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Design Trust for Public Space

Director of Programs

Design Trust for Public Space

POSITION SUMMARY The Design Trust for Public Space is currently seeking a full-time Director of Programs to manage all Design Trust programs, publications, and related activities, under the guidance of the Executive Director. The Director of Programs should have a background in urban planning, public policy, architecture, or other fields concerned with the design, development and utilization of public space. A Master's degree in a relevant field is strongly preferred.

+ Provide overall strategic planning for all Design Trust projects

+ Lead project manager for all Design Trust projects

+ Oversee the editorial development, design, and production of all project deliverables

+ Manage project RFP’s and fellow- selection process

+ Maintain project budgets, lead program-related fundraising and reporting

+ Develop project timelines and manage daily operations of all projects

+ Organize and manage all project- related meetings, workshops, and public events

+ Work with Executive Director to disseminate project deliverables and findings

+ Manage Board Program Committee quarterly meetings in coordination with the Executive Director

+ Manage external relationships and liaise with a variety of project partners, stakeholders, advisors, and fellows

+ Create and deliver project-related public presentations

+ Manage outreach and relations with community partners and public officials

+ Serve as lead in fundraising meetings with potential individual and institutional donors to solicit project funding; maintain project fundraising schedule

+ Serve as a public representative for Design Trust projects and activities

+ Lead staff person for all project- related communication, including writing press releases, reports to funders, and project descriptions for the Design Trust website

+ Contribute regular posts to the staff blog, “I (heart) Public Space”

+ Delegate and oversee project- related tasks for the Production & Program Associate

+ Minimum of five years relevant work experience (nonprofit experience preferred) + Exceptional project management skills and proven ability to keep projects running on time and on budget + Excellent writing and editorial skills + Ability to successfully manage external relationships, work across sectors, and liaise with a wide variety of project participants, advisors, fellows and partners + Ability to think across disciplines and city sectors and work collaboratively + Familiarity with current NYC urban design issues and city government + Ability to multi-task and work effectively in a close, team environment + Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously + Ability to attend events in the evening, as well as some weekends + Intellectual curiosity and comfort in approaching unfamiliar subject matter with a critical perspective + Proficiency in database, spreadsheet, and word processing (Microsoft Office); experience with Adobe Creative Suite and GIS preferred + A genuine interest in the architecture, urban planning and sustainable design community and a commitment to the mission and work of the Design Trust for Public Space

Masters degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Public Administration or other related field strongly preferred

Applications will be accepted via email only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline of September 12, 2012. 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 pages maximum) 3) One writing sample demonstrating your skills as a writer (5 pages maximum) Name your PDF file “lastname_firstname_application” and send it to:



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