Territory NFP

Director of Design Practice - Architectural

Part-Time
Mid-Level
$56,000-$68,000
Chicago,
Hybrid

About the Job

Part-Time
Mid-Level
$56,000-$68,000
Chicago,
Hybrid
Territory is seeking an Architect or Architectural Designer for a new leadership position as our Director of Design Practice (DDP). The ideal DDP is a practitioner, leader, and facilitator who is passionate about leading a community design practice, and fostering opportunities for young people to enter career pathways in architecture, planning and community development. The DDP will help Territory build a community-based architectural practice. The DDP will work in close collaboration with the Program Director and Executive Director. The DDP will have experience in project management, youth engagement, client development, and hands-on fabrication of real world projects. Project portfolio requested. Territory Leadership Expectations
  • Respect and elevate the youth voice, putting your own ego aside.
  • Creativity, inventiveness, and ability to pivot and adapt to ensure success.
  • Uphold Territory core values internally and externally.
  • Collaborate at a project, team, staff and client level.
  • Contribute to and actively participate within the studio and office.
  • Effectively communicate internally with staff and externally with clients through timely and appropriate written, oral, and visual means.
  • Inspire and lead others by example, participate in staff mentoring and training, clearly define team member expectations and responsibilities, empower others, and delegate where appropriate based on team members’ recognized abilities and potential.
  • Contribute to a clear and consistent work plan to achieve the project budget, deliverables, and schedule.
  • Stay abreast of developments in the field, and engage in networking opportunities. Actively engage in internal professional development.
 

Applicant Requirements

The Director of Design Practice (DDP) will run Territory’s design studio practice, working directly with youth, community stakeholders and creative partners to develop urban design ideas into built projects. The DDP will advocate for design access, opportunity and excellence on Chicago’s west side. The DDP will manage design practice staff, mentor young people on advanced design teams, and lead strategic business development with a commitment to restorative justice and design justice. The DDP will help shape and represent a design practice that elevates our community and upholds Territory’s core values of design equity, adventurousness, tangible positive impact, and restorative design justice throughout their work. Background checks required. The DDP will be a practicing Urban Designer, Architect, Architectural Designer or similar. Work hours are 4 days / 32 hours per week, combines in-person in the Austin neighborhood and work-from-home. Range of 25-50% of work hours are in-person on site at Territory. The commute to Territory's studio in Austin can be daunting, please consider your commute time before applying. Benefits - schedule is flexible, leadership role, innovation, initiative and creativity encouraged. Staff paid time off includes 1-week winter and 1 week summer offices closed, 2-weeks personal time off, 10 federal holidays, health insurance stipend.

Date Posted:

03.11.24
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Territory NFP

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About the Company

Territory is a nationally recognized place-based urban design studio where young people are building better futures for themselves and their communities through the practice of design. Territory is located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. Doing projects in public spaces, young people use their lived experience, gain civic problem-solving skills, discover transformative career pathways in design, and advocate for including young people in the design and planning of Chicago. Territory is committed to providing architecture, planning and community development services and opportunities in Austin, a community that has lacked access to design due to decades of systemic disinvestment.

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