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SENIOR URBAN DESIGNER
City of Greenville
City of Greenville
 

Job Location: Greenville, SC
Job Type: Full Time
Department: PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
SENIOR URBAN DESIGNER - 0621 Salary

$55,100.00 - $85,410.00 Annually


Location

206 S. Main Street - Greenville, SC



Job Type

Full Time


Department

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES



Job Number

00577


Division

PLANNING & ZONING






Closing

8/6/2021 11:59 PM Eastern




Brief Description

Job Summary
Under general direction and in compliance with standard operating procedures and policies, assists with administering the citys land management and related ordinances. Serving in a lead capacity, provides technical assistance and guidance to city staff and the public regarding land development regulations. Coordinates urban planning design and review activities for the development of public and private urban spaces, to include but not be limited to, commercial and residential projects, public corridors, small area plans, commercial and transit corridors, public plazas, streetscapes, green space network development, and multi-modal infrastructure. Works with developers to improve compliance of proposed developments with adopted city plans, regulations, and design guidelines. Researches and prepares amendments to the land development regulations. Investigates violations for the land management ordinances. Reviews development proposals to ensure compliance with land development regulations. Inspects properties with building codes staff to translate development requirements before converting uses/occupancies. Attends board and community meetings that extend beyond the normal work schedule.

Job Duties

Essential Functions
Manage Implementation of Urban Design Projects: Work with department staff to administer the land management and related ordinances. Review development proposals with prospective applicants. Review applications and suggest changes. Conduct review of applications with city staff. Evaluate development applications in relation to city policies and comprehensive plan principals. Work to improve efficiency of development process. Use creativity to work with applicants to modify development proposals in accordance with better urban design principles. Orchestrate the implementation of urban design projects that enhance the citys public spaces. Develop project scopes, schedules, preliminary budgets, timelines, concepts, and renderings, and other critical tasks for projects, both within and external to the approved Capital Improvement Program. Work with city departments to develop design solutions, prepare plans and specifications from concept to construction, and related documents for the development of public spaces, plazas, streetscapes, and parks, utilizing freehand graphic illustrations, computer renderings, and computer aided design (CAD) documentation. Prepare presentations, signage, and informational publications. Assist with management of project budgets, including consultant fees, construction contracts, and general project expenses. Attend neighborhood meetings, when necessary, to engage and inform and gain feedback from the public about projects within the department. Assist with preparation of request for proposals (RFPs) and request for qualifications (RFQs), and contracts for consultants on mid to large scale planning and design projects. Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with stakeholders, building consensus to ensure successful project implementation and completion. Conduct public meetings and workshops. Work closely with the Citys grant writer to research available grants and prepare applications. Upon award, assist with management of grant award requirements, funding, and implementation obligations. 60%


Provide Technical Assistance to City Staff and Public on Land Development Regulations: Confer with staff, designers, applicants and public about development requirements and procedures via face-to-face meetings, phone and on-site visits; prepare correspondence to parties to convey requirements and procedures. Assist with reviews of submitted plans and documents for planning and construction projects proposed within the City of Greenville. Maintain a working knowledge of the adopted ordinance and related standards to accurately apply during reviews, clearly communicate their requirements to customers and suggest alternate design methods when necessary. Under limited supervision, using various reports and data systems, ensure reviews are consistently completed within the established review time set by the city. Conduct onsite inspections as needed during plan review or during the inspection process when needed to assist the building inspectors, verify onsite conditions or to find alternate design solutions. Assist customers in person or through various electronic formats with any code or review related inquiries. Assist building inspection team with specific plan searches, design guidelines and other complex issues. Assist other city departments with permit application or plan review inquiries and maintain open lines of communication across departments. 20%


Review Development Proposals: Meet with city staff and permit applicants to discuss development regulations pertinent to proposal. Review civil and architectural plans and specifications. Inspect sites to view context. Provide comments to other staff and applicants on conformance/compliance issues. Correspond with applicants as appropriate. Work with applicants to amend projects according to city regulations and design principles. 10%


Investigate Violations of the Land Management Ordinance: Identify violations via complaint or recognition in field. Inspect properties to confirm violation. Confer with property managers/owners. Issue violation notices where voluntary compliance does not occur. Re-inspect properties to verify compliance. Collaborate with zoning enforcement officer to issue municipal court summons where noncompliance occurs. Testify in court; confirm compliance with courts order. Work with property owners to determine easiest means of compliance. 5%


Research and Prepare Amendments to the Land Development Regulations: Identify development issues inappropriately addressed by current land development regulations. Consult with zoning administrator and division manager to develop a course of action. Review literature for best practices. Confer with other staff agencies where appropriate to issue. Develop proposed ordinance language for staff consideration. As needed, prepare agenda item for planning commission consideration. 5%


Perform other duties as assigned.


