Location: Cary, NC

Urban Designer

Salary: $68,120.00 - $112,403.20 Annually

Closing: 6/30/2022

How would you like to be apart of a newly designed team responsible for helping keep Cary at the top of the arch in innovation, development, and design of urban spaces? Re-imagining the Town’s commitment to its people, environment, and values is how we will propel Cary forward. Join us in leaving a lasting impression on an already iconic community! If you are up for the challenge, read on!

The Town of Cary is seeking an Urban Designer to help bring the Imagine Cary Community Plan to life. The ideal candidate is technically proficient in urban planning, landscape architecture, and/or architecture, with a strong collaborative design skillset. The right person will have the ability to articulate the Cary's vision into various plans, codes, guidelines, presentations, drawings, and other tools in order to advance the quality of public, private, and partnership development projects. The Urban Designer will be an inaugural team member of the newly created Cary Urban Design Studio.

Cary is a place that values high quality urban design and development. As remaining land for development becomes scarce, the town is focused on infill and transit-oriented development, context-sensitive suburban retrofitting, and maximizing the potential of individual development sites. With proximity to Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Cary is a highly desirable location for major employers such as Epic Games, Apple, SAS, and others. With this brings increased demand for walkable, mixed-use urban places recommended by adopted plans. The Town of Cary contains highly knowledgeable and progressive professionals who shape the built environment. We are building a team that can leverage this context to actively facilitate excellent urban development outcomes.

Applicants must provide a collection of work samples in PDF format (10MB limit) or Web-based work samples link may be provided on the resume in lieu of a PDF upload.

Typical Tasks
Functional Area Allocation:

  • Urban design projects, plans, studies, and initiatives. (50%)
  • Urban/site design concepts and counterproposal sketches at preliminary and early stages of development plan review. Work with developers, town staff, and other stakeholders to ensure high quality site development and related public realm outcomes. (20%)
  • Assist in the operation of the Cary Urban Design Studio, including hosting design-based engagement events (virtual and in-person), maintaining external communications (social media, website, etc.), and maintaining a functional creative work environment. (10-15%)
  • Assist with other current planning cases, including, but not limited to development plan review, sign permit review, rezonings, developer and citizen inquiries, and the maintenance of design regulation manuals. (10-15%)

Associated Typical Tasks:

  • Develop urban design proposals, counterproposals, exhibits, studies, and other graphics
  • Leads the development of special studies, small area plans, comprehensive plan amendments, streetscape and public space designs, and other special projects
  • Reviews development plans for consistency with policies and ordinances; communicates with developers regarding designs and offers opinions for improvements.
  • Assists in the operations of the Cary Urban Design Studio, including, but not limited to: hosting and facilitating charrettes, workshops and community events; advertising, invitation and setup for meetings and events; coordinating the maintenance and improvement of the studio space.
  • Prepares exhibits and messages from a variety of sources for use on the urban design studio website, Instagram, and other related media to communicate design ideas, events, etc.
  • Advance the Town of Cary’s goals on equity, sustainability, placemaking, and related best practices
  • Participates in review of rezoning requests through review of Preliminary Development Plans and/or zoning conditions; Contributes to staff report and presentation preparation
  • Researches and develops amendments to the Land Development Ordinance (LDO); coordinates and prepares staff reports; maintains list of potential amendments to the LDO; Create and maintain design standards, development guidelines and related implementation tools.
  • Responds to public inquiries from citizens, businesses, landowners, developers and elected and appointed officials regarding matters such as status of current projects, current and proposed ordinances, area plans and studies and on issues related to the built environment; Makes presentations to citizen and developer stakeholder groups; facilitates group discussions; Discusses draft plans with citizens, landowner, developers, and Councilmembers
  • Arranges neighborhood and community information meetings to educate citizenry on new planning proposals or draft ordinances
  • Serves as liaison on regional projects; coordinates planning with regional agencies
  • Provides research, advice, and technical support in consultants' efforts on multiple projects.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of:

  • The philosophies, principles, practices, and techniques of urban design and city planning with a focus on reuse and redevelopment
  • Site design, landscape architecture, architecture, and urban design methods
  • Planning research, zoning, multimodal transportation
  • Principles and practices of community engagement, facilitation, collaboration, and public service

Ability to:

  • Design the built environment at various scales.
  • Effectively present ideas in oral, written, and graphic form in various stages of design development and illustrative sophistication
  • Read, interpret, and create ordinances, statutes, plans, maps, etc.
  • Plan, organize, and carry out multiple complex projects effectively and simultaneously
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, municipal officials, representatives of other agencies, and members of the general public

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications
Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in urban planning, landscape architecture, or related field; a master's degree in urban or regional planning or related field; and considerable experience in professional planning and design. A master's degree in a closely related field may be credited toward some years of experience.

Preference will be given to candidates who have the following:

  • Professional degree in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Design or related field with studio-based coursework (undergraduate degree required; master’s degree preferred but not required)
  • 1-3 years of professional experience
  • Relevant knowledge, skills, and values in urban design
  • Demonstrated creative ability (a collection of work samples is required)
  • Intermediate software proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup, AutoCAD and GIS
  • Desire to work with local government and think outside the box
  • Communication, customer service, community engagement, and problem-solving skills
  • AICP, ASLA, CNU-A or related professional certification (preferred)
  • Website and visual-based social media skills (or willingness to learn)

Requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment. Requires a valid driver's license and acceptable driving history.

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