Culdesac

We build cities for people, not cars.

Behavior Design Fellow

$40k - $45k
Location
Remote or In-Person (Tempe)
Job Type
Internship
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About the role

Who We Are

Culdesac is a real estate and technology startup that builds cities for people, not cars. Our goal is to create the first car-free city in the US. We started by creating the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the US - Culdesac Tempe, a $170 million mixed-use neighborhood development for 1,000 residents opening in 2022. The neighborhood covers 17 acres and features 55% open space, shared courtyards, and abundant bookable spaces. Culdesac is the co-developer and tech-enabled property manager.

Read more about our vision, our product, and how we are changing how people live, work, and move:

Introducing Culdesac: Building car-free neighborhoods from scratch by Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)

The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood by The New York Times

Paying Rent Will Get You Wheels in New Car-Free Complex by Bloomberg

New Arizona Development Bans Residents From Bringing Cars - WSJ by Wall Street Journal

11 rules for buying an ebike. Ebikes are about to change the world. By Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)

We’re headquartered in Tempe, AZ and were founded in 2018. CEO Ryan Johnson was previously on the founding team of Opendoor. We raised $30M Series A in January 2022. Our investors include top VCs like Khosla Ventures, Zigg Capital, Initialized Capital, and Y Combinator

The Role

As a Behavior Design Fellow at Culdesac, you will help implement strategies to advance car-free culture and the community experience at Culdesac.

Using an understanding of behavioral science, you will work closely with the Experience Design team to identify the key behaviors and culture to promote, design behavior change experiments, and define and collect metrics to measure impact.

While you are grounded in the principles of behavioral science, you are eager to take research to the real world and implement scrappy, creative solutions that improve the resident experience.

The Requirements

While our role description represents what we are ideally looking for, we encourage you to apply even if your resume includes strengths and experiences that don’t match everything listed here.

Experience partnering with the broader team to collaboratively take ideas from the research stage to execution. Though a number of disciplines may include design frameworks applicable to our work, a background in behavioral science or economics stands out.

Ability to move fast to implement and iteratively test ideas while remaining grounded in the user experience and creating better resident outcomes.

Interest in community cultivation beyond the borders of the Culdesac development.

Passion for problem-solving ; you consider yourself scrappy, and self-motivated. You are someone who uses creative thinking to identify feasible behavioral solutions.

Prioritizes a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micromobility, and other alternatives to private cars.

Locations

We're headquartered in Tempe, AZ, with our office located in the heart of downtown Tempe. We encourage employees to work in our beautiful Tempe office and offer relocation assistance to those who’d like to move to Tempe. We also have remote positions, and we work hard to create a first-class, remote-friendly environment.

Our Values

As sprawl became commonplace in our cities, we felt less connected to each other. We normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. Our cities blend technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. Come help us make our residents happier, healthier, and more productive in the years they spend with us and the moments they spend together.

At Culdesac, we:

Work as a team

Be inclusive, drawing on the strengths of people who bring a different perspective.

Find ways to work together that overcome disciplinary and geographic separations.

Ship, including the last 10%

Be output oriented. Ship.

Our mission weaves us deep into people's lives. Respect that trusted relationship by seeing your work through to the end, including the last 10%.

Embrace the full stack

We have a competitive advantage in operationally complex, capital-intensive work.

Tackling all the layers in the stack gives us an opportunity to deliver an exceptional user experience.

Always remember Rule #0: learn from those who have done it before.

Ask people for feedback

Only users know if we’re creating value for them.

We get better by observing behavior and asking others how we can improve.

Respect the limits of what we can know and plan. In the complex organism of a city, emergent behavior rules.

Design for humans

The messiness of human preferences and decision making is the rich soil where our product grows.

Human paradoxes and contradictions are our opportunity to create joy.

Next Steps

If you think Culdesac might be a good fit, we encourage you to apply! You have nothing to lose, and we'll respond to you within a week.

If we move forward, here's our typical process:

  1. A 30-minute video call with our Experience Design Lead to understand your high-level background and cover logistics & expectations.

  2. A 30-minute take home assignment.

  3. A 30-minute video call with a senior member of our team to further discuss the application of behavior design at Culdesac.

  4. A final 45-minute video call with our COO overviewing how you would fit in Culdesac’s mission, vision, and culture.

At each step, we leave time for you to ask us questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Culdesac is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Why you should join Culdesac

Our cities should be celebrated. They have been the largest driver of innovation in human history. But somewhere along the way, things broke and our quality of life suffered. We built our lives around our cars as cookie-cutter housing popped up around the country. Sprawl became commonplace, and we normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. We became more isolated and felt less connected to each other. It doesn't have to be this way.

We're building cities for people, not cars. Our team blends technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. We come from different backgrounds to bring a fresh perspective on what's possible. As a team, we keep a pulse on our community and what they need. We ride our e-bikes to lunch, host pop-ups on construction sites and make 16-acre cornstarch art pieces. We cultivate these relationships and bring our community closer together so they can experience the neighborhood they deserve.

Culdesac
Founded:
Team Size:32
Location:Tempe, AZ
Founders
Jeff Berens
Jeff Berens
Founder
Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson
Founder