Project Coordinator & Volunteers for Street Lab/The Uni Project Communal Table Design

Open Architecture New York is partnering with Street Lab/The Uni Project to design and build a communal table for the public to gather around and engage in hands-on activities associated with Street Lab’s programs. For example, the table may be used for people to gather around a LEGO building activity as part of Street Lab’s BUILD program. On another day, it might offer typewriters, fountain pens, and postcards as part of a new program, WRITE.

OACny is looking for (1) project coordinator and (2) volunteers to develop and construct the table design. The table ideally would be a modular system adaptable to all Street Lab programs and variety of outdoor locations where Street Lab works: streets, plazas, parks, playgrounds, and more. The design requirements include an easily packable system, light enough for transportation, and clever design to encourage simple setup and cleanup. The design would build on the winning design concept proposed at the design charrette, which took place this Spring. The design can be fabricated using a CNC or by hand, ideally with easy to repair materials like plywood. The project duration is about 6 weeks.

Project tasks include:

  • Develop schematic design and construction drawings

  • Prepare material list and budget

  • Construct table by hand or supervise manufacturing of table (OACny and Street Lab would provide resources and guidance)

Additional responsibilities for Project Coordinator include:

  • Work with OACny Director of Projects and Street Lab on providing project specific goals and updates

  • Manage a small team of volunteers

  • Ensure that the project meets the mission and standards of OACNY throughout the duration of the project

  • Develop project schedule and budget

Preferable experience include:

  • Experience in schematic design and construction

  • Interest in public space and street elements

  • Strong organizational skills and work well in a team

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, 3D modeling programs (Sketchup, Rhino or Revit)

Please send resume to Gloria Lau at projectmanagement@oacny.org by July 12, 2019. Please state whether you are interested in the coordinator or volunteer position.

Project Coordinator for Pink Houses Playground Revitalization Visioning

Project Coordinator for Pink Houses Playground Revitalization Visioning

Open Architecture/New York is requesting applications for a Project Coordinator to steer a community visioning process with East New York Restoration Local Development Corporation (LDC). The LDC works closely with the tenant association at NYCHA Pink Houses in East New York, where public spaces are bare and have a lack of amenities. This project will identify the needs of the residents and develop a feasible vision for funding and coordination with NYCHA and local elected officials. The primary goal is to improve access to physical activity.

Director of Outreach

Open Architecture/New York is requesting applications for a Director of Outreach, an integral part of our Board of Directors.

Director of Outreach Responsibilities Include:

  • Developing long term financial plans in consideration of the organization’s strategic plan, current projects & programs, and potential opportunities.

  • Seeking grants, fundraising, and other financial opportunities that align with Open Architecture New York's mission and which will benefit the organization and its projects.

  • Creating funding plans for Open Architecture / New York operations and assisting project teams with project funding.

  • Fostering external relationships to cultivate collaborations that work to toward achievement of Open Architecture / New York’s mission. (i.e. architecture firms, community partners, sponsors, etc.)

  • Developing initiatives for outreach for the chapters growth as well as project and event specific needs.

  • Experience with previous non-profit work preferred.

  • All board members work cohesively to achieve our goals as a non-profit organization, collaboration is key to success in all Board of Director roles.

To apply, send your resume Christina Esser at managingdirector@oacny.org!

Please note all positions with Open Architecture / New York are volunteer and unpaid.

Volunteers for East Harlem Block Nursery

OACny is seeking two (2) volunteers to assist East Harlem Block Nursery (EHBN) in finding a new site to expand their childcare services. East Harlem Block Nursery is a grassroots education based not-for-profit providing early childhood education to pre-school age children within the East and Central Harlem communities. As EHBN is expanding, their current site of operation has become too small to accommodate their needs.