Associate in Community Health, Climate Change, and Neighborhood Design
Yale Urban Design Workshop, School of Architecture
Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, School of Public Health
Note: Position to begin June 1, 2023 or as soon as possible
May 2, 2023
The Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale Urban Design Workshop, Yale School of Architecture, seek applications for an Associate in Community Health, Climate Change, and Neighborhood Design, to begin June 1, 2023. The associate will manage, support, coordinate, and execute, under the supervision of the principal investigators from the School of Architecture and the School of Public Health, the project Addressing Urban Heat in the Dwight Neighborhood of New Haven: A Prototype for Neighborhood-Level Planning, which was recently funded by a grant from the Climate Impact Innovation Fund of the Yale Planetary Solutions Project. A synopsis of the project can be found below.
The associate will receive practical and technical training and professional mentorship on techniques of community engagement and advocacy around health, urban design, sustainability, climate change resilience, and urban research methods, with particular emphasis on advanced principles of neighborhood design and climate adaptation, instrumentation and data gathering.
The ideal candidate for this position will be early-career and will have the interest and background to bridge between health, environmental science, and urban design in exploring community- and place-based strategies for improving community health outcomes through data gathering, community engagement, and urban design. Backgrounds in public health, epidemiology, medicine, urban planning, environmental management, urban design, architecture, and other related fields will be considered.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Degree in an appropriate field, including public health, environmental management, urban planning, architecture, or urban design, from an outstanding program
- Minimum 1 year’s professional experience in a related field
- Experience working with underserved urban and minority communities
- Experience collecting and managing quantitative and qualitative data
- Experience and interest in community engagement and public education
- Strong qualitative and quantitative research, organizational, and interpersonal skills
- Strong written and communication skills in English
- Strong project management skills with attention to detail
- Experience working with a range of software tools.
- Interest in working in an intensive academic environment with students. Experience working with students preferred
- Collaborative and team-oriented personality, while also independent and self-motivating
- Experience developing maps and data visualization using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) preferred
- Urban and environmental research experience preferred
- Urban planning and / or design experience preferred
- Public Health research experience preferred
- Fluency in Spanish preferred
This is a six-month, full-time position, and physical presence in New Haven is required. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required to attend community meetings, presentations, and events. The stipend for 6 months will be a total of $40,000, without benefits. This will be a contract position, and applicants must have the legal right to work in the United States (visa support is not available for this position). The Associate will be physically located at the offices of the Yale Urban Design Workshop and will be part of the larger Yale community.
Letters of interest, along with resume or CV, three references, and portfolio or writing sample (as appropriate) should be sent to email@example.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.
Addressing Urban Heat in the Dwight Neighborhood of New Haven: A Prototype for Neighborhood-Level Planning
Low-income communities of color living in inner-city neighborhoods are disproportionately impacted by heat that is worsening due to climate change, making heat vulnerability a critical climate justice issue. In this project, faculty from the School of Public Health and the School of Architecture will develop and test a model six-component methodology for research and analysis of environmental heat exposure, its impacts, and potential solutions in the low-income, inner-city Dwight neighborhood of New Haven. We aim to 1) test the hypothesis that there is meaningful heterogeneity in temperature exposure even within a small neighborhood such as Dwight; 2) to show that a deep- dive assessment of heat exposure, impacts, and potential solutions at the “micro” neighborhood scale will inform cooling solutions in a way that cannot be done using more “macro” approaches; 3) to provide a model that will be transferable to other neighborhoods in New Haven and in other cities; and 4) to provide primary data as scientific input into a Dwight neighborhood planning process, contributing directly to the development and siting of specific strategies and project proposals to mitigate the impacts of urban heat.
IMMEDIATE JOB OPENING
Postgraduate Associate in Architecture and Community Design
Yale Urban Design Workshop
Note: Appointments to begin on or after June 15, 2023
Posted April 26, 2023
Yale School of Architecture seeks immediate applications for a up to two Postgraduate Associates in Architecture and Community Design at the Yale Urban Design Workshop, to begin on or after June 15, 2023.
Postgraduate Associates of the Yale Urban Design Workshop (YUDW) receive practical and technical training and professional mentorship in urban, architectural, and landscape design, techniques of community engagement and advocacy, and urban research methods, with particular emphasis on advanced principles of regional and neighborhood resilience, while working on real community-based projects.
For recent graduates of advanced architecture and architecture-related programs, this training will build upon the appointee’s previous knowledge in architectural and urban scale design, with an intensive focus on community-based processes. The associate will be actively engaged in the development of design proposals, planning documents, and research, under the direct supervision of faculty of the School of Architecture and will produce significant independent work during the appointment period.
The YUDW works on a range of community-based project types, from the design of individual buildings to public spaces to strategic urban plans at the neighborhood or district scale, in both Connecticut and internationally. Candidates for these positions should be comfortable working on multiple projects simultaneously, which may vary in their scope and scale. Current design projects include a mixed-use affordable housing and preschool adaptive reuse project, which will soon go into construction documents and design of a new public space in Norwich, CT. Current planning projects include a main street plan for Niantic, CT, and a plan for the Dwight neighborhood in New Haven focused on environmental justice and community health, and ongoing planning work in Gothenburg, Sweden. In August, we will begin a year-long vision and masterplan project for a major New Haven montessori school housed in a former mill building.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
· Advanced professional degree in architecture, preferably M.Arch, from an outstanding program.
· Excellent design and representational skills in a range of modes, including hand sketching, 3d modeling, and physical modeling.
· Experience working with a range of software tools, including AutoCAD, Rhino, Adobe CC. AutoCAD experience is required for this position.
· Experience and interest in urban research and description, including geography, history, demographics, culture, and economics.
· Interest in working in an intensive academic environment with faculty and graduate students.
· Strong research, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
· Collaborative and team-oriented, while also independent and self-motivating.
· Strong written and communication skills in English.
· Experience developing maps and research using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) preferred.
· Fluency in Spanish or another second language preferred.
· Office experience in architecture, planning, landscape, or urban design is preferred.
Postgraduate Associateships are one-year, full-time positions, based in New Haven, Connecticut. The maximum term of postgraduate appointments at Yale is one year, with the possibility of a one-year extension under special circumstances.
The Yale Urban Design Workshop believes in maintaining work-life balance, but occasional evening and weekend hours may be required to attend community meetings, presentations, and events. The salary for this position is $55,000, plus eligibility for Yale benefits and access to university resources. The Associate will be located at the offices of the Yale Urban Design Workshop, near the School of Architecture, and will be part of the larger Yale community, with opportunities to access continuing education in the form of events, lectures, and workshops in both in the School of Architecture and the wider university.
Candidates wishing to pursue architectural licensure may be able to fulfill AXP requirements in this position under experience setting A and will be overseen by a licensed architect.
Letters of interest, along with CV, portfolio, and names of 3 references should be sent to Andrei Harwell and Matthew Rosen, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.