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Able City’s mission-driven team integrates planning, architecture, economic development, and civic engagement to set virtuous cycles of community-building in motion.

 

Able City teams with citizens to help them define quality of life improvements and develop corresponding methodologies, planning, and design solutions. We have a passionate office culture centered around the principle of shared value.

 

Architectural Designer (full-time)

Architectural Designer  (full-time)

Location:

San Antonio, Laredo, or McAllen, TX

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Contribute to architectural design deliverables in various platforms and media formats
  • Develop construction documents with a high degree of autonomy in collaboration with the project team
  • Research and report on design and construction materials and methods

 

Requirements:

  • At least 3 yrs experience
  • BArch and/or Master in Architecture
  • Excellent BIM skills
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and other post process and presentation graphic software
  • Ability to work with a diverse team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and technical, yet experienced enough to see the big picture
  • Experienced, self-directed professional
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter with solid writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy of work
  • Desire to be mentored by senior staff and provide mentorship to less experienced staff
  • Ability to be flexible and able to adapt to rapidly changing project requirements and deadlines
  • Ability to apply passion and enthusiasm for design in a collaborative and progressive team-oriented work environment. 

Salary range: $48,000-$54,000

Contact information 

Mario A. Pena  |  mario@able.city  |  www.able.city

Planner Level II (full-time)

Planner Level II  (full-time)

 

Location

San Antonio, Laredo, or McAllen, TX

 

Description 

Planner Level IIs should possess expertise in one or more planning specialities, including economic development (preferred), community engagement, comprehensive planning, and/or environmental planning. They can expect challenging assignments and will be afforded the opportunity to work on both public and private projects, gaining experience on both sides of the development process. Although they will work closely with senior planners and supervisors, planners at this level can expect a certain degree of autonomy.

 

Responsibilities

As a Planner Level II, you will be asked to:

  • Contribute to Comprehensive Plans, land development projects, long-term planning, and economic development strategies 
  • Independently apply advanced planning concepts and designs
  • Assist in the authoring of in-house planning assets such as: model libraries, graphic templates and standards, presentations, policy and ordinance libraries
  • Research and assist in writing technical reports
  • Model urban master plans 
  • Illustrate plans and 3D visuals for presentations and reports
  • Facilitate community charrettes; start and sustain community engagement from a place of learning, and listening
  • Create customized maps using GIS
  • Convert GIS maps for presentations and reports (includes graphic post-processing on Adobe suite)

 

Private sector-related responsibilities:

  • Assist in reviewing development proposals and site plans for compliance, rezonings, ordinance amendments, special use permits, and more
  • Prepare reports on development proposals; research and collect the necessary statistical data to produce analysis and maps on topics like land use and occupancy rates
  • Conduct demographics and economics data research in support of development activities such as market studies
  • Review development applications, including but not limited to: permits, site plans, plats
  • Assist in writing ordinances and regulations relating to development controls
  • Assess community land use conditions and assist in recommending solutions accordingly
  • Verify that projects and policies are in compliance with state, county, and local code, ordinances, and regulations 

 

Public sector-related responsibilities:

  • Assist in all activities related to comprehensive plans, neighborhood and corridor plans, land development code assessments, and land use assessments
  • Assist with presentations and other visuals to communicate planning-related information to the public
  • Assist in community engagement activities — sometimes held on evenings and weekends
  • Prepare and assist in delivering presentations to government boards

 

Skills

  • Verbal and interpersonal skills to communicate rules and procedures clearly to the public
  • Mastery of graphic software programs
  • Proficiency in GIS software and concepts
  • Familiarity with land use planning/zoning, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban design, housing, historic preservation or economic development
  • Creative problem-solving skills; able to synthesize relevant information to respond to citizen inquiries and concerns
  • Graphic design skills and ability to render site plans

 

Preferred qualities

  • Passionate about affecting change at the local level; committed to empowering citizens — especially those who have been historically marginalized by the planning process — to steer and shape their city’s future
  • Ability to work with a diverse team
  • Detail-oriented and technical, yet experienced enough to see the big picture
  • Flexible and able to adapt to rapidly changing project requirements and deadlines
  • Confident facilitating in-person and virtual public participation activities

 

Requirements

  • Bachelors and/or Master’s in planning-related field
  • Applicants with Bachelors: at least 5 years planning experience 
  • Applicants with Masters: at least 2 years of experience
  • Trained in and familiar with land use planning/zoning, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban design, housing, historic preservation or economic development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Statistical skills and mastery of GIS
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and other presentation graphic software
  • Travel is sometimes required

CNU and AICP accreditation are not required but preferred.

 

Salary range

 $55,000-$65,000, plus benefits

 

Contact information 

Mario A. Pena  |  mario@able.city  |  www.able.city

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