Community Designer - Design Trust Chicago


Design Trust Chicago / Chicago, IL United States / Website


Design Trust Chicago is an emerging, multidisciplinary civic impact design studio connecting communities and designers to collectively create equitable and thriving spaces and places for all Chicagoans.


We are hiring a Community Designer!
Design Trust Chicago is seeking a thoughtful and enthusiastic community designer committed to equitable design and supporting community aspirations and visions. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of architectural design or urban planning experience coupled with excellent public speaking, research and community engagement skills. Specific skills include:

⬝ Community engagement with diverse populations
⬝ Creation of inclusive planning exercises to gauge and understand community concerns and aspirations
⬝ Technical research and community data analysis
⬝ Technical and creative writing
⬝ Leading small and large public meetings
⬝ Develop concept-level plans, studies, and drawings in consultation with an interdisciplinary team - examples include
⬞ Existing site analysis zoning and massing diagrams
⬞ Conceptual renderings or photo collage of proposed design
⬞ Measured and dimensions drawings of proposed design
⬞ Summary presentations of research
⬝ Engage in project management, community outreach, fostering strong project relationships with stakeholders; and delivering/facilitating project presentations
⬝ Overseeing printing, production, and fabrication of deliverables
⬝ External presentations and public speaking
⬝ Track project hours and budget in coordination with Operations Manager and board
⬝ Document meetings minutes and milestones

Please note > Applications will only be received and reviewed through the Google Forms link. You can upload your CV / Portfolio there. A field for a link to a portfolio website is also included. Thank you!


What you’ll need:
⬝ Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in architecture or urban design or landscape architecture a related field
⬝ Three to five years of experience in community design (architecture, landscape architecture or urban design).
⬝ Experience in presenting before community groups and civic entities
⬝ Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
⬝ Proficient in MS Office, Google Docs, Adobe Creative Suites, especially InDesign, and ideally Illustrator and Photoshop
⬝ Proven knowledge and/or experience working with GIS and other data mapping and analytical tools
⬝ Proficiency in 2D and 3D modeling software such as Rhino, SketchUp, and AutoCAD or Revit
⬝ Proficiency with supporting or leading online community meetings via Zoom with plugins such as Mentimeter
⬝ Proficiency with online white board collaborative design platforms (i.e. Mural, Miro).
⬝ Experience and interest in web design, creating landing pages, registrations for events and more (i.e. Squarespace, Eventbrite)
⬝ Experience with email marketing and newsletter tools (i.e. Mailchimp, Squarespace)
⬝ Strong organizational skills to undertake multiple projects or facets of various projects
⬝ Comfortable in coordinating input from various organizations for public/private collaboration, including multi-disciplinary project efforts working with allied professionals such as architects, civil engineers, and developers
⬝ Experience in developing and compiling/producing graphics supported reports
⬝ Strong team collaboration skills, and independent management and production capacity.

What we offer:
The Design Trust Chicago is a small and emerging team environment where we highly value our team; as we are growing our team and understand our capacities, staff development and well-being is a priority. Part of that is offering the following advantages:
⬝ Competitive salary ($50,000 to $60,000) annually, commensurate with experience
⬝ Group health insurance plan
⬝ Paid time off
⬝ Social activities throughout the year
⬝ Creative and collaborative work environment


$50-60k depending on experience + benefits


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