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  • Planner III:
    Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:50:08 +0000
    Planner III CCGRECRUITMENT Mon, 09/27/2021 - 08:50

    Performs complex and specialized planning and zoning administration work as an independent contributor/expert and/or in a consultation and advisory capacity with other County planners on major projects. Work involves field inspections and investigations to establish facts and to prepare recommendations regarding compliance with land use laws, rules and regulations. Work at this level requires advanced professional training and specialized experience in land use planning. Workers report to administrative and technical supervisors.

    Essential Job Functions/Other Duties/KSA

    Essential Job Functions
    Serves as an expert on complex plans/ordinances governing land use in Calvert County, including rural land preservation, land preservation zoning determinations and federal requirements for interagency collaborations.
     
    Researches full scope of advanced planning data on projects.
     
    Prepares scope of work, selection procedures, and drafts contracts for consultants, and coordinates consultants' work if applicable.
     
    Writes position papers/background summaries on potential or proposed regulations for public review.
     
    Drafts goals and objectives and develops innovative solutions to help resolve planning and zoning problems.
     
    Applies planning theory/practice/law/expertise to address community issues and interests.
     
    Reviews site plan, subdivision, permit applications for specialized field of planning expertise.
     
    Serves as profession support for the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board and manages the County's Agricultural Preservation District program.
     
    Interacts with other local, state and federal agencies; writes and submits reports to the state on compliance with state laws and programs.
     
    Prepares zoning text amendments and RFP development and review.
     
    Conducts and/or attends meetings with various committees, commissions, and the public to discuss proposed plans/policies/regulations, answers sensitive questions and deals with upset people.
     
    Speaks to civic groups, school classes and government agencies about plans.
     
    Meets with property owners, representatives of business associations, citizens groups, surveyors and engineers to discuss the impact of proposed plans; meets with various officials to discuss proposed plans and regulations and/or makes formal presentations.
     
    Advises and answers questions from planning staff concerning interpretation of plans and ordinances on proposed sites plans, subdivisions and interpretation of regulations.
     
    Performs regulatory planning through the review of submitted development proposals. Meets with applicants about their projects, advises committees on regulations and applies for and administers grants to support activities, projects, and equipment.
     
    Other Duties
    Performs related work as required.
     
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (These are pre-employment KSA that apply only to Essential Job Functions.)
    Knowledge of--

    • Advanced principles and practices of land use planning as applied to municipal planning and zoning administration.
    • Effective project management.

     
    Ability to--

    • Interpret and apply land use laws, rules and regulations.

    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.

    • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

    • Manage daily operations, policy development and implementation.

    • Provide specialized technical guidance and leadership to planning and support staff.

    • Deal effectively with the public.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Required Qualifications (Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and relevant experience that provides the above knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted on a full-time year for year basis.)

    Training and/or Education:

    Master's degree in planning, urban studies, landscape architecture, project management, or related field such as environmental science or archaeology.
    Experience:

    Two years of professional planning or related experience which must include considerable experience managing daily operations, projects, customer service and policy development and implementation.
    Licenses or Certificates:
    Valid driver's license.

    Other Information

    Special Requirements:

    None

    Physical Demands:
    Requires long periods of standing, frequent walking indoors, repeated bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or reaching; recurring lifting of objects up to 49 pounds; operation of keyboard devices.

    Unusual Demands:

    Site work exposes workers to dirt and soil, and work is subject to inflexible deadlines.

    Attendance at night meetings in support of committees or commissions may be required.
    FLSA Status:

    Exempt

    Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities upon reasonable notice.
    County application required.                                

    Option
    Standard Job Listing - $99.95
    Organization
    Calvert County Government
    Location

    Prince Frederick, MD
    United States

    Salary
    $59,293.00 - $68,050.00 annually
    Experience Level
    Mid-Level
    recruitment@calvertcountymd.gov
    Publish Option
    published
    Paid Time
    1632753284
    This position is remote/work from home
    Commute
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  • Engineer I - Transportation and Development:
    Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:49:16 +0000
    Engineer I - Transportation and Development machristman Mon, 09/27/2021 - 08:49

     

    ENGINEER I - Anne Arundel County, MD Office of Planning and Zoning

    Please click here to apply. 

    Location:  Anne Arundel County, MD

    Job Type: Full-Time Permanent

    Department: Planning and Zoning

    Job Number: 06260

    Closing date and time: 10/25/2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    Salary: $55,143.00 - $98,461.00 Annually

    This posting will be used to fill a Full Time, Permanent, Engineer I position on the Transportation Team in the Development Division of the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning.

    The Transportation Team is responsible for the review of transportation impacts associated with development and addressing transportation issues, including code amendments, design manual updates, and the implementation of bicycle/pedestrian transit improvements.

