Design. Disrupt. Repeat.Be an agent of change on a team committed to achieving client-focused, mission-driven excellence. Steampunk is the explosive collision of human-centered design and traditional government contracting. We are an employee-owned company with a startup mindset and time-tested approaches tailored for the federal government. Were passionate about creating solutions that are impactful, practical, and scalable while meeting our clients ever-changing needs. We believe in empowering our people to find creative solutions to intractable problems. We believe the best environment in which to grow and thrive is outside our comfort zone. We believe that while good design makes for a good product, human-centered design makes for an excellent one.Contributions:As a service design lead, you will be responsible for guiding government clients through our Design Intelligence framework, incorporating human-centered methods to solve end to end organization and experience challenges. You will plan and facilitate discovery sessions that uncover customer pain points and identify enterprise opportunities. You will serve as the voice of the customer, making sure their needs are considered and met within a proposed solution.Responsibilities:Lead all aspects of discovery to understand: client mission and goals; stakeholders, users and their ecosystems; current state journeys; user segments; program and project objectivesConduct workshops and interviews to frame pain points and opportunities; define problem statements and validate hypothesisSynthesize research and data to communicate insights and make recommendations that will shape mission/program strategy, service and workflow innovations, and a compelling future experience visionCreate journey maps, service blueprints, vision road maps, personas, ecosystem and experience maps that articulate needs, gaps, and actionable recommendations for organizational and process improvementsCollaborate and communicate stakeholder and user needs on a cross functional technical team within an agile environmentUnderstand and embrace the specifications and constraints of a given technology, platform and/or operational environment and understand how research should be integrated into technological considerationsLead and manage a team of cross-functional designers and ensure all deliverables across a variety of projects are produced at the highest qualityContribute to internal and practice initiatives and thought leadership contentMentor and conduct regular check-ins with designers within your team and across the practiceAssist with Design & Strategy practice recruitingQualifications:
Ability to obtain a U.S. government Public Trust Security Clearance8+ years of experience in human centered design, service design, and/or customer experience designCurrent portfolio demonstrating ideology, methods, tools, skills, and craftThorough knowledge and demonstrated experience conducting primary and secondary research including stakeholder and user-interviews, design-thinking and co-creation workshops and applying those insights to personas, journey maps, process maps, ecosystem maps, roadmaps, stakeholder maps, and service blueprintsAbility to think strategically and holistically and connect dots across multiple workstreams, stakeholder groups, and ecosystemsExperience working on a scrum team within the Agile delivery framework and experience integrating research and design into technical sprints including writing stories and story pointingProficiency in tools like Adobe Creative Suite, Mural, and LucidchartDesire to keep pace with ever-changing industry tools and best practices with the ability to make recommendations as needed for the best outcomeExperience collaborating within a multi-disciplinary delivery team including UX/UI designers, technologists, data scientists, engineers, solution architects, and change managersA natural curiosity for solving problems coupled with strong analytical skillsA collaborative nature with excellent written communication and presentation skillsExperience working in a project-based environmentDegree or equivalent experience in HCD, and/or service designBonus PointsPrevious work experience in or with the federal governmentPrevious work experience as a consultant
steampunk :Steampunk is a
in the Federal contracting industry, bringing new thinking to clients in the Homeland, Federal Civilian, Health and DoD sectors. Through our
Human-Centered delivery methodology , we are fundamentally changing the expectations our Federal clients have for true shared accountability in solving their toughest mission challenges. As an
employee owned company , we focus on investing in our employees to enable them to do the greatest work of their careers and rewarding them for outstanding contributions to our growth. If you want to learn more about our story, visit http://www.steampunk.com.We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Steampunk participates in the E-Verify program.