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Community Design Project Manager

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 12, 2024

Job Description

The Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC) invites applications for a Project Manager to join our team as a non-tenure track, restricted, Administrative and Professional (A/P) faculty position. CDAC is an outreach center in the newly formed College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD).

The CDAC provides conceptual level design assistance to non-profit organizations, community groups, and government agencies in the areas of landscape architecture, architecture, and interior design. The participatory design process paired with the creative ideas of student and staff employees helps communities transform communities’ ideas into graphic form. The process also builds community capacity and positions the community to leverage funding for next steps. CDAC personnel include the center director, a full-time landscape designer, two part-time support staff, and on average four project teams of 2-6 students per semester. Faculty, from AAD and other Virginia Tech colleges, periodically provide guidance to the student teams.

Job Description:
Reporting to and in collaboration with the Director, this position supports the outreach mission of the CDAC and AAD, in part, through oversight of sponsored outreach projects, supervision of students employed on sponsored projects, day to day administration of sponsored projects, the participatory process with communities, periodically assisting with conceptual landscape design on projects, giving presentations at community meetings and conferences, preparing project reports, public relations, and periodically assisting with project proposals.

A successful candidate will be team-oriented with the ability to work independently; able to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines; have strong interpersonal and communication skills; and have excellent organizational skills.

Responsibilities include:
- Day-to-day management of sponsored projects, including administrative, budgetary, compliance aspects, coordinating meetings and trips, as well as the corresponding student teams, community organizations, and project schedules.
- Student team oversight and guidance.
- Ability to simultaneously manage separate projects and tasks
- IT coordination and main point of contact within CDAC to address IT issues and coordinate with AAD IT as needed. Such tasks may include, in part, CDAC and project file management, identifying needed updates and software access, etc.
- Public relations such as Facebook and Linked-in posts.

The College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech affirms our collective responsibility to encourage, build, and embrace the polyculturalism of our world. We do this by acknowledging and addressing our past, recognizing our current responsibility, and acting in the interests of building and sustaining communities that are truly safe, supportive, and inclusive for all. Our commitment is to continually and proactively engage in these processes for the benefit of our students, staff, and faculty across the college and the communities around the world we aim to serve.

Required Qualifications

- Master’s degree in landscape architecture or related field; or, bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture with equivalent level of professional experience. Degrees in a related field (interior design, architecture, or urban planning) must be accompanied by experience or training in landscape architecture.
- Practical, applied knowledge of the design and planning processes in landscape architecture, architecture, interior design, and/or urban planning.
- Experience managing federal and/or state grants/sponsored projects and following grant-related policies and procedures and providing deliverables
- Demonstrated intermediate proficiency with design and other software platforms (AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, GIS, etc)
- Prior supervisory experience managing employees and project teams
- Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record

Preferred Qualifications

- Master’s degree in landscape architecture or related field
- Licensure in landscape architecture or architecture or progress toward licensure
- Advanced Photoshop and InDesign skills
- Practical knowledge of plant materials and trees

Application Submission

For full consideration candidates are required to submit the following:
  • One-page cover letter,
  • Digital portfolio with up to four examples of design work,
  • Current resume, and
  • Listing of three professional references
Other materials may be requested of shortlisted candidates.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary range is $60,000 - $70,000 per year

Review Date

February 9, 2024

Additional Information

This position will requiring driving, physical demands such as walking (sometimes on uneven terrain), and environmental hazards such as periodically working outside in inclement weather. Frequent regional travel with occasional overnights will be required.

This position can accommodate a hybrid work arrangement of up to one day of telework per week with remote days flexed around business and travel schedule/needs. Hybrid arrangement can be assumed following a fully onsite onboarding period to support successful training and transition. Reliable internet access to support telework will be necessary.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Julie Weaver at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: January 24, 2024
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