Under the direction of the Community Planning Director, the Urban Designer will carry out urban design responsibilities as assigned. This is a newly created position that recognizes the expanding needs of the Department. This individual will be one of two physical design specialists for the Community Development Department. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Advise city staff, developers, and the Planning Board on urban design issues;
Provide design vision for plans developed by the Department’s team of professionals, with input from all interests in the Cambridge community;
Work with other City agencies and commissions that are responsible for the built environment and the public realm;
Work with the Planning Board on review of special permit projects, involving consistent contact with architects and developers on proposed projects,
Work with an interdisciplinary team of City staff throughout the design process;
Work in cooperation with other City departments when new public facilities are being designed;
Ensure that these projects are meeting a high standard of design goals for livability and contextual appropriateness.
Performs related duties as needed.
Undergraduate degree in architecture, master’s degree in urban design with minimum 5 years of experience in urban design, architecture, and master planning, including a thorough understanding of environmental sustainability goals.
thorough understanding of landscaping and public space design is highly important.
Experience with master planning and design review.
Excellent visual presentation, written and oral communication skills. Expertise in using programs for physical space and 3-D visualization are highly desirable.
Applicant must be comfortable working in a multidisciplinary team environment and in settings with extensive community participation.
Experience with diverse community groups required.
Strong interpersonal, customer service, organizational and time management skills;
Ability to multi-task and manage multiple interactions while remaining organized;
Ability to work independently, and as a proactively team player;
Designation as registered architect;
Strong computer skills including demonstrated facility with software (Word, Excel, Access); Knowledge of and experience using Adobe Creative Cloud software, including InDesign, as well as other design software;
Knowledge of the Cambridge community.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit both your resume and letter of interest by 5pm on 08/22/17 via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. We are an AA/EEO Employer.
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