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Director (NCI)

Type of Job:
Landscape Architecture
Name of Firm:

Michigan State University - School of Planning, Design, & Construction

Job Location:

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design, and Construction (SPDC) and MSU Extension seek a Director for their NCI unit. The position is 100% funded by MSU Extension through its Greening Michigan Institute.
Formerly known as the National Charrette Institute, and based in a landscape architecture/urban planning tradition, NCI is currently focused on non-credit training and developing collaboration by design process techniques to address pressing social problems, with focus on urban and regional issues.  NCI brings nationally recognized training curricula and hands-on community-based procedures along with its established networks.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in a discipline related to community development, design, or urban planning.
  • Direct experience participating in community design charrettes or related design processes
  • Fluent written and spoken English; excellent public speaking ability.
  • Ability to drive a car. 
Desired Qualifications
  • A background in community planning or design is desirable.
  • Experience leading community design charrettes.
  • Experience in community or university settings.
  • Private sector planning or design experience.
  • PhD in a discipline related to community development, design, or urban planning.
  • Experience supervising or mentoring staff, students and volunteers.
  • Evidence of ability to foster collaboration and where necessary resolve disputes through charrettes.
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity.
  • Curriculum development, especially in adult-learner settings.
  • Securing and executing grants and contracts.
  • Energetic and creative leadership.
  • Ability to manage budgets, fiscal and annual reporting to on and off-campus entities.
  • Evidence of entrepreneurial experience.
  • Evidence of ability to design, execute, monitor and report on programs and initiatives.

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