Qualifications

Job Requirements
Bachelors degree in architecture, urban planning, or a related field.
Over four years of progressively responsible professional planning experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the position.
Must meet professional development requirements for Local Planning or Zoning Officials per SC Code 6-29-1310.


Preferred Qualifications
Master`s degree in a related field.
American Institute of Certified Planners certification highly preferred.


Driver`s License Requirements
Valid South Carolina Class D Driver`s License.


Performance Requirements
Knowledge of:
Comprehensive knowledge of the City ordinances, codes and regulations pertaining to land management.
Philosophies, practices, principles, and techniques of city planning process as they pertain to accepted comprehensive planning methodology.
Modern principles and practices, technical legal issues and research methods of City planning, zoning, urban economics, transportation planning, demographics, and environmental management.
General concepts of architecture, landscaping, grading, drainage, and traffic and transportation engineering as they relate to the process of urban planning.
Methods of collecting and analyzing planning data and preparing planning reports and studies.

Ability to:
Function as a lead worker performing essentially the same work as those directed including overseeing work quality, training, instruction, and scheduling work.
Interpret and administer within delegated authority, applicable legislation, rules, and regulations.
Prepare new rules and regulations and initiating research and physical planning techniques in local and regional planning.
Address civic organizations and committees and present ideas and findings clearly and concisely.
Apply and interpret adopted land management ordinances and related standards.
Communicate at a superior level verbally and in writing, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences.
Effectively manage interactions that are generally contentious and involve confidential discussions or situations where conflicting interests are apparent.
Use of effective judgment and discretion in discussing and resolving issues.
Work cooperatively with City management, elected officials, applicants, attorneys, development professionals, Planning boards and commission, neighborhood groups and the public.
Effectively handle stressful, negative interactions requiring high levels of tact.
Use elements of persuasion may be necessary to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas.
Plan and coordinate logistics for public meetings.
Maintain accurate and organized records.
Prioritize workload and manage time efficiently, meet deadlines and complete assignments in a timely manner.
Frequently apply a high degree of independent, logical, evaluative, and/or professional thinking to originate and develop procedures, techniques or ideas within the parameters of a broad conceptual outline.
Work with advanced mathematical operations methods and functions of real and complex variables.
Write policies, contracts, speeches, formal presentations and/or technical and legal documents, meeting minutes, and correspondence.
Read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical journals and procedures, financial reports, legal document, and governmental regulations as well as literature, books, reviews, reports, and abstracts.
Use personal computer, printer, scanner, phone, fax, copier, calculator, camera, and car.
Utilize various systems to include Photoshop, SketchUp, InDesign, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and permit review and tracking system.

Working Conditions
Primary Work Location: Office environment.


Environmental/Health and Safety Factors: Relatively free from unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards.

Physical Demands: Constantly requires hearing, visions, talking, fine dexterity, and sitting. Frequently requires reaching and twisting. Occasionally requires handling, pushing/pulling, bending, standing, and walking. Light strength demands include exerting up to 20 pounds occasionally.


Mental Demands: Constantly requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, and working closely with others as part of a team. Frequently requires tedious or exacting work and working irregular schedule/overtime. Occasionally requires performing work in a noisy/distracting environment.


Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
The City of Greenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Prospective and current employees should contact Human Resources to request an ADA accommodation.

Disclaimer
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


The City of Greenville offers a comprehensive and affordable benefits package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit the needs of our employees and their families. View more details about these benefits here: City of Greenville Employee Benefits.

HEALTH INSURANCE

The City offers the following health insurance options to eligible employees:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Basic Term Life
  • Employee Supplemental Life
  • Spouse Term Life
  • Child Term Life
  • Short Term Disability (STD)
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Voluntary Benefits (Critical Illness, Accident, Hospital Care, etc.)
All health insurance coverage is effective the first of the month following the employees hire date except for LTD which is effective the 91st day following date of hire.

LEAVE & HOLIDAY BENEFITS
  • General Leave is earned/accrued biweekly by all regular, full-time and permanent part-time employees as a percentage of normal work hours.
  • The City of Greenville observes 11 paid holidays.
RETIREMENT BENEFITS
The City is a member of the South Carolina State (SCRS) and Police Officers (PORS) defined benefit Retirement Systems.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
  • Employee Recognition & Awards Program (ER&A)
  • Employee Service Awards
  • Longevity Bonus
OTHER BENEFITS & OPPORTUNITIES
  • Worker`s Compensation
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


Agency
City of Greenville (SC)

Address
206 S. Main St

Greenville, South Carolina, 29601

Phone
864-467-4530

Website
https://jobs.greenvillesc.gov





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The City of Greenville will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals. The City of Greenville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability status or age in employment or provision of services.
 
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