    The Engineer I, II and III classes include the Entry (I), Intermediate (II), and full performance level (III) of professional engineering work. The Engineer I class is the entry level where employees receive close supervision in performing engineer tasks; at the Engineer II level there is more independence and less supervision; and at the Engineer III level the employee is expected to perform a variety of engineering tasks independently and with minimal supervision.

    NATURE AND VARIETY OF WORK

    Work involves responsibility for performing increasingly more difficult engineering duties associated with the planning, location, design, construction, maintenance and operations of residential, commercial and public buildings and facilities. Work involves the application of thorough engineering knowledge to insure assigned projects are in compliance with applicable building and construction industry standards, Federal, state and County codes relative to area of assignment.

    Work is performed within established policies and professional standards and is reviewed through conferences and reports for adherence to schedules and standards applicable to the assignment by a higher level engineer or manage official.

    Examples of Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    (Note: The duties and responsibilities enumerated in this class specification are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications and salary level for all positions in this class. They are not intended to include all of the essential job functions of all positions in this class).

    TRAFFIC ENGINEERING:

    Reviews commercial and/or residential development plans for compliance with adopted development codes, capital projects, and for compliance with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations including the ADA. Reviews traffic studies and develops recommendations for changes in traffic operations. Reviews development proposals for compliance with County traffic standards. Prepares scopes of work; analyzes proposals; participates in pre-design and final design conferences; reviews complex subdivision, residential, commercial, and industrial development plans, and zoning hearing applications. Studies existing and proposed roadway geometry to determine on-street parking requirements. Determines background developments to be included in traffic studies; solicits and compiles draft scoping response letters. Tracks mitigation and impact fee credit proposals, approvals, and construction. Tracks frontage improvement proposals, approvals, and construction. Maintains records of intersection and road segment traffic counts, as well as physical and electronic records of approved traffic studies. Answers and investigates requests from citizens for traffic information related to subdivision and development plans, building and access permits, and zoning cases. Attends community meetings and Board of Appeals on a monthly basis, as needed.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

    Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. Thorough knowledge of principles, methods and practices of traffic engineering. Knowledge of the principles of pavement marking, traffic routing, accident analysis, and street lighting. Knowledge of general traffic rules, regulations, and ordinances. Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it applies to residential and commercial development plans and capital projects. Knowledge of the application and use of computer technology related to traffic engineering. Ability to exercise judgement in making practical recommendations with respect to the flow and control of traffic. Ability to keep records and prepare accurate, concise reports. Ability to plan and conduct engineering research, field studies, plan evaluations. Ability to establish and maintain effective work relations with colleagues, developers, engineers, architects, contractors, inspectors and the public.

    Minimum Qualifications

    A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in engineering or a related field; and a valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license..

    Supplemental Qualifications

    Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

    1.) Experience with traffic analysis/traffic engineering.

    2.) Proficiency using SIDRA, Synchro, HCS, ITE Trip Generation Software, and GIS Software.

    3.) Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace.

    Please click here to apply. 

     

    Agency
    Anne Arundel County
    Phone
    (410) 222-7595
    Website
    http://www.aacounty.org/Personnel/Index.cfm
    Address

    Heritage Complex
    2660 Riva Road, First Floor
    Annapolis, Maryland, 21401

     

    Option
    Standard Job Listing - $99.95
    Organization
    Anne Arundel County - Office of Planning and Zoning
    Location

    Annapolis, MD
    United States

    Salary
    $55,143.00 - $98,461.00 Annually
    Publish Option
    published
    Paid Time
    1632748599
    This position is remote/work from home
    Commute
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  • Senior Urban Designer:
    Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:31:24 +0000
    Senior Urban Designer jadeeb@serapdx.com Mon, 09/27/2021 - 08:31

    This position involves the organization and leadership of projects that are moderate in terms of complexity and scope. You have a diverse knowledge of planning principles and practices, and are able to apply this knowledge to a broad range of project types and tasks. You are able to combine innovative thinking and imaginative problem solving skills to bring contextual and place-based solutions to your projects. You will be able to guide projects, using your experience and professional judgement to craft the final outcome. As a leader within the Urban Design and Planning Studio, providing mentorship, cultivating a positive project experience, and fostering a collaborative environment for your teams and your studio are key elements of your role. You will be able to influence exciting projects across a wide variety of types and clients.

    About SERA

    SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

    Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development.

