AECOM Design, Planning and Economics Practice Director in New York, New York

Business Line Design + Planning

Position Title Design, Planning and Economics Practice Director

United States of America - New York

New York

Job Summary

As Design, Planning and Economics Practice Director (D+P/E) this individual will be responsible for the growth and overall leadership of the Planning and Urban Design, Economics, and Landscape Architecture studios as part of Buildings + Places New York Metro and the national D+P/E practice.

Reporting to the Regional Business Line Leader (RBLL) for New York Metro, this individual will determine strategy for major pursuits and hiring in close collaboration with the RBLL. The D+P/E Practice Director will also partner with other business lines, thought leaders and Client Account Managers to identify, pursue win and deliver multi-discipline projects and programs.

The D+P/E Practice Director will play a key leadership role in collaborating with our Architecture, Engineering, and Strategy+ practices on interdisciplinary pursuits, and projects where leadership across multiple disciplines and across business lines is required. This individual will also collaborate closely with our infrastructure engineering teams on pursuits and projects, with the goal of further growing a diversified planning practice that capitalizes on the dominant position that AECOM has in New York.

The D+P/E Practice Director will collaborate and share knowledge with his/her planning and design peers across the Americas and globally to ensure that best ideas, innovations and practices are integrated into New York Metro.

The D+P/E Practice Director will also play a critical role in providing project leadership, direction and business development in planning and urban design, together with project and client management.

As an industry thought leader, this individual will develop and implement initiatives and drive AECOM’s planning and design response to climate change, resiliency and urban infrastructure for cities.

As a recognized planning and design leader the ideal candidate will attract talent to AECOM and mentor the career growth for people in the planning team.

The D+P/E Practice Director will win or contribute in a significant way to 10MM in pursuits and 3-4MM in wins annually.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or similar discipline

  • Chartered or registered status with a relevant professional body is required

  • 15+ years’ progressive experience, ideally in a multi-disciplinary practice, with the past 5 years spent within a senior studio/practice leadership capacity

  • Strong portfolio of work with a focus on the design and delivery of urban infrastructure projects

  • Demonstrably good commercial awareness, an appetite for business development, and client management skills

  • Ability to develop key and trusted client relationships that can quickly lead to new business both inside and outside of AECOM

  • Demonstrable track record in the successful delivery of projects from proposal development to completion, including periodic project reviews, with a focus on financial controls and maintaining project schedule and budget

  • Proven experience in successfully managing teams based across multiple locations and is well regarded by peers and direct reports

  • Superior interpersonal skills including relationship building and communication at all levels and work collaboratively across the organization; listening to other points of view while still being persuasive

  • Excellent written and presentation skills with an ability to effectively communicate with senior audiences, both internally and externally skilled moderator for design and consultation workshops

  • High profile within the industry

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or similar discipline

  • Active within relevant industry organizations such as APA, ULI, AIA or ASLA

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

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Job Category Management

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 189335BR

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.