Design Review Coordinator

The City of Bridgeport, Connecticut The City of Bridgeport, Connecticut Employer:
Bridgeport, CT, USLocation:
Fri, Oct 1 '21Posted on:

The City of Bridgeport, CT is now accepting submissions for the position of

                     DESIGN REVIEW COORDINATOR

Salary and Benefits: $81,583.00 per year. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package. This summary provides a brief overview of the benefits available to regular full-time municipal employees; depending on the employee group some of these benefits may include: retirement pension administered by CMERS (Connecticut Municipal Employees Retirement System), health insurance (medical, dental, vision, prescription), life, disability, paid leave, paid holidays, 457(a) deferred compensation plan (employee paid), and other voluntary employee paid benefits.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, supplied application and three (3) professional references (name & contact only) to

Position is open until filled. (Any/all changes to this opening shall be at the discretion of the City of Bridgeport). 

Municipal Profile

The City of Bridgeport is located in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound. It is boarded by the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east; with an approximate population of 147,000, 50,367 households, and a population density of 9,226 residents per square mile. The City has a Mayor-City Council form of government. The City’s Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City and serves four-year term(s). The City Council, which acts as the City’s legislative body, consists of twenty (20) members elected for two-year terms


This position will provide urban design services in support of the functions of the Economic Development, Planning and Zoning offices. The Design Review Coordinator will recommend and develop specific urban design approaches for OPED in support of its development activities. This position will provide formal written and graphic analysis as to the regulatory conformity of development projects submitted for review to the Zoning Office and to the Historic District Commissions,, and will present such analysis as needed to the Zoning Official, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Historic District Commission as applicable.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Acts under the general supervision of the Deputy Director (for Regulations and Enforcement) of the City’s Office of Planning and Economic Development


The essential functions or duties described below are the primary functions and duties of the position. There may be other types of work that may be performed, and the omission of a particular duty or function does not exclude that duty or function from the position provided the duty or function is similar in work, related to the work or logically assigned to the position. 

The Design Review Coordinator will be responsible for developing the urban design approaches articulated within RFPs for the redevelopment of city-owned property; the review of developer proposals submitted in response to such RFPs; the continuing engagement with developers during project design formation; the development of specific urban design concepts and presentation materials needed to support OPED’s funding proposals and project proposals; the design of public realm improvements including such elements as open space, pocket parks, nature trails, multi-modal paths, bike trails, waterfront access areas, façade improvements, public art improvements, urban place-making and activation initiatives, transit-oriented development improvements; public lighting schemes, food-truck courts; traffic calming and pedestrian-enhancing transportation infrastructure; wayfinding infrastructure; wireless technology infrastructure; resilient infrastructure; complete streets infrastructure; underpass treatments; the restoring of street fabric and character to strip retail development areas. 

In addition, this role includes:

·       Developing and implementing best practice approaches to urban design, planning and regulatory reform initiatives regarding such matters as historic district infill standards, façade transparency and retail display standards, community garden standards, roof-top development, integrated signage, up-lighting of buildings, private murals, public art, artisanal retail, live-work space, public waterfront access areas, pop-up developments and temporary developments, planned development districts.

·       Presenting analysis and reports and policy recommendations before appropriate public bodies and neighborhood groups.

·       Providing follow-up review of approved projects to confirm compliance with regulatory requirements and the keeping of records of all such activities. 

·       Performing other duties as required.


·       A Bachelor’s degree in city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture or a closely related discipline required. A Master’s degree in referenced disciplines preferred.

·       At least two (2) years of relevant experience in a government setting required.


·       Must be able to interact professionally and communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of government as well as the public.

·       Must be proficient in a variety of computer software applications: Microsoft Word, Excel and other Office applications as necessary.

·       Proficiency in the graphic design skills required for the urban design deliverables.

·       Demonstrated working knowledge of best practices in urban design and development.

·       Strong customer service skills and a commitment to public service.

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Valid Connecticut Drivers License


The conditions below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. 

  • Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of time. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation. Frequent downward flexion of neck, side-to-side turning of the neck, fine finger dexterity and grasp to manipulate the keyboard, telephone, writing instruments, papers, books, manuals, and reports.
  • Ability to see and read objects closely, as in typing from another document, reading/proofreading a report, reading plans, using a computer monitor, filing and/or retrieving information from a filing system and verifying the accuracy of financial information.
  • Additional hours and attending meetings outside regular work hours may be required. Work environment is professional and both team and autonomy oriented.

This job description is not, nor is to be intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions, responsibilities and qualifications which comprise this position.

An Equal Opportunity Employer MF/AA/DIS

For further information and contact:



TELEPHONE: 203-576-7103


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