Location: Charleston, SC

Senior Urban Designer

Salary: $58,786.94 - $62,902.03 Annually

Closing: June 30, 2022

The Position
The Senior Urban Designer develops innovative urban design products and strategies using a collaborative process in a studio setting. This involves creating a wide variety of graphic products for urban design, including: concept sketches, plans, sections, digital models, maps, diagrams, infographics, Photoshop composites, and other renderings. The Senior Urban Designer participates in all phases of the design process, from analysis to design development to implementation, and is responsible for managing their own projects within the studio.

In terms of public engagement, the Senior Urban Designer participates in the planning, advertising, coordination, conducting and reporting back on various types of public meetings with community groups, design professionals and other stakeholders to address questions of design and urbanism. Meetings may include stakeholder interviews, an on-site information booth, design workshops, gallery events, and multi-day urban design charrettes. The position is also responsible for answering public inquiries and communicating with the public in general. The Senior Urban Designer also provides administrative assistance in the daily operations of the Charleston Civic Design Center, including intern management and teaching opportunities.

The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of NACTO design guidance, the principles of New Urbanism, and contemporary urban design practices in American cities. The ideal candidate should also have strong interest in neighborhood, downtown or district-scale planning. Strong communication, graphic, design and writing skills are essential. The successful candidate must have proficiency in key software programs including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud, and Sketchup. AutoCAD, GIS and V-Ray for Sketchup are a plus, but not required. Hand drawing, marker and color pencil rendering, sketching, and diagramming are also strongly encouraged.

Minimal Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in Urban Design, City/Urban Planning, Architecture, or Landscape Architecture or equivalent. 4-5 years of related experience and/or training is preferred or equivalent combination and experience. Portfolio of design work required with application.

Working Here
The Design Division is an entity of the City of Charleston’s planning department. We operate in an open format, highly collaborative studio environment housed in the Charleston Civic Design Center, a stand-alone 2-story historic building. The team is small, consisting of this position, the Director and 2-3 interns at any given time. We are a municipal operation, serving the public interest while behaving like an independent design firm. Our project types range in scope and scale, from a site fit study for small affordable housing to master plans for entire districts

How to Apply
Apply through the City of Charleston's online job portal, located here.

Learn more about the position here.