managers;
  • Help to identify suitable manufacturing partners, sourcing partners, and possible sales channels;
  • Collaborate with marketing teams on Made Possible marketing and product collaterals, as well as with online product roll-outs;
  • Collaborate with staff and student coordinators to develop and implement student roles and integration plans in product development, product manufacturing, and product fulfillment;
  • Collaborate directly with student teams to develop, manufacture, and fulfill project requests and product orders.

QUALIFICATIONS AND MINDSETS

While there is no perfect resume, we will likely be most interested in your application if you fulfill most or all of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design preferred (Architectural and Engineering Design degrees considered);
  • 2+ years of experience in a professional design setting
  • Demonstrated CADD proficiency within a professional product development or business setting (e.g. 3D modeling softwares, Adobe Creative Suite, and digital fabrication equipment);
  • Familiarity with manufacturing methods, and industrial materials and processes;
  • Knowledge in maintaining digital fabrication equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, etc.;
  • Exceptional problem solving skills;
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, market-savvy, and innovative approach to design and business;
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching, teaching, or working with youth, particularly those who are low-income, recent immigrants, and/or face barriers to success;
  • Interest in the fast-paced, changing environment of a growing organization and are comfortable navigating ambiguity.
  • Detail-oriented - you understand that in a business environment, even the slightest error can lead to customer service challenges;
  • Clear verbal and written communication, and comfortable communicating with people at all levels of the organization.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrates the organization’s key values:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

RESPECT

TEAMWORK

RESILIENCE

INTEGRITY

FUN


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The Possible Project offers a robust compensation and benefit package including high quality health benefits and an employer contribution to your 401(k) plan.



EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Possible Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

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