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Job Description: Program Manager

Update: This post has been filled. 

Gehl Institute, a recently formed non-profit that creates knowledge and serves as a platform to make public life a driver for design, policy, and governance, seeks an entrepreneurial, get-it-done professional to manage projects and produce compelling content that engages people, from decision-makers to the general public, on issues related to the public realm.

Our current projects range from providing evaluation of design and behavior in public space for public health and climate adaptation reasons to designing learning experiences for multi-disciplinary groups to share and advance discussion about improving our public spaces. All projects analyze the roles public space and design play to support people and inclusive communities. As one person among a staff of four at a young organization, the Program Manager will play a large role in collaboratively growing the organization and amplifying our impact.


  • Manage projects according to scope, deadlines, and budget; steer process towards outcomes.
  • Manage staff and partners contributing to the project.
  • Design projects with timelines and identify tasks that lead to outcomes.
  • Write and edit reports and other deliverables for projects and the organization.
  • Create and produce presentations, exhibitions, and events.
  • Develop proposals for new projects. Conduct background research in support of new project development and scopes.
  • Support communications by converting interesting news, data findings, or experiences into shareable web and social media posts.
  • Contribute to organizational development as needed, through some sharing of administrative responsibilities.
  • Contribute to development of organizational strategy, program activities, and overall future directions for Gehl Institute.


  • Master’s degree in architecture, urban planning, urban studies, design, anthropology, sociology, history, government, public policy, or another related field. Academic experience can vary so long as there is demonstrated critical thinking, research, and writing experience, and the candidate can demonstrate passionate interest in the public realm.
  • Excellent communications skills in writing and speaking. Being an author is as important as being an editor.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills with an ability to land on conclusions and findings, as well as being able to communicate them.
  • Passionate about people and public space, and an understanding about the role the public realm plays in the city.
  • Values relationships and people, can form relationships with people of various backgrounds.
  • Experience in civics, advocacy, and the levers of social change. Volunteer activities count.
  • Organized: ability to create systems that find efficiencies in work while collaborating with multiple partners.
  • Ability to see patterns in the big picture and pay attention to details in the day to day.
  • Self-starter that also understands follow-through and completion of tasks and goals.
  • Flexibility and ability to adjust course, because things change and we still need to deliver.
  • Graphic facility, ability to produce infographics and compelling graphics are a plus.
  • Programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and WordPress.
  • Facility with social media.

To apply, send to publiclife@gehlinstitute.org:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the role and Gehl Institute
  • Resume
  • Short-form writing sample – 500 words or less
  • Long-form writing sample – 8 pages minimum
  • Applications due March 15