Intermediate Architectural Associate

Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS) Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS) Diversity Badge Employer:
Oakland, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Mar 2 '21Posted on:

DJDS is a non profit architecture and real estate development firm that innovates in and around the built environment to address the root causes of mass incarceration with a focus on restorative justice and restorative economics. To achieve this mission the team is comprised of architects, designers, real estate developers, operations/events production  and community organizers within which the production designs and administrative lead is an integrated part of a multidisciplinary team. The unique position combines the technical skills of a designer with applications in community engagement to develop new project typologies including product development, game design, and regional planning and mapping.

INTERMEDIATE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE (Technical level, 5-7 years of experience)

  • Provide technical and design support on architectural, real estate development, and  creative placemaking projects 

  • Prepare drawings and renderings

  • Use all mechanical and computerized drafting tools and related software to plan the layout and design of projects

  • Preparation of all related documentation and relevant code and regulatory analysis

  • Coordinate with creative placemaking teams and community groups when planning for events and workshops

  • Design and production documentation for product development 

  • Coordinate with fabricators on all production materials 

  • Support the real estate development team with proposals and reports 

  • Research products and processes and review relevant literature for projects

  • Intern management (when relevant)

  • Community engagement and public ambassadorship of DJDS (may include public speaking)

  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested (the company reserves the right to add or change duties at any time)

  • Utilize strong graphic and visualization skills to project conceptualization.

Position Summary (Expected duties of a Technical level position)

  • Communicate necessary deadlines to stakeholders including outlines of solutions for delayed or missed deadlines.

  • Monitor compliance of each project’s contractual obligations.

  • Initiate, build and manage relationships with project partners and community stakeholders. 

  • Report regular updates to DJDS Leadership team.

  • Mentor and guide other members of the team.

  • Educate colleagues to elevate the team’s knowledge and skills.

  • Coordinate efforts with all departments of the organization: design, real estate, advocacy, and community engagement.

  • Attend and participate in thought leadership of DJDS prototypes and typologies, to include attending and speaking at relevant conferences and convenings

  • Education in architecture, construction management, engineering, or related field

  • Minimum five years industry experience (architecture or design) 

  • Proficiency in Sketch up, Rhino, AutoCad, and Adobe Acrobat Suite

  • Working knowledge of REVIT preferred

  • Basic understanding of building codes

  • Advanced understanding and proficiency using Microsoft Office and Google Apps

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and a high level of discretion.

  • Exceptional skills in cross-disciplinary collaborative team work

  • Facilitation skills and conflict management

  • Commitment to DJDS’ mission and goals

  • Attend and participate in thought leadership of DJDS’s organizational model and financial opportunities to include attending and speaking at relevant conferences and convenings

  • Cultural competency for a diverse range of cultures, communities, and lived experiences

  • High level of emotional intelligence and ability to apply it

  • Commitment to learning and understanding robust community-led processes and practices

  • Adaptability to emergent project processes and problem-solving

  • Acute understanding of systemic racism and social inequities and its impacts on a range of individuals from systems impacted individuals and their communities of care to elected officials.

  • Thoughtful, empathetic negotiation skills 

  • The ability to balance the mindset to abundance with the realities of a business needs and flows. 

  • Appreciation for aesthetic design

  • Undergraduate degree in business, urban planning, architecture or related fields required


  • Healthcare benefits with options for medical insurance under the company group plan. Employer contributes 100% of employee healthcare offered under the group healthcare offerings.

  • Compensation for this role will not exceed $80,000 



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. 


Subject Line: Intermediate Architectural Associate

Attachment: One multipage PDF not to exceed 3MB

The PDF should include:

  • Cover letter (in your cover letter please include (please limit to 400 words max):

    • Your definition of Restorative Justice 

    • Your definition of Trauma-Informed Practice

    • An example where you have observed or participated in Non Violent Communication

    • Your understanding of Emotional Intelligence and it’s relation to personal accountability

  • Resume

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

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

    • Project examples for which you served in a creative leadership role

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


Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

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