Planning Project Manager – Urban Design Center

City of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

Experience Level: Mid-Level

Salary: $75,018 - $88,500

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In working to put communities and citizens first, the City of Charlotte’s Department of Planning, Design, and Development is committed to creating great places. The Department of Planning, Design, and Development is chiefly responsible for collaborating with community partners, guiding growth, sustaining the natural environment while also designing vibrant and inclusive avenues for citizen enjoyment.

The City of Charlotte’s Urban Design Center is looking for a Planner and Urban Designer with experience in urban design principles, practices, and their application to the community. This position will be very collaborative, working across City teams and projects that focus on placemaking and urban design. This position provides support to the Urban Design Center, including co-leading placemaking projects, providing design guidance on capital projects, and assisting planning processes.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provides support on projects to the Urban Design Center 
  • Lead large Placemaking projects and manage budgets from design through construction 
  • Provide design guidance to city Capital Projects, including understanding of constructability 
  • Work with other Departments on major initiatives where placemaking is concerned (e.g., corridors of opportunities, strategic mobility plan, etc.)
  • Assist as needed on urban design projects and Corridors of Opportunity Playbooks 
  • Oversee review of future transit project for urban design and provide feedback based on best urban design practices 

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Construction management and construction detail oversight
  • Experience leading construction projects from conception to installation and knowledge of how construction methods 
  • Ability to lead and mentor staff 
  • Demonstrated experience in urban design principles, practices, and their applicability to the community
  • Experience working with design and development professionals 
  • Ability to collaborate within internal and external organizations
  • Experience in presenting and working with with diverse audiences and all segments of the City’s population.
  • Proficient skills in all Adobe Suite products, AutoCAD, ArcGIS, and SketchUp, as well as Microsoft Office Suite.  

Preferred Qualifications: 

Master’s degree in Planning, Architecture, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Science or related degree. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Architecture, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Science or related degree. 
  • Five years (5) years of urban design experience in multiple areas of practice (notably urban design, public space planning, placemaking, policy planning and implementation).

Salary: $75,018 - $88,500 Commensurate with Experience

Conditions of Employment: 

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

As of October 1, 2021: The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.  

The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

Posted January 13, 2022, 10:54 AM PST


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