Location: Fort Worth, TX

Executive Director

Closing: August 31, 2021

Community Design Fort Worth (CDFW) was founded in 2015 as the first community-based design center in Fort Worth. Fort Worth is the 12th largest city in the United States with a population quickly approaching 1 million. CDFW is a 501 (c)(3) providing a forum for big ideas to empower and strengthen all Fort Worth communities through design.

Because the organization is small, the Executive Director has a wide range of responsibilities. CDFW is seeking an experienced professional, who has demonstrated commitment to community development and social change, to plan and implement community-driven projects in Fort Worth. We are looking for an individual with work experience in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, or urban design, project management/project administration. The ideal candidate will have a background with some combination of public interest design, neighborhood planning, community organizing, affordable housing, environmental justice and/or resiliency. This is a great opportunity for working with a dedicated Board in a collaborative and innovative environment.

Major Responsibilities

  • Lead, manage, organize, and facilitate community design work and projects.
  • Represent and when appropriate, build and nurture multi-organizational alliances and partnerships to develop and implement successful community design project.
  • Maintain and build strategic and inclusive alliances with community groups, firms, government agencies, foundations and other partners while forging new ones.
  • Manage the Fort Worth Community Vision initiative using Social Pinpoint and traditional outreach and engagement tools.
  • Represent the organization in community and partner meetings.
  • Plan and manage fundraising efforts, while maintaining relationships with current donors.
  • Provide guidance to administrative staff for the CDFW’s operations and other duties as coordinated with the Board which include the following:
    • Prepare the Board of Director’s for meetings by providing necessary information in advance and preparing agendas with input from the Board Chair
    • Maintain and update operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the Center
    • Coordinate with the Board to prepare an Annual Budget and Annual Report
    • Assist with communication, scheduling, and coordination of internal and external events, meeting, and projects.
    • Maintain and grow social media presence.
    • Oversee project budgets, when applicable.
  • Recruit, train and supervise interns, volunteers and staff engaged in projects and initiatives.

Demonstrated skill in proactively building relationships with diverse audiences including design professionals, community leaders and partners, public officials, media and the public is essential. This position calls for a strategic thinker who is also able to handle details and project management. This position also requires someone committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and who flourishes in building bridges between and working with people of different races, ethnicities, ages, genders, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic, as well as demographics, psychographics, and institutional cultures.

Additional skills include the following:

  • Demonstrated business development and strategic planning skills.
  • Strong or demonstrated leadership and management skills, including the ability to inspire, lead and manage a board, staff, and volunteers
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including written, verbal, and public speaking.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously while providing detailed reporting.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and/or other design software preferred.

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree; or three (3) to six (6) years of related experience and or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Relevant education/experience could include planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or public administration.

How to Apply
Send cover letter and résumé in a single pdf to CDFW at