GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
To have the ability to work on diverse and challenging projects of varying scale; and work with multidisciplinary teams who focus on maintenance and events management in existing parks. The selected candidate should be able to translate conceptual design into construction documents on a variety of planning and design efforts.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Oversee both in-house and contracted feasibility planning and analysis for CCD-sponsored public space improvements both on sidewalks and in privately or publicly owned public spaces;
- Execute creative and innovative design concepts and visual presentations that convey the intended vision to non-design professionals;
- Develop planning studies in support of proposed projects and work with other departments and agencies to formulate and implement plans;
- Review plans, provisions, ordinances and codes;
- Conduct field evaluations and observations of existing public patterns as needed;
- Develop and administer observation studies of public use of CCD parks;
- Identify, examine and propose solutions to site and planning issues;
- Write program and performance standards for consultants and contracted architectural firms;
- Act as liaison between property owners, community groups, developers and government agencies in developing and implementing plans;
- Prepare and present reports and presentations to internal and external groups, boards and commissions. Develop written reports, meeting summaries, and briefings;
- Evaluate and develop RFPs, proposals, budgets;
- Manage scopes of work;
- Oversee the work of consultants;
- Manage pedestrian counts both on-street and in public parks;
- Periodically evaluate the quality, condition and currency of CCD streetscape assets as well as other public furniture and infrastructure through survey work;
- Perform research, analyses and interpretation for studies and initiatives as needed.
These are the essential functions of the position; other duties may be assigned. Incumbents may be required to follow any additional related instructions, acquire job related skills and perform other work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Undergraduate or Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or a related field;
- 5+ years of professional experience;
- Demonstrated ability of conceptualization and implementation of urban planning and design.
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Understanding of planning and design principles;
- Proficiency in: AutoCAD, SketchUp, ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Microsoft Office Suite (other technical proficiencies a plus);
- Ability to create graphics, development strategies, and render site plans via sketches and computer graphics highly desirable;
- Ability to read and interpret ordinances, statutes, plans, plats, maps, blueprints, and similar documents;
- Thorough understanding of state/local codes and accessibility requirements;
- Excellent written, verbal and graphic communication skills;
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment;
- The ability to complete tasks with strong attention to detail;
- The ability to write RFPs;
- Knowledge of local firms;
- Exceptional creative thinking and design skills;
- Excellent project/task management skills;
- Ability to manage multiple long-term projects and immediate tasks concurrently;
- Creative problem-solving skills;
- Ability to work well on teams and individually.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
- This description of physical and mental activities is not intended to describe essential job functions. Rather, its purpose is to give to the job applicant a feel for the physical and mental activities normally attendant to the job to the end that an applicant with a disability can determine whether he/she will be able to do this job either with or without accommodation.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell, and lift objects. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- The employee regularly works in a normal office environment;
- Employee may be required to attend some evening and weekend meetings, and may be required to assist in special events;
- The employee may perform some duties outdoors, which will require local travel.
Forward Resumes to:
Human Resources Department
Center City District
660 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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