Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Associate Director



The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP is seeking an associate director to lead the
[bc] Brownsville office carrying out public design work across the Rio
Grande Valley. Sitting on the border between of the United States and
Mexico, the RGV defines and embodies many of the issues that our county is
grappling with on a daily basis including immigration, poverty and health.
Despite facing these apparently insurmountable challenges, [bc] is
fortunate to have local and regional partners dedicated to making
Brownsville and the RGV an equitable, healthy and vibrant place to live. We
invite you to join [bc] and our partners in this work.

Position Title: Associate Director - RGV

Location: Brownsville

Start Date: Winter 2014

Compensation: Commensurate with Experience


The Associate Director is the local lead for all efforts associated with
[bc] work in the RGV including chief design advocate, community engagement,
planning, policy, and administrative/operational manager. In a cooperative
management structure, the Associate Director RGV will be a member of the
[bc] senior leadership team reporting to the Assistant Director/Director of
the organization.


■ Participate as a member of the [bc] Senior Management Team.

■ Lead and manage a progressive, multi-disciplinary, design office in
projects ranging in scale from single family architectural design to large
scale planning projects.

■ Manages and directs the work programs of the RGV office.

■ Works directly on the design and implementation of projects.

■ Reviews and approves for distribution or submission all documents and
project deliverables.

■ Prepares and presents reports, deliverables and other presentations to
clients, political bodies, community groups, business groups, other
stakeholders, and the general public, with strategic advice from the Asst

■ Work with the Assistant Director/Director and Philanthropy Director to
conceive and negotiate funding and other support from sponsors, partners
and clients.

■ Propose [bc] RGV annual budget and work plan.

■ Active participation in shaping [bc]'s annual budget and organizational
work plan.


■ Completion of a professional degree in Architecture, Landscape
Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design and/or a related discipline.
Graduate degree preferred.

■ 4 to 6 years of progressively responsible architectural, planning and
project management.

■ Professional registration in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or
Planning preferred (or on path toward completing registration within 1

■ Ability to manage a diverse team of staff; effective leadership skills
including the ability to inspire, motivate, and mentor staff.

■ Sound analytical, creative, decision-making and strategic skills.

■ Ability to analyze and understand complex social and cultural issues.

■ Experience in community engagement, public involvement, problem-solving,
consensus building, facilitation, negotiation and mediation with diverse
groups, individuals, and interest groups.

■ Ability to establish sound and effective working relationships with

Please email interest letter, resume, and work samples (10mb maximum file
size) to: Trena Lechleitner


Please reference "bcW AD-RGV" in the subject line.

The building community WORKSHOP is a Texas based community design resource
seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the
practice of thoughtful design and making.