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Fellow, 2020-2021 Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program

Deadline to apply: April 17, 2020

The Design Trust for Public Space is now accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program. We will be selecting two Fellows to join the Design Trust team as full-time paid staff members for an intensive one-year fellowship to begin in June 2020 and end in July 2021. Fellows will become a part of the Design Trust community, interacting with project fellows, partners and collaborators.

The Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of public space in New York City. Our projects bring together city agencies, community groups, and private sector experts to make a lasting impact—through design—on how New Yorkers live, work, and play.

In June 2016, we created the Equitable Public Space Fellowship to support the next generation of urban designers, architects, landscape architects, and planners in contributing to complex public space challenges in our global city. As we surveyed the representation of minority groups in the design profession and the growing diversity of NYC’s neighborhoods, we recognized the need for the field and our team to better reflect the people we serve. Our unique project model opens dialogue and develops collaborative relationships between the public and private sectors to achieve innovative solutions together. We have found that greater diversity among project participants develops empathy and leads to more meaningful and sustainable outcomes for all New Yorkers. Through the Fellowship, we seek to create a model for bringing more voices, skill sets, and life experiences into the practice of design for public space.

For this year’s fellowship, we will select two promising emerging professionals whose life and work experience will contribute significantly to the design expertise and design thinking in our work with community-based organizations and public agencies. We seek candidates from historically marginalized groups and underrepresented perspectives who are curious, driven, and passionate about NYC’s shared spaces and transforming the city’s landscape

BENEFITS OF THE FELLOWSHIP

  • Impact: Fellows will have the opportunity to have a real impact on New York City’s public spaces through Design Trust projects.
  • Cross-sector experience: Fellows will be exposed to a range of organizations and individuals working in the public realm in NYC, including urban planning, design, community organizations, non-profits, government, and private entities, and will gain a firsthand look at how systems work in New York to affect public space in the city.
  • Public exposure: Fellows will contribute ideas and expertise on issues in the field, authoring four posts throughout the year on the Design Trust Blog, as well as contributing to and being recognized in Design Trust publicationsevents, and public work. Fellows may also have the opportunity to represent the Design Trust at conferences throughout the US.
  • Relationship-Building: Fellows will have the chance to build relationships with our network of over 100 Design Trust Fellows through participation in quarterly Fellows Forum salons tackling varying design issues in the city. The Design Trust’s strong local ties with many types of designers and urbanists in New York make this position ideal for someone looking to build a professional career in New York City.
  • Hands-on professional development: Fellows will work primarily with Program staff. Additionally, the Design Trust will support the Fellow’s participation in local conferences related to current projects and the Fellow’s interests. Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work with the Design Trust to the Board of Directors at their June 2021 meeting.
  • Mentorship: Fellows will meet monthly with the Director of Programs and quarterly with the Executive Director to facilitate the Fellow’s learning and reflection, and tailor the Fellowship to their interests and career goals.
  • Salary: $40,000 for the year, benefits include healthcare and vision.

CORE AREAS OF LEARNING AND WORK

The Fellows will be immersed in many aspects of the Design Trust’s work, and assist with a variety of tasks during the year, including, but not limited to:
  • [65-80%] Program Development & Implementation: The Fellows will work with the Director of Programs and the Program Manager on program development, implementation, and evaluation, including: research, project management, communications, stakeholder engagement, event coordination, and production of deliverables for current projects, such as:
    • Opening the Edge: Reimagining Green Space(2016-)at Wald Houses in partnership with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and proposed by artist Jane Greengold, to design and implement a lively public space at the edge of the Lillian Wald Houses on the Lower East Side. The project is built on bottom-up intensive engagement with a Community Design Team (“CDT”) of Wald Houses residents and surrounding community members to co-design a vibrant open space that would include a public art component, a stage for performances, a stepped mound or stoop for recreational activities, and new lighting.
    • Neighborhood Commons: Stewarding Plazas, Sidewalks & Beyond in partnership with NYC Small Business Services (SBS); a project to ensure the sustainability and equity of New York City’s public spaces in streets and sidewalks (e.g. plazas, parklets, and seasonal streets) in commercial corridors. The project will assess, propose, and showcase place-based stewardship and representative governance models for public space that are grounded in dignity, inclusion, and neighborhood context.
    • Trust by Design: Building Shared Space Together a project focused on lessons learned from past Design Trust projects.
    • 2021 Request for Proposals: an initiative to develop 2-3 new projects, in partnership with community-based organizations, arts and culture non-profits, or public agencies.
  • [10 – 25%] Nonprofit Management and Organizational Development: The Fellows will play an integral role in helping the staff to operationalize the values of equity and inclusion in the workplace at the Design Trust, including participating in bi-weekly equity meetings. The Fellows will also assist staff as needed with communications, as well as support for internal and external events, internal meetings, Public Space PotlucksFellows Forums, Board meetings, Design Trust Council events, office administration and the Annual Gala
  • [10%] Research Project: The Fellows will complete an independent research project based on their interests and expertise, to be presented to the Design Trust Board of Directors at their June 2021 meeting, and used in future Design Trust work as applicable.

