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  • Urban Designer II:
    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 22:00:49 +0000
    Urban Designer II Ascent2010 Fri, 07/23/2021 - 15:00

    Does this describe you?

    You have been practicing urban design for several years and your primary focus is advancing your career as an accomplished urban designer in the field, working on multidisciplinary projects that address built form, land use, mobility, open space, and community issues. You are intrigued by ways to establish desirable relationships between private and public realms, curious about how various urban design interventions can translate to actual built form, and always strive to create meaningful and memorable experiences for people.

    Alongside others who share your passion, you want to use your design and planning skills to address complex urban issues through urban infill and revitalization, transit-oriented development, and master planning assignments at different scales. You want to be part of a firm that celebrates and embraces diversity, culture, environmental awareness, and sustainability. Your clients include cities and private developers, corporate and academic institutions, and quasi-government agencies. While urban design assignments are what primarily intrigue and motivate you, you are also interested in strengthening your project management skills and experience.

    TYPICAL WEEK IN THE LIFE OF AN ASCENT URBAN DESIGNER:

    We are seeking to fill a full-time position in our San Diego office. In a typical week you may:

    • Prepare ideas and diagrams for a development site plan, public realm project, or streetscape;
    • Work on a design charette for a redevelopment master plan or to revitalize a historic part of a city;
    • Work on storyboarding a mock-up and developing a template for a graphic, user-friendly specific plan document in InDesign, that includes project vision, land use, circulation, and open space chapters;
    • Work on objective design standards or zoning updates for a main street or town center to strengthen community form and character;
    • Work on scenario development, feasibility testing, or design alternatives;
    • Prepare presentation boards for an upcoming project interview;
    • Collaborate with in-house environmental, climate change, and natural resources professionals on project-related issues;
    • Be mentored by senior staff on career goals and advancement;
    • Receive training and support on the latest software to advance your urban design career; and
    • Enjoy social and community service events, and the camaraderie of being an Ascentian.

    If you’re interested, here’s a bit more:

    We are actively seeking candidates who have 5-7 years of experience in the field of urban design. Professional qualifications must include:

    • A degree in architecture, and an advanced degree in planning or urban design, as well as experience working on planning and urban design projects for architecture, planning, and/or urban design firm.
    • Exceptional design skills such as the ability to communicate ideas simply on trace paper as well as with the latest digital tools, excellent writing, and analytical skills, as well as strong document production and graphic design abilities.
    • Advanced drawing and 3D modeling and rendering capabilities, with demonstrated experience in AutoCAD, SketchUp (or similar 3D modeling tool), and Lumion (or similar rendering tool), is a must. Ability to communicate zoning and objective design standards using simple diagrams and 3D graphics, as well as develop visual sims.
    • Advanced knowledge working with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Working knowledge of GIS is desirable. Experience with ESRI City Engine or ArcGIS Urban and/or Urban Footprint is a plus.
    • Engaging interpersonal skills. The ability to work with others, develop creative solutions, and be collaborative as part of a fast-paced design studio is of high importance.
    • Professional registrations such as AICP and LEED are desirable, but not required.

    Ascent offers a supportive, fun, and intellectually challenging work environment with excellent benefits. We invest in our employees’ careers and welfare and strive to provide high-quality outcomes for our clients. We offer flexible hours, collegial teamwork, participation in important and challenging projects, opportunities to contribute to and join in-service events for our local communities, and regular performance recognition.

    Still Interested?

    Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume and a design portfolio to: jobs@ascentenvironmental.com

    Ascent provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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    Organization
    Ascent Environmental
    Location

    San Diego, Sacramento, CA
    United States

    AICP Certification
    Preferred
    Experience Level
    Mid-Level
    jobs@ascentenvironmental.com
    Publish Option
    published
    Paid Time
    1627075064
    This position is remote/work from home
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  • Senior Urban Designer I/Project Manager:
    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 22:00:08 +0000
    Senior Urban Designer I/Project Manager Ascent2010 Fri, 07/23/2021 - 15:00

    Does this describe you?

    As an experienced urban designer, you have a passion for preparing a wide range of planning documents such as master plans, corridor plans, specific plans, and objective design standards, while engaging with the communities they affect, collaborating with the agencies that implement them, and managing an interdisciplinary team of experts. You enjoy engaging in design discourse to share ideas, critique design concepts by others, and provide alternative approaches.

