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Design Studio: Planner 1 Position

Metro Nashville/Davidson County Planning Department
Nashville, TN
United States
Professional Areas: 
Landscape Architecture
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Not required

The Metro Nashville/Davidson County Planning Department is seeking an individual to join the Design Studio Division. It is an exciting time to be a part of a team that is shaping Nashville’s future! We are looking for a qualified candidate to join our team as an entry level planner.

The Design Studio is comprised of planners and designers with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. These staff members provide analysis and recommendations throughout Metro Nashville on current planning, community planning, and urban design issues in a wide variety of urban, suburban, and rural contexts.

The Design Studio administers the Planning Department’s form-based codes, including the Downtown Code, and several Urban Design Overlays. The Design Studio also assists with Community Plan Amendments, and the creation of various planning studies, corridor and neighborhood design plans, and the creation of innovative zoning tools and regulations.

Job Description

A successful candidate for this position may have some experience in the urban design and planning practices including community participation and facilitation. Internship or in-school experience is acceptable. He or she will have the ability to participate in complex planning efforts and effectively communicate planning and design ideas verbally and graphically to a variety of stakeholders.

The candidate will also contribute to compliance review functions for design overlays and the Downtown Code. In order to do so, the candidate should have the ability to read and comprehend site plans, architectural drawings, civil drawings, and landscape drawings.


  • Familiarity with urban design, form-based codes, Smart Growth, and New Urbanism principles.
  • Possess illustrative graphic skills in computer techniques and/or hand rendering.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively in a team setting, including in-person and/or virtually.
  • Strong capacity to effectively multi-task on a variety of project types, and across time sensitive deadlines.
  • Experience with plans review, including awareness of zoning and community planning principles.
  • Ability to clearly write, prepare, and present concise and accurate staff reports and presentations.
  • Professional self-awareness and an ability to ask for and receive support from peers, management, and executive staff.
  • Capable of working with applicants, design/development professionals, fellow Metro staff, and community members in a respectful and professional manner.

  Required Skills

  • MS Office suite: required
  • Adobe suite – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign: preferred
  • SketchUp, and/or other 3D rendering software: preferred
  • GIS – ArcMap: preferred
  • AutoCAD: favorable

Key Attributes

Must have the ability to accurately process, review, analyze, and critique complex development projects with an emphasis on good urban design principles. Must be able to communicate with other Metro Departments, development professionals, elected officials, and citizens. Attention to detail; compliance with time-sensitive deadlines; clear and timely communication with a variety of stakeholders; strong prioritization and negotiation skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; support peers in collaborative work; support a friendly and productive work environment whether in-person, virtual, or hybrid.


  • Provide urban design guidance for development proposals within the form-based code areas and for community planning processes – working with applicants, citizens, and elected officials.
  • Collaborate in a team setting, and effectively communicate to produce high quality urban design, planning, and regulatory tools.
  • Conduct compliance review for development proposals within the DTC and UDO areas, including writing staff reports and making public presentations for both small groups and large audiences.
  • Create the creation of graphics and illustrative materials for a variety of planning documents and reports.
  • Craft design scenarios and planning studies.
  • Contribute to Design Review Committee meetings, and stakeholder community meetings.

Education & Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning or a related field, from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of related experience, or Master's Degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning or related field from an accredited college or university.



How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed as received up to April 23, 2021.

 Qualified applicants should send (preferably via email) a letter of interest, resume, and a portfolio of work samples to:

Joni Williams at [email protected]


Joni Williams

Metro Planning Department

800 Second Avenue South

P.O. Box 196300

Nashville, TN 37219-6300
(No Phone Calls Please)


The Planning Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline or any other employment practices because of non-merit factors shall be prohibited. For ADA inquiries, contact Josie Bass, ADA Compliance Coordinator, at (615) 862-7150 or e-mail her at [email protected]. For Title VI inquiries, contact Human Relations at (615) 880-3370. For all employment-related inquiries, contact Human Resources at (615) 862-6640.

Published on:
March 26, 2021 - 8:41am
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