Design Thinking Program Coordinator

Position Type Full Time
School Location
Henry Ford Learning Institute - Dearborn / Detroit MI - hfli.org
Job Description

Are you an experienced and strategic program coordinator with an entrepreneurial mindset? Someone who’s eager to engage with educators, organizational leaders, community members and other partners in order to build their individual and collective capacity to solve their own wicked challenges? It takes focus, passion, an affinity for creative problem solving and an ever-present humility as a life-long learner.


Are you ready to take on the challenge?


Henry Ford Learning Institute (hfli.org) is an innovative non-profit that serves communities as a dynamic, collaborative organization with a powerful commitment to redesign how we learn. In addition to its innovative small schools, HFLI imagines, designs, and delivers immersive experiences for K-20 education, workplace learning initiatives, and youth programs. Together with its partners, HFLI is empowering learners to think creatively, work collaboratively with others, and implement innovations.


As a member of HFLI’s Programs of Impact Team, our Design Thinking Program Coordinator will support the strategic growth and implementation of signature programs that help others learn to leverage the power and potential of Design Thinking to address educational and other social challenges. The Program Coordinator’s major areas of responsibility for his/her portfolio of projects include:


Program Design and Development. Create and refine program offerings, related public events, instructional tools, materials, facilitation plans and implementation protocols.


Program Delivery. Recruit participants and facilitate highly engaging, targeted learning programs that provide opportunities for learners to launch and deepen personal skills with Design Thinking tools, practices and resources.


Program Growth. Support continued development of the strategy and overall work to build and sustain an exemplary, coherent series of experiences that provide transformative learning opportunities for participants through identified HFLI program offerings.

Administrative Management. Provide clear and effective oversight of program activities, staff, partners and volunteer contributors to ensure operational efficiency, financial viability and program excellence.


Community Engagement. Thoughtfully build awareness and generate support for programs to maximize their reach and impact, especially through the use of social media tools and approaches.


We ask every applicant for this position to submit an artifact that best communicates how he or she has successfully managed a project or built a program. Surprise and delight us – we know you can.


Experience Required

Our next team member must have


  • Demonstrated success managing a set of programs that have produced ambitious outcomes for participants
  • 3-5 years of experience providing participants with structured learning opportunities that are attuned to their unique developmental needs
  • Expertise using and coaching others to use Design Thinking tools and strategies in a range of situations and for a variety of purposes
  • Demonstrated command of personal networking, social media and other digital networking tools to celebrate programmatic work and build a collaborative community of practice
  • Experience producing print materials with InDesign and Photoshop



Our next team member should demonstrate


  • Strong and visible evidence of an entrepreneurial mindset and comfort with a culture of innovation
  • A developed skill set for Design Thinking mindsets, tools and processes
  • An affinity for working with and sense of empathy for adult learners from a range of backgrounds
  • Interest in working to address issues faced by educators, learners and leaders in their daily work
  • Deep personal humility coupled with a readily available sense of humor
  • Strategic thinking, ability to see opportunity among constraints of traditional learning pathways, educational systems, settings and mindsets
  • Vision to uncover opportunities where others see only challenge or obstacle
  • Ability to leverage the power of Post-its and Sharpies to bring creative thinking and collaboration to light
  • Evident skill in managing multiple teams of learners toward positive outcomes and to “work the room”
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly, perform at a high level under pressure, and work efficiently as both a team member and as an individual
  • Effective planning and organizational skills, ability to incorporate the needs of others into planning up front and throughout a process or project
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for doing whatever it takes to ensure the highest quality program implementation for HFLI, aligned schools and community partners
  • Willingness to share French fries with teammates
  • Desire to support the vision and mission of HFLI and Henry Ford Academies
  • Ability and desire to travel when needed (via car and plane)


Reports to HFLI Executive Director


Competitive Compensation Package that includes comprehensive, competitive benefits (health, dental, vision, FSA, short/long term disability, 403b match, flexible work schedule. Salary range is $42,000 to $50,000, commensurate with experience.


To apply for this position, please provide us with your essential information (resume, desired compensation, other supporting documents), as well as your best artifact to communicate how you have successfully managed a project or built a program. Place the job ID 1801 and “Design Thinking Program Coordinator” in the subject line of your email and send it to employment@hfli.org or complete the web application. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis.


Henry Ford Learning Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, height, weight, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other factor protected by federal, state or local law. of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, marital status, height, weight, age, unrelated disability or other legally protected status.

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to employment@hfli.org.
Place the jobID and job title in the subject line of your email. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis

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