    Quickly sketching out or demonstrating design ideas and concepts is second nature to you. You have a comprehensive understanding of the various systems that make a city or community thrive, have the ability to analyze and digest complex urban issues that span across multiple disciplines, and suggest clear and practical design approaches and solutions. You have expertise in updating zoning and development standards to facilitate mixed-use development and infill, and you know how to develop graphic and user-friendly documents. You have a strong interest in solving today’s housing and climate challenges. You have the knowledge and tools to deliver a successful work product and understand how to set up the project workflow, engage the client and stakeholders, and lead a team of experts in order to get there.

    Based on years of experience, you understand how to manage a team, and confidently participate in highly technical discussions regarding planning and urban design-related topics such as building and open space typologies, development densities and intensities, transit/mobility/transportation, utilities and infrastructure, development phasing, agency approval/permit processes, and environmental review processes. You are able to work independently on assignments and exercise judgment when needed, but are also known to be a team player and have strong visual, written, and verbal communication skills, and get things done.

    Here’s what you would do:

    We are seeking to fill this position in our San Diego or Sacramento office. In a typical week as an Ascent Senior Urban Designer/Senior Project Manager (Senior Urban Designer I), you might:

    • Work on or lead the preparation of a large-scale master plan, specific plan, zoning update, or objective design standards;
    • Manage workload planning, project scope, schedule and budgets, and coordinate team deliverables;
    • Develop an engagement strategy, and facilitate a community outreach meeting;
    • Collaborate with other planners and design professionals on projects throughout the state;
    • Attend a local conference and present a topic of interest;
    • Work with environmental planners to define a design/policy solution to protect sensitive resources;
    • Prepare a proposal, prepare a presentation, or attend an interview for a public agency on a planning-related project;
    • Help mentor and delegate work to support staff;
    • Receive general supervision and support from senior management;
    • Under post COVID conditions, travel for project work and/or interoffice coordination; and
    • Enjoy social and community service events, and the camaraderie of being an Ascentian.

    If you’re interested, here’s a bit more:

    We are seeking a candidate with 10 or more years of experience in the field of urban design. Professional qualifications must include:

    • A degree in architecture, and an advanced degree in planning or urban design.
    • Over 10 years of experience working on planning and urban design efforts, such as master plans, specific plans, corridor plans, objective design standards, and zoning, for architecture, planning, and/or urban design firm in California, with experience as a project lead and project manager.
    • Knowledge of current planning and development law as practiced in the State of California. Knowledge of housing legislation and CEQA is a plus.
    • Excellent presentation skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to quickly generate drawings and sketches to convey design thinking and concepts.
    • Strong document production and graphic design abilities. Advanced knowledge working with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Working knowledge of GIS is desirable. Experience with ESRI City Engine or ArcGIS Urban and/or Urban Footprint is a plus.
    • Advanced drawing and 3d modeling and rendering capabilities, with demonstrated experience in AutoCAD, SketchUp (or similar 3D modeling tool), is a must. The ability to communicate zoning and objective design standards using simple diagrams and 3d graphics, as well as develop visual sims is desired.
    • Engaging interpersonal skills. The ability to work with others, motivate a team, develop creative solutions, and be collaborative as part of a fast-paced design studio is of high importance.
    • AICP credential, as well as active membership in a professional organization, is preferred (APA, ASLA, AIA, ULI, etc.).

    Ascent offers a supportive, fun, and intellectually challenging work environment with excellent benefits. We invest in our employees’ careers and welfare and strive to provide high-quality outcomes for our clients. We offer flexible hours, collegial teamwork, participation in important and challenging projects, opportunities to contribute to and join in-service events for our local communities, and regular performance recognition.

    The ideal candidate will thrive in a collaborative environment, be focused on preparing quality work, and possess a strong ability to manage projects and support project pursuits and business development.

    Still Interested?

    Please e-mail a letter of interest and your resume, and a design portfolio to: jobs@ascentenvironmental.com

    Ascent provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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    Enhanced Job Listing - $149.95
    Organization
    Ascent Environmental
    Location

    San Diego, Sacramento, CA
    United States

    AICP Certification
    Preferred
    Experience Level
    Senior
    jobs@ascentenvironmental.com
    Publish Option
    published
    Paid Time
    1627074693
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  • Community Planning and Engagement – Senior Plann... :
    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 21:59:06 +0000
    Community Planning and Engagement – Senior Planner (Planner 3) jeffreyleach Fri, 07/23/2021 - 14:59

    The Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville and Davidson County is seeking an individual to join our community planning team. With a national-news-making economy and rich cultural traditions, Nashville planners are deeply engaged in helping Nashvillians shape their city’s future.

    The Community Planning and Engagement division completed the NashvilleNext General Plan update in June 2015, which received the Daniel Burnham Award in 2016 for Comprehensive Plans from the American Planning Association. 

    Position Description

    The Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville and Davidson County is a public planning agency committed to sustainable development and quality urban design. The planner filling this senior position will be involved in forward-thinking projects, requiring professional knowledge and leadership skills. In the Community Planning and Engagement division of the office, the planner will help lead the division’s core responsibility for developing and applying land use policies for the Nashville-Davidson County area, expressed most directly through the community and small area plans that the division staff prepares or works with contracted consultants to prepare. 

    Nashville is experiencing fast-paced growth pressures. Much of the growth is occurring in centers, along corridors, and in emerging residential areas. There is also transformational change happening in established neighborhoods, placing significant pressure on infrastructure and neighborhood character. The Planner 3 must be able to consider and explain a wide array of complex factors in creating plans. The division coordinates extensive public education and community participation. This position thus requires excellent writing and speaking skills and the ability to research, analyze, and make and defend professional recommendations about land use and infrastructure patterns. 

    The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of effective leadership in a lively, interactive, and sometimes contentious environment.  Primary responsibilities are: 

    • Lead projects in support of the timely completion of an ambitious Community Planning work program.  The work program includes periodic updates of the General Plan and regular updates of 14 Community Plans; refining planning policies; processing and advising on proposed plan amendments; and participating with Land Development (current planning) in the development review process. Principal work products are developed through collaboration with other agencies of Metropolitan Government, communication with Metropolitan councilmembers, and highly engaging citizen involvement opportunities. Published plans must reflect an advanced level of design through layout and graphics. 
    • Coordinate plan development and project review, working with other Planning divisions and Metro departments, the general public, outside developers and contractors, and Metro Councilmembers.
    • Support the Community Planning manager in supervision of junior team members including, but not limited to, monitoring progress of planning projects, counseling and supporting the development of junior team members, and understanding the team’s performance. 
    • Prepare studies, conduct research, prepare and make presentations for a variety of audiences.
    • Analyze planning problems relating to physical, social, economic, and community development and recommend creative, implementable solutions.
    • Attend community meetings, out of normal office hours, an average of three meetings per month.

    All work must be performed under minimal supervision.

    The successful candidate will have proven proficiency in project management, delegation and distribution of work load, facilitation, negotiation, and persuasive presentation of planning principles to lay audiences and professional audiences. Effective hands-on management of planning projects through the public involvement and approval processes is required. The successful candidate should also have demonstrated success facilitating general agreement among citizens, land-owners, and elected officials with differing visions and objectives.

    Professional mastery of the following is expected:

    • Principles of community planning, including the effective use of data
    • Extensive understanding of land planning
    • Best practices in urban design
    • General understanding of multi-modal transportation planning

    A working knowledge of basic office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe InDesign) is required, as is an understanding of the capabilities of GIS.

    Qualifications:

    Master’s degree in city and regional planning, landscape architecture or a directly related field plus 8 years of planning experience, 1 year of which include supervising two or more junior staff, or Bachelor’s degree in city planning or a related field plus 10 years of planning experience, 1 year in a supervisory role.  Experience in a mid to large-sized city is preferred. Possession of AICP is strongly preferred.

    This Planner 3 position will be filled as a contract position (non-civil service) with an annual salary of $79,019.36 along with excellent health, dental and retirement benefits, and competitive paid vacation time, paid sick leave, and paid holidays. The Planning Department currently works a 3/2 hybrid work-week, with two additional weeks of remote-work available annually.

    Persons qualified for this position should submit letter of interest and resume by August 30, 2021, by email or mail. Reviews of resumes will begin on August 16, 2021.

    Joni Williams

    joni.williams@nashville.gov

    Community Planning and Engagement Manager

    Metro Planning Department

    of Nashville and Davidson County

    800 Second Avenue South 

    Nashville, TN 37210

    The Planning Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline or any other employment practices because of non-merit factors shall be prohibited. For ADA inquiries, contact Josie Bass, ADA Compliance Coordinator, at (615) 862-7150 or e-mail her at josie.bass@nashville.gov. For Title VI inquiries, contact Human Relations at (615) 880-3370. For all employment-related inquiries, contact Human Resources at (615) 862-6640.

    Option
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    Organization
    The Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville and Davidson County
    Location

    Nashville, TN
    United States

    Salary
    79,019.36
    AICP Certification
    Preferred
    Experience Level
    Senior
    joni.williams@nashville.gov
    Publish Option
    published
    Paid Time
    1627072581
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  • Urban Designer:
    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 21:58:15 +0000
    Urban Designer Gehl People Fri, 07/23/2021 - 14:58

    Gehl San Francisco is searching for a talented and multi-disciplinary designer whose skills lie at the intersection of user-research and place strategy.

    The Position

    The interested candidate should be a dynamic and creative problem solver with a sensitivity to people-centered design methodologies applied to the experience of place. This interdisciplinary position may attract candidates from a range of backgrounds and experiences. We are particularly interested in designers with strong visual communication skills and a passion for urban systems. With these skills, the candidate would join an exciting mission-oriented team committed to making cities around the globe healthier, inclusive and more sustainable.

    Gehl — San Francisco is a high energy, dynamic and growing 12-person team that focuses on urban design and strategies. We collaborate with our colleagues in New York and Copenhagen on projects of all scales throughout the U.S. and Latin America for a wide range high profile clients, including governments, real estate developers, corporate clients, international organizations and foundations.

    Qualifications

    The candidate must possess the following skill set:

    • Research. Experience using Human Centered Design methods to reveal end-user preferences.
    • Analytical skills. Ability to interpret, derive insights and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data.
    • Storytelling: Craft compelling narratives that connect larger trends with individual experience.
    • Graphic design - visual communication - ability to communicate complex ideas with simplicity. Relevant examples of work may include data visualization, mapping, concept diagrams, illustrative renderings, sketches, instructional diagrams, user journeys, 3D renderings, branding, etc.
    • Interest in urbanism, urban design public space, public realm, and generally how people experience places.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelors in a relevant field: Architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, graphic design, interaction design, UX design, or behavioral design, and other related disciplines.
    • A visual portfolio showing a wide range of visual products.
    • At least two years of professional experience, including internships or applied academic work. Applicants with a higher level of experience can also apply and be considered for other roles.
    • Since a portion of our portfolio is in Latin America, knowledge of Spanish is a plus. Professional licensure is not required.
    • Applicants for this position must have authorization to work legally in the United States and be based in the United States. 
    • Salary range for candidates $52,000-$70,000. Starting salary will be negotiated based on experience and qualifications.

    About Gehl

    Gehl is a global urban design consultancy offering expertise in public life, public space design, city strategies, masterplanning, public engagement and urban change management. We are a networked organization with studios in San Francisco, New York and Copenhagen. We are a dynamic and talented team that includes architects, landscape architects, urban designers, sociologists and planners. Our San Francisco and New York studios focus on urban strategy, urban design and implementation of high quality, vibrant urban environments in cities in North and South America.

    We seek team members who: are driven by ambition and idealism, but pragmatic and realistic; are active listeners and team players; are open to learning and sharing new knowledge; are sensitive to working with a diverse team and clients; and who possess a professional attitude.

    Benefits of Joining Gehl

    As a global, networked organization focused 'making cities for people', we promote a culture of learning and innovation drawing on experts from many cities and cultures. Our open, collaborative style allows for growth at all levels of professional development, which we foster through annual study tours, weekly catered learning lunches, and opportunities to engage in new knowledge creation. Our community of collaborators includes staff in our San Francisco, New York and Copenhagen offices, as well as practitioners and advocates around the world who are committed to sustainability, equity and livability. We offer competitive compensation, excellent benefits and paid family leave, and a flexible work environment.

    We offer a 401(k) program, health insurance, competitive compensation, and paid time off.

    Equal Opportunity

    Our mission is making cities for people, inclusively. We are committed to a building a diverse team and encourage candidates from under-represented communities to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

    Click here for more information about the position, and to submit your application.

