Senior Project Manager, Urban Design
Neighborhood Strategies New York, New York
Our Vision: To make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the City’s diverse people and businesses. Our Mission: To create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs.
Position Overview: The Senior Project Manager (SPM) will support and work with interdisciplinary teams to develop and implement plans for complex projects involving multiple stakeholders. This position will be responsible for working directly with a Neighborhood Strategies Vice President to spearhead inter-departmental and inter-agency coordination.
The primary focus will be leading various NYCEDC’s urban design workstreams and playing a central role in NYCEDC’s planning work and may be asked to support the project management. They will perform architectural and urban design tasks at various scales, providing support relating to site planning, overall massing and architectural expression, streetscape, landscape, and sustainable design to the Neighborhood Strategies Department’s work on multiple projects. Additional tasks include managing consultants, setting urban design workplans and scopes, developing visualizations for decision making and external communication, briefing senior leadership and external stakeholders, developing overall urban design strategies as part of master planning and site redevelopment projects, and visioning towards goals.
The diverse Urban Design portfolio encompass projects across all five boroughs that vary in scale, typology and include long-term planning and strategy to direct infrastructure to project implementation. Recent projects include: bringing waterfront greenways to underserved communities in Northern Manhattan, designing an innovative climate master plan for flood protection and open space in the Financial District and South Street Seaport, and envisioning a revitalized public realm around the Broadway Junction transit hub in East New York, planning for the public realm around a future Metro-North Station in the Morris Park section of the Bronx, and supporting the design of waterfront open space on public sites in the South Bronx and other parts of New York City.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead the urban design workstreams of Planning Division’s interdisciplinary teams to produce quality work product, meet milestones, and communicate across various audiences
Provide urban design technical assistance and guidance to Department staff on an as-needed basis
Plan, organize and conduct zoning, land use and urban design studies, research data, analyze built environment conditions, prepare 3D massings, maps and written reports
Develop criteria and design guidelines for large-scale planning efforts and neighborhood studies
Prepare conceptual designs and development design criteria, and coordinate with agency staff and other involved agencies
Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the NYC Zoning Resolution as well as urban design and planning trends
Build and maintain relationships with other urban design leads across government and the nonprofit and private sectors
Support reviewing and drafting urban design components of requests for proposals (RFPs) and other public procurements
Organize and prepare graphic and written materials, and present to NYCEDC staff and leadership, community boards, elected officials. and public agencies
Coordinate with other agency representatives on Department studies, projects and ULURP applications
Perform other related tasks and projects
Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, and/or urban design strongly preferred. Applicants without a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in urban planning will be considered if the qualifications are met below.
2-3 years of full-time experience related to urban design and development
Strong urban design capabilities and experience with physical planning and design practices including site planning, building massing, and layouts
Knowledge of climate resiliency and sustainability measures and best practices
Strong ability to represent the built form, urban design concepts, and site plans in a variety of ways including free-hand sketches, 3D modeling, and computer-based rendering and modeling tools such as Rhino 3D, SketchUp, and AutoCAD
Graphic design and geospatial -analyses skills preferred, including Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS
Familiarity with the NYC Zoning Resolution, building codes, and the public land use review process
Demonstrated ability to self-manage as well as superior project management skills including the ability to complete tasks in a timely fashion with minimal supervision.
Understanding of urban design best practice examples from around the world
Strong interpersonal, written, verbal and analytical skills.
Ability to facilitate community outreach processes and translate design concepts into approachable materials that can be understood by a wide range of audiences
Strong entrepreneurial, interpersonal, and leadership skills; should be a self-starter and take initiative
Occasional travel across the five boroughs of New York City
Must obtain/maintain New York City residency within 180 days of hire
As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as defined by the CDC, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability
Applicants who are chosen for an interview should bring copies of their design portfolio. Interviews will also include an urban design skills test. A final decision about the position’s title will depend on the selected applicant’s qualifications and experience.