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Associate Planner and Urban Designer #2305-211300-01

Urban Design Center

Date Opened
Tuesday, May 02, 2023 8:00 AM
Close Date
Sunday, May 21, 2023 8:00 PM
Planning Design & Development
  • $54,380-$67,974 Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The Urban Design Center is in the Design + Preservation Division of the City of Charlotte Planning, Design and Development Department (PDD). The Urban Design Center consists of 6-7 team members. Candidates will be a part of a team and can expect a fast-paced environment and should excel in communication skills.


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides support on projects to the Urban Design Center
  • Production of project work, such as creating maps, renderings, drawings, and graphics
  • Writing and designing planning reports, including assisting on Corridors of Opportunity projects 
  • Participate in and prepare community engagement meetings and experiences for most projects
  • Assist on placemaking projects from design through construction 
  • Provide design guidance to City Capital Projects 
  • Work with PDD and other Departments on major initiatives where urban design is concerned (e.g., Corridors of Opportunity, CATS LYNX Silver Line, Strategic Mobility, Charlotte Future 2040 implementation, Community Area Planning, etc.)
  • Administers Placemaking Grant program

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of urban design principles, practices, and their applicability to the public realm and the community
  • Ability to write about planning and urban design principles and explain those principles graphically
  • Ability to produce maps, renderings, drawings, and other graphics
  • Experience working with teams on design and/or planning projects 
  • Comfort with presenting and working with diverse audiences and all segments of the City’s population.
  • Proficient skills in all Adobe Suite products, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and SketchUp, as well as Microsoft Word. 

Preferred Qualification

  • Four-Year degree in Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, or related degree, with a strong preference that it be supplemented by a master’s degree in the above fields of study. 
  • Three years (3) years of urban design experience in multiple areas of practice (notably urban design, public space planning, placemaking, policy planning and implementation).  

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s Degree and one year relevant experience.


Bachelor’s Degree.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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