CommitmentThe Fellowship will be a full-time position located at the Design Trust office, to be completed during working hours (Design Trust office hours are 9:30 am – 5:30 pm) with occasional evening and weekend event attendance as needed.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The application deadline is Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Incomplete applications or materials that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered. Applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. All applicants will be notified by mid-May 2020.

Eligibility:

Applicants who are from populations historically underrepresented in the urban design professions are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be eligible to work legally in the United States. We welcome applications from anyone with a 2-year or 4-year degree from a public, private, or community college or university. The Fellowship is not open to candidates who have completed a graduate degree. In particular, we are looking for candidates interested in pursuing a career in one of the following fields, and who have demonstrated some experience related to their interest:

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Government
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate and Development
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Planning

Materials to Submit: Please email the following materials in one PDF with the title “[LASTNAME, FIRST NAME]: Equitable Public Space Fellowship Application” to fellowship@designtrust.org. All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on  Friday April 17, 2020, to be considered.

  • Resume [maximum 1 ½ page]
  • Work Sample [2-3 pages, can include written or visual work, highlighting your ability to express ideas]
  • 1 letter of recommendation [submitted directly to the Design Trust via mail or email listed above]
  • 2 references [names and contact information]
  • Written Responses to the following questions:
    • Question 1 [300 word limit]: Describe a challenge you’ve experienced or observed with a particular public space; how would you address it? 
    • Question 2 [300 word limit]: How has your life experience and your identity contributed to your work so far, and the work you hope to do in the future? 
    • Question 3 [300 word limit]What drives you to apply to the Equitable Public Space Fellowship, and how do you think it will contribute to your long-term goals? 

Equal Opportunity and Anti-Harassment Policy:
Design Trust encourages people of all abilities, ethnicities, genders, national origins or ancestries, socioeconomic statuses, races, formerly incarcerated statuses, religions and sexualities to apply. Design Trust is also committed to accessibility and to working together with you to develop an accessibility plan.

Program Associate, Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is seeking a Program Associate to join our award-winning organization. This position will help us directly support thousands of people to participate in real democracy, through participatory budgeting (PB) — a process that has been called “revolutionary civics in action”. You are perfect for this role if you bring energy for working across diverse spaces, excel at facilitating interactive and compelling trainings and presentations, are skilled in relationship-building, and are an enthusiastic problem-solver.

The Program Associate is responsible for supporting the delivery of trainings, consulting, and capacity building services for organizations, governments and schools. This includes educating people about PB and supporting the design, launch, and implementation of local PB processes. You will be able to build on and add to a solid base of experience and skills to help PBP continue to provide excellent technical assistance and sustain strong relationships with practitioners across the United States and Canada. This full-time position reports to the Program Director and is based in either Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY.

About PBP

For 10 years, the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) has empowered people to participate in democracy through revolutionary civics in action. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real power over the money that affects their lives. We create and support PB processes in cities, schools, and public agencies across the United States and Canada to address deep community needs, develop new community leaders, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 30 cities, we have engaged over 534,000 people in deciding how to spend $337 million.

Key Responsibilities

  • Deliver technical assistance (TA) including: consulting with clients, delivering talks and presentations, and facilitating trainings and workshops with municipalities, schools, and partners.
  • Coordinate logistics of talks and trainings and assist with event promotion.
  • Assist with tracking and evaluation of PBP’s TA services, grant and contract compliance, and PB processes across the US and Canada.
  • Other duties expected of all staff including: engagement in all-staff meetings and retreats, organizational development activities, and participation in organization-wide fundraising efforts

Desired Experience and Skills

  • Excellent, engaging, and persuasive group training, meeting facilitation and coordination skills
  • Strong project management skills: detail-oriented and able to coordinate and track external engagements
  • Able to work effectively and build relationships with a diversity of stakeholders including: community members, funders, elected officials, educators, students, and government staff
  • Aligned with PBP’s mission and our passion for participatory democracy, community empowerment, and equity
  • Demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback, actively listen, consider multiple perspectives, and adapting when necessary
  • At least 5 years relevant full-time work experience OR at least 3 years relevant full-time work experience and a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) OR a combination of the two.
  • Currently authorized to work in the U.S. PBP is not able to sponsor visas or work authorizations.
  • Preferred skills include: strong, demonstrated proficiency in bi-lingual facilitation in English and Spanis.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

Position requires some travel to attend meetings and events. Up to 25% of time may be spent travelling in North America. Must be able to travel between Canada and the U.S.

