Placemaking Manager

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Georgetown Business Improvement District

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1000 Potomac St., NW, Suite 122, Washington, DC 20007


1000 Potomac St., NW, Suite 122, Washington, DC 20007

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The Placemaking Manger will implement programs from the Georgetown 2028 Action 
Plan, and develop and implement new programs, to enhance and activate public 
spaces throughout the Georgetown Commercial District, including parks, 
sidewalks, plazas, gateways, and other open spaces.

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is passionate about cities and 
urban design, and wants to transform underused public spaces into safe, 
attractive, and active places for residents, workers and visitors to Georgetown.
The incumbent must be creative and have strong skills in planning, project 
management, budgeting, and the ability to work with a wide variety of public and
private stakeholders.
This is a two-year term position, subject to renewal after the initial term 
• Manages an overall strategy for placemaking and activating the public realm 
(such as parks, sidewalks, plazas, gateways, and other open spaces) through a 
variety of tools, including, but not limited to: public art, landscaping, 
parklets, furnishings, wayfinding, recreation, markets, games, events, and 

• Develops activation concepts, identifies partners, develops detailed project 
plans, implements concepts, and manages designers and contractors.
• Establishes and fosters relationships with artists, designers, architects, the
commercial real estate community, property owners, businesses, and other 
• Works closely with city and federal agencies involved in approval processes, 
including the DC Department of Transportation, National Park Service, Advisory 
Neighborhood Commission, and historic preservation agencies. Includes 
coordination, approval, and permitting.
• Manages budgets and provides contract management.
• Works closely with other BID staff on all projects from beginning to end.
• Keeps abreast of trends and opportunities in placemaking and public space 
• Initial projects include, but are not limited to:
 implementing the Georgetown Gateways designs;
 permitting parklets & pocket parks;
 activating a vacant lot through public art;
 managing the BID’s public space furniture program;
 developing and implementing landscaping and activation concepts for the M Street Sidewalk Widening;
 developing and implementing a vacant storefront window program; 
 and developing a plan for landscaping in public spaces throughout Georgetown

The Placemaking Manager reports to the Director of Planning and Economic 

• At least four years of working experience in a related field such as Urban 
Planning, Architecture, Public Administration, or Arts Management. A graduate 
degree may be substituted for two years of experience.

• Demonstrated experience with projects that involve urban design, public 
space, and the pedestrian realm
• Is creative, passionate about design aesthetics, and able to test and refine 
new ideas
• Demonstrated ability to manage projects, solve problems, use good judgment, 
and prioritize
multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
• Demonstrated ability to work with public and private stakeholders to build 
consensus and
navigate complex approval processes. Experience with District and federal 
agencies is a plus. • Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills
• Able to work collaboratively as part of a team
• Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree preferred, but experience may be 
substituted for
a graduate degree

Competitive and comes with an excellent benefits package.

The Georgetown BID is a publicly chartered non-profit organization dedicated to
making Georgetown cleaner, safer, more user-friendly and more vibrant. The 
Georgetown BID runs a variety of programs including marketing the neighborhood 
as a unique shopping, dining, and historic destination, keeping the streets and 
sidewalks clean and passable; improving the streetscapes with plantings and 
street furniture; collecting and disseminating economic development research; 
and improving transportation access and mobility throughout the area. The 
organization has a $3.8 million annual budget and 23 employees and full-time 
contractors. For more information visit our web site at

The Georgetown Business Improvement District provides equal employment 
opportunities (EEO) without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national 
origin, age, non-job-related disability, veteran status, genetic information or 
other protected group status. In so doing, we are committed to ensuring that all
employees and applicants for employment are afforded an equal opportunity to 
pursue job opportunities to the fullest extent possible with the organization. 
Decisions on employment, promotions, and opportunities for personal development,
compensation and benefits reflect our commitment to furthering the principles 
of the Georgetown BID’s equal employment opportunity policy.
This Job Announcement, and any application submitted pursuant to it, is not an 
offer of employment or an employment contract.

How to apply :

Please email resume and cover letter with subject line, “Placemaking Manager Search” to:

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