bcWorkshop Hiring Design Associate

The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP ([bc]) is a nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. [bc] is currently seeking an associate to work on city design and civic engagement projects as part of the People Organizing Place team in the Washington, DC office.

Position Title:      Design Associate

Location:     Washington, DC

Start Date:     March, 2016

Compensation:     Commensurate with experience.



People Organizing Place (POP) is the participatory city shaping initiative of [bc]. In collaboration with designers, professionals, nonprofits, and citizen groups, POP positions local stakeholders as experts to proactively shape their neighborhood’s future.

The associate will support POP in Washington DC as a team member on two, year long initiatives.

  1. Support the development of a large city wide planning initiative focused on building increased cultural participation as well as developing innovative methodologies to support creative economies.
  2. Support in the development of creative placemaking initiatives within select neighborhoods.

This position will be under the supervision of [bc]’s Washington DC Associate Director, Omar Hakeem; Senior Public Designer, Lizzie MacWillie; and Managing Director, Thor Erickson.  There will be performance reviews at 6 months and 1 year.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in urban design, urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture or related field
  • 1+ years of professional experience
  • Strong visual communication skills and graphic talent
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Experience in planning + managing events
  • An undying passion for cities, and hearty work ethic
  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite

Desired Qualifications 

  • Spanish proficiency
  • Experience with direct civic engagement, including but not limited to: organizing a design charrette or workshop, hosting a community forum.
  • Fluency in GIS and AutoCAD


  • Healthcare coverage paying 100% of the Blue Cross Blue Shield HSA Plan for you as an individual.
  • Reimbursement not to exceed $500 for moving expenses;
  • Annual reimbursement of $500 for professional development;
  • 80 hours paid vacation & 40 hours sick leave;
  • 5 paid holidays (Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day);
  • 40 hours paid summer break & 40 hours paid winter break (organization determines date of these breaks)


Position is full time employment with residency/work in Washington, D.C.

buildingcommunityWORKSHOP is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Please email interest letter, resume, and work samples (10mb maximum file size) to: Trena Lechleitner (no phone calls please) at trena@bcworkshop.org. Please reference “2016 POP Planning Associate” in the subject line of your email.

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