The Planning and Design Manager is a curator of the Tennessee RiverLine vision’s ongoing development at regional and local scales and a creative and technical resource to Tennessee RiverLine team members and diverse project partners. The position performs a range of duties that requires attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, initiative, personal accountability, and collaboration; an educational and working background in planning and design disciplines; excellent written, oral, and graphic communication skills; and the ability to interact with a range of constituents. This position works collaboratively to develop and execute planning, design, and related creative initiatives within the parameters of established strategic plans, budgets, deadlines and deliverables. The position will support the creative aspects of related scopes of work and staff, including outreach programming and communications.
The Tennessee RiverLine originated in 2016 in the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design and UT Herbert College of Agriculture and through the Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism. Today, it is led by UT Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley Authority with critical support from the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership.
The Tennessee RiverLine is North America’s next great regional trail system, a continuous system of Tennessee River experiences – including paddling, hiking and biking – along the river’s 652-mile reach from Knoxville, TN, to Paducah, KY. The Tennessee RiverLine reframes the Tennessee River, adjacent public lands and Tennessee River communities as a 1.2 million acre “River Park” that functions locally and regionally, thereby positioning the Tennessee River as an accessible quality of life amenity for Valley residents and an international destination for long distance flatwater paddling. By providing a collaborative framework for the region, communities and individuals to transform their relationship with the Tennessee River, the Tennessee RiverLine is equally an innovative strategy to catalyze economi...c development and entrepreneurship; promote public health and active lifestyles; ensure equitable access to river spaces and experiences; and inspire a culture of resource stewardship among generations of diverse valley residents, ecotourists and visiting adventure enthusiasts.