Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Career Area: Landscape Architecture / Planning

What We're Looking For:
Barge Design Solutions is currently seeking to fill the Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning position in the Site Solutions business unit in Nashville, Atlanta, or other Barge office location. This role has responsibility to drive strategic growth and provide technical direction for landscape architecture and planning within the Site Solutions business unit. Projects are primarily located in the southeastern states and include parks and recreation, urban design, housing, town centers, streetscapes, greenways, trails, higher education, and commercial projects. The group is dedicated to, and passionate about, the quality and innovation of our planning and design work within the built environment. This role will focus on providing overall guidance a leadership to the practice area while still supporting projects as an engaged subject matter specialist and/or Principal-in-Charge. This role assists the Business Unit Director by championing the practice area's financial performance and investment opportunities, while driving continuous improvement in staffing and quality of design. This role collaborates with Client Service Leaders on the growth and sales of the practice across the Barge footprint.

Responsibilities for this position include:

Leadership and Growth
  • Serve as a member of the Site Solutions Business Unit leadership team
  • Execute strategic business planning, implementation activities, and recommend course corrections, as needed
  • Works directly with Business Unit team, other internal units, and Client Service Leaders to market and grow the Landscape Architecture and Planning practice
  • Works with LA/P staff as well as other disciplines within the Business Unit on the development of proposals
  • Works with the business unit's Director of Quality to manage development and implementation of Corporate and Business Unit initiatives
  • Works with the business unit's Director of Projects to ensure there is engagement of Subject Matter Specialists and assignment of the best fit Project Manager in the scoping and production phases of projects
  • Incorporates an emphasis on design quality and technical excellence
  • May serve as the Principal-in-Charge for multiple clients/projects

Financial Management
  • Prepares the group's annual business plan and monitors Landscape Architecture and Planning sales and operational performance versus plan and takes proactive steps to achieve plan
  • Assists in Annual Business Planning process and regular revenue forecasting
  • Supports review of requested hires and impact to business plan and goals

Staff Management
  • Leads and facilitates a collaborative work environment and advances initiatives that support a positive workplace culture
  • Sets clear expectations and actions to be incorporated into employees' annual performance goals
  • Works with Business Unit team, Project Managers and Supervisors to ensure staff are meeting utilization and billable rate goals
  • Evaluates and plans for staff development needs


Education & Experience Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, or Urban Design from an accredited program
  • Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, or Urban Design, a plus
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience
  • A broad range of experience is desired including master planning, detailed design, public engagement, technical design, financial engagement, mentoring, staff engagement, and high-quality graphics
  • Professional Landscape Architect (PLA) license and/or AICP certification, required
  • Solid leadership, team building, and communication skills
  • Ability to travel between offices and project sites
  • Ability to create a shared vision and direction with stakeholders
  • Solid understanding of marketing and strategic sales to meet growth plans
  • Demonstrated professional writing ability
  • Ability to make sound business decisions guided by the Business Unit and firm strategy


Why join us?

Barge Design Solutions, Inc., is an engineering and architecture firm with diverse in-house multidisciplinary practice areas. The employee-owned company is more than 400-people strong and serves clients nationwide from multiple U.S. locations. Barge is ranked No. 171 on Engineering News-Record (ENR)'s 2021 Top 500 Design Firms list, is No. 177 on Architectural Record's Top 300 Architecture Firms and is a certified Great Place To Work®.

Our primary purpose for being in business is ultimately to create a better life by unleashing the potential of our people, clients and communities. This purpose is supported by our company's core values because at the end of the day, Barge CARES:

  • Collaborate - Help and expect help. Teamwork is essential in what we do.
  • Authentic - Honesty, integrity and trust are at the heart of everything we do. We are who we say we are.
  • Responsible - We are accountable for our work, our attitude, and our actions. We make Barge better.
  • Excellence - We go all in and expect more of ourselves than others expect of us.
  • Service - We are humble. We use our gifts in service of others.

We believe that if we are living out our purpose for being in business and integrating our values into everything we do, we will ultimately achieve our vision to be the firm best known for being selected when it matters most.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or on the basis of disability. Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled