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Associate Director for Urban Design

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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.

Associate Director for Urban Design

  • Job ID: 13183
  • Location: 1100 4th Street, SW
  • Date Opened: 05/18/2021
  • Area of Consideration: Open to Public
  • Grade:15
  • Type of Appointment: MSS - Reg Appt
  • Date Closed: 06/03/2021

General Job Information

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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 which includes 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. 

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. Work performed at this level requires the mastery and implementation of complex technical design and planning work in the department. 

Qualifications

Degree: community planning; or related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance.

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Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Specialized Experience: The incumbent must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lowest grade level in the normal line of progression. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the line of work of the position and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Bachelor or master’s degree in urban design, architecture, planning, or landscape architecture is highly preferred.

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