This position requires:

  • Ability to work on a computer, including sitting and/or standing at a desk and typing, for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
  • The ability to listen to others and observe others’ actions.
  • The ability to travel within and between cities by local, regional, and air transit.

Values, Compensation, and Location

Our organizational practices embody our values of community, equity, learning, participatory democracy, and transparency. All staff are deeply engaged in the organization’s planning and decision-making. Our office culture is friendly and supportive, with regular potlucks and celebrations, and an emphasis on maintaining a healthy work-life balance. We invest in the professional growth and personal care of our people, including strong benefits:

  • Three (3) weeks annual paid vacation, 11 paid holidays, and a week-long end of year paid org-wide winter holiday closure
  • Full employee coverage for health insurance (including dental and vision), flexible spending account, life insurance; option available for dependents and/or spouses/partners to join at cost.
  • Retirement plan with employer match
  • Generous sick day and family leave policy
  • Professional development resources
  • Schedule and work site flexibility to accommodate your life, including families, continuing education, and community leadership.

This position is based in Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY and offers ample flex time to accommodate the need for non-traditional hours. Salary range, depending on relevant experience: $40,000-$60,000.

PBP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, strongly committed to building a staff that represents the diversity of communities we work in. We strongly encourage applications from black, indigenous, and people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

How to Apply

Please email applications to jobs@participatorybudgeting.org, with Program Associate in the subject line.

Applications should include the following, compiled in a single .pdf if possible:

  1. Cover letter explaining your relevant experience and interest in the position,
  2. Resume
  3. List of three professional references with contact information

Applications are due 11pm EST/8pm PST on Monday, April 13, 2020.

For more information, visit participatorybudgeting.org

Intern, Seeds of Peace (NYC)

Seeds of Peace is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to empowering teenagers from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. Our network now encompasses 7,021 alumni throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the United States who are uniquely positioned to lead change. We are currently seeking interns to join the team in our New York City office, conveniently located near Grand Central Station, for the upcoming Fall semester period which will run from September through December. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to broadly learn about the operations of a global non-profit organization, develop their professional skills and networks, and gain exposure to an office environment. This is an unpaid internship, but we provide a stipend for meals and transportation. We will have both full-time and part-time positions available as described below.

Position Descriptions (Full-time and Part-time)

Programs Intern

The work of the Seeds of Peace Programs Department is dedicated to seeing young people from areas of conflict grow into the courageous, empathetic leaders of tomorrow, and we’re looking for an intern who shares our passion for making opportunities that unite, inspire, and transform. This role will offer also offer the opportunity to work specifically on our preparation for events, outreach and recruitment for programming both abroad and in the United States, and research on possible programming sources such as lectures, museum exhibits, and workshops.  The position focuses on administration and planning, giving insight to what it takes to bring ideas for great programming into reality. Exceptional computer skills, including Microsoft Office, and attention to detail are essential. Applicants must have excellent writing and oral communication skills and be very organized and independent workers. Applicants with prior administrative and research experience, as well as an interest in transforming conflict in the U.S. and abroad, are preferred.

Development (Fundraising and Outreach) Intern

As the Development Intern, you’ll work closely with development professionals with more than a century of combined experience in event planning and development for nonprofits. Your duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Database Management: Detailed, accurate recordkeeping is essential to the success and organization of any development department. Learn the ins and outs of our Raiser’s Edge database and assists the Database Manager with entering new records from various sources and updating existing ones. Additionally, helps with organizing and managing mailings to various constituencies.
  • Donor events: Provides administrative support for all development events, such as communications with invitees, managing lists, data entry, organizing reservations, vendor payments, and checking-in guests the night of the event.
  • Stewardship and cultivation: Assists staff in cultivating new and existing donor prospects and partnerships, including online research, follow-up/thank you phone calls, and letter-writing.

Communications Intern

The Communications Intern supports the Communications team with a range of tasks that may include, transcribing interviews, creating short videos, curating photos, writing blog posts, proofreading documents, research, and some basic design work. The Intern will gain experience in digital marketing and content creation, as well as improve his/her communications writing skills. Requirements: self-motivated, organized, and excellent writing and communications skills. Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, video editing, and/or InDesign is a plus. General understanding of WordPress and some HTML is also preferred.

Finance Intern

Finance Interns will perform a number of tasks related to bookkeeping and accounting. They will learn how to use the Financial Edge software and will enter financial data including vendor invoices and journal entries. Furthermore, finance interns will work with various types of spreadsheets, learn to do invoice coding, budgeting and schedule reconciliation. Daily tasks will include cash deposit and credit card donations processing, filing of paperwork and more.

