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Service Design Manager

Hartford, CT | Work from home flexibility

Posted: 06/02/23 Category: Business Intelligence, Government Job Number: 21286

Job Description

Position: Service Design Manager
Location: Hartford, CT – Hybrid Onsite/Remote
Job Type: Contract
Duration: 12 months

Job Description

As the Service Design Manager, you’ll report to the Program Manager and lead service design projects from project scoping to research, design strategy, and implementation. You’ll collaborate with team members to transform the digital team’s work into a rigorous and sustainable practice.

As a senior member of the team, you’re responsible for leading and implementing all aspects of a project life cycle—including strategy, design, implementation, and evaluation. In addition, you’ll mentor emerging team members by helping to expand their skill sets and deliver exceptional work. Lastly, you’ll amplify the Digital Service’s service design approach, progress project work, and help build the client’s service design practice.

An ideal candidate should be a talented and knowledgeable designer with fresh, creative ideas, and an excellent eye for detail. In addition to understanding user experience design and development methodologies, the candidate should also have experience working in an Agile environment. You should not be afraid to lead by example, knowing when and where you should own the outcome yourself or let others carry the torch.

Primary Duties

  • Design and facilitate thoughtful and ethical research (in collaboration with the team’s User Research Manager) to understand the service-related needs of residents, staff, leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Synthesize research into insights and well-defined opportunity areas for intervention.
  • Develop feasible, person-centered, and comprehensive service strategies that improve resident interactions with government and staff work experiences.
  • Design service solutions that work across channels of experience—including digital and non-digital touchpoints (e.g., in-person interactions and physical service environments).
Practice Building
  • Build the State’s Service Design team through hiring, growing, and retaining high-performing teammates.
  • Drive a practice in mixed methods research (qualitative and quantitative) including when and how to apply them throughout the product development lifecycle.
  • Set standards of practice for and with service design team members.
  • Expand team members’ skill sets through regular feedback, learning sessions, and one-on-one mentorship.
  • Design and facilitate skill-shares with colleagues, so they can apply strategic design methods to their work.
  • Use iterative processes to ensure project deliverables; like service blueprints, process flows, stakeholder maps, and project reports, are rigorously executed.
  • Choose the right deliverable for the right kind of conversation.
  • Visually communicate ideas, research synthesis, and prototypes, so stakeholders can align on concepts.
  • Develop compelling narratives that communicate the human experience to decision-makers, so they can make clear decisions that align with evidence and human need.
  • Work with UX designers, visual designers, content strategists, architects, and technologists to develop and build tools and resources (e.g., websites, apps, one-pagers, applications, the design of space, etc.) supportive of service improvement strategies.
  • Facilitate listening and research sessions with subject matter experts.
  • Create change management, governance, and pilot plans setting implementation efforts up for success, acknowledging the constraints and realities of the service system.
  • Synthesize complex information from various sources into clear, actionable insights.
  • Develop metrics of success to measure the effectiveness of project outcomes.
  • Evaluate pilot plans to understand what works and doesn’t about a solution.
  • Take appropriate action to revise service solutions based on learnings from evaluation.
  • Communicate work without jargon or pretense.
  • Ensure participatory design processes include the right people, at the right points in time.
  • Offer and take constructive feedback.
  • Respect and protect team members and stakeholders’ time.
  • Communicate with clarity and honesty around the status of work.
  • Cultivate and maintain respectful relationships with project stakeholders.
  • In partnership with the program team and agency communications staff, disseminate lessons learned, tools, and best practices of the client to the public.
  • Actively contribute to the field of service design through journal submissions, conference participation, and community skill-shares.
Project Managing
  • Collaborate with senior leadership on the design of a project.
  • Break down complex projects into reasonable project plans with clear deliverables, milestones, and deadlines.
  • Lead project partners and team members through service design processes.
  • Clearly communicate project plans and their status to leadership, team members, and other stakeholders.
  • Effectively navigate through ambiguity and project challenges.
  • Deliver projects on time.
Preferred Skills & Qualifications

Other Desirable Qualifications
  • A design-related degree or relevant industry experience
  • 5+ years of professional experience or a graduate degree plus 3+ years of professional experience
  • 5+ years managing project relationships with colleagues, clients, and project stakeholders
Nice-to-Have Skills
  • Bilingual
  • Strong visual design aesthetic
  • Experience with community-based and participatory design
  • Experience working in the social impact space on complex service challenges
  • Experience with process improvement methodologies (LEAN, six-sigma, etc.)
  • Experience with human-centered change management

Queen Consulting Group is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to promote an environment that helps our employees and clients appreciate the benefits that diversity provides.

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