Location: Asheville, NC

Urban Designer III

Salary: $61,490.42 - $92,225.12 Annually

Closing: 10/7/2022

We invite you to apply to join our team as a Urban Designer III within the Planning & Urban Design Department. The purpose of this position is to perform professional level urban design work related to city priorities and department objectives requiring excellent graphic, analytical and communication skills; and serve as a resource for research, planning and urban design activities.

This is the third level in the Urban Design series. This classification is distinguished from lower levels in this job family by increasing degrees of scope, complexity, independence, responsibility, decision-making, project management responsibilities, as well as having five years of experience in urban design.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday with Hybrid work options available.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as lead for urban design projects and placemaking activities: leads and coordinates daily work activities of assigned co-workers; coordinates necessary teams and related public participation; serves as the primary resource for media contacts for assigned projects; coordinates the implementation of adopted plans; assists with complex/problem situations and provides technical expertise; and assists in the operations of the Urban Design and Placemaking team, including training, instruction and supervision of co-workers by reporting employee achievements and providing constructive feedback and input on employee performance evaluations, and if needed, any disciplinary action required.
  • Researches, investigates, and prepares recommendations, graphic visualizations, and written reports on a wide range of urban design issues with an emphasis on the public realm, capital projects, design guidelines and zoning amendments.
  • Develops and coordinates urban design studies, design guidelines, master plans, corridor studies, small area plans, schematic designs and policy analyses affecting land use, physical facilities and infrastructure, zoning, environmental and/or transportation issues using graphic communication methods such as 3-D modeling, massing, GIS mapping, sections, elevations, renderings (including computer-based and/or hand-drawn), visualizations, diagrams, and photography.
  • Administers contracts to vendors and consultants; manages complex urban design projects as assigned; coordinates assigned projects and programs with City departments, boards and commissions, and other stakeholders; monitors and maintains timelines, work plans, project budgets and resource allocation; provides performance measurements and status updates; prepares, organizes, edits, writes, and/or publishes technical reports, plans, guidelines, books and other documents.
  • Facilitates community and internal workshops and design charrettes, including preparing and coordinating applicable materials and exercises and presenting to various groups and stakeholders.
  • May provide design guidance on large-scale, complex development projects in alignment with adopted design guidelines, City plans and best practices.
  • Communicates with City administrators and elected officials, supervisors, other City employees, contractors, the public, outside agencies and organizations, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
  • Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives, reviews, prepares, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate various forms, reports, correspondence, draft ordinances, urban design plans, planning reports, maps, and other documentation; compiles data for further processing or for use in the preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.
  • Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review, or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or a related field required; supplemented by five years of experience in urban design or in area of assignment; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid North Carolina driver’s license. Must maintain a valid PLA, AIA, RA or AICP certification or demonstrate a path toward licensure or certification.

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Expert knowledge of 3D spatial design/urban design capabilities and graphic representation techniques; proficient in specialized software used in urban design, such as Sketch Up and Adobe Creative Suite ( Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign). Knowledge of other software, such AutoCAD and 3D Modeling/Rendering Software (ESRI CityEngine, CommunityViz, Rhino, 3DMax or other), as well as Microsoft Office or Google Workspace is a plus. Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all City or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Working Conditions
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Requires the ability to value and respect cultural differences, balance different perspectives, to be intentional about expanding opportunities for all persons, traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups and diverse communities, and a demonstrated knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Leadership: Requires skills generally associated with leading people, including resource allocation, recommending and monitoring budgets, contracts and work, building and managing effective teams, and communicating progress.

Data Utilization: Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.

Political Acumen: Requires the ability to successfully work with and influence internal and external stakeholders through the building of positive relationships; keenly analyzes political situations, keeps conflict at a minimum, has a deep understanding of organizational needs, and builds a strong professional reputation through diplomacy.

Human Interaction and Collaboration: Requires the ability to work with others in a collaborative manner on complex programs, issues and opportunities associated with the responsibilities of the job, while creating and facilitating the flow of ideas, information and understanding amongst individuals and groups; has the ability to foster negotiation and mutual compromise among competing interests; has the ability to work with and apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others to coordinate programs or activities of a project, and resolve typical problems associated with the responsibilities of the job; and, often represents the department and/or organization when dealing with others.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information; as well as the ability to present to the public, other staff and to boards and commissions.

Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations involving basic algebraic principles and formulas, and basic geometric principles and calculations.

Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.

Critical Thinking: Requires the ability to apply critical thinking to address numerous technical and non-technical tasks, including applying knowledge of urban design to solve complex problems and issues.

Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

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