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RECRUITMENT NOTICE - Community Planner (Urban Design)

Friday, May 24, 2019

Position: Community Planner (Urban Design)

Job ID: 7399

Open To: Public

Open Period: 05/24/2019 – 06/28/2019

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Job Summary

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

The Urban Design Division (UDD) develops and reviews plans and projects for neighborhoods and development areas with a focus on urban design, design excellence, beautification, sustainability, and the enhancement of the District’s public spaces. DD manages the public space program and reviews streetscapes, parks and open space designs and develops plans, guidelines, and other tools to advance design quality and address safety, equity, environmental health, community image and aesthetics, and walkability. UDD provides Urban Design guidance, public education, and Design Review, including the development of strategies and guidelines for specific areas and projects, renderings and visual depictions, as well as the review of federal and District buildings and projects, zoning cases, large tract review, landscapes, other installations, streetscape elements, public art, signage and commemorative works.

The Urban Designer position is tasked with: collaborating on and contributing to various projects and initiatives within OP to enhance neighborhoods and the public realm to better serve District residents and other stakeholders; and, helping to implement and encourage high quality standards of design excellence in the District’s built environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will assist in preparation of research, technical, and analytical reports, including public life studies, based on data collected or field-work / site visits. Reports include graphs, charts, maps, diagrams, 3-D illustrations, narrative text, and graphically compelling presentations to support findings and recommendations. Develops design concepts and prepares illustrative drawings, plans and diagrams to help guide policy recommendations, streetscape and design guidelines, and special projects. Proposes designs and guidelines for development that reflect the city’s history, culture, and contemporary goals and initiatives in a way that continues the urban design legacy of the District and its neighborhoods.

Assists in Urban Design Division review and coordination efforts with private actors and other government agencies to enhance and beautify the District’s public realm within its open space, environmental and transportation systems. Participates, as needed, with community members, local businesses, and other governmental agencies to determine priorities for planning and urban design strategies. Considers feedback from community members, businesses, and District of Columbia agencies, as well as the District’s goals and priorities when identifying project strategies and goals.

Qualifications and Education

A degree in 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.

Note: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner.

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.

Licenses and Certifications


Working Conditions/Environment

Work is performed in a typical office setting with some field visits and meetings in District neighborhoods. Considerable pressure to meet deadlines.

Other Significant Facts

****After submitting application, all candidates MUST submit a pdf copy of your graphic portfolio. This item can be uploaded to your applicant profile. No consideration given to applications that do not have uploaded portfolio.****

Pay Plan, Series, Grade: CS-0020-11

Promotion Potential: CS-0020-12

Duration of Appointment: Career Service Regular

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is a part of a collective bargaining unit.

Application screening dates are as follows:

1st Screening Date: 6/03/2019

2nd Screening Date: 6/13/2019

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