Opportunities

Interested in working with DownCity Design? Open positions are listed below. Feel free to send us your resume even if no openings are currently listed. We are always on the lookout for capable designers and educators who are passionate about community-based design. For more information, or to apply, contact Program Director Lexie Whipple

 
 

We're always looking for people with a passion for youth and community programs who also have some of the following skills: 

  • Teaching, mentoring, or advising youth

  • Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign)

  • 3D modeling in Google SketchUp, Rhino, or similar programs

  • Design / Build experience and carpentry skills

  • Construction and project management skills

  • Industrial design, graphic design, user experience design, or architecture background

  • Digital fabrication and rapid prototyping skills (3D printing, laser cutting, etc)

 

 

DOWNCITY DESIGN - JOB POSTING - posted 2/11/19

This summer, DownCity Design is offering three unique collaborative summer programs for high school students: Summer Design/Build Studio, Explore Design, and PCTA Creative Change Studio programs. DCD Design Educators will work together with teachers and administrators to design and deliver a 6-week experience that will get high school students excited about learning; provide tangible design, STEAM and social/emotional skills, and empower youth to make an impact on their communities. Each of the summer programs asks students to come up with solutions to a community challenge using the design thinking process.

Design/Build Studio

In Design/Build Studio, students will work together to select local non-profit or community organizations with identifiable challenges, and design and build small-scale structures that address those needs and improve the neighborhood. We are searching for an experienced Design-Build Educator to lead daily design classes for 9th-12th graders for this intensive 6-week Architectural Design/Build program.


Explore Design

The Explore Design program will provide an overview of possible design career paths, while asking students to examine how these fields can help to solve real world challenges. We are searching for an experienced Design Educator to co-lead daily design classes for our Explore Design program, providing an overview of possible design career paths potentially including graphic design, industrial and product design, architectural design, and user experience design.


PCTA Creative Change Studio

In PCTA Creative Change, students will be introduced to the principles of graphic, product and/or user experience design and use their skills to create design solutions for a local non-profit or community organization. We are searching for an experienced Design Educator to co-lead daily design classes for 9th-12th graders in this intensive 6-week design program.

DownCity Design is also searching for academic teachers experienced in project-based learning to co-lead daily programs as part of DCD Summer Studios. These teachers will collaborate with Design Educators from DownCity Design to create and implement project-based curricula embedded in real-world learning and youth-led design projects.

Full description


Moses Brown Summer Inventor Studio

Lead Educator

The DownCity Design Inventor Studio at Moses Brown School offers kids ages 8-11 a fun introduction to the process that designers and inventors use to create products that solve problems and make the world a better place. Each week, campers will be presented with a real community need, and work together to imagine something they could create to meet that need. With the guidance of a DownCity Design educator, they’ll sketch their ideas, experiment with new materials as they prototype and test their concepts, get feedback to make their designs stronger, and present their final pitch.

DownCity Design is searching for an experienced Design Educator to lead daily half-day design classes for 8-11 year olds in the three week-long sessions of Inventor Studio. Through hands-on design challenges, the design educator will work with students to develop their confidence and practice STEAM skills while learning to innovate, communicate their ideas, and work as part of a team.

Location: Moses Brown School (250 Lloyd Ave, Providence)

Dates and Times: July 15 – August 2, 2019 (3 weeks); M-F 8:45-11:45 am

Hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis through April 5,2019 so please submit your application right away if interested.

Send a resume, cover letter, and work sample to Lexie Whipple, Program Director, at lexie@downcitydesign.org.  No phone calls, please.


Summer 2019 Internship

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate / Summer

DCD is searching for a VISTA Summer Associate that shares our vision to assist with our upcoming 6-week Summer Design Studio for high school students. This Summer Associate will support program staff from DownCity Design with behind-the-scenes operations to keep our Summer Design Studio experience serving 75 youth running smoothly. The VISTA Summer Associate will also offer creative electives to 6-10 of our teen summer studio participants during two 1-hour elective sessions each week.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Adrienne Gagnon at adrienne@downcitydesign.org as soon as possible—decisions will be made on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.


Summer 2019 Internship

iProv Program Assistant Internship / Summer

Currently, DCD is searching for a Program Assistant Intern that shares our vision to assist with our upcoming 6-week Summer Design Studio for high school students. This Program Assistant will support program staff from DownCity Design with behind-the-scenes operations to keep our Summer Design Studio experience serving 75 youth running smoothly. The Program Assistant Intern will also offer creative electives to 6-10 of our teen summer studio participants during two 1-hour elective sessions each week.

This opportunity is sponsored by the iProv Summer Fellowship program and is open to Brown University students only.

Full description

Apply through Handshake by March 8, 2019. For questions about the application, contact the iProv Program Manager Kelly Finn at kelly_finn@brown.edu.


Summer 2019 Internship

iProv Design Teaching Assistant Internship / Summer 2019

DCD is searching for a Design Educator Intern that shares our vision to assist with our upcoming 6-week Summer Design Studio for high school students. This TA will partner with experienced Design Educators from DownCity Design to implement project-based curricula that support up to 25 youth in designing and creating a project to improve Providence. The Design Educator Intern will provide support for our instructors throughout the program by assisting students throughout the design process.

This opportunity is sponsored by the iProv Summer Fellowship program and is open to Brown University students only.

Full description

Apply through Handshake by March 8, 2019. For questions about the application, contact the iProv Program Manager Kelly Finn at kelly_finn@brown.edu.


Community Outreach VISTA 2019-20

DownCity Design is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member for a one-year stipended service commitment from September 3, 2019 - September 2, 2020. The Community Outreach VISTA will help DownCity Design share the stories of the extraordinary service learning, creative problem-solving, and community building work of our youth designers. This AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer will help us document and describe our work in visually engaging ways with our existing students, friends and fans, and will help us to expand our reach to new audiences and generate support for our mission. The Community Outreach VISTA will also support our fundraising efforts by creating compelling campaign materials, tracking donations in our database, and researching and preparing grant proposals.

Full description

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Adrienne Gagnon at adrienne@downcitydesign.org as soon as possible—decisions will be made on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.