Urban Designer / Planner

Type: 
Job
Organization: 
Montgomery County Planning Commission
Location: 
Norristown, PA, 19404, USA
Application close date: 
2014-08-29
Description: 

SUMMARY:  Reporting to a Section Chief or Assistant Director, the Planner performs various professional planning and urban design tasks including the preparation of conceptual site plans, renderings, plans, design guidelines, and ordinances; review of land development or subdivision plans; and research into various planning topics.  The employee in this position will attend and make presentations at various night meetings to local appointed and elected officials.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Produce conceptual site plans, photo-simulations, and 3D sketches to illustrate plans, ordinances, and design guidelines
  • Author and produce planning ordinances and various technical planning documents
  • Review subdivisions and land developments
  • Participate in various types of meetings (workshops, charrettes, and evening elected board meetings) as a facilitator, presenter, and/or organizer. 
  • Collaborate with other planning commission and county staff on projects that need urban design services
  • Duties as assigned

LOCATION: The offices are located one block from the downtown Norristown transit station, hub of two commuter rail routes, multiple bus routes, and a regional multi-use bicycle trail.  Many of us live in Philadelphia and commute with transit to and from work.

Qualifications: 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Master’s Degree in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or related degree
  • 2 years of experience in professional planning
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to be successful in the position
  • Must have a portfolio that includes examples of site planning, photo-simulation and other urban design and mapping capabilities. 
  • Proficiency in design software, such as but not limited to, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, SketchUp, and ArcGIS
  • Technical knowledge in housing, transportation, open space, environmental, urban design, planning law, or related fields
  • Knowledge of essential professional office computer software to perform word processing, spreadsheet analysis, and presentations
  • Excellent communications skills and public speaking ability
  • Good analytical, organizational, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and organize information
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Have a valid driver’s license
Contact name: 
Robin McLean
Contact phone and/or email: 
610-278-3726 / rmclean@montcopa.org
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