    Option
    Standard Job Listing - $99.95
    Organization
    Gehl
    Location

    San Francisco, CA
    United States

    AICP Certification
    Not required
    Experience Level
    Entry Level
    Publish Option
    published
    Paid Time
    1627071757
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  • City Planner:
    Fri, 23 Jul 2021 21:58:00 +0000
    City Planner abicompton Fri, 07/23/2021 - 14:58

    Stephenville is located in the heart of North Central Texas in Erath County. A city of 23,120 friendly people in 11.79 square miles, Stephenville is an inviting, gracious community with a rich western heritage in a beautiful country setting along the Bosque River. It is distinctively Texan: independent, hardworking, and intelligent. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” as its home to more professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls than anywhere else, and the “City of Champions” as it’s committed to excellence in youth and civic organizations, Stephenville takes pride in having a small-town charm, where a strong work ethic, family values, and a giving heart is the foundation of the community. Stephenville serves as the county seat and principal commercial, medical, retail, and industrial center of 45,670 county residents. It has four major highways and a prime location 100 miles southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

    Stephenville’s City Planner is responsible for managing planning and development projects, which include research, analysis, preparing plans, reports, studies, and presentation of data. This position performs technical planning duties requiring detailed examination as well as excellent writing, organizational, and presentation skills. The City Planner works under the general guidance and direction of the Director of Development Services and does not have any supervisory responsibilities.

    This position requires a bachelor’s degree in civil planning, urban planning, urban development, public administration, geography, architecture, or a related field. The selected candidate must have three to five years of professional planning experience in municipal government, significant experience in plan/plat review, zoning administration, and building code experience, and advanced knowledge of GIS. An American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) certification is preferred. A combination of related education, experience, certifications, and licenses may be reviewed and considered.

    Please apply online: http://bit.ly/SGROpenRecruitments

    For more information on this position contact:

    Larry Gilley, Senior Vice President

    LarryGilley@GovernmentResource.com

    325-660-4208

    Option
    Standard Job Listing - $99.95
    Organization
    City of Stephenville
    Location

    Stephenville, TX
    United States

    AICP Certification
    Preferred
    Experience Level
    Mid-Level
    Publish Option
    published
    Paid Time
    1627065212
    This position is remote/work from home
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Job Resources and Links

http://www.planetizen.com/jobs
What I have found to be one of the best job boards out there that is specific to urban design/planning.

http://www.planning.org/jobs/search/
American Planning Association website: Only planning jobs but you must create an account to view all of the jobs.

http://www.acsp.org/job_bank/faculty_positions
Entirely faculty positions for postsecondary education in planning.

http://planningjobs.berkeley.edu/view/all/
Job board with a lot of planning and development jobs in California

http://www.geographyjobs.com/Urban_Planning_Jobs.html
Geography jobs filtered to just show urban design – I think it does better than the other websites like Monster and Simplyhired, but doesn’t have as many postings.

http://www.urbanplannerjobs.com
One of the most extensive job boards exclusive for planning.

http://histpres.com/tag/urban-planning
Urban planning jobs that have a focus on historical preservation. I find this to be a good website for job searching if you are a young professional or looking for an entry level position.

http://www.urs-jobs.com/key/entry-level-urban-design-jobs.html
Many jobs in the construction and engineering fields and some in planning as well.

http://www.cyburbia.org/buzz/planning_jobs
A pretty good search engine that takes from other jobs boards and makes a list specializing in planning jobs.

http://www.ilapa.org/jobpost.html
Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association job board.

http://jobs.planningresource.co.uk/
A great list of Planning jobs only in the United Kingdom

http://www.jobisjob.com/urban+design/jobs
Job board that is filtered to show just urban design jobs. Has some good posts but you have to siphon through some unrelated posts as well.

http://www.simplyhired.com/a/jobs/list/q-urban+designer
Job board that is filtered to show just urban design jobs. Has some good posts but you have to siphon through some unrelated posts as well.

http://www.indeed.com/q-Urban-Designer-jobs.html
Job board that is filtered to show just urban design jobs. Has some good posts but you have to siphon through some unrelated posts as well.

http://www.cnu.org/resources/jobs-rfps
Congress for New Urbanism job board – good for people looking for urban design jobs or jobs where environmental design is important.

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