The Equitable Supply Chain Design Fellow will work closely with the Lab co-directors to conduct research related to equitable food supply chains and interface with lab collaborators, partners, funders and community organizations. The ideal candidate will be responsible for conducting research on pathways for increasing the participation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) food producers in wholesale and institutional food supply chains. The candidate is expected to possess design methods expertise; knowledge of and/or experience with local food supply chains; ability to facilitate collaborative initiatives across multiple stakeholders; capability to manage multiple projects and timelines; and strong communication skills. Interest in and understanding of food systems, process design, data management and drivers of food supply chain disparities is considered an asset.
Department: School of Design
Position Category: Full Time
Education & Experience:
Master's or Doctoral (preferred) degree in Design, Business, or Public Administration.
Interest in and experience with food systems and/or supply chains.
Knowledge & Skills:
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to develop design recommendations across multiple voices and constraints.
Data literacy across quantitative and qualitative data sets
Design mindset: Ability to apply a design-led approach to a project's design and execution
Creativity: Ability to explore new ways of thinking, visualizing and communicating across intersecting systems, workflows, cultures and competing priorities.
Collaboration: Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of stakeholders in ways that invite others into the process, share power and make space for different opinions and perspectives to be included in the process
Empathy: Ability to understand and value diverse and often conflicting perspectives and the values and priorities therein.
Facilitation: Ability to facilitate dialogue across diverse group of people and synthesize those into action plans and deliverables
Illinois Institute of Technology is a national, technological, Ph.D.-granting research university, with world-renowned programs in engineering, architecture, the sciences, humanities, psychology, business, law, and design. Founded in 1940 and tracing its roots back to the 1890s with the foundings of Armour Institute of Technology and Lewis Institute, IIT brings a focused, interdisciplinary approach to education, including the Inter-professional Projects Program. With five campuses throughout the Chicago area and alumni around the world, IIT pairs the educational and cultural experiences of America's Second City with the small feel of an undergraduate population of just over 2300 and total population of just over 7400.