Community Placemaking Manager

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Tue, Sep 13 '22Posted on:

HAC seeks a self-starter that is capable of envisioning innovative high-impact solutions and interventions. The Placemaking Program Manager will cultivate the capacity of partner organizations and local communities, facilitate peer-to-peer learning engagements, manage the day-to-day program functions and activities to ensure projects are  tracking according to plans, communicate program success, prepare grant and funding applications, and manage comprehensive project workplans. To succeed, the candidate must be creative and have strong skills in communication, planning, project management, budgeting, and the ability to work with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about arts, culture, design, and community development with a desire to support rural communities in planning for their future (i.e., from planning and transforming underused public space, to designing quality affordable housing, to integrating cultural identity into the built environment and more).

Primary responsibilities for this role include (but are not limited to):

  • managing the  Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and To Be Done Studio (TBD);
  • managing HAC’s Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) Initiative from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA);
  • developing additional programming that builds the design and community development capacity of small towns to realize culturally appropriate, vibrant, and sustainable communities;
  • facilitating regular (virtual and in-person) meetings with Program team members, including design partner and Agency staff;
  • managing Learning Cohorts of local practitioners interested in community design and development;
  • managing and facilitating monthly training, office hours, and virtual workshops;
  • creating and managing Local Design Workshops for CIRD in coordination with partners and other stakeholder organizations;
  • overseeing  maintenance  and  update  of  the  website,  monthly  or  quarterly newsletters (including publishing in the blog), and social media presence;
  • developing and facilitating scopes of work with external stakeholders to include CIRD design team members, workshop communities, and resource team members;
  • conceptualizing and fundraising to support creative placemaking, design, and other closely related community development efforts;
  • communicating regularly with HAC leadership, policy, and outreach colleagues;
  • providing management and oversight to project coordinator, liaison and/or other program staff;
  • creating budgets and providing contract management; and
  • educating local partners on the community development process, community engagement, and establishing partnerships.

Certain education, knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position are required. Other abilities and experience are preferred.


  • Highly organized and able to manage projects independently.
  • Strong writing and speaking skills, including experience with group facilitation.
  • Ability to pull diverse partners together for an inclusive approach to achieve a plan for sustainable communities.
  • Keen attention to detail,  managing budgets, and professional communications with diverse stakeholders.
  • Background in placemaking,  community planning,  design,  architecture,  landscape architecture, cultural strategies, rural development, or a related field.
  • A desire to pursue contemporary concepts, placemaking best practices, and innovative strategies and techniques.
  • Commitment to social justice and interest in rural people and places.
  • A positive attitude and professionalism, working well under pressure, treating others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position, accepting ownership of assignments, and taking accountability for one’s own actions.


  • Bachelors or graduate degree with a minimum of five years of professional experience in community development, architecture, landscape architecture, planning, creative placemaking, or related field.
  • Experience collaborating with local officials,  government offices,  building owners, developers, businesses, and residents.
  • Experience in tracking and communicating program success and impact.
  • Experience working in rural communities and with underserved populations.
  • Eye for good design and the ability to convey its importance to others.


HAC  offers a  competitive compensation package with excellent benefits and growth opportunities.  Our generous benefits package includes health insurance; life and other insurance; and a retirement plan with an employer match.


This position operates in a  professional office environment.  Travel is required.  The physical demands described in this section are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform essential job functions.

  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers,  phones, photocopiers, printers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
  • This role routinely uses the English language to engage with internal and external stakeholders by phone, email, and in person. The employee is expected to be able to accurately exchange information with these stakeholders.
  • The employee must be able to lift, up to, 15 pounds at times.

Please  email  a  resume  and  brief  cover  letter  to  with  “Community Placemaking
Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, with interviews starting immediately.

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