Kounkuey Design Initiative
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA

Kounkuey Design Initiative is a non-profit design and community development organization. We collaborate with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities. We accomplish this mission through advocacy, research, planning, and built works. KDI believes participatory design and long-term investment are key to sustainable development. Working collaboratively with communities from conception through implementation, KDI enhances their ideas with technical knowledge and creativity, and connects them to extant resources.

Jul 03, 2019
 KDI is seeking a unique Design Director to lead and build the Landscape Design team in our Los Angeles office, and carry out our mission to advance equity, and activate the unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities, in partnership with under-resourced communities facing political, social, and physical challenges. This is a salaried, full time position with benefits.  SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:       Position Overview: The Design Director will be responsible for strengthening and growing KDI’s landscape design practice; building our staff’s and organization’s capacity to deliver innovative, multi-faceted built projects; and expanding our reach to new communities throughout California and the U.S.   We’re looking for someone with a strong interest in social justice and participatory processes; exceptional design ability; extensive experience implementing built projects; a track record as a leader who can work collaboratively, mentor staff, and carry out a vision for what design can achieve in under-resourced communities. This is not a conventional design position; for the chosen candidate, this is an incredible opportunity to lead public park projects, shape KDI’s design department, growing a team, and work extensively with communities.    EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED:                The company realizes that every interested candidate might not have all of the desired experience, but here is what they are looking for in terms of experience and skills… the more you have, the better!  Experience: Eight to fifteen years practicing as a landscape architect. Extensive experience leading design and implementation of parks, plazas, and other public open spaces. Experience working in an award-winning design environment. Extensive experience managing consultant teams, overseeing production of construction drawings, and leading construction administration. Experience working with government clients and stakeholders preferred. Experience with non-profits (as a collaborator with non-profit partners, board member, volunteer, etc) is a plus, but not required. Talents and Skills: A passion for creating transformative places and working collaboratively with people from all walks of life. Exceptional design ability. Ability to co-lead an organization in ways that inspire staff and collaborators. Strong skills with AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite. (Rhino and other 3D modeling software is used) Proficiency with detailing, redlining, and writing specifications. Strong verbal presentation, writing, and graphic communication skills. Willingness to travel to the Coachella Valley regularly (weekly drive during work hours), and nationally and internationally as needed. (1-2 trips to Kenya, possibly one other international trip). Experience with budgeting and financial management.Grant writing skills are a plus, but not required.Written and spoken fluency in Spanish is a plus, but not required. ATTRIBUTES/CAPABILITIES/DESCRIPTORS:    Participatory, inclusive, collaborative. Altruistic. Mission driven. Respectful of self and others. Embraces diversity in all areas of life. Nice, happy, mature, self aware.   EDUCATION/CREDENTIALS:   Masters in Landscape Architecture or related field preferred. Must be a licensed landscape architect (CA license not required, but must be willing/able to become licensed in CA, if hired). REWARDS/BENEFITS/COMPENSATION: KDI actively seeks to create a well-balanced and responsive work environment. We offer competitive compensation and generous paid time off, as well as benefits such as group health insurance (medical, dental, vision), disability and life insurance, flexible spending plans, commuter stipend, 401k, and opportunities for professional development and assistance with licensure. We welcome diverse candidates from around the country; some relocation assistance may be provided.   TO APPLY:                   Please email your resume, cover letter, and portfolio to LAjobs@kounkuey.org with “Design Director: YOUR NAME” in the subject line.
Kounkuey Design Initiative Los Angeles, CA, USA Senior Management - Director
Jul 03, 2019
Kounkuey Design Initiative is looking for an exceptional individual to fill the role of  Associate, Budget and Project Support . This is a new position within a dynamic and growing organization. The ideal candidate will be interested in and knowledgeable of the design and community development professions, and excited to take on the challenge of developing this position and support the growth of the overall organization. ORGANIZATION  Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is an award winning non-profit design and community development organization that partners with communities living in extreme poverty to physically transform degraded environments, grow economic resilience, and build social cohesion. KDI started in Kenya in 2006 as a partnership with residents to explore the potential of public space to transform underserved neighborhoods into thriving communities. The resulting Kibera Public Space Project has grown into a network of active and attractive community hubs that meet residents' most pressing needs of clean water, decent sanitation, income generating opportunities, and education. KDI believes participatory design and long-term investment are key to sustainable development. Working collaboratively with communities from conception through implementation, KDI enhances their ideas with technical knowledge and creativity, and connects them to extant resources. KDI has since used the participatory model developed in Kibera to work with communities in Haiti, Ghana, Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley in California. POSITION SUMMARY This is an extraordinary opportunity for a highly analytic and technically skilled professional to instill a forward looking projection discipline, in a highly innovative, dynamic and high-impact organization in both the US and Kenya Offices.  The successful candidate will have five years of forecasting, operations or financial planning experience, including model building and experience gathering data, developing forecasts and presenting projections to executive teams and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will ideally have experience in a complex organization that has multiple product/service lines and revenue sources. Reporting to the Global Director of Finance and Administration, the Associate, Budget and Project Support will be a hands-on and collaborative manager and will lead and develop team discipline in project and practice management as well as own the annual $3-4 million global financial forecast. RESPONSIBILITIES  Project Management  Prepare and update project labor and direct expense budgets (by week for the duration of the project). Update project budgets with prior month actuals and reforecast staff hours and direct expenses monthly. Implement a robust project management / reporting system. Monthly review, analysis and clear presentation of project reports to Sr. Management with explanations of variance versus budget and forecast for hours worked and direct expenses. Administer and review all project plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep Design and Planning Directors abreast of each project’s financial status. Project Management  Ensure timely client invoicing and collections; provide accounting with supporting materials to invoice clients. Ensure timely bill payment with regular review and approval of authorized project purchases. Log direct expense transactions into project registers including accounting codes (project, donor/client as well as general ledger account codes) from project personnel for project expenses and provide to accounting in a timely fashion. Provide supporting materials to accounting to prepare timely donor/grant financial reports. Global Financial Forecasting and Planning  Monthly preparation, analysis and clear presentation of global income and expense reports to Sr. Management with explanations of variance versus budget and forecast for hours worked and direct expenses. Prepare the quarterly reforecast based on the latest project forecasts and prior period actual revenues/expenses in coordination with Project Management, Accounting and the Executive and Associate Directors. Prepare the annual $3-4 million global income/expense budget and quarterly income/expense global reforecasts in collaboration with Accounting and the Executive and Associate Directors. Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to Sr. Management. Technology Management  Order, install and update full-service Dell PCs in the office. Manage network connectivity, network printers and PC-based video conferencing. Evaluate, purchase and install general software productivity tools that are required for the office (Harvest, Asana, Dropbox, Microsoft Project, etc.) Assist design and planning colleagues with troubleshooting network integration issues with their specialized software (Autodesk, Rhino, ArcGIS, etc.) QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE  Minimum of a B.A., ideally with a major in Mathematics, Engineering, or other quantitative discipline. Five years professional experience; ideally four years of operations planning and forecasting experience. Advanced proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, in particular Word, Excel and Power Point. Strong Excel skills – experience importing large quantities of data into Excel to support regular reporting versus project plans/budgets: familiar with use of pivot tables, vlookup, index and indirect functions. Strong modeling skills – expert ability to use Excel to create weekly project resource plans (Gantt charts), generate regular actual variance to plan reports, and particularly to build forecast and planning models. Ability to translate forecasting and technical concepts to — and to effectively collaborate with — programmatic, fundraising and accounting colleagues who do not necessarily have similarly strong quantitative backgrounds. A record of accomplishment in operations/manufacturing/distribution or construction planning and scheduling. Experience with project management concepts and familiarity with related software (e.g. Microsoft Project). Technology savvy - experience with 1) Windows operating system, 2) LAN office networking operations and 3) selecting software systems. DESIRED PROFILE  Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders at all levels. A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment. A successful record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable meaningful data interpretation versus simple reporting and enable sound decision making. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with a wide variety of internal and external audiences. A proactive approach to problem solving Willingness to travel locally and to communicate across multiple time zones. Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of KDI SALARY RANGE  $50-65,000     Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Tony Korkunis, Director of Finance and Administration at tony@kounkuey.org.
Kounkuey Design Initiative Los Angeles, CA, USA Programs
Jul 03, 2019
This is not a conventional position, because this is not a conventional organization. The Director of Finance and Administration will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to the Executive Director (ED) and work closely with the Associate Director. The successful candidate will look forward to working from our Kenya office for a several weeks each year. The candidate will be a hands-on and collaborative manager and will lead and develop an internal team to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, administration, and IT, in the US, Sweden, and Kenya Offices. 3.5 employees in the US office and 2 in the Kenya office report directly to this position. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to strengthen and build the evolving internal capacity of a highly innovative, dynamic and high-impact organization.   RESPONSIBILITIES Financial Management (70%) • Strengthen and build-up existing financial/accounting team across the country offices • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting. • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any changes necessary. • Oversee and lead annual budgeting (3-4 million-dollar annual budget) and planning process in conjunction with the ED and Associate Director (AD); administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization's financial status. • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting. • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/ reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements. • Provide project budgeting and administrative support for the project teams to ensure timely client invoicing and monthly updates to projected client invoices and expenses. • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department's overall policy and procedures manual. • Collaborate with Board Treasurer to monitor the performance of invested assets in accordance with FIS investment policies and guidelines. • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the Board of Directors.   Human Resources, Technology, and General Administration (30%) • Oversee HR/Admin Support staff • Further develop, build and harmonize KDI's human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training and recruiting, across the country offices. • Ensure that recruiting processes are consistent and streamlined. • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants. • Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales. • Establish and manage a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies and procedures.   QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE • Minimum of a B.A., ideally with an CPA/MBA • At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience; ideally 6+ years of broad financial and operations management experience • Experience holding final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human resources function previously. • Ability to translate financial concepts to — and to effectively collaborate with — programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds • A track record in grants management • Technology practical understanding with experience selecting and overseeing software installations; knowledge of accounting, reporting and financial planning software, and experience with managing Excel expertise.   DESIRED PROFILE • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with a wide variety of internal and external audiences • A proactive approach to problem solving • Willingness to travel and to communicate across multiple time zones • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of KDI   How To Apply chelina@kounkuey.org https://kounkuey.org/ Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Chelina Odbert, Executive Director at chelina@kounkuey.org
Kounkuey Design Initiative Los Angeles, CA, USA Senior Management - Director