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Studio Build Lead/ Intern

Bridge of Grace CMC/ Tired-a-Lot Studio Bridge of Grace CMC/ Tired-a-Lot Studio Employer:
Fort Wayne, IN, USLocation:
Mon, May 7 '18Posted on:
Full-timeType:

Build Counselor  I  Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio

Department: Community Development   I   Reports to: Comm. Dev. Director   I    Effective: June 11- July 13


General Position Summary: We are looking for a highly-motivated, flexible, and energetic individual to help guide 1-2 dozen teenagers through the design process during our 5-week “Tired-a-Lot” Summer Studio”-a 2016 Knight Cities Challenge winning proposal that aims to promote design thinking and civic engagement to inner-city youth and increase their exposure to various design professions. The goals of the studio include re-imagining and activating one of our community’s vacant lots using low-cost, locally-sourced materials, and creating a field-guide illustrating how residents in other neighborhoods can create installations similar to those designed by our teens.

As our Build Counselor, you will help students think pragmatically to translate their 2-dimensional design concepts into three dimensional mockups and full-scale working prototypes. You will help students consider budget and material constraints, while being conscientious of maintaining their initial vision or design intentions.

Primary Responsibilities: Your responsibilities will include collaborating with Summer Studio Leadership and staff to:

  • Guide students through the process of creating working prototypes of their designs by providing desk critiques with each student/team, offering advice regarding:
  • Provide an introduction (or primer) about tool operation, as well as safety equipment and procedures
  • Ensure that workshops complement the Summer Studio’s daily and weekly “themes”
  • Promote an atmosphere of both encouragement and rigor for studio students and volunteers
  • Participate in daily debriefing sessions as well as lessons learned/best practices team exercise at the camp’s conclusion
  • Complete additional tasks (i.e. room setup and cleanup, acting as a chaperone during field trips, etc.) as needed to run the Summer Studio efficiently
  • Complete additional tasks (i.e. room setup, photo/video documentation, blog entries, etc.) as needed to run the Summer Studio efficiently
  • Proven experience operating construction equipment and hand tools while adhering to safety protocols and procedures.
  • Excellent coordination and verbal communication skills  
  • Broad understanding of the design process and design thinking
  • Strong demonstrated project management, volunteer coordination, and task management
  • Ability to communicate clearly and fluently, about design and construction processes, in English (conversational Spanish is preferred but not required)
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. (Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus)
  • Experience operating CNC routers, as well as drafting and rendering skills is a plus
  • Degree in architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, or a related field OR ...
  • Hands-on experience in architecture, interior design, or building trades (including: construction, carpentry, furniture-building, etc.)
  • High School Diploma
  • Sense of imagination: open-minded about using upcycled, reclaimed, and locally-sourced materials creatively. Willing to think outside the box to help teenagers meet their design goals.
  • Attention to detail and dedication to excellence: Be able to distinguish between good and great construction quality and articulate the difference
  • Understanding and/or experience working in multi-cultural settings
  • Enthusiasm and patience working with teenagers and volunteers who want to make difference in their community
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative working style
  • the selection of appropriate fasteners, finishes, and materials (helping students understand the strengths and limits of each material),
  • construction techniques and best practices,
  • the creation of a materials list and budget (within the predetermined constraints), and…
  • designing installations that can be easily reproduced.

Qualifications

Skills

  • Proven experience operating construction equipment and hand tools while adhering to safety protocols and procedures.
  • Excellent coordination and verbal communication skills  
  • Broad understanding of the design process and design thinking
  • Strong demonstrated project management, volunteer coordination, and task management
  • Ability to communicate clearly and fluently, about design and construction processes, in English (conversational Spanish is preferred but not required)
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. (Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus)
  • Experience operating CNC routers, as well as drafting and rendering skills is a plus

Education Requirements

  • Degree in architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, or a related field OR ...
  • Hands-on experience in architecture, interior design, or building trades (including: construction, carpentry, furniture-building, etc.)
  • High School Diploma 

Personality Traits + Relational Skills

  • Sense of imagination: open-minded about using upcycled, reclaimed, and locally-sourced materials creatively. Willing to think outside the box to help teenagers meet their design goals.
  • Attention to detail and dedication to excellence: Be able to distinguish between good and great construction quality and articulate the difference
  • Understanding and/or experience working in multi-cultural settings
  • Enthusiasm and patience working with teenagers and volunteers who want to make difference in their community
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative working style


Reports to: Bridge of Grace Community Development Director            

Compensation:  $3000, Weekly stipend of $600, Complimentary on-site housing available

Job Type: Full time, Temporary

To Apply: Send letter of interest, résumé, and portfolio to: rbradley@bridgeofgracecmc.org

Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No applicant for employment shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, age, reprisal for engaging in anti-discrimination activities, protected genetic information, sexual orientation or parental status.

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