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Design Strategist IV

Job Description


Fannie Mae provides reliable, large-scale access to affordable mortgage credit in communities across our nation. We are the leading source of funding for housing in America, which means more people can buy or rent a home. We are focused on sustaining the housing recovery, improving our company, and leading change to make housing better.

Join our diverse, high-performing team and make a difference as we work together to enable access to a good home.


Examine a customer's ecosystem of interactions with Fannie Mae. They will develop and use customer profiles to articulate a detailed visualization of customer values, processes, pain points and goals that helps drive experience strategy and execution for a suite of experiential touchpoints. Use the latest design and development practices to create customer-centric solutions.



  • Identify opportunities to enhance the customer experience through co-creation techniques from Design Thinking and Service Design practices
  • Plan and execute all the activities leading up to the workshop
  • Synthesize the information gained through workshop activities and generate findings reports/recommendations on how to improve the customer experience
  • Independently lead user research engagements including interviews, ethnographic observation, workflow analysis, and contextual inquiry of customers
  • Use service design principles (frontstage, backstage, etc.) and tools (personas, customer journey maps, service blueprinting, etc.) to identify misalignments between business goals and customer experience
  • Proactively build partnerships with key stakeholders to strengthen trust and collaboration
  • Provide regular reporting to leadership on the progress and impact of your design engagements
  • Serve as an advocate and educator of design; providing translation of design culture and skill sets to stakeholders that have little or no familiarity in working with designers

  • Bachelor's Degree in design-related field, social sciences, or closely related discipline or equivalent required MINIMUM EXPERIENCE


4-6 years of related experience

  • 4+ years of experience in Service Design, Design Thinking and Qualitative Research techniques and methodologies
  • Experience with both designing workshop activities and leading workshops is required
  • Proven ability to synthesize findings from workshops and other co-creation sessions
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing Design Thinking methodology is required
  • Must be comfortable being the focal point in a room full of senior executives (from both Fannie Mae and our customer companies)
  • Confident in driving collaboration between workshop participants. 
  • Ability to travel to customer locations nationwide is required – approximately 25%
  • Able to conduct customer/developer interviews and synthesize research/information; can work well with ambiguity
  • Experience partnering with a variety of business stakeholders and with a wide variety of business problems required
  • Self-motivated to recognize and address areas of uncertainty in a complicated space


As a condition of employment with Fannie Mae, any successful job applicant will be required to successfully complete a background investigation.

Fannie Mae is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Req ID: 58787