Design Director at Territory NFP


Territory NFP / Chicago, IL


Territory is a place-based urban design studio where young people are building better futures for themselves and their communities through the practice of design. Doing hands on projects, young people build connections to their communities, gain a toolkit of design skills, explore career pathways and opportunities, and develop the authority to advocate for a more equitable and just city. Youth lead their own projects, ranging from hyper-local to city-wide. Our home base is in the Austin neighborhood, on Chicago's West Side. Founded in 2016, Territory is a nationally-recognized, youth-driven, non profit design organization. Territory employs over 60 young people ages 14-21 per year in out of school programs. Territory is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment where young people flourish.


Territory NFP is seeking a Design Director to support the Executive Director and Program Manager in creating a design rich environment for teens to thrive, and cultivating a design practice model that reflects Territory’s values. This position includes the creation of program content, execution of design thinking processes, and collaborative engagement with program teens and community partners.

As a Design Director, this person will be primarily responsible for:

  • Design Excellence and Quality Assurance
  • Annual and seasonal scheduling support
  • Staff development in design
  • Project descriptions and deliverables management
  • Lead program staff meetings
  • Support the development of partnerships and clients
  • Attend quarterly board meetings Hours and Location
  • 20 hours per week to start, opportunity to develop into a full-time position
  • Hybrid work environment, remote and in-person at Territory's design studio


Territory seeks a current design professional, student, or design enthusiast with 3-5 years of experience in architecture, public art, or design-affiliated field. Licensed architects or those working towards licensure are preferred. The candidate should have passion and drive for creative youth development, and public interest design.


Salary commensurate with experience. Territory is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package. 


Please send resume and portfolio of work to: