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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Planner Senior
Job Requisition Number COA077544
Position Number 114352
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name PAZ / Urban Design
Minimum Qualifications

Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or a planning related field, plus five (5) years of planning related work.

Twelve (12) semester hours of relevant graduate college course work may substitute for six (6) months of required experience with a maximum substitution of two (2) years.

Experience in planning, related work may substitute for one the education up to the maximum of four (4) years.
Licenses or Certifications:
None


Notes to Applicants

The Planning and Zoning Department is seeking a Senior Planner with expertise in urban design to assist staff and to work with communities to envision the future urban form of neighborhoods, districts, and redeveloping areas in ways that reinforce people-oriented place-making and create a high-quality public realm. This Senior Planner/urban designer will contribute expertise to help craft plans, policies and projects that implement and realize place-making visions and goals.

Duties, Functions, and Responsibilities specific to this position may include, but are not limited to:

1. Develop and evaluate written plans, reports, and analysis for a variety of urban design projects, plans, and program activities.

2. Create 2D and 3D analytical and conceptual drawings, graphics, digital and physical models, maps, and illustrations to support urban design plans, initiatives, and projects.

3. Prepare and deliver presentations to convey urban design plans, concepts and interventions to city staff, city commissions, agencies, public officials, citizen groups, and public meetings.

4. Provide urban design consultation and assistance to citizens, staff, departments, developers, management, etc.

5. Serves as member of various intra-and-inter-departmental planning teams, task forces, etc.

6. Provide on-going support for implementation of urban design plans, programs and initiatives, which may include, but not be limited to, the South Central Waterfront Initiative, the Congress Avenue Urban Design Initiative, the TOD program, temporary plaza pilot project(s), and other streetscape improvement programs and projects.

PLEASE NOTE: Please submit a Portfolio in “other documents” along with your resume and cover letter. This portfolio must be one (1) file that addresses the references to portfolio in the preferred qualifications. There must be at least three, but no more than five, graphic examples of your past work related to the skill referenced. Applicants selected for an interview will be expected to present a complete, relevant portfolio of past work during the interview.

IMPORTANT

When completing the City of Austin employment application:

•Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.

•A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job title and employment dates for all jobs you wish to be considered.

•A résumé is required, but will not substitute for a complete employment application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include contact information from previous employers.

•A cover letter is also required. In the cover letter candidates should describe, in concise detail, their interest in this position and highlight any prior experience that is relevant to this position.

Pay Range

$25.80 – $33.43 per hour

Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additional hours evenings and/or weekends may be required based on business needs.

Job Close Date
02/12/2018
Type of Posting External
Department Planning and Zoning
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 505 Barton Springs Road; Austin, Texas; 78704
Preferred Qualifications

1. Professional degree leading to licensure in architecture or landscape architecture, or a master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, or planning related field.

2. Strong portfolio demonstrating skill with 2D and 3D graphic software to produce urban design visual simulations, diagrams, conceptual designs, and rendered perspectives.

3. Strong portfolio demonstrating skill with GIS analysis, mapping, and GIS applications for urban design and planning.

4. Strong portfolio demonstrating skill with hand-drawn urban design illustrations, plans, and renderings.

5. Demonstrated skill in document layout design and software.

6. Project management experience with urban design plans, projects, and/or studies.

7. Demonstrated experience in leading meetings effectively and inclusively.

8. Experience in speaking publicly and making effective presentations.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
1 .Coordinates division/section activities with other division/sections.
2. Researches information as requested and or needed. Reviews analyzed data to discover patterns and/or discrepancies.
3. Assists in developing operating procedures. Assists in developing division/section budget.
4. Assists in developing and evaluating plans, criteria, etc for a variety of projects, programs, and activities.
5. Investigates consumer/citizen complaint to determine validity. Speaks as City representative before public groups.
6. Reviews complex plats and site plans for compliance with policy codes, ordinances, standards, etc.
7. Answers more complex citizen questions and provide assistance.
8. Interprets/explains/enforces City policies & procedures, building/land development codes, specifications, ordinances, etc.
9 .Attends City Council, board, and etc meetings to provide technical advice and assistance. Coordinates activities of various boards, committees, etc.
10. Writes informational reports. Writes/draft legal documents, i.e., contracts, regulations, ordinance amendments, resolutions, etc.
11 .Develops, utilizes, and modifies complex transportation planning models. Reviews complex traffic impact analyses.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
Perform as Lead Case Manager. May coordinate the activities of other planners

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Knowledge of the principles of community and urban planning.
Knowledge of federal and state laws relating to planning and urban development.
Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
Skill in planning and organizing.
Skill in using computers and related software.
Ability to make formal presentations of program and/or project recommendations.
Ability to work under the pressures of rigid and/or short work cycle.
Ability to maintain confidentially.
Ability to develop and implement long-range plans.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other city employees and the public.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position does not require a criminal background investigation
EEO/ADA

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or a planning related field, plus five (5) years of planning related work. Twelve (12) semester hours of relevant graduate college course work may substitute for six (6) months of required experience with a maximum substitution of two (2) years. Experience in planning, related work may substitute for one the education up to the maximum of four (4) years. Do you meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a professional degree leading to licensure in architecture or landscape architecture, or a master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, or planning related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a strong portfolio demonstrating skill with 2D and 3D graphic software to produce urban design visual simulations, diagrams, conceptual designs, and rendered perspectives, that can be presented during an interview?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please describe your experience with 2D and 3D graphic software to produce urban design visual simulations, diagrams, conceptual designs, and rendered perspectives. If not applicable, please note N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you have a strong portfolio demonstrating your skill with GIS analysis, mapping, and GIS applications for urban design and planning than can be presented during an interview?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Please describe your experience using GIS analysis, mapping, and GIS applications for urban design and planning. If not applicable, please note N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Do you have a strong portfolio demonstrating your skill with hand-drawn urban design illustrations, plans, and renderings that can be presented during an interview?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Please describe your experience with hand-drawn urban design illustrations, plans, and renderings. If not applicable, please note N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Please describe your experience in document layout design and using related software. If not applicable, please note N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Please describe your project management experience with urban design plans, projects, and/or studies. If not applicable, please note N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Do you have experience in leading meetings effectively and inclusively.?
    • Yes
    • No
  12. * Describe your experience in giving formal presentations or speaking publicly.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents