Program Manager

We are looking for a strong designer and experienced fabricator who loves people, especially supporting everyone from kids through seniors in designing and building great things that make a positive difference around issues or in places that are important to them. You must be incredibly comfortable working, leading and following people who are not like you--whether it be age, gender or socioeconomic background. You also must be comfortable being ‘strong and wrong’. While teaching experience is a plus, it is not required and first and foremost you should be good at and find great joy in working with people. Having deep curiosity in how people best learn and create or an entrepreneurial background will also be helpful.

The Program Manager will be responsible for:

1- Leading, managing and growing The Building Hero Project.

This includes managing and helping teach the 8-week Training Program; overseeing fabrication of products; leading product development and marketing for The Building Hero Etsy Store; managing related budgets; and growing The Building Hero Project’s socially good custom contract fabrication services.

2- Helping support design and placemaking projects in West Philadelphia.

Upcoming projects include 1) working with residents and organizations in the Promise Zone to identify and prioritize the community’s needed public space improvements, to include both amenities and locations; 2) helping to co-design amenities that address prioritized needs; 3) working with local stakeholders to improve 3-4 public space in the Promise Zone; 4) training stakeholders to fabricate and maintain amenities and gather data; and 5) building local capacity and creating a dialogue around public space needs and larger improvements in the neighborhood. You also will be required to track and manage detailed budgets.  

3- Continuing to grow and support a robust multi-generational community around the Building Heroes and our shared neighborhood-focused makerspace.

You will be one part ‘den mother/father’ for the Building Heroes and #4017Lancaster, our community-focused makerspace. This means ensuring that people of all ages and backgrounds feel welcome, engaged and supported; the workshop area is clean, maintained and organized effectively to meet everyone’s needs; and relationships are maintained and strengthened through program awareness via social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). A key part of this is overseeing Tiny WPA’s weekly Stop By + Build open building session every Wednesday and potentially working with Building Heroes and other collaborators to develop additional classes in the space.


We are looking for someone who is a combination of at least two of the following: Educator, builder/fabricator, designer, and/or community organizer.

More specifically:

- Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, Product Design, Architecture, Furniture Design, Urban Planning or related field as well as experience performing a role substantially similar to the essential functions of this job description.

- You must have a strong design ‘eye’ and sense of design. Please provide work/project samples that demonstrate your design skills and aesthetics. Showing professional and school work as well as personal projects (even small personal creations-- furniture, graphic design, art, etc.) will help us get a good sense of your abilities and how you approach design.

- Rock solid proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp and Google Docs is required. Experience with Solidworks and/or Rhino is a plus.

- Solid fabrication and woodworking experience is required; mig welding and CNC experience are a plus. You will be frequently using laser and vinyl cutters.

- Teaching experience is not absolutely required but you must be exceptional at and love working with people. Deep curiosity about how people best learn, create and collaborate is a plus.

- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Due to Tiny WPA’s incredibly collaborative nature, we prefer over-communication.

- Experience managing project budgets, producing estimates, or general project management.

- Attention to detail is a must.

Tiny WPA is small nonprofit. We work really hard but deeply love our work. A typical work week is 45-55 hours. When there are work surges, we will happily provide commensurate days off.


1- Please email cover letter, resume and a portfolio or images of at least four work or project samples to Renee Schacht at with "Program Manager" in the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis, but hope to fill the position by the beginning of November.

2- We need to see you design and building with others! Schedule a time to design-build for a number of hours during Stop By + Build with people of all ages or volunteer on a project. You will quickly know if you love or hate the occasional controlled chaos and we get to see if you are a good fit.

Tiny WPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  A diverse staff is critical to our mission. Individuals of diverse interests and backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.