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City of Fort Worth
Sr. Planner - Historic Preservation and Urban Design
Planning and Development
Plan & Dev Design Review
Fort Worth - Downtown
58,278.00 to 75,761.00
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Closing December 4, 2015
Fort Worth is the 16th-largest city in the United States and the fifth-largest city in the State of Texas with a population of 812,238. The City is home to acclaimed world-class opportunities for business, education, cultural pursuits and affordable living. Access to DFW International Airport and major transportation infrastructure put the world in easy reach. Fort Worth welcomes visitors from around the world to experience the great American West, world renowned museums and cultural venues, and rich arts and culinary treasures. The City is also home to an emerging craft brewing and distilling industry, locally made goods, and a growing live music scene. As one of the most affordable large cities in Texas, Fort Worth is a significantly more affordable option than Austin and Dallas.
The City is a leader in historic preservation and urban design in the State of Texas. With 13 historic districts and over 7,000 individually designated properties, Fort Worth has the largest collection of historically designated properties in the state. A staff of six administers a variety of design districts which have been recognized at the regional and national level. As the central city continues to redevelop, so will the demand for additional design districts.
The City is seeking candidates with a Bachelor's degree in Historic Preservation from an accredited university with coursework in Urban Design, Urban Planning or a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Planning, or Urban Design from an accredited university with coursework and work experience in Historic Preservation PLUS five (5) years of work experience with design overlays, form based codes, and design review,
a Master's degree in Historic Preservation from an accredited university with coursework in Urban Design, Urban Planning or a Master's Degree in Architecture, Planning, or Urban Design from an accredited university with coursework and work experience in Historic Preservation PLUS three (3) years of work experience with design overlays, form based codes, and design review.
In addition to the stated minimum experience and education, the ideal candidate will have experience facilitating and reviewing development proposals/projects in design based districts – districts requiring urban design/design and/or architectural review. Examples of districts with design requirements are: historic, design overlay, conservation, and form based districts. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills required.
The PRIMARY purpose of this position is to assist with administration of Historic Preservation in Fort Worth. This consists of outreach and education, evaluating applications for alterations and new construction, updating of historic district standards and guidelines, Section 106 reviews, reviewing plans and facilitating development in historic districts.
The SECONDARY purpose of this position is to provide as needed assistance for the Downtown Design Review Board, Urban Design Commission, and management of key design related projects.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Bilingual English/Spanish skills are highly desirable and preferred
- GIS and Adobe Creative Suite skills are highly desirable and preferred
Demonstrated ability to:
- Administer a Historic Preservation program
- Create and re-write historic district standards and guidelines
- Communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing.
- Interpret planning, design, and zoning activities to commissions, boards, developers and the public.
- Interpret and explain City planning and design policies and procedures.
- Prepare clear and concise reports.
- Summarize complex subject matter.
- Read construction drawings (utilizing architectural and engineering scale as indicated), including architectural, electrical, mechanical, landscape and detail/specification sheets.
- Create a drawing using either Adobe Creative Suite or hand illustration.
- Methods, principles, and practices of historic preservation, city planning, and urban design.
- Site planning and architectural design techniques and methods
- Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations applicable to historic preservation
- Public participation processes, public approval processes, policy creation and implementation process
- Principles and practices of project management
- Development process including but not limited to permitting process, design standards and guidelines, and review process for design projects.
Conditions of Employment
Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.
You will be paid by direct deposit only.
The City of Fort Worth affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. This policy is practiced in all personnel actions and conditions of employment, including but not limited to: recruitment, employment, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, termination, layoff, discipline, compensation, and benefits.