PLACED delivers creative Engagement and Education programmes that bring people together to make better places. They have been engaging people in design, planning and development for the last ten years, connecting communities, decision makers, schools and businesses across the Northwest.
They are a Social Enterprise, and their values are at the heart of all they do. They advocate for genuine involvement of communities and stakeholders, and put creativity at the heart of their approach, helping to ensure those who are traditionally underrepresented in discussions about the built environment can participate on an equal platform.
Through their work, they advocate for better engagement and education about the built environment. It is their belief that we are all experts in the design of the places and spaces in which we live, work and spend time in.
PLACED delivers creative engagement solutions, delivering the consultation that our clients and communities need in a meaningful, inclusive way. They take an innovative, flexible approach to bringing local people, developers, designers and decision makers together to have conversations, explore ideas and develop solutions.
They help to ensure local peoples’ voices can be heard and ideas can influence decision makers. Their methodologies include pop-up events from our campervan Ed, pop-up exhibitions, workshops and online engagement through their new engagement platform.
Their clients and collaborators include Combined Authorities, local authorities, housing associations, developers, design practices and community organisations from across the Northwest and beyond. They work directly for clients on standalone engagement, or as part of a wider design team to deliver integrated solutions. Their work ranges from engaging communities in Spatial Development Strategies to developing community-led Action Plans.
BUILT ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION
They know creative learning is an invaluable tool in developing young people’s confidence, self-belief and skills. They also believe in the importance of supporting diversity through education, to help create informed, stronger communities and professionals who can make a difference. Supporting those under-represented in the built environment in accessing the sector is a priority. They argue it is critical that young voices are heard in the design and decision-making process about places.
Since 2012, they have worked with thousands of young people. Many of their past participants have gone on to study built environment courses at university, and some are now starting out in their professional careers.
Their current work with young people includes the PLACED Academy, engagement workshops, curriculum development and creative workshops in schools and colleges and holiday programmes.
Their work is possible due to the support of over 130 volunteer Ambassadors – student and industry professionals – who are passionate about quality design in the built environment. They believe that we can only make better places together.
The purpose of the role is twofold: firstly, to lead on the delivery of projects, with a focus on engagement work, and secondly, to represent PLACED at relevant sector events.
• Delivery of Projects: The Project Manager’s responsibilities will include leading on
planning, preparing, delivering and reporting on activities, workshops and events,
and co-ordinating project resources internally to ensure projects are delivered in a
professional way and in line with PLACED values.
• Network development: Alongside this, the successful applicant will promote and
advocate for PLACED to potential collaborators, sponsors and clients through
identified and attending relevant sector events on behalf of PLACED, building on their
existing networks to help secure new business. As an attendee at events, the
successful candidate will actively network with others present.
The successful candidate will work closely with and be supported by the PLACED Director, along with the wider team and network. They will be responsible for the effective delivery of ongoing and new projects. Whilst the role is focused on driving forwards engagement projects, there will be a requirement to provide support to our education programmes.
PLACED are a very small core team committed to having a positive impact through diversifying who shapes our built environment. It is essential that any new member of the team shares this commitment, and that they have a flexible, positive, ‘can do’ approach and be prepared to work flexible across projects and business areas.
Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter no more than two pages long to Jo Harrop on email@example.com no later than midday 31st October
Please note: Interviews are expected to take place Friday 5th November.