Start Date: 09/22/14
Our Mission: DownCity Design helps people design solutions for their communities. We’re improving cities by inviting citizens to imagine and create better futures, using the tools of design. We believe in the power of design to solve problems, and in the power of young people to change the world. Our youth programs and community design dialogues are making urban neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more liveable, while empowering residents to become agents of change.
The Program Coordinator is part of a community of individuals who are committed to promoting the mission of DownCity Design. Our expectation is that the Program Coordinator will bring to this position deep creativity, a cooperative spirit, fluid communication, flexibility, and a willingness to learn and grow.
The Program Coordinator will serve dual roles within the organization. When programs are in session (roughly 32 weeks per year), 60% of his or her time will be spent as a Design Educator, working directly with groups of young people to design and build community projects both in-school and after-school. The remaining 40% of each week will be devoted to providing administrative support for DCD programs.
As an administrator, the Program Coordinator coordinates logistics for DownCity Design programs and projects, including Youth Programs, Community Design Programs, and Special Projects. He or she will need to be extremely organized and detail-oriented in order to keep things running smoothly on a daily basis. The Program Coordinator works closely with the Program Director to keep our shop organized and operational, manage program resources and procure supplies, prepare construction documents and secure permits, and troubleshoot program problems as they arise.
Specific duties include:
• Coordinate program logistics and troubleshoot problems; communicate regularly with Program Director and with program partners to ensure smooth program operations.
• Prepare educator contracts and track program expenditures.
• Support instructors and partners with recruitment of students for programs.
• Track program projects and help to ensure that they are fully completed within a pre-determined timeframe.
• Work with Program Director and educators to create detailed construction documents for DCD projects, and to secure all necessary permits and permissions.
• Implement and manage data collection systems and evaluation methods that enable us to demonstrate the impact of DCD programs.
• Coordinate intake, training and placement of volunteers.
• Help to plan and organize special events.
• Additional responsibilities consistent with the role of advancing the organizational mission.
• Serve as lead Design Educator for approximately 22 hours of DownCity Design programs each week, when those programs are in session.
• Oversight of the DCD workshop, including tool procurement and maintenance, shop organization, supply procurement.
• Enforce policies around shop safety for instructors and students.
INNOVATION BY DESIGN
Support the initiatives of Innovation by Design. Potential responsibilities include:
• Assistance with creating professional development opportunities for educators interested in using the Design Thinker in their classrooms, including the annual Design Teacher Summer Camp.
• Along with the Executive Director and Program Director, coordination and orchestration of the annual Design Challenge.
OVERSIGHT AND ADMINISTRATION
The Program Coordinator will report directly to the Program Director and will provide regular weekly updates on ongoing program activities. Performance will be reviewed three months after date of hire, with an annual review thereafter.
This is a part-time, one-year contract position. The position may be extended beyond one year, contingent on funding and satisfactory job performance. The Program Coordinator will be expected to work an average of 36 hours per week throughout the year, with occasional evening and weekend hours.
The ideal candidate will have/be:
• A deep knowledge of design processes and structural design principals; Masters of Architecture (MArch) degree strongly preferred.
• Highly organized, detail-oriented, and professional; office management experience is a plus.
• Teaching experience (ideally working with middle or high school students)
• Strong curriculum design skills
• Solid design skills and past experience with design/build projects
• Experience creating detailed construction documents (AutoCAD or Rhino 3D)
• Comfort with construction techniques and safe tool use
• Experience coordinating projects and communicating with partners and constituents
• Openness to creative collaboration and working as a team
• Excitement about project-based learning and social practice
How to Apply
Deadline to submit applications is September 7, 2014. Please send a resume, cover letter, and portfolio of at least 3 design and/or teaching work samples to Adrienne Gagnon, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.