Grounded Strategies is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization working with communities to restore vacant and neglected land. We are seeking a Mentor to support the Design and Placemaking Program Staff in their work to address issues related to hyper-vacancy in Allegheny County through design interventions. Our skill set includes:
- Applying antiracist landscape architecture, community planning, and urban design best practices to neighborhood-scale vacant land projects;
- Executing and refining Grounded’s Community Co-Design and engagement processes across programming areas, including fee-for-service work;
- Providing technical support to community-led vacant lot projects, including quality drawing sets, landscape and site stewardship planning;
- Strategic partner engagement and client management; and
- Report writing, advocacy, and public education activities.
- Aid in the development of the 2022 Design and Placemaking Business Plan and Fee-for-Service Program at once-weekly meetings with the Design and Placemaking Team.
- Provide insight into overall Design and Placemaking Program function at once-monthly meetings with the Design and Placemaking Team.
- Provide insight into program budgets, planning and project execution.
- Read and suggest edits to program materials.
- Provide feedback regarding Grounded’s community co-design and engagement processes on the basis of personal and professional experience.
- Assist Design and Placemaking Staff in seeking out and completing professional development opportunities, such as LEED certification and AXP documentation.
- Suggest ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people.
- Ensure program/project operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies.
- Applicant must be licensed to practice architecture in the state of Pennsylvania.
- Applicant must have at least 5 years experience working for an architecture firm or experience as a firm principal.
- Applicant must have experience organizing, participating in and leading community engagement workshops, design charrettes, and other activities that may align with the Community Co-Design Process.
- Understanding of project/program management techniques and methods.
- Excellent communication and organization and skills.
- An analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities.
- Proficiency in program and project budgeting.
- Work well with people in various communities, institutional and governmental organizations.
- Commitment to Grounded’s anti-racism pledge and framework.
- Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft, Adobe and Google Suite.
- Some experience with data analysis and reporting.
The ideal candidate has worked through vacant and neglected land processes across Allegheny County, and is familiar with Pittsburgh’s open space and land recycling initiatives, including the Adopt-A-Lot program, PGH Land Bank, and soil remediation programs.
- Personal values align with the vision and values of Grounded Strategies.
Time Commitment and Compensation:
1 year contract. $5,000 stipend to be distributed in 10 installments beginning two weeks after agreed-upon start date.
2-5 hours / week:
- meetings once-weekly with the Project Manager of Design and Placemaking (1hr)
- meetings once-monthly with the Design and Placemaking Team (1hr 30 mins)
- Research, communication and task-completion time (2hrs 30 mins)