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Director of Design Entrepreneurship and Inclusion – Cleveland, OH, USA | Works

Kent State University
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Design Entrepreneurship and Inclusion Director

The Cleveland Urban Design Center is an academic community design extension of Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. CUDC conducts research, provides technical design assistance to communities, and supports public education and design promotion programs. CUDC is located in downtown Cleveland, where it shares space with Kent State’s graduate programs in Urban Design, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.

The Director of Design Entrepreneurship and Inclusion is a new leadership position at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), created to support the development of new design ventures and expand the diversity of design practitioners in the Northeast. east of Ohio. The Director of Design Entrepreneurship and Inclusion will work to strengthen pathways into design professions for people of color; assist local government agencies, institutions and design firms to identify various designers for project teams; and offer entrepreneurship support to young creators who start their own business. They will also work on special projects at CUDC to develop our research and practice in innovative ways to better meet the needs of urban communities. The CUDC is the outreach division of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. The CUDC conducts research, provides design assistance to communities, and creates public education and design promotion programs. CUDC is located in downtown Cleveland in shared space with Kent State’s graduate programs in Urban Design, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Cultivate and maintain a local and national network of Black and Latino design practitioners and businesses, emerging design businesses, and young designers.
  • Connecting Northeast Ohio developers, nonprofits, and government agencies with design firms that meet their needs and expand the diversity of designers in civic, institutional,
  • and private sector design and development projects in Greater Cleveland.
  • Identify partners for CUDC proposals and projects to expand the diversity of designers in the communities we serve.
  • Provide mentorship and technical assistance to designers starting their own businesses, with assistance targeted toward young professionals and Black, Native American, Latino, and Asian American designers.
  • Host talks, workshops, and other programs to showcase the work of Black, Latino, Native, and Asian American designers and to discuss issues related to design diversity.
  • Conduct outreach to youth in the Cleveland area, including the Making Our Own Space Rapid Response Team and students from John Hay School of Architecture in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
  • Lead and contribute to special projects in the CUDC design practice.
  • Participate in the Graduate Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture program at Kent State’s facility in Cleveland.
  • Build relationships with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and participate in recruitment efforts for graduate programs at Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain and update the CUDC Design Diversity Index, an existing tool that tracks the number of people of color in architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design and planning in higher education and design practice in Ohio.
  • Develop an understanding of local and national MBE, DBE and EDGE requirements; serve as a resource for companies seeking MBE, DBE and EDGE certification.
  • Help local design firms find partners to meet MBE and DBE requirements and develop hiring strategies to increase staff diversity and leadership development.
  • Attend and present at conferences on issues related to diversity in design.
  • Publish articles and produce public awareness materials that advocate for design diversity.
  • Serving on the Board of Directors for the ACE Mentoring Program Chapters in Cleveland and Akron.
  • Serving as an advisor to the student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects in Kent.

Qualifications and skills

  • Graduate degree in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture or planning.
  • Six (6) or more years of experience in architecture, urban design or related practice.
  • Self-motivated leader with an interest in new design practice models and experience in launching, building and managing the financial and operational functions of a business.
  • Experience mentoring, coaching/working with designers in the early stages of business development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse racial, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to build and maintain a national network of design collaborators and facilitate dialogue on sensitive topics and difficult issues in a complex and diverse environment,
  • Excellent communication skills

Kent State University is committed to creating and nurturing a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and including all members of the community, including those who experience discrimination or underrepresentation. This is a core value of the organization as we strive to have a culturally diverse student body, faculty, and staff that reflects the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation,
and our world.

For the official job description and to apply, visit www.kent.edu/hr (post number 987217).


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