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Associate Manager-James Dyson Foundation


Will be based on experience and credentials.
Chicago - USA


The James Dyson Foundation (JDF) – Dyson’s international charitable arm – aims to inspire young people to think differently, make mistakes, and realize their engineering potential. The Foundation creates free K-12 engineering curricula and provides hands-on workshops to give Chicago students a glimpse into the exciting world of engineering. The Foundation also supports university students through its annual international design competition, the James Dyson Award (JDA).
We’re looking for an individual who can build rapport, manage projects, and excite young people about engineering, design and technology. Someone comfortable presenting to a room full of school children, undergraduates, or Dyson’s Chicago-based employees. A background in education is preferred.
The James Dyson Award: 
  • Be the national steward of the James Dyson Award, developing rapport with top engineering colleges across United States. 
  • Increase awareness of the JDA among university faculty and staff. 
  • Encourage participation from students by way of various outreach methods.
Dyson people engagement: 
  • Encourage office-wide philanthropy and employee volunteering opportunities. 
  • Promote and oversee the employee gift-matching program.
Engineering education:
  • Provide an American education perspective during the development of new educational resources.
  • Align curricula to the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and the ISTE Standards.
  • Develop a strategy for the promotion and dissemination of dedicated resources for teachers and students around Chicago and, potentially, across the country.


Lead James Dyson Foundation university partnerships in America:
  • Develop strong relationships with key university partners; develop a coherent plan looking at how the JDF can build lasting relationships with faculty and staff; and conduct on-campus outreach to increase awareness of the competition and elevate its profile as a leading university award. 
  • Manage the James Dyson Award in the US, including reviewing entries, arranging judging, cultivating a network of university partners, and managing outreach for the Award. Provide support in publicity and management of the Award for the US and occasionally Canada and Mexico, working with each market’s Public Relations teams.
Run a targeted schools program in Chicago:
  • Manage partnerships with schools in Chicago.
  • Organize and facilitate hands-on design thinking and engineering education workshops and events to inspire children (and occasionally adults) in schools and community organizations and to provide volunteering opportunities for Dyson people.
  • Manage the promotion and distribution of dedicated school resources in Chicago, identifying appropriate opportunities and ensuring the suitability of the resources for the US education system.
Charity governance and planning:
  • Manage all charity governance including regular meetings with the US Board of Directors. 
  • Set and monitor the US JDF budget, in consultation with the Global JDF Head. Conduct financial administration for the JDF US.
  • Execute charitable governance according to financial and charitable laws and regulations.
Build awareness of the James Dyson Foundation:
  • Work closely with the JDF international team to increase social media presence and following in the US.
  • Work with the Dyson US PR team to promote the JDF’s activity in the media, spotting and managing opportunities to communicate our work in education press. 
  • Work closely with the Dyson US PR team to write compelling internal and external communications, including opinion pieces and news articles, to build the JDF’s presence in the US.
  • Liaise regularly with the international JDF team, sharing ideas and progress.
Engage Dyson people in the work of the JDF:
  • Set up employee volunteering opportunities so Dyson people can amplify the work of the JDF.
  • Plan internal engagement activity around the James Dyson Award.
  • Develop relationships with appropriate charities and encourage philanthropy within Dyson’s employees through match funding schemes and events throughout the year.
  • Communicate the activities internally to the Dyson US team, creating an understanding of its program and showcasing employees who have got involved in JDF work. 
  • Build relationships with senior Dyson stakeholders, regularly communicating our activity and securing their support.
Education and philanthropy expert in Dyson US:
  • Be the front of the James Dyson Foundation in the US. Responsible for promoting the Foundation’s activities to relevant audiences: teachers, students, education bodies and Dyson people. 
  • Understand the American education scene. Develop an expansive knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education by monitoring education news daily and through links with relevant associations. 
  • Manage all external communications related to general enquiries and product donation requests. 
  • Process in-bound donation requests and fulfill request-acknowledgement communications.
  • Develop a network of relevant education and engineering bodies to share knowledge or partner with.  
  • Set the overall JDF US strategy. Present plans to senior Dyson US leadership team.
  • Report into the Global Head of the James Dyson Foundation, based in the UK.
  • Based in Chicago with occasional domestic and international travel.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum 2 yrs. experience in an education role required (e.g. teaching, school planning or administration, education non-profit organization)
  • Strong verbal and communication skills
  • Strong project management, organizational, budget and planning skills
  • Strong time management skills needed to balance multiple projects and administrative duties
  • A passion for education, science, design and engineering
  • A passion for the James Dyson Foundation’s mission and a drive to communicate that mission persuasively and uphold its integrity
  • An understanding of the education system in the US.
  • A doer – eager to engage with new people every day and progress projects at pace
  • Adaptable/flexible – able to multi-task
  • Creative, in ideas and writing
  • Proactive – always looking for ways to improve
  • Ability to work autonomously and as a team player
  • Ability to drive projects from concept through implementation
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to a fast-paced, growing organization


Dyson US monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries, holidays and retirement plans. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy profit-related bonuses and life and disability cover. But financial rewards are just the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to fueling and realizing ambition. Dyson is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with Dyson and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please send an e-mail with your contact information, the job number of the position for which you are interested in applying, and the nature of your request to careers.us@dyson.com or call(312) 706-2260. Determinations of requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis. Dyson is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.