Campus/Urban Planner

Ann Arbor, MI

Posted: 9/5/19
Deadline: 10/11/19

About This Organization


SmithGroup is an award-winning, multinational integrated design firm with a team of 1,300 experts across 15 offices in the U.S. and China. We employ research, data, advanced technologies and design thinking to help clients solve their greatest challenges. Our specialists—from artists and engineers, to nurses, workplace strategists and beyond—develop beautiful, sustainable, future-focused solutions for healthcare providers, science and technology organizations, higher education and cultural institutions, urban environments, diverse workplaces, mixed-use and waterfront developments, and parks and open spaces.

Job Duties

The Ann Arbor office of SmithGroup is looking for a Campus/Urban Planner to join our team.

Working with us, you will:

Manage diverse teams of professionals to complete master planning projects, coordinating the overall work plan and maintaining staffing, schedule, deliverables, and budget.
Organize and lead team meetings involving consultants and/or clients; present findings and recommendations to client representatives and/or design review committees.
Work closely and collaboratively with the client to communicate planning issues and recommendations to a wide variety of stakeholders
Coordinate effectively with all technical professionals – including subconsultants and client technical staff – to assemble, process and analyze a highly diverse range of data.
Oversee production and quality of project presentations, master plan reports and all project deliverables to ensure an integrated and cohesive outcome; evaluate project performance and communicate needs and priorities to team; provide oversight and monitoring of work performed by junior staff.
Create/coordinate graphics for inclusion in marketing proposals and materials; participate in business development efforts, including assistance in the preparation of proposals, writing of project approach/philosophy, and the development of relationships with current/new clients.
Act as an ambassador for the office/practice/firm – helping to maintain client relationships beyond the duration of the project.
Travel as needed for project work.

Required Qualifications

An ideal candidate has:

A master’s or bachelor’s degree (foreign equivalent degrees accepted) in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, urban design or a related field of study;
7-15 years of relevant experience working on planning and design projects;
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills;
Experience managing diverse teams and complex data sets for master planning projects;
Experience creating and/or managing highly graphic deliverables using 2D programs including: AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Adobe Suites and ArcGIS; and 3D programs including: Sketchup, Rhino, Lumion, Grasshopper, 3Ds Max; along with MS Office suite and New Forma.
A high level of independent organization and motivation for project leadership.

SmithGroup offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package, including 401(k) and continuing educational reimbursement. We offer 3 weeks of paid time off within the first year of employment, with the option of purchasing additional time off, and pay for 8 federal holidays. We also offer an alternative work schedule that provides employees with an additional 15 days off per year (usually Fridays) to help with work/life balance.Portfolio and Resume

Other Info

Apply Online:

Required Application Materials

Portfolio and Resume