Program Associate – Design Trust for Public Space – New York, NY

Position Summary

The Design Trust for Public Space seeks a highly motivated full-time Program Associate to plan and execute the Design Trust’s comprehensive program to unlock the potential of New York City’s public spaces with city agencies, community organizations, and private sector experts under the guidance of the Director of Programs.

The Program Associate will be a talented individual who plays a leadership role in advancing projects with project partners, community and Fellows teams. S/he must share our passion about public space and our mission. S/he will lead the day-to-day operations of Design Trust’s multiple projects, including management of Fellow’s teams and coordination of events. S/he will assist the Director in strategic planning, project planning, and development. The Associate also will work collaboratively with the Design Trust’s dedicated board, and staff of six.

Responsibilities include:

Strategic Planning—Coordinates Program Committee meetings and assists the Director of Programs in conducting research, setting goals, and planning for the Design Trust program.

Project Planning—Manages biennial RFP/Call for Projects logistics, including outreach, jury process and related public events. Leads the Fellow selection process and agreements.

Project Development—Leads day-to-day management of multiple Fellows teams, including coordination with partners. Working closely with Director of Programs, manages work plans, project timelines and budgets, and updates as needed; supervises interns and delegates accordingly; assists in content development, including maps, diagrams, renderings. Leads production of program-related events and project deliverables, including publications, installations, websites, and exhibitions.

Project Assessment—Organizes Advisory Committee and other stakeholder meetings, including Fellows preparation and presentation.

Post-project work—Leads and executes post-project activities as appropriate with Fellows or DT staff.

Project Outreach, Communications and Events—Working with the Deputy Director, Communications & Events Associate and Director of Programs, contributes project-related content, and/or prepares A/V presentations for Board, media outreach, and other communications. Organizes Public Space Potlucks series that strategically sync with program schedule and goals.

Required Background, Skills and Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Urban Design or Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or related field required
2 to 3 years experience in design or planning, working with community-based organizations, nonprofits or public agencies
Strong project management skills and leadership ability
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Team player with outstanding interpersonal skills
Ability to work effectively with diverse groups, including staff, donors, community groups, and public agencies
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Ability to effectively multi-task and problem-solve
Ability to work independently while comfortable as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Enthusiasm, sense of humor and positive attitude essential
Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite. Experience with ArcGIS & database software (Filemaker Pro) is preferred.
Experience in coordinating events

How to apply

Applications will be accepted via email only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline of March 9, 2015. Due to the volume of applicants, no email confirmations or responses will be possible. Only candidates whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No calls or in-person visits please.

To apply, send the following as one complete PDF file (Word docs will not be accepted):

1) Cover letter

2) Resume

3) A three-page work sample of your choice that demonstrates your abilities

Name your PDF file “lastname_firstname_application” and send it to: