Director, Urban Design and Planning
Job Details
Camden Office - Camden, NJ
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)

About Us


We Engage. We Communicate. We Deliver.


Owners wanted……..Spiezle is a 100% employee-owned (ESOP), nationally recognized design firm. At Spiezle, it’s not just a job, it’s a career. Since our founding in 1954, the Spiezle team has earned a reputation as preeminent professionals who provide the best possible design and service.


Such efforts have encompassed more than $1 billion in construction projects in the last decade alone. With nearly 100 employees and seven locations along the East Coast, we assist clients with a variety of project types across the United States. The Director of Urban Planning and Design role is an exciting opportunity to leverage your expertise in Urban Planning and Design as we expand our current operations.  This role can be based out of our NJ offices.


Led by our passionate thought-leaders, our work is focused on Healthcare, Senior Living, Education,  Healthcare, Corporate, Multi-Family and Government work.


About You


You are a passionate design professional with specific expertise in Urban Planning and Design.  You are seeking an opportunity to grow with a successful employee-owned firm.  You are eager and excited to take on the challenge and drive success. You are a strategic thinker and thought leader with exemplary project management and design leadership skills.  You will make sure the job gets done, and you have fun doing it.



Your Qualifications


  • Professional degrees in both Architecture and Planning/Urban Design (Master’s preferred).
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in a Planning role.
  • Architectural license and NJ Professional Planner license are required. NCARB certification a plus.
  • Familiarity with the New Jersey Redevelopment Act.


How You Contribute Each Day


  • Provide leadership and direct the urban design and Professional Planning market sector including client relationships and staff development.
  • Promote the Urban Planning and Design services of the Firm. Stimulate business development opportunities through thought leadership, presentations, community activities, social media, and other business development related activities.
  • Oversee specialized planning functions including largescale, mixed-use developments.  Campus planning experience is a plus.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws.
  • Provide professional planning testimony to public councils, politicians, developers, boards, and commissions.
  • Coordinate with outside consultants and owners attorneys.
  • Research literature, methods and statistical principles related to urban growth and professional development.
  • Prepare required and applicable reports.
  • Budget preparation and administration.
  • Available for evening and some weekend meetings/events as required.
  • Contribute to/oversee the production of presentation drawings and renderings.
  • Ability to develop technical packages from concept to design development and oversee a production team for same.


Skills that Will Assist You In Being Successful In This Role


  • Self-motivated individual capable of managing staff, multiple assignments and deadlines.
  • Able to work efficiently and independently.
  • Innovative, detail oriented person experienced in highly visible, complex projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships (internally and externally); with the ability to develop solutions  for various levels of a project.
  • Excellent verbal, writing, public presentation and speaking, and graphic skills.
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret research data for reports and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Preparation of proposals, schedules and work plans.
  • Computer software: AutoCAD, BIM/Revit (a plus), Adobe Suite, Photoshop, SketchUp, Microsoft Office Suite, and other presentation and graphic software is preferred.


Why work at Spiezle?


  • We are an employee-owned company and YES, you will be an owner and receive stock. 
  • We encourage our employees to pursue local and professional advocacy groups
  • We provide the opportunity to help with pro-bono initiatives that brings Architecture to the community
  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including a 401(k) and ESOP
  • Paid AIA and other Professional Membership Fees and Professional License Renewals
  • Reimbursement for professional designation exam(s)
  • Professional Development opportunities that align with the Firm's leadership succession plan and/or individual development plan.  WE WANT YOU TO GET PROMOTED
  • Social and team building events
  • Flexible work hours
  • Competitive pay, bonus opportunities and year-round half-day Friday’s to jump start the weekend.

Spiezle is a respected leader in the community offering comprehensive benefits and a highly energized work environment. For additional information, please visit our website at or please call us at 866-974-7666 – we encourage personal conversations about your career aspirations. 


Spiezle Architectural Group is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/Disability/Veteran.