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Program Manager 1 (Community Design Resource Center) - (STA014368)

University of Houston
Houston, Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 29, 2024

Manages the day-to-day operations of a small or medium-sized university program or department. May supervise staff employees, student workers, programs or processes.

  1. Plans and develops procedures for administering a small or medium-sized department or program.
  2. Oversees program expenditures and ensures adherence to budget.
  3. Provides guidance to subordinate staff and evaluates performance.
  4. May prepare or participate in the creation of abstracts, research reports, funding proposals, operations and procedure manuals, and other written material and documentation.
  5. Reviews reports of budgets and activities.
  6. Prepares ad hoc reports as needed.
  7. May administer grants and grant-related related communications, scholarships and other operations.
  8. Develops, implements and maintains appropriate policies and procedures.
  9. May serve as property custodian for the department.Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


About the Community Design Resource Center

Founded in 2005, the work of the CDRC cuts across the disciplines of architecture, design, planning, community development, art, social practice, and activism. The CDRC’s partnerships with local leaders in communities across Houston have led to an expansive and diverse body of work reflecting the extraordinarily rich landscape of our city. Over the past 19 years, the CDRC has partnered with over four dozen community-based and non-profit organizations to complete over 50 projects in 38 Houston area neighborhoods. The work is not limited by scale, ranging from public art to architectural concepts and from urban design to community visioning.

We believe that place-based design and research should amplify the voices of community members, engage students, and transform possibilities. Our work is focused on our communities because place and design matter.

The CDRC is housed in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design

Since 1945, design has remained the foundation of our studies at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. Located in the fourth largest city of the United States and one of the most diverse design communities in the country, the Hines College offers students a platform of integrated disciplines through top-ranked programs in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Industrial Design. We strive to produce designers who are skilled in their craft, capable of using advanced technology and methods of industrialized production, and understand the power of design to shape communities throughout the world.


The program manager will further the research and practice of the CDRC, which is focused on contemporary challenges in urban environments through human-centered design approach—including but not limited to resilience, climate change, and equity. The responsibilities of the position require a well-rounded approach to research and practice, including skills in graphic design, geographic analysis, demographic analysis, meeting facilitation, writing reports and publications, community planning, design skills, and the capacity to understand and develop innovative solutions to complex issues. Finally, the position connects across professional disciplines, and requires curiosity, flexibility, communication skills, and the willingness to commit to Saturday and evening meetings and events.

Qualifications :

Bachelors and No experience

Education: Requires a thorough understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of an analytical, technical or professional discipline; or the basic knowledge of more than one professional discipline. Knowledge of the discipline is normally obtained through a formal, directly job-related 4 year degree from a college or university or an equivalent in-depth specialized training program that is directly related to the type of work being performed. Experience: No experience required.

This position is currently funded for one year .

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in architecture or affiliated discipline, such as urban design or community planning.
  • A minimum of 9 months of full-time experience.
  • Experience working directly with community members and leaders, as well as experience in community-based research, including Social Explorer, PolicyMap, and other information sources.
  • Skills in mapping and spatial data analysis (GIS) and demographic data collection and visualization.
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Word and Excel, ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and Rhinoceros or other drawing programs.
  • Dual language candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
The following documents are required:

Applicants failing to include all requested documentation will risk consideration for the position.
  • Complete UH application with salary history
  • Resume
  • Three professional references; the hiring department expects you to name current or past supervisors.
The Hines College will maintain your confidentiality and notify you in advance of making contact with any of your references. References will be contacted after interviewing process has been completed.

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