Landscape Architecture Jobs Chicago

September 8, 2017
Landscape architecture jobs

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) seeks a highly-organized, results-oriented Program Manager to join our small, dynamic, and collaborative team. The Program Manager supports LAF’s Landscape Performance Series initiatives and plays a critical role in achieving LAF’s mission. The full-time, 40 hour/week position in Washington, DC offers a first-hand opportunity to guide transformative research and promote “next practices” in sustainable design.

LAF is a national environmental organization that invests in research, scholarships, and leadership to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability through landscape architecture. The size and impact of the 50-year-old organization has grown substantially in recent years, and the Program Manager joins a passionate and forward-thinking team.

Case Study Investigation (CSI)
The Program Manager manages all aspects of LAF’s signature Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, which runs February-August each year. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Primary responsibilities include:
• Lead the annual CSI program to ensure high participant satisfaction and high quality deliverables.
• Recruit, select, and serve as the face of LAF and point of contact for all program participants (faculty, students, and practitioners).
• Conduct critical review and provide feedback on all program deliverables, particularly the Case Study Briefs and methods.
• Manage legal and administrative aspects of the program including MOUs and payments
• Develop/update program webinars and other training materials.
• Use remote conferencing and collaboration technologies to schedule and lead participant webinars, conduct team check-ins, and facilitate collaboration.

Landscape Performance Series (LPS)
The Program Manager also leads and provides support for other Landscape Performance Series initiatives, including:
• Manage LAF’s grants and fee-for-service work to conduct performance assessments, including development of metrics, post-occupancy evaluations, and/or site monitoring.
• Assist with building content for, including case study development, actively seeking tools and Fast Facts, monitoring landscape performance news, and curating Collections
• Lead LAF’s initiatives to integrate landscape performance into design education, including the Landscape Performance Education Grants program and Resources for Educators section of
• Develop and lead lunch-and-learns, webinars, workshops and other trainings related to landscape performance.
• Attend and/or present at relevant professional conferences (2-5 per year).

Program Evaluation and Planning
In 2017, LAF will develop a 5-year strategic plan for the organization. The Program Manager will lead the analysis and make recommendations for LAF’s landscape performance work, including:
• Conduct an in-depth evaluation of the CSI program over its 6-year history, through an analysis of the case studies and evaluation methods, as well as interviews with past program participants.
• Conduct an analysis and make recommendations for LAF grant/fee-for-service work to conduct performance assessments.

General Support
Other duties include general organizational and communications support:
• Contribute to the LAF website, blog, newsletter, social media channels, and other communications pieces.
• Cultivate relationships with professional and academic partners.
• Attend and provide program updates at biannual meetings of the LAF Board of Directors and monthly Research Committee calls.
• Assist with grant applications (3-5 per year) and fundraising activities

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Environmental Design, Urban Ecology, or related field(s)
• At least 2-5 years of proven program/project management experience, including managing contractors/partners to achieve desired outcomes
• Strong analytical, quantitative, systems and critical thinking skills
• Familiarity with quantitative research methods
• Ability to track deadlines and manage competing priorities
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including writing and editing skills
• Personable, creative, collaborative, and resourceful persona
• Ability to travel approximately 4-6 times per year for outreach and conferences.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
• Familiarity with tools to facilitate remote communication and collaboration (e.g. Skype, GoToMeeting, Dropbox, Google Drive)
• Ability to stay highly-organized and thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced small organization

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree
• Experience in conducting trainings and/or presentations
• Familiarity with social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and simple web publishing tools (e.g. WordPress)


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

Share this Post