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.
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.
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.
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.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 13183
About DC Office of Planning
The DC 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.