Associate Urban Design Planner

City of Eugene Published: August 30, 2017
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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 ( initiative.


The Planning Division is seeking a positive, productive individual to help implement Envision Eugene as part of a flexible, dynamic, and collaborative inter-departmental team. The position involves a wide range of work with an emphasis on project management and urban design for area planning, transit corridor and transit-oriented development planning, conducting research and technical analysis, and developing new programs and regulations. The organization often finds itself at the cutting edge of public sector projects, and this position provides the opportunity to advance new and creative ideas.

Examples of Duties Performed:

Current examples of duties include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Participate in the revitalization of downtown and key transit corridors throughout the city.
  • Serve on area planning project teams for walkable, mixed-use districts followed by new, hybrid form based codes to implement the plans.
  • Implement the Community Design Handbook through a Design Consultation program that promotes design excellence for all project types and scales within the city.
  • Craft long-term streetscape design solutions to transform the pedestrian realm of key commercial streets;
  • Support the design of public buildings, plazas, and community gathering places.
  • Explore options to develop a design review program and criteria.
  • Analyze feasibility of redevelopment for new Missing Middle housing types in existing neighborhoods; and
  • Conduct extensive engagement with the broader community, stakeholders, partner agencies, other City staff, and local boards and commissions to accomplish these projects.
  • All work will be done as part of a larger team with guidance from a Senior Planner. The opportunity exists to grow into a project management role for various projects or project components.
  • Future work is expected to include TOD corridor and station area planning, developing design standards for downtown, and helping to create and staff new projects or programs related to urban design and development, such as means to embrace tactical urbanism or analyzing freeway removal to enable more walkable, thriving places.


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.

Experience and Education:

  • 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 a 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.

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