Part-Time Instructor (Design Thinking)

coLearning is a state-recognized school that offers 12 week professional development courses in the areas of technology, design and business. Our courses are taught by skilled practitioners in conjunction with area companies, local creators and community groups, and held at The Factory, a coworking space in downtown Grand Rapids.

We're looking for seasoned practitioners to share their expertise and grow the talent in our region through the coLearning program. You’ll guide coLearners through a transformative experience that will help them understand the key concepts of design thinking. At the end of a 12-week course, coLearners will be able to lead the design thinking process using key design tools, methods and frameworks for developing deep consumer insights. coLearners should also be able reduce risk and accelerate learning through rapid prototyping and effectively communicate their design methods in a team setting.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Possess a passion for design and an eagerness to grow other curious people.
  • Have 3+ years of experience implementing the design thinking process shown in your work.
  • Have at least to 5 years of career experience.
  • Able to clearly communicate the idea of the design thinking mindset and its building blocks to different experience levels.
  • Previous teaching and/or speaking experience is a plus.


  • Commit to teaching 2 coLearning courses per year.
  • Attend and facilitate all sessions of class. Each course is 2.5 hours, once a week, for 12 weeks.
  • Attend Orientation and Graduation sessions surrounding the course kick-off and completion.
  • Help build and enhance the coLearning curriculum for Design Thinking.
  • Instruct using project-based learning. Putting less time toward lectures and more on collaborative sessions.
  • Provide assistance and communication to coLearning class as needed, utilizing internal communication tools like slack, email, etc...
  • Help share your course offering to the community.
  • Take weekly class attendance of coLearners present.
  • Attend 2 Studio Tours during each course that are setup by coLearning staff.
  • Encourage coLearners to attend outside events that support the coLearning course.
  • Attend our Teacher Lounge sessions that gather other coLearning instructors to focuses on building better instructors.

If you think you are a good fit, tell us why! Please send a resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn URL to [email protected].