This page lists positions for which SecondMuse is currently hiring. We are always looking to engage with motivated, talented individuals, regardless of which positions we currently have open.

 

About SecondMuse

SecondMuse collaborates with organizations to bring new thinking and solutions to complex issues facing humanity. We use a network-centered innovation approach to understand, identify, develop and propel key innovations to unlock transformational change.

We believe that the key to human prosperity is the coming together of diverse thinking and coordinated action to solve the really tough challenges. We create and facilitate this process. Our team builds capacity in people to think about challenges in a different way and create alternative solutions. We help facilitate this ongoing process using the principles of design thinking, curated collaboration, and open innovation, creating opportunities for change across organizations and industries.

SecondMuse is a certified B Corporation with 45+ employees from NYC to San Francisco, Washington DC to Melbourne, Australia and Bali, Indonesia. Over the past eight years, we have engaged 150,000 participants, prototyping more than 30,000 solutions including both hardware and software. We have screened more than 13,000 entrepreneurs and accelerated over 100 high-impact companies. These companies have raised over 100 million dollars and created a market value of over half a billion dollars. Our clients and partners include:  Intel, Google, Nike, eBay, IKEA, NYCEDC, NASA, USAID, UNEP, AustraliaDFAT and the World Bank.

It is a core belief at SecondMuse that diversity is necessary for strong networks to be built and sustained, and we seek to reflect that on our team as well. We are an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to build an inclusive company in service to our mission.

SecondMuse USA

Project Manager

Location

Washington D.C.

Job Description

We are looking for a full-time Project Manager to support our North American consulting team. The consulting team is responsible for delivering programs with a focus at both a country and/or global level for government, philanthropic and corporate clients. There are multiple 24+ month projects within this umbrella. Project work will be conducted out of our Washington D.C. and New York City offices.

The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree (or additional degrees) and at least 5-7 years of experience managing projects related to innovation from program design, to solution vetting and implementation, to ecosystem building. Specific knowledge of information technology, data, open innovation and technology thought leader relationships a plus. The job will require some travel. Candidates must be located in Washington D.C. or be willing to relocate. Relocation expenses not provided.

Key Responsibilities

  • The frontline liaison to the client, responsible for hosting regular client meetings, updating the client, developing a trusting relationship with the client, aligning the client’s expectations, and representing the client at internal meetings.
  • Creates a realistic project work plan with input from the team. Starts the project rapidly and efficiently. Coordinates team activity to ensure that work is delivered on-time.
  • Ensures the project team is up to speed on project requirements, scope limitations, changes in scope, potential risks, deliverable details, budget, etc.
  • Utilizes company wide best practices. Captures project learnings and participates in sharing learnings across project teams and the broader company.
  • Manages quality, ensuring that deliverables meet the client’s objectives and expectations. Reviews deliverables before they are sent to the client.
  • Manages the project budget, monitoring the burn rate and P&L’s and ensures that work is completed within budget.
  • Works with the project team to manage scope and proactively address scope changes. Requests billing to invoice the client at appropriate intervals. Keeps internal finance and project systems updated.
  • Manages vendor assignments and budget, in consultation with the project partner, and the work of vendors.
  • Facilitates post-project documentation and review (monitoring and evaluation requirements).

Key Skills and Capacities

  • Self-motivated and action/solution-oriented; entrepreneurial mindset is a must.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate across different sectors effectively – able to engage startup founders to funders to government to corporate partners and more.
  • Thoughtful listener with a willingness to consider multiple perspectives and possible solutions. Eagerness to connect to external resources rather than solve each problem on the spot.
  • Experience and familiarity with human-centered design principles.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Trustworthy and accountable to commitments.
  • Ability to identify partners that can improve the program and establish and build relationships with them.
  • Kind, with a team-first orientation.
  • A strong orientation and understanding of triple bottom line business approaches.
  • Strong grasp of innovation methodologies such as hackathons, business accelerators, incubation collaborative design and challenges.

Interested? Here are the Next Steps!

Send your resume and one-page cover letter, both in PDF format, addressing:

  • What interests you about SecondMuse?
  • What do you bring to a team?
  • What is your experience and expertise in project management in the innovation domain?
  • Who we can contact to provide a reference

Send to careers@secondmuse.com with “Project Manager” in the subject heading.

