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Austin Design Week is a week-long celebration of all things design in Austin. Our mission is to bring together design communities and designers across disciplines -- from graphic designers to architects, service designers and fashion designers, artists, product designers, and more - to showcase their craft and learn from one another. It is also our mission to invite Austin residents and visitors to participate - to learn how design affects their lives and how they can get involved.

Since 2016, this week-long event has been FREE to the community. Last year, we hosted 120+ workshops, studio tours, panels, talks, and events. The reason we can do this year after year is because of the help of our generous volunteers.

Austin Design Week is a free event and entirely volunteer-run. We need folks committed to the design community to help us organize! We are seeking volunteers who can help us throughout the year to make this event a reality. Writers, project managers, programming leads, and more!

Interested in being part of our organizing team? Check out a list of roles below and apply here.

Communications

Head of Content (1)

As Head of Content, you will have a hand in everything content-related for ADW. This means the language on our website, communication in our emails, managing our blog team, and more. We’re looking for someone who can help us unify the brand voice at ADW and fill in the gaps. We need someone who can manage a team of writers, but can also get their hands dirty and write themselves!

Timeline of Role: We are looking to bring someone onboard as soon as possible. This role is active from February - November. Hours per week will vary.

Responsibilities include:

  • Partnering with the design team and Lead Organizer overseeing ADW’s Communication Team to narrow in on a brand voice

  • Updating the copy on the ADW website to make sure it reflects the ADW brand voice

  • Helping onboard and lead a team to manage our blog and newsletters

  • Partnering with the social media team make sure our messaging is aligned

  • Filling in as needed for ADW’s copy needs!

Social Media Lead (1)

We’re looking for someone who can manage ADW’s social media throughout the year. This will involve, creating a social media strategy, onboarding and managing a team of social media volunteers, and actively executing on our social media strategy.

Timeline of Role: This role is active from February - November. It is approximately 3-5 hours per week until October and then significantly picks up leading up to and during Austin Design Week. Need someone who will be available during Austin Design Week (Nov. 9th - 13th).

Responsibilities include:

  • Creating a social media strategy for ADW 2020 that kicks off early 2020

  • Mapping out a calendar of key ADW dates and creating a social plan around those announcements

  • Onboarding and leading a team of social media volunteers

  • Partnering with the blog and email team to align on content

  • Tweeting, Facebooking, Linkedining, and Instagraming from ADW accounts

  • Helping onboard and manage an extended team of volunteers to do live coverage of ADW during Nov. events

Blog Lead (1)

The ADW Blog is calling your name! Our blog is a way to showcase design in Austin, profile local groups and designers, and help us highlight ADW happenings leading up to the event. We are looking for someone who can create a strategy for the ADW blog and execute it.

Timeline of Role: This role is active from February - November and is approximately 3-5 hours per week.

Responsibilities include:

  • Creating a strategy for the ADW blog in 2020

  • Calendaring out blog posts

  • Onboarding and managing blog contributors

  • Writing bi-weekly/monthly posts

  • Working with Communications Team Lead on design needs for the blog

Email Lead (1)

We’re looking for someone to manage our email newsletter calendar and create and send ADW emails! We use our newsletter to announce important ADW dates and updates and highlight what to expect leading up to the event. You will partner with our Communications Team Lead to own this channel during the ADW 2020 year!

Timeline of Role: This role is active from February - November and is approximately 3-5 hours per week.

Responsibilities include:

  • Mapping out a newsletter calendar based on key ADW dates

  • Partnering with Communications Team Lead on design asset requests

  • Writing and sending newsletters (will increase in frequency as we get closer to ADW)

  • Partner with the blog and social team to align on timelines and content

Social Media Volunteers (2-4)

Do you love social? Contribute to ADW 2020’s social media efforts! We’re looking for someone who can tweet, insta, Linkedin, and Facebook for ADW throughout the year. Our social channels are used to highlight design in Austin, share ADW announcements, promote ADW events leading up to ADW, thank our partners, and share the action from Austin Design Week.

