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

Interested in becoming a fellow?

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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

We currently have two job openings for Development Director and Program Manager.

Development Director

Reports to: Executive Director
Location: New York City
Deadline to apply: June 23, 2017

Position Summary
The Design Trust for Public Space seeks a highly motivated full-time Development Director to design and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan, including major and annual giving, foundation and government grants, special events, and corporate sponsorships.

As the Design Trust’s programs continue to expand, the Development Director will have the skills, experience, drive, and diplomacy necessary to identify relationships and partnerships that will enable Design Trust to increase the impact of our work and meet our $1.5 million budget (2017). S/he must share our passion about public space and our mission. S/he will report to and work closely with the Executive Director on Board relations, governance, and the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, and also work collaboratively with the Design Trust’s dedicated staff of seven. S/he has direct responsibility for supervising the Development Assistant.

Responsibilities include:
Strategic Planning—Assisting the Executive Director, develop and implement the annual and long-term fundraising strategy, including Board-driven fundraising activities, major gifts campaigns, institutional giving, identification of new opportunities, and cultivation and stewardship strategies.

Major and Annual giving—Managing major and annual giving, including Board-initiated major gifts, project support, annual appeal, Benefit leadership, Design Trust Council, and Founders Circle; assist the Executive Director and Board to identify prospects and further develop tracking systems (individuals, institutional and corporate).

Grants Management—Managing foundation, corporate and government grants for general operating support and projects, including identifying sources, cultivating relationships, writing proposals, developing budgets, managing application, tracking and reporting processes.

Special Events—Plan and execute all aspects of special events throughout the year to maximize return and continue growth, including the Annual Benefit, 4 to 6 Design Trust Council events, and an annual Founder’s Circle dinner, with the assistance of the Development Assistant, and in coordination with Board Committees and Design Trust staff.

Prospect Research—Identifying opportunities for new funding, prospects, strategic partnerships and corporate sponsorships for the organization.

Board Relations—Assisting the Executive Director, foster innovative thinking about Board fundraising activities, and provide support for Board governance, including Nominating and Development Committees.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years’ successful experience as a development professional
  • Knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, including major gifts, one-on-one solicitation, cultivation and stewardship, grant writing, budgeting, and event-based fundraising
  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrated ability to create a clear and compelling fundraising messages and story that motivates prospective donors to contribute
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience and comfort interacting with high level contacts, including board members, government representatives, foundation officials, corporate representatives and major donors
  • Experience in managing events
  • Self-motivated, possess a high degree of initiative with strong project management and leadership skills
  • Ability to create systems, prioritize multiple and varied responsibilities, track progress to goals, communicate this information regularly and meet deadlines
  • Strategic and creative thinker with ability to gather, synthesize and analyze data
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with database software (FileMaker Pro). Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and CRM is preferred
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources, databases and research tools
  • Knowledge of the architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and sustainable design community 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. 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 (3 pages maximum)
  3. A writing sample (development-related)

Name your PDF file “lastname_firstname.pdf” and send your complete application to jobs@designtrust.org.

Program Manager

Reports to: Director of Programs
Location: New York City
Deadline to apply: June 23, 2017

Position Summary
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 of nine.

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.

Program Management—Manages biennial RFP/Call for Projects logistics, including outreach, jury process and related public events. Leads the Project Fellows selection process and preparation of agreements.

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
  • 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 & database software (Filemaker Pro) 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 until the deadline of June 26, 2017. 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.pdf” and send your complete application to jobs@designtrust.org.

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 considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
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