NYC Project Manager

Location

New York

Job Description

We are looking for a Program Manager to join our NYC-based team, which runs Futureworks Incubator and Futureworks Shops and is launching M-Corps to help cleantech startups manufacture in New York. The Program Manager will be responsible for running a high-tech innovation challenge program, including the initial design, project management, implementation, and the client relationship. This is a full-time position based in New York City and will report to the Sr. Director of SecondMuse NYC.

The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree (or additional degrees) and at least 5-7 years of experience managing civic tech and/or innovation projects. Experience designing new programs, vetting applications and solutions to a public challenge, existing involvement and relationships within the NYC civic and tech communities and the ability to grow networks to support and drive programming are a must. Specific knowledge around information technology, data, blockchain, open innovation, and established relationships with tech thought leaders are a plus. The job requires travel throughout the city and may require some travel to meet with SecondMuse teammates outside of NYC. Candidates must be located in New York City.

The Opportunity

Open up and build 21st century economies in NYC with us! SecondMuse has been at the vanguard of global innovation for over a decade, working with visionary cities, governments, organizations and startups to build financially meaningful and self-sustaining economic systems—what we call “lasting economies.” At the core of our economies are communities and networks, not goods and services. We successfully build economies across borders, industries and mandates because we put people first. From Brooklyn to Bali, our programs span geographies, scales and sectors. What makes us different from other accelerators or innovation agencies? Ours is not a zero-sum game. Our focus is not the next unicorn; we are building economies where everyone succeeds. We invite you to join our NYC team and build with us; to leverage our learnings and approaches to build strong communities and influence local, regional and global networks; and to add your own swagger to our growing team and portfolio of programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and facilitate collaborative design sessions, educational workshops and pitch events to inform program design and solution development.
  • Leads implementation of challenge design, sourcing of innovators, and partner recruitment and management
  • Creates a realistic project work plan with input from the team. Starts the project rapidly and efficiently. Coordinates team activity to ensure that work is delivered on-time.
  • Ensures the project team is up to speed on project requirements, scope limitations, changes in scope, potential risks, deliverable details, budget, etc.
  • The frontline liaison to the client, responsible for hosting regular client meetings, updating the client, developing a trusting relationship with the client, aligning the client’s expectations, and representing the client at internal meetings.
  • Utilizes company wide best practices. Captures project learnings and participates in sharing learnings across project teams and the broader company.
  • Manages quality, ensuring that deliverables are exceptional and meet the client’s objectives and expectations. Reviews deliverables before they are sent to the client.
  • Manages the project budget, monitoring the burn rate and P&L’s and ensures that work is completed within budget. Works with the project team to manage scope and proactively address scope changes. Requests billing to invoice the client at appropriate intervals. Keeps internal finance and project systems updated.
  • Manages vendor assignments and budget, in consultation with the project partner, and the work of vendors.
  • Facilitates post-project documentation and review (monitoring and evaluation requirements).
  • Support the design and implementation of innovation programs, with a specific focus on technology, community management, relationship building and startup acceleration.
  • Is kind and altruistic. Recognizes the importance of doing high quality work while creating space to laugh along the way.

Key Skills and Capacities

  • Self-motivated and action/solution-oriented; entrepreneurial mindset is a must.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate across different sectors effectively – able to engage startup founders to funders to government to corporate partners and more.
  • Thoughtful listener with a willingness to seek and consider multiple perspectives and possible solutions.
  • Experience and familiarity with human-centered design principles.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Trustworthy and accountable to commitments.
  • Ability to identify partners that can improve the program and establish and build relationships with them.
  • Kind, with a team-first orientation.
  • A strong orientation and understanding of triple bottom line business approaches.
  • Strong grasp of innovation methodologies such as hackathons, business accelerators, incubation collaborative design and challenges.

Interested? Here are the Next Steps

Send your resume, one-page cover letter and one-page writing sample in pdf format to careers@secondmuse.com with NYC Program Manager in the subject heading.

Resume

  • Include links to stories, social media, sites, blogs or anything you’ve written or created (that you love)

Cover Letter (one-page maximum)

  • What interests you about SecondMuse?
  • What do you bring to a team?
  • Tell us about your experience with an innovation challenge or similar types of program.

Sample Project Plan

  • Please share a sample project plan that you have created or a page describing how you would run and facilitate a codesign session.

