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Studio Director

Colloqate Design Colloqate Design Employer:
New Orleans, LA, USLocation:
Mon, Feb 17 '20Posted on:
Full-timeType:

Established in 2017, Colloqate Design is an emerging multidisciplinary Design Justice practice focused on expanding community access to, and building power through, the design of social, civic, and cultural spaces. Our mission is to intentionally organize, advocate, and design spaces of racial, social, and cultural equity.

At Colloqate, we believe that to design is to have an unyielding faith in the potential for a just society. It is an act of individual and collective hope requiring, not only, an awareness of true inequity, but a compulsion to speak out against it in its many forms. To this end, Colloqate is deeply committed to dismantling the privilege and power structures that use the design professions to maintain systems of injustice. The Studio Director is a unique and challenging opportunity to influence and lead in this work.

The Studio Director will report directly to the Principal/Executive Director and will oversee design projects to ensure each project meets the highest standards for design while staying within established deadlines and financial guidelines. As manager of project workflows, this role will oversee project budgets, timelines, and support project team members across multiple projects. They will also effectively monitor and present project updates to management as well as clients. The Studio Director role will include day-to-day office management, including overseeing accounting, contracting, and other operations as needed.    

The ideal candidate will be experienced in planning, coordinating, and implementing projects within the decided-upon budget, timeline, and scope. The candidate is eager to comb through details, design efficient workflows, and support project team members from a distance. Finally, this candidate is excited to join a dynamic and growing team focused on social justice through design, and as such, have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from a strong set of passionate experts in the work.

In short, this is an outstanding opportunity to work in a growing organization that aims at shifting the landscape in architecture, urban design, and social practice design. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Set project timelines and manage workflows on architectural and planning projects 

  • Provide effective communication and project management at a distance

  • Plan and facilitate regular, virtual project team meetings 

  • Ensure up-to-date project accounting and invoicing

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with clients and vendors

  • Assist in negotiating design and/or planning project contracts

  • Complete other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

First and foremost, the Studio Director must share the team’s unwavering commitment to racial and social justice and belief in the power of design to transform community experience. Additionally, the most competitive candidates for the position will have the following:

  • Master’s Degree (preferred) or equivalent experience

  • Licensed Architect or Planner 

  • At least five years of experience in architecture, planning project management

  • Strong business sense in project planning and management

  • Comfort with ambiguity, able to flex and adapt to changing circumstances

  • Ability to manage up and laterally to ensure the team’s success

  • Systems-thinker with strong organizational skills

  • Ability to work efficiently and intensely in an entrepreneurial environment

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills in both written and verbal forms

  • Strong grasp of racial justice or critical race theory concepts

  • Ability to travel at least 20% (required) and up to 40% time (preferred)

  • Authorized to work in the United States

TO APPLY

Please send a digital portfolio following the directions below. If you have a website that includes your portfolio, you may send a PDF of your cover letter and resume, and the appropriate link(s) for the rest. 

In your cover letter please include your definition of Design Justice in 4 sentences.

Address: info@colloqate.org

Subject Line: [Last Name], Studio Director 

Attachment: One multipage PDF not to exceed 3MB

The PDF should include:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Portfolio with the following examples, for which you have primary authorship:

    • 2 completed projects for which you served in a leading role

    • Project examples for which you served in a project manager role

 

 

TO APPLY

Please send a digital portfolio following the directions below. If you have a website that includes your portfolio, you may send a PDF of your cover letter and resume, and the appropriate link(s) for the rest. 

In your cover letter please include your definition of Design Justice in 4 sentences.

Address: info@colloqate.org

Subject Line: [Last Name], Studio Director 

Attachment: One multipage PDF not to exceed 3MB

The PDF should include:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Portfolio with the following examples, for which you have primary authorship:

    • 2 completed projects for which you served in a leading role

    • Project examples for which you served in a project manager role


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