Do you want to participate in making a great Pacific Northwest City the most livable, prosperous, and thriving place it can be?
The City of Eugene Metro and Community Planning team is looking for a positive, productive and collaborative individual to help us turn our community vision into reality. The successful candidate will enjoy providing service to the community, thrive in a team environment, and demonstrate adaptability to a dynamic and fast paced work environment. The Associate Urban Design Planner position focuses on long-range design and planning projects related to implementing Envision Eugene and other work to further our community vision of a compact, connected, livable Eugene. The position will also play a role in downtown revitalization in support of the City's Vibrant Eugene (www.vibranteugene.org) initiative.
About Envision Eugene
Envision Eugene is an award-winning, community-wide planning effort to guide the next 20 years of growth in line with community values. During that time, Eugene is estimated to welcome approximately 34,000 new residents. The core values of the community and the project are expressed in the Seven Pillars of Envision Eugene, which include providing housing affordable to all income levels, providing ample economic opportunity to all community members, and promoting a compact urban form connected by efficient transportation options. The project reached a crucial milestone in July 2017 with the Eugene City Council's approval of the Urban Growth Boundary proposal.
Following City Council action, the Envision Eugene team is working on a wide range of projects needed to implement the breadth of the community vision. Implementation of the plan make up a major portion of the Planning Division's work program for many years to come. For more information, see www.envisioneugene.org.
Calling Eugene home
Eugene is located at the southern end of the agriculturally rich Willamette Valley. From here, it is a short jaunt east to the Cascade Mountains, west to the stunning Pacific Ocean coastline, or north to Portland. We're a small city with unlimited things to do: Downtown Eugene is revitalizing; the Oregon Bach Festival and Eugene Symphony call the Hult Center for the Performing Arts home; you can float the Willamette River and hook a salmon after work in the shadow of downtown; a booming food and beverage economy, including topnotch local craft breweries and wineries in the surrounding countryside, is the foundation of a local restaurant scene; the University of Oregon brings arts, culture, and educational opportunities, as well as championship athletics (Go Ducks!); a nationally-recognized transit system helps you move around the city; and our Gold rating as a Walk- and Bicycle-Friendly Community ensures that safe travel options abound! Known as Track Town USA, the community annually plays host to numerous track and field events at historic Hayward Field, including the IAAF World Championships in 2021! The impact of track and field can be seen beyond the track, with abundant trails coursing through the south hills, along the Willamette River, and through hundreds of acres of city parks. To learn more about Eugene, visit www.eugenecascadescoast.org/eugene/.
About the Planning Division
Dubbed an "all hands on deck" effort, Envision Eugene sparked the formation of a single, cooperative, and highly flexible team to meet significant political, communication, and technical challenges presented by the project. The work environment is interdependent and dynamic, and requires regular coordination with other work groups, city departments, partner agencies, and the community. While direction and deadlines can change quickly, the work group is fun, resilient, and accustomed to adapting to new circumstances.
Application Deadline: This position is open until filled; first review of applications to occur September 20, 2017. Accepting online applications only.
Knowledge and Skills: •Organize and manage complex tasks or projects to completion, including creatively negotiating barriers, within a fixed timeframe.
•Develop and communicate effective urban design solutions to address diverse needs and interests from small-scale (site design) to regional-scale (master plans).
•Work proficiently with and between current design-related software programs, including Adobe Suite, SketchUp, AutoCAD, and GIS to produce attractive, professional-quality graphic products in print and digital media.
•Familiarity with the methods and economics of urban development and redevelopment, including financial feasibility and key challenges.
•Efficiently and thoroughly conduct research on urban design, land use planning, economics and development using current methods.
•Clearly and confidently organize and communicate complex information with a wide variety of audiences, including oral presentations, technical writing, and visual communication.
•Understand and apply a wide range of land use-related City, State, and Federal plans and regulations in both policy and regulatory situations, with special emphasis on implementing long-term community visions.
•Effectively coordinate and facilitate public events and meetings. Understanding of and experience conducting public design charrettes is a plus.
•Work well with a variety of people, including development interests, property owners, and neighborhood groups in challenging situations.
Minimum Qualifications: •At least 3 years of professional experience in a design, architecture, or city planning office.
•Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, or closely related field.
•Note that any combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge and abilities may be acceptable. The qualifications listed above are one example of a typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills expected for the job.