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Senior Urban Designer, New York, NY

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Job Description​
Salary Range: $75k - $85k
Your Team:

The Office of Neighborhood Strategies is charged with ensuring that HPD’s development and preservation efforts are guided by meaningful community engagement and coordinated with public investments in infrastructure and services, as put forth in the Mayor's Housing Plan.

The Office of Neighborhood Strategies is composed of two divisions and a special unit reporting to the Deputy Commissioner:

• Planning & Predevelopment (P&P) is central to developing and managing HPD's housing production pipeline from project proposal phases through the land use review and entitlement process, to ensure that HPD's investments contribute to building strong, healthy, resilient neighborhoods in all five boroughs.

• Neighborhood Development & Stabilization (ND&S) leads the agency's commitment to neighborhood planning and strategic preservation through engagement with tenants, landlords, community leaders, and neighborhood stakeholders as we work to enable strong and healthy neighborhoods anchored by affordable housing.

• The Strategic Initiatives Unit is a special team that works across these Divisions to provide essential technical, planning, and policy support to ONS staff and the Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood Strategies.

Your Impact:

As a Senior Urban Designer for the Office of Neighborhood Strategies, you will provide critical design and zoning services to meet the goals and vision of the Mayor’s Housing Plan. Reporting to the Director of Pre-Development in the Division of Planning and Predevelopment, you will support teams advancing HPD’s new construction pipeline on City-owned sites and within neighborhood planning studies, contributing to the development of vital affordable housing and neighborhood amenities across New York City. By ensuring that future development is based on sound zoning and design assumptions and informed by community input, you will play a valuable role in fostering high-quality investments that make a positive impact in neighborhoods.

Your Role:

You will provide vital design and zoning support to ONS, including conducting zoning analyses, preparing project drawings, and promoting design quality across ONS projects. You also will play a critical role in neighborhood planning workshops, and thereby contribute to critical community engagement informing the Mayor’s Housing Plan.

Your Responsibilities:

The Senior Urban Designer will be expected to:

• Conduct design and zoning analyses to assess development potential of select sites for affordable housing and other uses;
• Create site plans, elevations, and other drawings for use in select land use approval applications;
• Plan, create and conduct urban design activities at public-facing workshops to inform neighborhood planning studies and Requests for Proposals (RFPs);
• Generate illustrative massing diagrams and other drawings for use in internal and external meetings, including internal charrettes and public-facing neighborhood planning workshops;
• Review select projects for design quality, and promote design excellence across ONS projects;
• Interact with other HPD units and external agencies regarding urban design and zoning topics and initiatives.​
Minimum Qual Requirements​
1.A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and three years of full-time satisfactory professional experience in the development, appraisal, financing, negotiation, or disposition of real estate, or in real estate law, or in urban planning or analytical or coordination work related to housing programs; or

2. A four year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State's Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization and seven years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in "1" above; or

3.A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. Graduate study in the field of urban studies, city planning, business or public administration, finance, architecture, engineering or other related fields may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience on the basis of 30 credits equaling one year of experience. Graduation from an accredited law school may be substituted for one year of the required experience. However, all candidates must have at least two years of experience as described above.​
Preferred Skills​
• Urban and architectural design;
• Knowledge of the New York City Zoning Resolution and New York City land use approval processes;
• Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp and Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and PowerPoint;
• Excellent project management skills and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment;
• Ability to collaborate with, and relate to, people from different backgrounds, and to present information clearly to people with varying levels of understanding of design and zoning;
• Familiarity with affordable housing design and construction, and interest in promoting design quality;
• Knowledge of New York City government and housing issues;
• Ability to take initiative and to work both independently and with others;
• Experience with graphic design and visual communication; and
• Patience and a sense of humor.

Apply Online: https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/index_new.html?agency=806
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