    Duties and Responsibilities
       Primary

    1. Active listener who effectively: leads moderate to large, multi-disciplinary project teams (approximately 3-8 staff); interfaces with client/subconsultants; and organizes project workflows to ensure that creative design direction, scope, schedule, and budget are met.
    2. Leads project content and creative direction, including graphic content (e.g., plans, diagrams, renderings, maps), and report layout and text.
    3. Leads project team meetings with clients/consultants; facilitates and/or presents at public/client meetings.
    4. Mentors staff on project teams, and cultivates a positive project experience and a collaborative team atmosphere.
    5. Prioritizes goals, scope, and tasks to meet client needs and use teams effectively.
    6. Proactively communicates staffing needs and changes with Studio Project Coordinator/Studio Leader.
    7. Works with PIC and Studio Leader to identify and leverage core skills and areas of interest for staff, providing opportunities for growth and development.
    8. Works with PIC to manage changes in scope, schedule, and fee throughout the project to ensure project success.
    9. Understands, and adheres to, the project's contract requirements.
    10. Plans and communicates project deadlines, phase completion, and staffing needs/changes with the project team(s), Studio Project Coordinator/Studio Leader, and PIC.

       Additional

    1. Demonstrates an open and willing desire for collaborative design throughout the planning and design process, especially with less experienced staff.
    2. Is frequently the primary client interface.
    3. Provides constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
    4. Keeps abreast of and understands national trends in the urban design and planning industry and how they apply to SERA culture, practices, and processes.
    5. Develops scopes, schedules, and budgets for project proposals, and assists with the preparation of proposal content. Contributes to overall studio marketing and business development strategies.
    6. Participates in the interview process for hiring new staff and the employee review process for team members.
    7. Working with SERA’s Accounting Department regarding project financials, project set-up, and invoicing.
    8. Other duties as assigned.

    Education and Experience

    • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture.
    • Generally has 8+ years of industry experience in a planning or design office.
    • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, and MS Office Suite required.
    • AICP, or other accreditation, is encouraged.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Strong knowledge of urban planning / urban design best practices that can be applied to projects in collaboration with project team members.
    • Ability to objectively analyze and document critical planning/design elements that serve as the basis for place-based solutions.
    • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain plans and concepts clearly to stakeholders, clients, community groups, technical review committees, public and elected officials, etc.
    • Written and graphic communication skills to clearly and succinctly explain urban design plans and concepts to a range of audiences.
    • Possesses group facilitation skills for use at Charrettes, community workshops, etc.
    • Knowledge of available tools.  
    • Ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
    • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
    • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
    • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines.
    • Critical thinking skills to identify strengths, weaknesses, or alternate solutions to a problem with limited supervision.
    • Professional judgment and decision-making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
    • Ability to engage and coordinate cross-discipline expertise with other SERA staff, studios, and groups.
    • Demonstrates an open and willing desire to teach and mentor young planners/designers.
    • Knowledge of Rhino and Revit preferred.
    • Hand sketching skills preferred.

    SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Option
    Standard Job Listing - $99.95
    Organization
    SERA Architects
    Location

    Oakland, CA
    United States

    AICP Certification
    Preferred
    Experience Level
    Senior
    Publish Option
    extended
    Paid Time
    1632756684
    This position is remote/work from home
    Commute
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  • Urban Designer/Planner Project Manager:
    Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:24:21 +0000
    Urban Designer/Planner Project Manager jadeeb@serapdx.com Mon, 09/27/2021 - 08:24

    This position involves the organization and leadership of projects that are moderate in terms of complexity and scope. You have a diverse knowledge of planning principles and practices, and are able to apply this knowledge to a broad range of project types and tasks. You are able to combine innovative thinking and imaginative problem solving skills to bring contextual and place-based solutions to your projects. You will be able to guide projects, using your experience and professional judgement to craft the final outcome. As a leader within the Urban Design and Planning Studio, providing mentorship, cultivating a positive project experience, and fostering a collaborative environment for your teams and your studio are key elements of your role. You will be able to influence exciting projects across a wide variety of types and clients.

    About SERA

    SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

    Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development.

    Duties and Responsibilities
       Primary

    1. Active listener who effectively: leads moderate to large, multi-disciplinary project teams (approximately 3-8 staff); interfaces with client/subconsultants; and organizes project workflows to ensure that creative design direction, scope, schedule, and budget are met.
    2. Leads project content and creative direction, including graphic content (e.g., plans, diagrams, renderings, maps), and report layout and text.
    3. Leads project team meetings with clients/consultants; facilitates and/or presents at public/client meetings.
    4. Mentors staff on project teams, and cultivates a positive project experience and a collaborative team atmosphere.
    5. Prioritizes goals, scope, and tasks to meet client needs and use teams effectively.
    6. Proactively communicates staffing needs and changes with Studio Project Coordinator/Studio Leader.
    7. Works with PIC and Studio Leader to identify and leverage core skills and areas of interest for staff, providing opportunities for growth and development.
    8. Works with PIC to manage changes in scope, schedule, and fee throughout the project to ensure project success.
    9. Understands, and adheres to, the project's contract requirements.
    10. Plans and communicates project deadlines, phase completion, and staffing needs/changes with the project team(s), Studio Project Coordinator/Studio Leader, and PIC.

