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Urban Planner & Designer

Job Details:
  • Full Time
  • One Location
  • In-Person
Required Qualifications:
  • Any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in planning, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture or similar field.
  • 4-6 years’ experience working in community planning, urban design, or closely related field.
  • A varied portfolio of project experience, in both the private and public sectors.
  • Experience with ESRI technologies (ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, ArcObjects), personal geodatabases, and SharePoint is preferred.
Pay & Benefits: 
  • Salaried
  • PTO
  • Health Plan
Job Description

The core function of the Urban Planner + Designer is to work in support of the firm’s provision of professional consulting services to a wide variety of public and private sector clients. The Urban Planner + Designer shall work both individually and within the multi-disciplinary structure of the firm, providing technical support to projects. The primary focus will be on community design, including but not limited to: participation and input in the community visioning process, development of community design plans, preparation of concept plans, preparation of community visioning presentations, and supporting graphics. In addition to the strong planning, design, and graphic skills required for this position, candidates shall further support the overall Communications Team regarding community engagement projects and general office activities that include project communication, coordination, file organization and maintenance.

Job Responsibilities
70% – Consulting Services/Technical Support/Project Execution/Creation of Client Deliverables
  • Oversee specialized planning projects such as community visioning studies, comprehensive plans, parks and recreation comprehensive and master plans, trails and greenways master plans.
  • Assist in the design and modification of plans for a broad range of community developments, site plan projects, and draft plans
  • Produce render-quality images for use in visioning and concept planning exercises.
  • Actively contribute to community visioning exercises, including precedent research and the sourcing / gathering of precedent images.
  • Develop and implement outreach and involvement initiatives in accordance with client’s requirements including working across diverse community and neighborhood settings.
  • Record and maintain accurate documentation of public events, publications, and interactions including meeting summaries, attendance, comments, etc.
  • Update job knowledge continuously regarding planning, community and urban design and sustainability issues, ideas and methods as well as engagement tools and strategies, and is knowledgeable in current trends, practices, technology, and information affecting the planning profession.
  • Attend, facilitate, present, and coordinate logistics, collateral materials, and displays for public or community meetings or forums.
  • Plan public outreach initiatives including the development of outreach materials.
  • Work collaboratively with planners and GIS analysists on cartography and the creation of mapping products and analysis.
  • Technical support to engineering, communications, and business management teams.
  • Report generation for client deliverables.
30% – Business Development
  • Support of Business Development/Network Engagement/Marketing/Branding
  • Attend various meetings and seminars to look for opportunities to expand the Company’s exposure.
  • Identify opportunities to expand Company brand and influence.
  • Attend business development events and serve as a “face” of the company to potential clients and contacts.
  • All other duties assigned by the director.
Required Knowledge & Abilities
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of various built form typologies and planning documents and related urban design policies.
  • High level of proficiency required in: AutoCAD (latest version), Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of ESRI GIS software, such as ArcGIS Desktop and extensions, Geoprocessing Tools, and GIS data management; digitizing and data manipulation procedures for GIS.
  • Additional proficiencies may include: Sketch-up, other 3D Software, and/or Revit.
  • Demonstrated graphic skills – hand drawing and water-color rendering abilities an asset.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to communicate in both verbal and written form.

Dave Broniecki
Data Engineer, Associate Project Manager

Dave is a NASSCO certified Mechanical Engineer. Specializing in retrieving and analyzing data from various sources to support condition assessment and capital improvement planning activities. Utilizing data to coordinate and track progress on key organizational performance indicators, he assists stakeholders in making decisions related to strategic planning. He has been integral in establishing data management programs essential for planning the future repair and management of large-scale sewer networks.  David works with clients to develop training programs and SOPs that address current maintenance needs and future Capital Improvement Planning.


Christine Barton, PE, PLS
Project Engineer

Christine Barton is a registered civil engineer and land surveyor with expert experience in site design, land development, water resources design for civil/site projects including layouts, utility plans, and permitting, and coordination/management of field survey work.  She has successfully held positions as project manager, project designer, and office manager to serve the needs of the clients within the residential, commercial, military, industrial, and healthcare industries. Core proficiencies include coordination with local land development planning agencies, county conservation districts, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the  Pennsylvania Department of Environment.


Irvin Williams, President

As the President and founder of E. Holdings, Irvin is currently focused on the company’s succession, strategic growth, and development. He has both a professional and personal interest in Pittsburgh’s success.  A Pittsburgh native and founder of several development companies, he has an extensive understanding of finance and business, which are vital to the success of this company. He has served in numerous management positions including financial advisor, senior vice president, project manager, general contractor, developer, and construction manager. Active in the local community, he made the decision to dedicate his expertise to rebuilding economically sustainable communities with the approval of their existing residents. In 1996, he and his wife became the first African Americans in Western Pennsylvania to develop and own a commercial office building, Williams Square. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with an AAS in Mathematics.

Contact: | 412-434-6290

Amy Wiles, AICP
Manager of Planning & Design

Amy’s professional experience crosses a variety of disciplines, ranging from county and multi-municipal comprehensive plans and land use ordinances (zoning and subdivision and land development) to specialized planning studies, such as wayfinding master plans and parks, recreation, trails and greenways plans. She has been employed by E. Holdings for two years and has 20 years of professional experience.

Contact: | 724-448-0286

Alexis Meier, MPP
Director of Communications

Alexis is the Director of Communications at E. Holdings. There she has worked as the Municipal Coordinator for an in-depth municipal assessment project for the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). She oversees all of E. Holding’s public relations and public outreach efforts. She also brings experience as a Government Affairs Manager for Duane Morris Government Strategies. She worked on community development projects and developing and executing government relations strategies as well as fundraising efforts. She has also spent time navigating our political system in Washington D.C. as the Legislative Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Her understanding of legislation and politics gives her a unique viewpoint when collaborating on civic projects. 

Contact: | 412-656-8850

Janai Williams Smith, MCP
Managing Director and EVP

Janai Smith is the Managing Director and Principal of E. Holdings, Inc. Janai is a versatile, goal-oriented Program Manager with 20+ years of experience supporting the strategic direction of large-scale programs, setting budgets and managing risks while achieving overall company goals and exceeding customer expectations. As a planner and economist, Janai has been involved in a diverse array of projects, among them master plans, urban revitalization plan, visioning studies, brownfield and infill redevelopment projects, strategic planning and infrastructure improvement programs.

Janai’s interest in urban planning, design and infrastructure programs is rooted in a passion for the creation of sustainable communities that deliver equity in planning and implementation by making connections with people and their built environment. Her affinity for complex problem-solving can be seen in the diverse array of projects in which she’s been engaged from revitalization plans for depressed urban neighborhoods to brand new communities and programs. Leading a process-oriented, multidisciplinary team, Janai’s dedication to achieving consensus in her client’s goals and stakeholders’ vision has made a significant contribution to the successful development of numerous projects. 

Contact: | 412-728-5726