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.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • None
     

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:

  • None.
     

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • 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.
     

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • 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
Fax: 215.922.7672
e-mail: jobs@centercityphila.org

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