Fellowships

Design Trust Fellows are top professionals from the private-sector who lead the research, design and planning work for our projects. The exact role and expertise is based on the nature of the project – in the past we've worked with journalists, transportation experts, urban planners, water resource engineers, filmmakers, public policy experts, information designers, architects, photographers, public health experts, and graphic designers.

Getting a Design Trust Fellowship is like getting the New York version of the Rome Prize – it provides an opportunity to investigate something in depth with support and resources from a nonprofit and city agencies.

Nina Rappaport, Design Trust Fellow , 2008

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Partners

The Design Trust believes that public/private partnerships are the most effective way to advance the quality of our public realm. We will not undertake a project unless the city agency or community group best situated to implement the designs and plans we develop is involved from the very beginning. For that reason, every Design Trust project is conducted in full partnership with the organization that proposed the project idea to us. 

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Volunteer

Occasionally we need more hands to help us do our work. From installing public exhibits to leading tours to staffing one of our events, we cannot do our work without dedicated volunteers who believe in our mission. 

If you are interested in volunteering some of your time and expertise to help us fulfill our mission, we would love to hear from you! 

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Employment & Internships At the Design Trust


Administrative Manager (Part time)

The Design Trust for Public Space seeks a highly motivated and organized part-time Administrative Manager to oversee office operations and internal affairs to aid in Design Trust’s ability to unlock the potential of New York City’s public spaces. 
Design Trust for Public Space, recipient of the 2017 National Design Award for Corporation and Institutional Achievement, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of public space in New York City. Our projects bring together city agencies, community groups, and private sector experts to make a lasting impact –through design – on how New Yorkers live, work and play.

Position Summary:

The Administrative Manager oversees office operations and internal affairs of the Design Trust on a part-time basis. The Manager, working closely with the Executive Director, is responsible for operations, fiscal management, human resources, and work flow to ensure that the organization runs smoothly while maximizing quality and efficiency. The Manager should be analytical, knowledgeable and organized with a proactive attitude and strong leadership skills. They must enjoy multitasking and working within a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment. Sharing our passion about public space and our mission, the Manager, in coordination with the staff of five, provides essential administrative and financial support for Design Trust. 

This is a part-time position of approximately 15 to 20 hours/week.


Responsibilities include:

Administration and Office Management – Working closely with the Executive Director, Oversee and manage internal systems and operations, including Design Trust’s premises, 40 Worth Street office and off-site storage unit, technology and communications equipment and systems; manage vendors and contractors; manage all human resources and liaise with PEO (health and benefits, payroll for staff of five, in compliance with employee policies and procedures.)

Financial Management  Oversee financial system and accurate record-keeping, including internal controls and risk management for adherence to best fiscal and governance practices; manage part-time bookkeeper and controller, working with Executive Director; serve as primary staff liaison for the Board of Directors’ Finance Committee and Audit Committee; and working in coordination with bookkeeper and controller, create the annual budget with input from staff; prepare all financial reports and budget materials for annual meeting of the Board of Directors’ and quarterly Finance Committee meetings; plan and manage yearly and multi-year operations budget; manage accounts payable and receivable; manage and prepare annual financial audit and tax filings (IRS990, CHAR 500), with the independent auditor; and review financial position monthly with Executive Director.


Required Background, Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 to 3 years experience in nonprofit management.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of office administration, management, technology, equipment and systems.
  • Strong financial management and bookkeeping knowledge, including budgeting skills, forecasting and management, proficiency in Quickbooks and Microsoft Excel.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands and demonstrate highest level of responsiveness.
  • Ability to work independently while comfortable as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team, including board, staff, supporters, and the public.
  • Thrives in dynamic, fast-paced work environment; ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously with attention to detail • Robust intellectual curiosity and problem-solving skills.


Compensation:

The Design Trust offers a competitive salary based on experience and an excellent benefits package (health, dental, vision, and 401k with an employer match). In addition, Design Trust employees receive ample vacation and sick time, enjoy a flexible work environment, and the opportunity to work with a talented team of individuals on public space projects that have a real impact on New York City’s urban environment. 


HOW TO APPLY:

Applications will be accepted via email only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until August 16, 2019. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the volume of applications, only those candidates short-listed for the first round of interviews will be notified. No phone calls or office visits please. 

To apply, send the following as one complete PDF file

1. A cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, with salary requirements 

2. Your resume (2 pages maximum) 

3. Three references

Name your PDF file “lastname_firstname.pdf” and send your complete application to:jobs@designtrust.org with “Administrative Manager” written in the Subject Line.


program manager

The Design Trust for Public Space seeks a highly motivated full-time Program Manager 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 Director of Programs’ guidance.

The Program Manager will be a talented individual who plays a leadership role in advancing projects with project partners, community and Fellows teams. They must share our passion about public space and our mission.  They will lead the day-to-day operations of Design Trust’s multiple projects, including management of Fellow’s teams and coordination of events. They will contribute to long-term strategic thinking about Design Trust projects and ongoing programs.  The Manager also will work collaboratively with the Design Trust’s dedicated board, and staff.


Responsibilities include:

Project Development—Leads day-to-day management of multiple Fellows teams, including coordination with Project Partners. Working closely with Director of Programs, manages work plans, project timelines and budgets, and updates as needed; supervises Equitable Public Space Fellows and interns, and delegates tasks accordingly; manages content development (including written content, maps, diagrams, and renderings) both assisting Fellows, Partners and staff and directly producing content. 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. 
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 and development.
Project Outreach, Communications and Events—Working with the Director of Programs and Communications Manager, 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
  • Experience in community and stakeholder engagement 
  • Strategic and creative thinker with ability to gather, synthesize and analyze information
  • Ability to work independently while comfortable as part of a multi-disciplinary team of diverse groups, including staff, donors, community groups, and public agencies
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor and positive attitude essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Experience in coordinating events 
  • Proficiency with: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite.  Additional experience with ArcGIS is preferred


Compensation:

The Design Trust offers a competitive salary based on experience and an excellent benefits package (health, dental, vision, and 401k with an employer match). In addition, Design Trust employees receive ample vacation and sick time, enjoy a flexible work environment, and the opportunity to work with a talented team of individuals on public space projects that have a real impact on New York City’s urban environment. 


