Project Coordinator / Research Associate

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Project Coordinator / Research Associate
Weitzman School of Design Centers and Institutes

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Oct 10, 2021

The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites seeks applications for a Project Coordinator/Research Associate to grow its partnership-based work in historic preservation.

The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites ( ) works to advance the understanding and sustainable conservation of heritage places commemorating American civil rights histories and Black heritage. The Center is a part of the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Project Coordinator position is supported by a multi-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to build capacity among a group of partner institutions to advance the historic preservation of places of civil rights heritage significant to the Black experience in the US. The capacity building work is centered on two partner universities (Penn CPCRS and Tuskegee University); the work will be located primarily in Philadelphia, with travel to Alabama.

The Project Coordinator will take substantial responsibility for initiating, managing, and executing field projects, joint teaching activities and other initiatives stemming from the CPCRS-Tuskegee partnership. Partnerships are essential to this work - between Penn and Tuskegee, with their community-based partners, and with funders, local officials, and other participants in the work. The Project Coordinator will work closely with a small team of collaborators and report to the Center's Faculty Director.

The principal tasks and responsibilities of the Project Coordinator will be:
  • Managing Center initiatives in coordination with Tuskegee University and other partners, including field projects and educational activities;
  • Providing technical assistance on historic preservation, project management and organizational development to partners;
  • Occasional support of professors and other researchers involved in studios and projects;
  • Producing reports, documents, and social media material;
  • Coordinating logistics of meetings, workshops, and academic gatherings related to the Center;
  • Collaborating on Center planning, strategy, and operations; and
  • Collaborating closely with the Center's other staff, advisors, directors, and interns.

Weitzman School of Design Commitment to Diversity

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design is committed to creating an educational setting in which all students, faculty members, and staff members are valued. We strive to create an inclusive culture that celebrates difference and is strengthened by contributions from people of all races, religions, countries of origin, genders, ages, sexual orientations, physical abilities, learning differences, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We aspire to support and retain a student body, faculty and staff who are representative of the multiple communities and publics with which we collaborate and work. A diverse community here enhances our ability to prepare the next generation of artists, architects, landscape architects, planners, and preservationists to become leaders and innovators in a multicultural society.

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