Salt Lake City


    Requisition ID
    Minimum Salary
    USD $54,374.00/Yr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $74,277.00/Yr.
    Post End Date
    US-UT-Salt Lake City
  • Overview

    Performs senior level professional urban design work by applying sustainable planning and design principles along with the knowledge of land use, transportation, public space architecture, construction related design skills and regulatory practices to define and implement urban design objectives in the planning and design of the city’s public spaces, streetscapes and buildings as well as in the review of private development.


    This position requires urban design expertise in complex projects and team coordination and the knowledge of political processes necessary for review and adoption of multifaceted master plans, complex planning policy documents, programs and projects that relate to urban design. 


    • Reviews actual designs of private and publicly-funded projects and infrastructure for compliance with respective standards and provides design analysis and recommendations for other agency projects. Presents to Planning Commission, Historic Landmark Commission, and other city boards and commissions on reviews of special projects, involving consistent contact with applicants and the public.  
    • Creates and administers design guidelines and performance regulations for review of private development and develops standards for review of publicly-funded projects. Provides design vision for plans developed by the Planning Division’s team of professionals, with input from all interests in the Salt Lake community. Assures that the City's Urban Design Element is up‑to‑date and incorporates best professional design practices.
    • Serves as a resource to assigned or requesting Planning Division Teams, or other applicable City Divisions. Prepares or assists in the presentation of graphic data regarding comprehensive master plans, small area master plans and/or block redesign plans. Coordinates the process or prepares professional staff reports for the Mayor, City Council, Planning Commission, and other applicable City decision making bodies various advisory groups and the general public. Serves as principal author of design guidelines and regulations relating to design of the urban environment, including the Downtown, neighborhoods and applicable redevelopment areas of the City. Researches and reviews information on potential or current issues, and meets with the Planning management team, Redevelopment Agency staff planning team members, and other applicable city departments and divisions to address and/or resolve same.
    • Represents the Planning Division on city design review committees for new public facilities and interdivisional planning projects. Ensures that these projects are meeting a high standard of design quality. Manages the citizen participation process for various types of long-range planning and complex public development projects. Maintains required records, meeting summaries. Negotiates or assists team members in the negotiation of solutions with citizen councils, developers, City officials, other governmental agencies and regional planning organizations.
    • Performs planning analysis for complex projects to ensure implementation of Master Plan goals, policies and zoning ordinance regulations relating to design.
    • Creates plan drawings, urban design diagrams, maps, site designs, streetscape designs, graphic massing studies, and large and small scale concept plans.  Analyzes sketches, photographs, contour maps, aerial maps, notes and site surveys of existing drawings to guide the design process and initiates design solutions to solve technical issues of design in relation to sites and buildings;
    • Utilizes design charrettes and workshops to develop concepts and embody community needs as well as the interests of local stakeholders in the area being studied.  Creates coherent and compelling presentations. Manages presentations and production of master planning / urban design projects. Makes oral presentations to staff, the public, elected officials, and boards and commissions to explain urban design concepts and best design practices.
    • Prepares complex grant applications for various planning and public projects. Participates in selecting project consultants, establishing the scope of work assigned and directing work in progress.   Manages projects including the processing of consultant payments and other financial responsibilities associated with grant funded projects.
    • Works collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals participating in cutting edge research and addressing complex design problems.  Provides senior-level project management with responsibility for mentoring other planning professionals.
    • Performs other related duties as requested.


    • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, planning or a closely related field and six years full time paid professional experience in urban design or in a related field with progressively responsible experience as a designer in a variety of development settings.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted one for the other on a year‑for‑year basis, but must include a minimum of three years experience in the simultaneous coordination of various urban design projects.
    • Excellent design, visualization and graphic skills including proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design) Sketch-up and AutoCAD, MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) is required.  Proficiency in 3D modeling programs, building digital and / or physical models and freehand sketching including pencil, ink, color pencil and markers. GIS skill a plus.  Demonstrated hands-on skilled proficiency in many technical functions across multiple art work and design.  Ability to clearly describe planning concepts with words and images.
    • Demonstrated problem-solving skills along with strong oral, written and graphic communication skills and the ability to lead projects and coordinate with larger project teams.  Ability to communicate design ideas and direction quickly.
    • Strong knowledge of urban planning, zoning and technical issues.
    • Demonstrated experience working on and understanding design best practices associated with public spaces and landscape.
    • Creative team player with the ability to work independently as well as within a diverse team of various professional disciplines.  Have experience in urban settings, corridor studies, sustainable design, and Transit Oriented Development.
    • Experience working with diverse community groups and performing inclusive and equitable public engagement activities. 



    • Master’s Degree in Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Planning with urban design certificate or concentration.
    • Possession of an AICP certificate or other certification from a related professional organization.
    • Member of ASLA, APA, CNU, AIA, or ULI.


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