Industrial Designer



  • Required
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, design, or engineering.
  • Four to five years of professional experience working in the capacity of engineer, designer, business professional or entrepreneur.
  • An appetite for creating and designing innovative learning experiences.
  • Preferred
  • Blended background in Engineering, Business, and Design.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design with emphasis in Product and Design preferred. MBA with emphasis in Service Design preferred.
  • Four to five years of teaching experience (Human-Centered Design, Project-Based Learning approach) in a residential or day school setting is preferred.
  • Experience designing, creating and operating Maker Spaces.
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New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is the school the world needs next. A new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA is preparing young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate Next Generation Innovators who leave NEIA with a unique PIN and become the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. Set on a beautiful 26-acre campus in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the school offers a custom curriculum informed by research at MIT’s Integrated Design and Management program. Students engage in relevant, project-based learning that directly supports their academic success. NEIA’s learning experience will encourage students to build empathy, take risks, and engage in hands-on community, environment, and industry projects.

Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.

Position Summary

The Innovation Studio at New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is seeking a talented and collaborative Industrial Designer to join our team. As a specialist in our program, you will interact with other designers and teachers to help shape the Innovation Studio.

You will develop concepts for products that focus on usability, beauty, and enjoyable experiences by combining design, business, and engineering. The Industrial Designer determines design requirements, conducts research to determine if designs are feasible, and creates renderings and prototypes of their designs. Products are presented for general acceptance and approval.

Additionally, the Industrial Designer inspires, instructs, and develops middle and high school students’ passions and curiosities and will teach students integrated design and entrepreneurship, using human-centered design as a fundamental process to develop students’ empathy, passion, and curiosity. This role will help students think deeply about the world through various lenses of human needs, positive societal impact, environmental sustainability and enable them to take action through real-world, hands-on projects.

About Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio, a multi-disciplinary design studio that teaches responsible innovation and entrepreneurship that benefits the world.

The key pillars of Innovation Studio are:

  • Human-Centered
  • Real World
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Multi-Disciplinary

The mission of Innovation Studio at NEIA, a middle and high school preparing the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, is to:

  • Create people with vision, passion, courage, and love
  • Enable students to make real what they imagine
  • Equip students with a human-centered approach
  • Empower students to make a living as they imagine and create
  • Prepare future innovators and entrepreneurs who make the world a better place

NEIA employees are expected to embody NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaboration in all work activities and actions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • [Product Design] Conceptualizing, designing, rendering, and developing projects related to NEIA’s architecture, interior design and interactivity.
  • [Curriculum and Toolkit Design] Designing a project-based learning curriculum and toolkit that includes human-centered design, engineering, entrepreneurship, manufacturing materials and processes, digital experiences, ergonomics, form and function, aesthetics as well as UX/UI.
  • [Design Lecturing, Coaching & Mentoring] Designing and Developing an Online Portfolio and Academic Platforms (Web and App) that align with NEIA’s culture.

Product Design

  • Designs and develops manufactured products for NEIA, such as signs, furniture, interactive elements across campus, sculptures and educational props.
  • Combines design thinking, craftsmanship and art skills with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing products.
  • Plans and executes customer research in order to obtain useful insights.
  • Prepares ideas, concepts and designs brief documents.
  • Develops sketches, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, and computer-aided design software.
  • Builds prototypes and mockups of approved designs using a wide variety of traditional as well as digital manufacturing processes and materials.
  • Modifies and refines designs through an iterative process, using working models to conform with project budget, customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.
  • Presents designs and reports to customers and NEIA’s design committee for approval and discusses the need for modification.
  • Confers with NEIA’s stakeholders, final users, as well as marketing and production to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.
  • Researches production specifications, costs, production materials, and manufacturing methods and provides cost estimates and itemized production requirements.
  • Researches suppliers of materials and services.
  • Directs and coordinates the production of approved designs.

Curriculum and Toolkit Design

  • Researches the latest innovative project-based learning trends and methodologies.
  • UX research at NEIA.
  • Develops a Human-Centered Design and Innovation based curriculum for students in grades 6-12.
  • Designs a physical and digital toolkit for NEIA’s innovators to be able to go through each design cycle planned for them. The toolkit must have upgrades for each new year the innovator enters at NEIA.
  • Design Lecturing, Coaching & Mentoring
  • Mentors and assists NEIA’s innovators during the product design and product engineering processes.
  • Evaluates feasibility of innovators’ product ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.
  • Directs and coordinates NEIA’s innovators so that they go through the Human-Centered
  • Design process at NEIA’s Innovation Studio.
  • Helps innovators develop and pitch ideas to potential investors and customers.
  • Helps innovators develop and present product designs and reports to NEIA’s stakeholders and design committee for feedback.
  • Helps innovators research production specifications, costs, production materials, and manufacturing methods so that they are able to provide cost estimates and itemized production requirements.
  • Directs and coordinates the fabrication of models or samples and the drafting of work at NEIA’s makerspace.
  • Embodies NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaboration in all work activities and actions.
  • Creates lesson plans with project-based assignments connected to the human experience that are engaging, educational, and exciting for the students.
  • Plans, prepares and delivers instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences.
  • Incorporates goals, competencies, and objectives into lesson plans in ways that directly apply to the student’s life.
  • Achieves school and course-wide performance goals for every student in class.
  • Assesses student work regularly to keep students updated on how they are doing.
  • Identifies students who are struggling with learning, emotional problems, or situations at home, and find them the resources they need.


  • Engages in ongoing professional learning and development per the school’s professional growth framework.
  • Supports the work of School Leadership in reaching strategic goals.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned and required by the position and the school
  • Responsibilities include those associated with the residential life program at NEIA, including, but not limited to, weeknight and weekend supervision.



  • Experience using Design software such as: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Passionate about teaching middle and high school students.
  • Ability to create a welcoming and supportive community for a diverse study body.
  • Ability to work with professionalism, discretion, sound judgment, equity, honesty, and personal accountability at all times.
  • Proficient knowledge of human-centered design, building products from concept and bringing them to market; product ideation, sketching, illustration, rendering, prototyping, planning and manufacturing.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively manage the time of self and others.
  • Start-up mentality, entrepreneurial spirit, and open to change. Proactive contributor, team player with can-do attitude.


  • Able to operate and maintain digital manufacturing equipment such as; FDM 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, CNC Milling Machines.
  • Ability to create electronic hardware and software (Arduino platforms, Raspberry Pi platforms, Adafruit’s Circuit Playground platforms, C++ programming language for prototyping boards).
  • Experience using Design software such as: Blender, Solidworks or Inventor, AutoCAD
  • Knowledge of manufacturing techniques and processes that include woodworking, metalworking, and plastics and resins.
  • Interactivity and Digital Media experience to create: Video Game development, Virtual Reality scenes, Augmented Reality visualizations, 3D architectural rendering and animations, creating procedural animations using Processing.
  • Experience using engineering software: Python, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Scratch, Processing, Java, C++, C#, Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

Additional Information

This is a 12-month full-time exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package that


  • Health Insurance (employer/employee share the cost)
  • Dental and Vision Insurance (employer pays 100% of the cost)
  • Employer-paid Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Disability Plans (employee-paid)
  • 401K Plan
  • Generous PTO package that includes 10 paid holidays and additional time-off between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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NEIA is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or any other status protected by applicable law. NEIA will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities or pregnancy-related conditions, in accordance with applicable law.


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