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Associate Director for Urban Design

Friday, September 23, 2022

Job ID: 19017

Opening Date: 09/23/2022

Closing Date: 10/23/2022

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Job Summary

This position is in the DC Office of Planning.  The Office of Planning has the lead responsibility for planning the physical and economic development of the District of Columbia. The Office of Planning provides vision, framework, and principles to guide public and private development decisions. The office supports and coordinates efforts to encourage housing and neighborhood enhancement; to expand the employment base for the District residents; to promote the local economy and to retain, expand and attract new businesses. The office is responsible for zoning analysis, statistical services, and interagency coordination of economic development planning efforts and serves as the official Census State Data Center.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent of this position serves as the Associate Director (AD), Urban Design Team and works under general direction of the Deputy Director, Long Range Planning. The AD is a key member of OP’s senior management team and is a senior-level professional with expert urban designer supervisory experience leading a team of professionals with expertise in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and public space. The AD is responsible for leading OP’s efforts to advance design excellence for public and private projects in the D.C. The AD is also charged with promoting high-quality design outcomes in development and public space. This goal is accomplished through developing urban design strategies and initiatives that support the District’s distinct design character and promote equitable, sustainable and resilient community outcomes; collaborating with and advising District and federal agencies implementing projects that impact the city’s urban design; and elevating awareness of urban design issues in the District through engagement with the design community and residents.

Guidelines include standard urban planning and urban design principles, techniques, and practices, as well as laws and regulations such as the Comprehensive Plan and zoning and subdivision regulations, which govern planning practices in the District of Columbia.  Additional guidelines include administrative issuances of the Office of Planning, standard office policies and instructions received. Work performed at this level requires the mastery and implementation of complex technical design and planning work in the department.  The incumbent is directly accountable for progress and results of the Urban Design Team’s work program and uses judgment and ingenuity in interpreting the intent of the guidelines that exist in specific areas of work.

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