Senior/ Associate Urban Planner

Senior or Associate level role with a focus on strategic planning.
  • Salary: A$120,000-140,000 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Sydney
  • Sector: Architecture
  • Job Ref: 48853

About this role

Leading Architectural and Urban Design practice are seeking a talented urban planner with approximately 8 years’ professional experience. The right candidate will have excellent understanding of government processes and planning pathways and their implications for design; and ability to communicate that effectively to others in the team. 


Key responsibilities

  • Provide strategic direction for a project.
  • Routinely stays abreast of planning policy changes and best practice and informs their colleagues and clients.
  • In-depth understanding and appreciation of State and local planning policies, strategies and processes and how they influence planning and design.
  • Experienced across the statutory planning framework, including planning approval pathways and processes

Skills and experience

  • Completed qualifications in urban planning
  • Experience on large scale masterplan projects 
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the winning of new work
  • Team leadership and management skills
  • Previous experience writing and editing well structured, plain English reports that are targeted to their audience, accurately reflect the brief and scope
  • Experience in structuring and ‘styling’ complex proposals that reflect bid requirements
  • Ability to prepare, present and defend project work to stakeholders and community members in a formal setting (eg. District and Local Planning Panels, Design Review, Council meetings)
  • Demonstrated ability to organise and run a meeting, and to facilitate community / stakeholder engagement sessions 
  • Demonstrated ability to extract and synthesise material from a wide range of sources
  • Adept in identifying, collating, synthesising and summarising relevant inputs from other technical disciplines including on complex project
  • Excellent working knowledge across the EP&A Act and key environmental legislation and performs accurate interpretation of planning legislation and controls.
  • Experienced in strategic planning, including project positioning and Planning Proposals.
  • Can identify the strategic context, distil direction / opportunities, and develop arguments for a project and direct a team on this.
  • Can succinctly convey complex planning advice to clients and other parties/forums, and advise of benefits and risks of alternative approaches.
  • Can robustly assess a proposal against the strategic and statutory planning framework and make recommendations to reduce and mitigate impacts.
  • Can guide urban designers on the site’s strategic context and planning issues that should be explored through design.

Benefits and culture

  • A stimulating design led environment
  • A friendly and supportive working environment
  • Active wellness program

Misty Waters

Bio: Misty is a registered architect and has over 15 years' experience within the industry, including eight years as practice manager at Bates Smart. She has used her extensive knowledge to advise and assist leading firms in Sydney on their recruitment requirements. Misty has recruited architects and designers at all levels but is now responsible for helping practices with strategic appointments at senior level.

+61 (0)2 9212 0230

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