Design Director

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. 


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.   


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! 


Talents and Skills:




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 with “Design Director: YOUR NAME” in the subject line.