Cities Intern

Job Description

We are looking for an Intern to join our NYC-based Cities team that runs incubation programming to support hardware and manufacturing spaces across the city. The work under the Cities umbrella supports local economic development through Community Sourced Incubation initiatives in NYC & New York State. The Intern will support the implementation of existing programs, the delivery of the M-Corps, a program to help cleantech startups manufacture in New York, as well as internal operations for the NYC office, and the Cities Business Unit. Tasks include, but are not limited to, the key responsibilities listed below.

The Intern will be expected to work 20-30 hours per week and the position will last from Sept-Dec 2018. You’ll work with a dedicated team in New York. The timing and work schedule is flexible, but a three month commitment is required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Event Support & Logistics
  • Research and analysis
  • Support day-to-day project operations including but not limited to:
    • Contact database
    • Calendar management
    • Event invitation management
  • Work with the team to design and complete a project that supports growth and development
  • Attend and support at program events when schedule permits
  • Attend and document key partner & stakeholder meetings

Key Skills and Capacities

  • Strong research skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • A talent for clear, concise writing
  • Well-organized with attention to detail
  • Interest in product design, engineering, manufacturing, or cleantech
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Community-oriented

Invoicing and Expenses

The Intern shall receive an $500/month stipend from SecondMuse, which is to be used to defray expenses such as transportation, fees, supplies, and living expenses. The Intern will provide bank information through Zenefits for a monthly direct deposit to be paid by the 10th of each month for the previous month’s activities.

In the case that the activities require travel (including international), pre-approved travel expenses will be covered separately. Note, this travel shall be mutually negotiated.

To Apply:

Send resume and one-page cover letter in pdf format addressing: What interests you about SecondMuse? How do you envision making an impact in the world? What do you bring to a team?  Send in pdf format to careers@secondmuse.com.

SecondMuse is an equal opportunity employer. Only finalist candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.

SecondMuse Australia

There are no open positions at this time.

SecondMuse Indonesia

Project Implementation Team

Location: Surabaya

We are excited to set up a team to implement a program in Surabaya. Our program will work to improve innovation and sustainability of specific sectors in the economy. To achieve this goal, we will incubate multiple stakeholders through the Community Sourced Incubator program for a pre-selected sector in Surabaya. The Community Sourced Incubator program will be adapted from the hugely successful Futureworks program in NYC to meet the needs of businesses in Indonesia.  

Job Description: Project Implementation Team (PIT)

The Project Implementation Team will implement the Community Sourced Incubator program and report to the Platform Manager. They will be involved in supporting the design and implementation of the program in Surabaya, identifying and supporting businesses that are contributing to ocean plastic prevention.

Employment Term: initial 3 month employment term with the possibility of extending to a 1 year contract

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement the adaptation of SecondMuse’s Community Sourced Incubator to meet the needs of the targeted sector in Surabaya, including:
    • Needfinding and research, sourcing of applications, incubation of ideas and development of a market
    • Development of a network of stakeholders to support the implementation of the program
    • Support in developing a curriculum to support businesses being incubated
  • Work alongside the Platform Manager to craft a program plan for Community Sourced Incubator, which will include a process for identifying improvement areas to ensure the program is adapting to the changing needs of the targeted sector and incorporating lessons learnt.
  • Undertake the day-to-day activities of the Community Sourced Incubator in Surabaya, including communicating with multiple stakeholders to understand their needs, supporting programming, and organizing key events.  

Key Skills and Capabilities:

  • Self-motivated and action/solution-oriented – takes initiative
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Well-organised with attention to detail
  • A love for collaborative working, but disciplined in working independently
  • Strong research skills
  • A talent for clear, concise writing
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of people

All applicants should be:

  • An Indonesian citizen
  • Fluent in both written and spoken Indonesian and English languages
  • Able to live in Surabaya (with preference given to those who have spent time living in Surabaya)

SecondMuse is an equal opportunity employer. At our core, we believe that diversity is necessary for strong networks to be built and sustained, we seek to reflect that diversity on our team as well.

A competitive salary, commensurate with experience will be offered with this position. SecondMuse will also provide employees with attractive employment conditions including opportunities for career and personal development.

SecondMuse is a child safe organisation and screens applicants for suitability to work with children in our programs.

To apply to the position, please email your resume and a cover letter that responds to the key skills and capabilities to indonesia@secondmuse.com.