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Urban Planner III
Posting: Open Until Filled
Salary: Commensurate with experience
General Description & Classification Standards
The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning (DCP) is committed to implementing Atlanta City Design and transforming Atlanta into the best possible version of itself. Adopted into the city charter in December 2017, Atlanta City Design articulates an aspiration for the future city that Atlantans can fall in love with, knowing that if people love their city, they will make better decisions about it.
The Office of Design of the Department of City Planning provides leadership for the physical design of the city. It accomplishes this through the design of physical plans for the logical organization of our future city, the creation of vibrant public spaces that cultivate public life, and architectural guidance, including preservation, of high-quality buildings that contribute to a cohesive public realm. This work is framed by Atlanta City Design and driven by the desire to design a city for everyone in the most inclusive way possible.
The Atlanta City Studio is the pop-up urban design studio within the City of Atlanta’s Department of City Planning Office of Design. The studio’s mission is to provide leadership in the design of our city with the goal of creating an exceptional public realm and ultimately, a city that all Atlantans can be proud of. The studio accomplishes this through project-specific design leadership and collaboration, educational programming, and inclusive community engagement. The studio moves to different locations throughout the city to make its work as publicly accessible as possible so that residents have an opportunity to play an integral role in the design of our city.
The Urban Designer III is a senior-level designer responsible for supporting the successful operation of the Atlanta City Studio’s pop-up location and leading the design and production of urban design projects that ultimately create an exceptional public realm for the city. These projects range from more tactical to more permanent public space improvements. This work is done in close collaboration with the Office of Design’s other functional units – the Planning Studio and the Historic Preservation Studio – as well as other offices of the Department of City Planning, other City agencies, community members, and private sector partners.
This is an experienced, professional level capable of carrying out most assignments typical of the profession with limited guidance or review. This position may at times include supervising the work of less experienced designers and must be capable and willing to mentor in this capacity. This level would be considered a promotional level and attainable by any incumbents in a work group who demonstrate the necessary knowledge, ability, and performance.
Direction received is very general, focuses on end results, and is typically collaborative in nature. Candidate should be extremely self-motivated and willing to take initiative.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties shall be performed as assigned.
Selects from multiple procedures and methods to accomplish tasks. Understands resources available and uses resources wisely.
Provides guidance and training as required to less experienced designers, interns, temporary employees, etc.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
This is a partial listing of the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.
Minimum Qualifications for Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, environmental design, or related field. Five (5) years of related experience is required.
Preferred Qualifications for Education & Experience
Master’s degree in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, environmental design, or related field and three to five (5-7) years of experience in the private sector or municipal urban design preferred.
Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis.
Licensures & Certifications
The position would be expected to hold, or currently be in pursuit of, licensure or professional certifications appropriate to the position.
Required: Valid Georgia driver’s license
Preferred: American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
Essential Capabilities & Work Environment
Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job. Candidates must be willing to work flexible schedules – including some nights and weekend days – to support Studio functions.p >