       Additional

    1. Demonstrates an open and willing desire for collaborative design throughout the planning and design process, especially with less experienced staff.
    2. Is frequently the primary client interface.
    3. Provides constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
    4. Keeps abreast of and understands national trends in the urban design and planning industry and how they apply to SERA culture, practices, and processes.
    5. Develops scopes, schedules, and budgets for project proposals, and assists with the preparation of proposal content. Contributes to overall studio marketing and business development strategies.
    6. Participates in the interview process for hiring new staff and the employee review process for team members.
    7. Working with SERA’s Accounting Department regarding project financials, project set-up, and invoicing.
    8. Other duties as assigned.

    Education and Experience

    • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture.
    • Generally has 8+ years of industry experience in a planning or design office.
    • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, and MS Office Suite required.
    • AICP, or other accreditation, is encouraged.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Strong knowledge of urban planning / urban design best practices that can be applied to projects in collaboration with project team members.
    • Ability to objectively analyze and document critical planning/design elements that serve as the basis for place-based solutions.
    • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain plans and concepts clearly to stakeholders, clients, community groups, technical review committees, public and elected officials, etc.
    • Written and graphic communication skills to clearly and succinctly explain urban design plans and concepts to a range of audiences.
    • Possesses group facilitation skills for use at Charrettes, community workshops, etc.
    • Knowledge of available tools.  
    • Ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
    • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
    • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
    • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines.
    • Critical thinking skills to identify strengths, weaknesses, or alternate solutions to a problem with limited supervision.
    • Professional judgment and decision-making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
    • Ability to engage and coordinate cross-discipline expertise with other SERA staff, studios, and groups.
    • Demonstrates an open and willing desire to teach and mentor young planners/designers.
    • Knowledge of Rhino and Revit preferred.
    • Hand sketching skills preferred.

    SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Option
    Standard Job Listing - $99.95
    Organization
    SERA Architects
    Location

    Oakland, CA
    United States

    AICP Certification
    Preferred
    Publish Option
    extended
    Paid Time
    1632756261
    This position is remote/work from home
    Commute
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  • Zoning Associate Planner:
    Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:19:22 +0000
    Zoning Associate Planner shareenadixon1 Sat, 09/25/2021 - 11:19

    The Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) Department is seeking a motivated and forward-thinking Zoning Associate Planner to join our Zoning Division to support professional planning and administrative operations including working within the PRIM team to assess development proposals for compliance with the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance (ACZO) and draft written correspondence on behalf of the Zoning Administrator based on their research and analysis. 

    The Zoning Division is responsible for providing a wide range of services related to the administration, interpretation, and enforcement of regulations contained in the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance.
       
    Specific Duties: 

    • Performing research and analysis related to zoning, land use, development, and real estate regulations both broadly and for specific properties pursuant to Arlington County Zoning Ordinance (ACZO) and the Code of Virginia; 
    • Researching and drafting official zoning determinations and compliance letters on behalf of the Zoning Administrator;
    • Serving as a staff contact for questions related to zoning processes and practices on internal teams and committees, including representing the Zoning Division to the Special Events Committee;
    • Performing administrative and quality control activities associated with the filing and approval of zoning applications;
    • Supporting the operation of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) including staffing public hearing and drafting staff reports for BZA use permits and/or variances;
    • Managing special projects, including researching and developing administrative processes to support the implementation of zoning ordinance amendments; 
    • Providing technical assistance and information to citizens, staff and the development community; and
    • Overseeing content on the Zoning Division website.

     

    Minimum Requirements: 

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or related field; 
    • Two (2) years of progressive experience in urban planning or design, specifically in zoning and/or land use development.   

    Substitution:  Additional education may be substituted for experience.   

    Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master’s Degree in a related field and experience in one or more of the following:  

    • Regulatory and administrative law related to zoning, land use, real estate, and development;  
    • Working with the community, neighborhood, non-profit and business groups, and public/private organizations; and/or 
    • Performing research and analysis relating to zoning, land use, development, and real estate regulations. 
    Option
    Standard Job Listing - $99.95
    Organization
    Arlington County Government
    Location

    Arlington, VA
    United States

    Salary
    $73,632.00 - $112,507.20 Annually
    AICP Certification
    Not required
    Experience Level
    Mid-Level
    Publish Option
    published
    Paid Time
    1632546125
    This position is remote/work from home
    Commute
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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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