Hiring Range: $51,822.00- $70,000.00 The City of Raleigh, North Carolina is searching for up to 3 experienced urban designers to work within the Raleigh Urban Design Center (UDC), a division of the Department of City Planning.
Applicants must have specialized knowledge and skills in the design of the physical environment and demonstrated, effective community engagement to solve urban design and planning issues at various scales.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Researches, investigates, and prepares recommendations, graphic illustrations, and written reports on a wide range of urban design issues with an emphasis on the urban public realm.
Prepares and presents oral and written reports; directs the preparation of maps, charts, diagrams, and other materials for inclusion in presentations.
Collects and analyzes demographic, land-use, and economic statistics in order to maintain and update mapped information and computer-based information systems.
Provides urban design support for the preparation of area and corridor plans; develops schematic designs for proposed facilities or developments, and prepares working drawings for streetscape or development proposals.
Conducts and manages studies in such areas as land use, public services, economics, human resources, housing and urban development, transit-oriented development, and center city and neighborhood revitalization.
Administers contracts to vendors and consultants.
Applies critical thinking and "design thinking" to address numerous technical and non-technical tasks.
Works individually or in teams to ensure that projects are completed in a timely manner producing high-quality urban design, planning, and regulatory products.
Assembles field data and develops preliminary sketches and plans for various projects; prepares detailed design plans.
Conducts compliance review against city code for form-based elements of development proposals.
Meets with and advises elected officials, appointed board and commission members, and citizen and stakeholder groups on complex urban design and planning matters.
Coordinates production of publications, including newsletters, websites, brochures, and other print and digital media.
Coordinates and supports partnerships with the design and development community, professional design organizations, and local colleges and universities.
Supports civic engagement efforts as part of the planning process.
Assists with special projects and other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Bachelor's degree in planning or public administration or field directly related to assignment and five years of related professional planning experience. Master's degree in a field associated with architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design preferred. OR An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.
Computer Skills To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite and/or other graphics software. Familiarity with drafting, 3D-modeling, and rendering software including, but not limited to, Rhino3D, AutoCAD, SketchUp, and VRay. Working knowledge of GIS software is preferred.
Licensing/Certifications Valid Class C Driver's license Professional licensure or certifications of PLA, AIA, AICP are encouraged, though not required at the time of hiring. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a path toward licensure and/or certification. *Applicants must include a portfolio or collection of work samples to be considered.
The City of Raleigh offers an excellent benefit package, which includes medical coverage, dental coverage, life insurance, retirement, employee credit union, Award for Service, and paid leave, including petty, sick, vacation and holidays.