Administration and Human Resources Intern

The Administration and Human Resources

The Administration and Human Resources Intern performs daily tasks such as answering phones, drafting correspondence, compiling information through research projects, keeping calendars and contact lists updated, etc. He/she assists the Administrative Coordinator and Director of People Operations with HR tasks such as updating various databases, interview scheduling, applicant correspondence, performing reference and background checks, preparing materials for orientation, conducting orientation, preparing all new hire paperwork, advertising all open job positions, creating new personnel files, and maintaining compliance with all Federal and State Laws. This position may assist with and other special long-term projects. He/she supports certain facets of camp hiring and programming as well as provides administrative support in the various departments as needed. This may include dealing with insurance forms and vendors, compiling materials for staff, donors, or board members, keeping the office organized and machines working, etc. Interns will also be responsible for various financial duties, including filling out check requests and maintaining organization with monthly business credit card statements.

Seeds of Peace Internship Requirements

Must be current college/graduate student.

Experience working in an office environment is preferred.

Basic computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel are essential.

Applicants must have excellent writing and oral communication skills, pay good attention to detail, be very organized, and able to work both independently as well as part of a team.

Knowledge of the Middle East/ South Asia preferred, Hebrew, Arabic, Urdu or Hindi a plus.

Applicants who wish to receive academic credit for this internship must make arrangements with their schools. Seeds of Peace is not responsible for acquiring college credit for interns.

How To Apply

In order to apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to our online application at    https://seedsofpeace.wufoo.com/forms/z1wziuek1be1lrl/ specifying your area(s) of interest and availability for a full-time or part-time position. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. For further information about Seeds of Peace, feel free to visit our website at www.seedsofpeace.org.

Civil Service Pathways Fellowship, NYC

Applications Are Now Open for the Civil Service Pathways Fellowship!

Jump start your career by working for New York City. Unlike other fellowships, the Civil Service Pathways Fellowship provides a seamless transition from fellow to permanent City employment.

 

Apply to this unique two year fellowship as a fellow you’ll

  • Work in one of three tacks: Policy and Program Analysis, Finance and Procurement, or Data and Digital Services
  • Receive a competitive salary
  • Get training and support to become AMAZING at your job
  • Be part of a cohort system to build your network
  • Unlike most fellowships a job is waiting for you after you complete the two years by becoming eligible to be a permanent government employee in year two.
  • Work for one of the most forward thinking City governments in the nation!

 

Qualification:

  • Graduated from CUNY with a bachelor’s degree between May 2019 and June 2020
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Prior work, internship or class project experience related to your chosen track

 

Accelerate your career by applying now at www.cuny.edu/cipportal

Research Assistant, Create Forward (P/T, Temporary)

Research Assistant (2-month contract)

Term: March-May

 

Support the Create Forward team with a series of short-term community development research assignments necessary for the completion of client projects.

 

Research assignments include:

 

  1. Community Development Research
  • Complete historical analysis of trends related to social and racial equity in a particular neighborhood
  • Analyze asset maps and fill in any gaps in the asset maps to understand what resources currently exist
  • Contextualize feedback received from resident interviews using supporting data

 

  1. Case Study Development
  • Developing a literature review of relevant content in the field of community and community development
  • Conducting interviews to understand the impact of programmatic strategies
  • Contextualizing impact interviews using theoretic research as supporting evidence
  • Analyzing evaluation data
  • Drafting case studies based on the above content

 

  1. Conduct Landscape Analysis
  • Compile and analyze industry trends
  • Gather demographic info
  • Competitor research

 

The ideal candidate possesses the following skills:

  • Strong background in qualitative and quantitative research
  • Ability to interpret data sets
  • Strong writing skills
  • Organized
  • Ability to work independently
  • Background in organizational development and/or community development

 

This is a contracted position for a term of two months with the potential for future assignments.  Pay rate is $18 per hr. for a total of 10-hrs. per week.

 

How to Apply:

 

Submit a cover letter, resume, and a 2-3 page work sample that demonstrates writing and research experience to piper@create-forward.com.

Labor Relations Intern, Summer, Department of Buildings (NYC)

The NYC Department of Buildings is responsible for ensuring the safe and lawful use of buildings and properties by enforcing the NYC Construction Codes, Energy Code and Zoning Resolution. We facilitate compliant development with integrity, efficiency and professionalism. We are committed to becoming a premier municipal building organization, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers and making our city safer. We are committed to improving our performance and developing procedures that are streamlined, understandable and transparent.

Under supervision:
• Assist in facilitation for probation/performance evaluations (managerial/non-managerial) for the Agency
• Assist in the investigation of employee relation concerns and conflict within the Agency
• Assist with research on matters relating to labor, industry and employment  Assist in preparation for labor issues, contract negotiations and collective bargaining matters
• Answer telephones and respond to in-person and email inquiries
• Assist in the facilitation and training of hiring managers/supervisors per Agency guidelines
• Special projects, as assigned

Learn more and apply by searching Job ID #435235