Location: Madison, WI

Urban Design Commission Secretary

Salary: $71,630.52 - $86,086.78 Annually

Closing: 10/13/2021

General Description
The City of Madison Planning Division seeks a creative and innovative advanced-level planner who will be responsible for professional urban design and community planning work within the Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development.

This is a rewarding opportunity that will help shape the City’s physical design as the lead professional staff person supporting the City’s Urban Design Commission (UDC). The UDC generally meets twice monthly and reviews various types of public and private development proposals to promote high quality design consistent with adopted City standards. The successful candidate will also provide design expertise on a wide variety of planning efforts and work closely with colleagues in the Development Review and Plan Implementation Section, the Zoning Administrator, and other city staff on a wide variety of planning and development review activities. Success in this position depends heavily on clear communication and collaboration with various city departments, the development community, elected officials, neighborhood organizations, and racially and culturally diverse residents and/or underrepresented populations and stakeholders.

As a member of the Planning team, creativity, innovation, imagination, and going beyond the traditional or expected is encouraged.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
Provide professional staff support to the City of Madison Urban Design Commission

  • Meet and consult with applicants regarding development proposals within the purview of the UDC.
  • Attend and provide staff support at UDC meetings.
  • Prepare UDC meeting agendas, minutes, and reports, working closely with the UDC Chairperson and administrative support staff.

Support the Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development (DPECD) on design-related initiatives

  • Provide design and physical planning expertise on planning and redevelopment studies affiliated with City-led projects and subarea plans.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff to suggest improvements to the design of proposed developments seeking approvals by the UDC and/or Plan Commission.
  • Advise on potential ordinance changes.
  • Provide staff support on initiatives such as the Façade Improvement Program, Mayor’s Design Awards, and others projects as assigned.

Administer the Urban Design Ordinance (MGO Ch. 33.24)

  • Process applications for major and minor alterations, including meeting with applicants, alders, and other city staff.
  • Revise Urban Design District requirements and guidelines as necessary

Provide assistance in Administering the Sign Ordinance

  • Oversee signage proposals that require Urban Design Commission review and collaborate with colleagues to effectively advise applicants regarding sign-applications.
  • Participate on the Sign Text Amendment Staff Team and recommend Sign Ordinance revisions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four (4) years of reviewing or preparing development drawings such as site plans, landscape plans, grading plans, floor plans, building elevation drawings, and similar development drawings.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Planning and minimum of two years of design or design review experience is required. Degrees and/or experience in architecture and landscape architecture are preferred.
  • A Master's Degree pertinent to the position may be considered as a substitution for 1 year of experience

If an applicant does not possess the experience listed above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:

  • Four (4) years of experience applying the following: Theories, principles, and practices of urban design and community planning.
  • Reading and reviewing development drawings such as site plans, landscape plans, grading plans, floor plans, building elevation drawings, signage plans and similar development drawings.
  • Computer software applicable to the duties of the position, including use of GIS software and spatial analysis.
  • Two (2) years of experience applying the following: Development controls such as ordinances, laws, design guidelines, and approval standards.

The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its citizens and visitors. Therefore, successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with multicultural communities.

How to Apply
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