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Job Openings

Thank you for your interest in working with us. See our current open positions below.

Senior Project Manager
Intermediate Architectural Designer
Pop-Up Village Event Operations Lead

Senior Project Manager




DJDS is seeking to immediately add a full-time onsite Senior Project Manager to lead the (1) build-out of the organization’s project management capacity, and (2) successful day-to-day execution of existing and future projects. The position will report to the Design Director and Development Director, who are also the firm’s Co-Founders.

The profile of a successful applicant begins with a strong interest and/or activism in social justice issues. The applicant should enjoy—and thrive—working in a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative environment, and achieve successful results through practiced management techniques. The position requires initiative and prompt action to accomplish objectives. The social impact nature of the work requires a critical mind to reveal insights and creativity in the application of new solutions. A positive attitude will permeate through the work, interactions with coworkers, clients, management, and sponsorship of firm policies.






  • Lead multiple projects and teams, across multiple stakeholders
  • Manage and oversee the processes of projects


Capacity Building:


  • Explore and recommend project management software and systems to help streamline DJDS projects and tasks
  • Create a process for managing meetings, including the preparation of agendas, note-taking, and distribution of next steps
  • Direct, lead, and mentor staff to ensure professional development




  • Develop a system to track the status of all projects and goals
  • Create and coordinate work plans, schedules and timelines across projects
  • Create and monitor project schedules


Client Management:


  • Establish regular client meetings and attend with appropriate team and consultants as required by contract scope
  • Create additional service directives and sign additional services with approval of studio leadership
  • Serve as the main point of management contact with the client and city agencies


Quality Control:


  • In accordance with company quality requirements, ensure that the project conforms to the contractual agreement the firm has made with the client
  • Review contract drawings and specifications for completeness, accuracy, and coordination
  • Ensure that the project conforms to the allocated period of time and within the budget it has been assigned


Financial Control and Risk Management:


  • Establish and monitor project budgets along with project progress
  • Review project billings and update studio projections regularly
  • Monitor project receivables and assist in the collection of receivables


Business Development:


  • Assist in proposal drafts and submissions


Resource Allocation:


  • Ensure staff is effectively and efficiently utilizing time
  • Determine amount and type of staff to execute the projects




  • Accurate and detail oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and maintain effective communication and quality control
  • Strong ability to plan, schedule, direct work of self and others
  • Advanced understanding and proficiency using the following software:
    • Microsoft Office
    • Google Apps
    • Basecamp/Smartsheet or similar project management software
  • Basic understanding of:
    • AutoCad and/or REVIT
    • Sketch-Up
    • Adobe Creative Suite




  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, construction management, engineering or related field
  • Minimum seven years industry experience (architecture, construction management, real estate development, engineering)
  • Advanced understanding of building codes, including national and state local codes




Please submit a digital resume and portfolio of selected projects applicant feels are most relevant to the work of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces following the directions below:

Subject Line: Senior Project Manager
Attachment: One multipage PDF not to exceed 3MB

The PDF should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Portfolio of projects in which your primary role was project manager


Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Architectural Designer — Intermediate Level




Designing Justice + Designing Spaces is a small startup public-interest design practice using design and development to end mass incarceration and structural inequity. We have specific expertise in community engagement, evidence-based design research, and designing for peacemaking and reparation. We are seeking a freelance mid-level architecture design intern to provide support on discrete project tasks. We require a designer with mature design skills that has demonstrated proficiency in AutoCAD, Rhino, SketchUp and hand sketching. If you are interested in the role that design plays in social justice and enjoy working both inside and outside modes of traditional practice then you will find our office to be exciting.




Candidates must have:


  • A professional degree in Architecture
  • Minimum 5 to 7 years professional practice
  • Proficiency in SketchUp, Rhino and Adobe Acrobat Suite
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work independently
  • Willingness to take direction and work as part of a multi-disciplinary collaborative team
  • A strong interest and/or activism in social justice issues is desirable
  • Fluent Spanish speaker desirable


Projected hours per week will vary with an average of 32 to 40 hours a week starting now.




Please send a digital portfolio or links to your website following the directions below.

Subject Line: Intermediate Designer
Attachment: One multipage PDF not to exceed 3MB

The PDF should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Portfolio with the following examples, for which you have primary authorship:
    • Three (3) hand-drawn sketches
    • Three (3) 3D computer renderings
    • Photo of an architectural model
    • Relevant image(s) of your choice


Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Pop-Up Village Event Operations Lead




Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS) is a social enterprise working at the intersection of the built environment, and restorative justice and restorative economics. As architects and real estate developers, DJDS’ work is focused on addressing the root causes of mass incarceration; that includes poverty, racism, the lack of education, the lack of economic opportunity/mobility, as well as the criminal justice system itself.




The Pop‑Up Village (the Village) is a site activation project led by Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS) and a range of community partners in the Bay Area. The Village is a mobile village that will use the power of design to bring together social services and commercial/retail resources that ‘pop‑up’ in anything that moves; from converted buses to shops on wheels.

This collection of mobile resources will support an improvement in public safety by activating blighted sites, increasing economic and education opportunities, providing greater access to social service resources and improving bonds of trust amongst the community and other community-based organizations.




We are currently looking for an Operations Lead that will form a critical part of an excited team of community organizers, architects, entrepreneurs and social service providers.


Duties include:


  • Develop and Manage pre-production timeline and event production schedule
  • Attend partner convenings when planning events and developing programs
  • Assist in site planning, review draft plans and one partner planning meeting per event
  • Conduct planning meeting with event staff, including the presentation of the event work plan
  • Manage operations personnel for event staffing needs, including a volunteer team, or individual volunteers
  • Obtain all required event permits and permissions. Host partners will provide assistance as necessary.
  • Liaise with community leader/vendor coordinator, to communicate technical needs/timelines for vendor participants
  • Act as operations point of contact for all public agencies (police, fire department, sheriff) and host partners
  • Set-up and breakdown mobile infrastructure, including vending units, tents, furniture, etc. (“Village Infrastructure”)
  • Schedule security, trash, recycle and other event-day operations contractors
  • Monitor and report on the operations budget
  • Update existing operations manual




  • 5 years minimum experience in event operations and production
  • Experience managing partner database (Google Docs)
  • Strong verbal, interpersonal and communications skills
  • Experience with sound and audio/visual set up




Please send an email with your resume and a cover letter to
Subject Line: Pop-Up Village Operations Lead


Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.