AAF seeks a Program Manager to assist in the planning and implementation of programs in the Center for Design & the City (CDC) and the Center for Design & Cultural Heritage (CDCH). AAF's Program Manager plans and implements logistical arrangements for executive and leadership education workshops, meetings, and fundraising and alumni events across the country including the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, City Managers' Design Academy, the Oculus Award, CDCH Thought Leadership Forums, the Richard Morris Hunt Prize, and the Save America's Treasures programs. The position is based at AAF offices in Washington, D.C. and is a position co-reporting to the Director of the Center for Design & the City and the Director of the Center for Design &Cultural Heritage.
AAF is a highly collaborative organization that builds strong relationships with other organizations to carry out our programs. We seek candidates who are collaborative in nature with strong organizational and communication skills and highly attentive to building and maintaining both internal and external relationships.
Education and Experience Required
Experience in organizing executive level programs and events with attention to detail, scheduling, follow-through, budget management, and diplomacy.
Experience working with a small team in a collaborative environment.
Knowledge of a broad range of design issues related to Americas urban communities including urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, preservation, cultural heritage, and community development.
Understanding of design policy issues encountered by civic and educational leaders in cities.
Familiarity with contemporary, national city design issues and thought leaders in these areas.
Familiarity with contemporary preservation and cultural heritage issues and thought leaders in these areas.
General responsibilities include:
Support Center directors to plan and implement CDC & CDCH programming;
Develop content for reports, website, social media and press releases;
Write summary reports and conduct post-program follow-up with session participants;
Help coordinate the work of the CDC and CDCH partnerships including regular progress reports, leadership meetings, and follow-up to requests and directives;
Research program-related content, trends and associated leaders in the field; and Assist the Center directors with the following actions to plan and implement Center programming:
Develop and manage program content, schedule, contracts, and event logistics including transportation, meeting and hotel facilities, food, and collateral;
Produce pre-program briefing books, including case study write-ups and graphics;
Identify and assist in selecting resource team members;
Manage application and selection processes to identify, select and manage sub-contracted partners;
Develop and distribute RFPs to interested sub-contractors;
Assist with the panel review process for all proposals;
Coordinate CDC / CDCH communications, including:
Developing content for and maintaining AAF social media presence;
Update AAF website with current content;
Work with Center directors to identify and develop success stories from the AAF archive.
1-2 years of relevant work experience in the development and delivery of a design or preservation relevant program;
Bachelors Degree required in architecture, urban design, city planning, landscape architecture, preservation studies, public policy, public administration, real estate, or a related field. Masters Degree may substitute one year of experience;
Highly developed collaborative skills;
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, schedule, and follow up;
Ability to identify project needs and priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines with little supervision;
Excellent oral and written communications skills and presentation skills;
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and Mac platforms;
Strong graphic skills, including knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite;
Ability to travel occasionally including evenings and weekends, as necessary;
Experience organizing conferences and events;
Naturally curious, intelligent and energetic with a strong work ethic.
Articulate, sophisticated, and politically savvy with excellent interpersonal skills including patience, diplomacy and a sense of humor;
Ability to take on additional duties as assigned.