Cultural Resilience Fellow

Enterprise Business Partners

Enterprise is seeking an experienced creative practitioner with expertise in placemaking, artistic social practice, community development, cultural anthropology, participatory planning or public interest design to be a Cultural Resilience Fellow. The Fellow will build upon the pioneering creative placemaking, community sustainability and resilience efforts of partner communities and Enterprise over the past several years. The Cultural Resilience Fellow will embody and demonstrate the value of integrating art, culture, and creativity into the resilience projects of Enterprise and our partners.

The Cultural Resilience Fellow will be a member of the National Design Initiatives team, which is leading the implementation of the Climate and Cultural Resilience grant program. The Fellow will work in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team of Enterprise employees, partners, consultants and advisors as well as directly with community-based organization staff and community members. This position will report to the Design Leadership Program Director.

Enterprise Climate and Cultural Resilience Grant Program

The Climate and Cultural Resilience grant program supports community-based organizations in their efforts to create sustainable and resilient communities by leveraging creative placemaking strategies to strengthen the connection between cultural and climate resilience. By investing in both the built environment and social systems, community-based organizations and local residents will be more prepared to adapt and respond in the face of challenges.

Five Climate and Cultural Resilience grantees will be selected from community organizations in Enterprise’s local markets as well as those working within rural and Native American communities. The grantees will identify a local climate resilience challenge and propose projects in which residents, artists and other creative and cultural practitioners collaborate to address the challenge while concurrently addressing other pressing issues within the community, such as equity, racial equity, economic disparities, health disparities, climate disruption, community engagement and cohesion.


Position Details

The Cultural Resilience Fellow will be a full-time employee of Enterprise for a 12-month period starting Spring 2017. The fellow is eligible for a salaried stipend, including benefits. The position will be based in Boston and will require up to 20% travel.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter as well as a list of 3-5 references.

After initial review, applicants may be invited to submit a full CV and portfolio of work.

For more about the Climate & Cultural Resilience grant program, see:

For more about Enterprise’s National Initiatives, including Design Leadership, see:


Job Responsibilities

The Cultural Resilience Fellow’s responsibilities will be to:

  • Act as a highly visible ambassador for the connection between climate resilience and cultural resilience, both internally and externally, through speaking, writing, social media, and other forms of communication to a national audience and specific local communities.
  • Build awareness of the importance of creative placemaking and cultural resilience in the community development field and build the capacity of grantees and Enterprise staff to identify and execute creative placemaking tools and strategies.
  • Research and advance Enterprise’s working knowledge of the barriers and opportunities for community development corporations to integrate creative placemaking into their practices and identify partnerships and strategies to overcome these barriers.
  • Identify obstacles to success and provide expertise and assistance within Enterprise and to grantees, including the development of new tools or resources to enhance outcomes and overcome obstacles.


  • Expertise in placemaking, artistic social practice, community development, cultural anthropology, participatory, public interest design, or related field.
  • Arts, design, and/or research experience applicable to community development and resilience.
  • Experience with community engagement (specifically planning, facilitation, and follow-up) and leading collaborative meetings.
  • Ability to assume leadership responsibilities in assisting individuals or groups to initiate artworks, creative placemaking projects, or community-based participatory research.
  • Exemplary communication skills, with ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts, and concepts verbally, in writing, and through visual communications and other forms of creative expression.
  • Ability to work independently, to solve problems, and to take responsibility for moving tasks forward with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate complex activities, prioritize conflicting demands and meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to working creatively and collaboratively with a national, transdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, composure, flexibility, and adaptability to a variety of situations.
  • Bachelors degree, with 5 or more years of experience required.


    Preferred Qualifications

  • Lived experience and/or service that informs worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability.
  • Experience working with a diversity of communities and people, including non-English speakers.
  • Visual communication skills including proficiency with Adobe Suite.
  • Masters degree or equivalent experience highly preferred.


Boston, MA
Due Date: 
Friday, March 24, 2017
Posted by Mary.Fichtner on March 6, 2017 - 7:59am