Location: Oklahoma City Region
Start Date: Immediate (applications reviewed on a rolling basis)
Type: Design Fellow
Positions Available: 2
Between May 18 and June 2, a series of tornadoes touched down in the Oklahoma City metro area, killing more than 50, injuring hundreds, and damaging or destroying over 10,000 homes. Since then, Architecture for Humanity's Reconstruction and Resiliency team has been assisting communities, meeting with rebuilding authorities, and assessing still-emerging needs and long-term priorities for the stricken towns.
Architecture for Humanity has been the leading nonprofit in providing design solutions to post disaster areas on a global scale. These positions present an opportunity to commit to making a positive impact in Oklahoma through the power of design. There is successful growth potential for candidates who are ambitious, entrepreneurial, intrepid and committed.
The Resilient Oklahoma program will address disaster vulnerabilities by providing communities throughout Oklahoma with two design professionals who will help communities in need achieve resilience and disaster preparedness in conjunction with rebuilding efforts.
Two Design Fellow opportunities are immediately available:
Reporting to the Program Manager, the Design Fellow will work with local rebuilding organizations and travel to communities to engage community residents in public workshops. Through engaging with communities, we will work together to identify preparedness needs, available resources and work to tailor community-specific solutions in vulnerable cities across Oklahoma.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Coordinate with community members, program manager, local agencies, and partners to execute and track program deliverables, and develop and maintain program goals.
- Engage the community, rebuilding agencies, funding partners and clients at all stages of the program.
- Communicate with community leaders to assess and identify communities most vulnerable to disasters.
- Work and develop community partnerships in implementing projects.
- Work with the design team and volunteers involved in the Oklahoma program.
- Research current resources and communicate with community leaders to assess and identify communities most vulnerable to disasters.
- Determine the need for technical services and disaster training in each community.
- Review and synthesize program and project outcomes into high-quality written and graphic (e.g. photography, general graphic design, infographics, video reports / publications) to keep outcomes accessible to a global audience.
Communicate & Develop:
- Create promotional materials, document project progress online, and showcase projects to the public at-large.
- Work diplomatically and in a timely manner with all clients and partners; regularly inform on the progress of the projects.
- Be willing to meet with potential funders, in-kind donors, partners and members of the press.
- Respond to general inquiries regarding the program.
The Design Fellow positions involve the following criteria:
Commitment: Full-time (40 hours/week)
Contract Period: 12 months
Compensation: Monthly stipend, depending on experience
- Licensed Architect preferred; related professions (planning, engineering, construction, etc.) are encouraged to apply.
- Minimum 5 years of experience in design, construction documents and construction administration or similar level of experience.
- Demonstrated project and team management experience.
- Strong, proven data visualization graphic design skills, including advance knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite.
- Experience engaging with members of the community.
- Experience with disaster reconstruction projects a plus.
- Oklahoma resident, preferred.
- Familiarity with HTML and basic web skills, preferred.
- LEED accreditation a plus.
- Ability to work both independently and in collaborative settings.
- Must demonstrate qualities of: good team spirit; strong sense of personal responsibility and dedication to work; dependability, creative problem solving, initiative, assertiveness, resourcefulness, diplomacy; a large degree of patience and flexibility.
- Regional travel required.
Please send your CV and work samples to jobs+OKDF@architectureforhumanity.org. Please include Oklahoma Design Fellow in the subject field. In your email, please include 1 short writing sample (no more than 1,000 words), and work samples including architecture work and any relevant graphic design work (infographics, professional reports, or other relevant design projects).
Please note that this is not a benefits eligible position. The Design Fellow will receive a monthly stipend.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.
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