Timeline of Role: This role is active from February - November and is approximately 3-5 hours per week. During ADW (Nov. 9th - 13th), the role picks up in hours as we cover live events.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Social Media Lead on social strategy

  • Crafting copy, selecting images, and executing ADW social throughout the year

Volunteers

Head of Volunteers (1-2)

As Head of Volunteers, you will be responsible for the end-to-end volunteer experience for our week-of volunteers. This means volunteer recruitment, volunteer onboarding, and volunteer experience. You’ll be able to decide what team you need to make this happen and work with ADW to onboard additional leaders to support you.

Timeline of Role: This role is active from February - November. It is approximately 3-5 hours per week until October and then significantly picks up leading up to and during Austin Design Week. Need someone who will be available during Austin Design Week (Nov. 9th - 13th).

Responsibilities include:

  • Mapping out the ideal ADW volunteer experience

  • Onboarding and leading a leadership team to help manage week-of volunteers

  • Calendaring out important ADW volunteer dates

  • Leading recruiting efforts for ADW volunteers (including mixers, partnerships, etc.)

  • Creating and executing onboarding for ADW volunteers

  • Making sure ADW events are staffed with trained and supported ADW volunteers

Operations

Accountant (1)

As our pro-bono accountant, you will be responsible for ADW finances and tax-filing. This year, we’ll be applying for 501c3 status and you’ll work alongside the ADW founders to make sure we have everything we need to keep Austin Design Week’s finances in order.

Timeline of Role: This role is active from February - November and is approximately 2-5 hours per week based on deadline dates. We are looking for someone who can get started as soon as possible.

Responsibilities include:

  • Partnering with ADW founders on system for budgeting and tracking expenses

  • Partnering with ADW founders on financial related 501c3 filing needs

  • Filing ADW taxes and working with ADW founders on other financial regulatory items

  • Must have experience working in business accounting, non-profit experience a huge plus!

Sustainability Volunteer (1-2)

Help us make #ADW20 a more sustainable event! You'll work alongside our Sustainability Lead to understand this year's priorities and help execute on them!

Timeline of Role: This role is active from March - November and is approximately 3-5 hours per week based on deadline dates.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching partners and vendors

  • Onboarding transportation and other partners to work with ADW

  • Co-creating sustainability guidelines to share with ADW hosts

  • Developing ideas to make ADW more sustainable as aligned with the sustainability goals for ADW

Programming

Programming Leads (8+)

Our programming leads are key to making ADW success! Programming Leads liaise with all of our hosts to make sure they have everything they need to run their ADW event and that ADW has everything we need from them. We need team members who are organized and great communicators! You’ll be building and maintaining relationships with companies, organizations, and individuals in Austin to help them make their ADW event as great as it can be!

Timeline of Role: This role is active from August - November and is approximately 3-5 hours per week based on deadline dates.

Responsibilities include:

  • Reaching out to assigned hosts to introduce yourself

  • Maintaining communication with hosts until end of ADW

  • Gathering needs information for hosts for event pages

  • Sharing best practices with hosts

  • Helping hosts work through any concerns, issues, or special asks on the logistics and their program

Design-a-thon Leads (2-3)

Our Design-a-thon is a multi-day event leading up to and during Austin Design Week that gives small teams the chance to work together to solve a design challenge in Austin for social good. Learn more about it here. We’re looking for logistics-minded individuals to help us plan and execute this year’s Design-a-thon!

Timeline of Role: This role is active from August - November and is approximately 2-5 hours per week based on deadline dates.

Responsibilities include:

  • Setting timelines for the Design-a-thon

  • Managing communications with design-a-thon sponsors, mentors, attendees, and other ADW team members

  • Securing mentors and judges for the design-a-thon

  • Ordering food and maintaining logistics for the event

Other

Have something you’d like to contribute to ADW you don’t see listed? Tell us about what talents you’d like to bring to ADW!!

If you have any questions please email info@austindesignweek.org.