The Placemaking Manger will implement programs from the Georgetown 2028 Action Plan, and develop and implement new programs, to enhance and activate public spaces throughout the Georgetown Commercial District, including parks, sidewalks, plazas, gateways, and other open spaces.
This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is passionate about cities and urban design, and wants to transform underused public spaces into safe, attractive, and active places for residents, workers and visitors to Georgetown.
The incumbent must be creative and have strong skills in planning, project management, budgeting, and the ability to work with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders.
This is a two-year term position, subject to renewal after the initial term period.
Manages an overall strategy for placemaking and activating the public realm (such as parks, sidewalks, plazas, gateways, and other open spaces) through a variety of tools, including, but not limited to: public art, landscaping, parklets, furnishings, wayfinding, recreation, markets, games, events, and signage.
Develops activation concepts, identifies partners, develops detailed project plans, implements concepts, and manages designers and contractors.
Establishes and fosters relationships with artists, designers, architects, the commercial real estate community, property owners, businesses, and other stakeholders.
Works closely with city and federal agencies involved in approval processes, including the DC Department of Transportation, National Park Service, Advisory Neighborhood Commission, and historic preservation agencies. Includes coordination, approval, and permitting.
Manages budgets and provides contract management.
Works closely with other BID staff on all projects from beginning to end.
Keeps abreast of trends and opportunities in placemaking and public space activation.
Initial projects include, but are not limited to:
implementing the Georgetown Gateways designs;
permitting parklets & pocket parks;
activating a vacant lot through public art;
managing the BID’s public space furniture program;
developing and implementing landscaping and activation concepts for the M Street Sidewalk Widening;
developing and implementing a vacant storefront window program; and
developing a plan for landscaping in public spaces throughout Georgetown
At least four years of working experience in a related field such as Urban Planning, Architecture, Public Administration, or Arts Management. A graduate degree may be substituted for two years of experience.
Demonstrated experience with projects that involve urban design, public space, and the pedestrian realm
Is creative, passionate about design aesthetics, and able to test and refine new ideas
Demonstrated ability to manage projects, solve problems, use good judgment, and prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
Demonstrated ability to work with public and private stakeholders to build consensus and navigate complex approval processes. Experience with District and federal agencies is a plus.
Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills
Able to work collaboratively as part of a team
Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree preferred, but experience may be substituted for a graduate degree
Additional Salary Information: Salary based on demonstrated skills and experience. Comes with excellent benefits package.
Established in 1999 by its property owners and merchants, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) is a publicly chartered, private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the accessibility, attractiveness and overall appeal of Georgetown’s commercial district. It is organized as a not-for-profit corporation in the District of Columbia, and registered by Mayor’s or...der under the District of Columbia Business Improvement District Act.
With more than 1,000 members, the organization’s mission focuses on keeping Georgetown clean, safe, accessible and economically strong. From marketing, communications and special events, to transportation, economic development, destination management and streetscape, the Georgetown BID contributes to the vitality and quality of life in Georgetown. Governed by a Board of Directors elected by its membership, the Georgetown BID is proud of the role it has played in the ongoing evolution of Georgetown as an exceptional shopping, dining and visitor destination.