HOW TO APPLY:

Applications will be accepted via email only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline of Aug 12, 2019.  Due to the volume of applicants, no email confirmations or responses will be possible.  Only candidates whose applications are under consideration 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 skills and abilities 

Name your PDF file “lastname_firstname_application” and send it to: jobs@designtrust.org with "Program Manager Application" in the subject line


About the Design Trust for Public Space:

The Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization that brings design innovation to New York City’s public space. The Design Trust is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all abilities, ethnicities, genders, national origins or ancestries, socioeconomic statuses, races, formerly incarcerated statuses, religions and sexualities to apply. Design Trust is also committed to accessibility and to working together with you to develop an accessibility plan.



communications manager

We seek a highly motivated full-time Communications Manager to advance the Design Trust’s thought leadership and reputation in unlocking the potential of New York City’s public spaces.

Design Trust for Public Space, recipient of the 2017 National Design Award for Corporation and Institutional Achievement, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of public space in New York City. Our projects bring together city agencies, community groups, and private sector experts to make a lasting impact – through design – on how New Yorkers live, work and play.

The Communications Manager takes a lead role on all communications, outreach and event planning, under the guidance of the Executive Director. The Manager, working with the Executive Director and Board Communications Committee, is responsible for developing and implementing an effective overall communications, media and outreach strategy that raises awareness of the organization, its projects, programs and policy recommendations. Sharing our passion about public space and our mission, the Manager, in coordination with the Executive Director, Director of Programs, and Director of Development will also be responsible for planning and organizing events and programming for media, supporters and the public.

Responsibilities include:

Communications and Media Strategy – Working with the Executive Director and the Board Communications Committee, develop and implement an effective organizational communications, media and outreach strategy, including long- and short-lead plans, campaigns, media briefings, talking points about the Design Trust, its projects and programs, and project launches, identification of new opportunities and cultivation of media outlets.

Branding and Identity – Working closely with the Executive Director and Design Trust staff, oversees branding and identity for the organization, ensuring recognizable brand in all materials and public outreach and timely dissemination of information on Design Trust activities. Conducts communications assessment and update style guidelines, information decks, brochures, letterheads, and all other communication templates.

Media and Public Relations – Serves as liaison to media, project partners and policy makers, including developing and maintaining media contacts, outreach to key media outlets, arranging briefings with media for Executive Director, Board and staff, and serving as press liaison at events. Supports public programming (e.g., workshops, panel discussions) including hiring and recruiting volunteer and internship assistance, as needed.  Oversees all owned media, including website, blog, e-newsletter and, social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Press releases, op-eds and communications materials – Leads preparation and distribution of communications materials about organizational activities and updates to target audiences, including messaging through print and online materials for Design Trust; tracking press coverage and a press clippings archive; and maintaining a database of communication vendors (printers, video, production houses, agencies, designers).

Website Management – Create and implement content production for the Design Trust website, designtrust.org and all project specific websites, including photographic documentation of Design Trust activities. Seek to increase web traffic.

Special Events – Working closely with the Director of Programs and Design Trust staff to plan, coordinate and execute special events, such as press announcements, including developing a work plan, organizing and directing events to ensure successful execution with all event consultants, vendors, communications, website management and messaging, maintaining media and contact database. 

Document each event through photography and A/V coverage including social media update and web content for each event, feedback collection and developing final reports to evaluate each major event.

Required Background, Skills and Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 to 3 years of communications experience in-house and/or PR/marketing agency, experience at a nonprofit organization a plus
  • Strong editorial media placement and native content creation skills
  • Experience in website management highly preferred
  • Strategic and creative thinker with ability to gather and synthesize complex information into compelling messages for target audiences
  • Ability to work independently while comfortable as part of a multi-disciplinary team of diverse groups, including staff, donors, community groups, and public agencies
  • Interest and preferably experience in the design and/or cultural industries and/or public policy, working with community-based organizations, nonprofits or public agencies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and organizational skills
  • Experience in coordinating events
  • Team player and thrives in a small-office environment
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor and positive attitude essential
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn); MailChimp a plus
  • Experience in Content Management Platforms and Contact Database Systems

Compensation:
The Design Trust offers a competitive salary based on experience and an excellent benefits package (health, dental, vision, and 401(k) with an employer match). In addition, Design Trust employees receive ample vacation and sick time, enjoy a flexible work environment, and work with a talented team of individuals on public space projects that have a real impact on New York City’s urban environment. 

How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted via email only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the volume of applications, only those candidates short-listed for the first round of interviews will be notified. No phone calls or office visits please.

To apply, send the following as one complete PDF file:

  1. A cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, with salary requirements
  2. Your resume (2 pages maximum)
  3. Writing samples (3 communications-related samples maximum)

Name your PDF file “lastname_firstname.pdf” and send your complete application to: info@designtrust.org with “Communications Manager” written in the Subject Line.

About the Design Trust for Public Space:
Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization that brings design innovation to New York City’s public space. Design Trust is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all abilities, ethnicities, genders, national origins or ancestries, socioeconomic statuses, races, formerly incarcerated statuses, religions and sexualities to apply. Design Trust is also committed to accessibility and to working together with you to develop an accessibility plan.
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