Posts Tagged ‘COGDesign’

Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester, MA occupies a storefront in one of Boston’s low-income neighborhoods, sandwiched between units of affordable apartment housing. Their “playground” was a packed dirt yard abutting a parking lot. The school, which uses trauma-informed design to help at-risk students feel more grounded and safe, looked to the Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COGDesign) to create a more appropriate play space. Designer David McCoy of Geographia Landscape Design developed a beautiful plan for a sensory and environmental playground, and A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative was lucky enough to be able to install it. Thanks to COGdesign and Codman Academy for the chance to participate in this exciting project!

empty dirt lot with low metal fence

Play area before construction.

landscape plan

Master Plan by David McCoy

poster from 2nd grade class saying "thank you for building our park!"

“Thank You” poster from second-graders at Codman Academy

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COGdesign logoA Yard & A Half has been a long-time supporter of the Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design. After 16 years of connecting designers to under-resourced communities throughout Eastern, MA, COGdesign’s co-founder and Executive Director, Lucia Droby, is moving on. No one can fill Lucia’s shoes, but we hope that you will  help us to reach the best candidates for the position of Executive Director.

If you have experience managing communuity-based organizations, we would love to hear from you. Otherwise, we hope you’ll share the job description below with your own networks.

Executive Director – Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COGdesign)

Founded in 1997, COGdesign is a non-profit service organization offering quality landscape design for community-based groups; meaningful professional experience for student and practicing landscape designers; volunteer opportunities for those interested in strengthening communities by creating and improving neighborhood green spaces.

Position: Executive Director (ED), reporting to the Board of Directors, will have overall operational responsibility for the COGdesign’s programs, staff, volunteers and execution of its mission.

Leadership, Program and Management
•    Collaborate with Board to maintain continuity of mission and to develop, evaluate and execute strategic plan.
•    Work with Board President to plan Board meetings.
•    With Board input, initiate and coordinate landscape design projects, including matching designers with sites and facilitating communication and deliverables between designer and client.
•    Oversee COGdesign’s participation in installation and maintenance of projects with the Planting Brigade and green-industry partners.
•    With Board committee, manage and evaluate program performance including completed Projects and Planting Brigade volunteer activities.
•    Oversee work of staff and volunteers.

Outreach and Communication
•    Provide regular updates and recommendations to the Board of Directors.
•    With appointed committees, plan, publicize and execute special events including Project Showcase and other events based on strategic plan priorities.
•    Oversee and evaluate communications and strategies for email, social media, blog, marketing, PR and print including periodic newsletter to COGdesign supporters.
•    With Webmaster, provide oversight and content for COGdesign website at http://www.cogdesign.org.
•    Collaborate with Development Committee to identify and pursue strategic alliances with volunteers, partner agencies, municipalities, grant makers, donors and prospective project sites.

Financial and Fundraising
•    With Finance Committee and Treasurer, develop and monitor annual budget, oversee all federal and state tax filings and reporting.
•    Provide financial oversight and reporting to Board with Finance Committee.
•    With Development Committee, initiate and execute strategies to grow earned and contributed revenue (fund-raising).
•    With Development Committee, sustain, implement and grow outreach to business and individual donors.

The Executive Director is committed to COGdesign’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and management experience. In addition, other qualifications include:
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills with excellent interpersonal skills.
•    Organizational management with the ability to coach staff and volunteers, manage and develop teams to achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.
•    Action-oriented, self-directed, entrepreneurial, and adaptable.
•    Ability to work effectively independently from a small office and in collaboration with people from diverse economic backgrounds.
•    Track-record of broadening a donor base, and initiating, developing, and sustaining deep relationships with a broad and diverse constituencies.
•    Marketing, public relations, grant-writing and fundraising abilities.
•    Demonstrated interest or experience in landscape design and implementation, and an understanding of the benefits these bring.

Please contact, before March 31st, 2014:
•    Diane Aronson: aronsons (at) comcast.net
•    Carolyn Edsell-Vetter: carolyn (at) ayardandahalf.com

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For Designers:

COGDesign presents designer Lynden Miller – October 7, 2009, 6-8 pm.  From the website:

Lynden Miller,well known NYC public garden designer, will speak about designing, maintaining, and funding beautiful, four-season plantings for public places. Her garden projects in NYC have become urban oases with economic benefits and the power to transform the way people behave and feel about their city. Lynden will sign her new book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, after her presentation.

(Techo-)Bloc Party at Northeast Nursery – Sept. 25 & 26 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Visit the 53 ft. Mobile Display Center (MDC) to see new, naturalistic models and design concepts.   While you’re there, have a nosh, and check out the selection of plant material and natural stone products in their huge yard.

2010 APLD Design Awards – Entry materials are now available.  Categories include: residential design, planting design, small gardens (under 1500 sf), and specialty projects (“theme gardens, therapeutic gardens, educational gardens, rooftop gardens, sustainable designs, green roof installations, historic preservation, etc.”).  Our horticultural maintenance crew is available to groom gardens in preparation for photos.  Deadline: Feb 1, 2010.

For Homeowners:

NOFA Food Preservation Workshops – Learn to can, pickle, ferment, freeze, and dry summer produce.  Expand your ability to eat locally throughout the year, and meet other local food aficionados!

Bulb Orders and Lawn Renovation – Now is the time to place orders for bulbs to ensure fall planting and a colorful spring!  With cooler temperatures and the likelihood of regular rainfall through September, it’s also a good time to patch, renovate, or establish new lawns.  Get detailed how-to’s from MassHort, or contact us to arrange a visit.

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A Yard & A Half just completed a pro-bono installation of a design by David McCoy for The Children’s Room, a grief counseling agency for young people.  The project, coordinated by COGDesign, made the front page of today’s  Waltham’s Daily News Tribune.

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