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Tennessee RiverLine Planning and Design Director - LDA, School of Landscape Architecture

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Tennessee RiverLine Planning and Design Director - LDA, School of Landscape Architecture

Regular, Full-time - MR13

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the UT School of Landscape Architecture, seek a motivated and dynamic individual to join its growing Tennessee RiverLine team as Planning and Design Director. This individual will play a historic role in the early stages of this transformational regional initiative. Candidates are expected to possess the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to advance the implementation of the Tennessee RiverLine vision by developing and leading planning and design initiatives that are aligned with its mission, guiding principles and strategic plan. The successful candidate will hold a full-time staff position in the UT School of Landscape Architecture with a 100% appointment to the Tennessee RiverLine. This individual will work with and report to UT associate professor and Tennessee RiverLine director Brad Collett.

About the Tennessee RiverLine

The Tennessee RiverLine is North America’s next great regional trail system, a continuous system of Tennessee River experiences – including paddling, hiking and biking – along the river’s 652-mile reach from Knoxville, TN, to Paducah, KY. The Tennessee RiverLine reframes the Tennessee River, adjacent public lands and Tennessee River communities as a 1.2 million acre “River Park” that functions locally and regionally and advances the legacy of landscape whose modern history has been shaped by regional planning and systems thinking . By providing a framework for a region, communities and individuals to recalibrate their relationship with the Tennessee River, the Tennessee RiverLine is equally an innovative infrastructure strategy to catalyze economic development and entrepreneurship, promote public health and active lifestyles, ensure equitable access to river spaces and experiences, and cultivate environmental stewardship among generations of valley residents, ecotourists and visiting adventure enthusiasts.

The Tennessee RiverLine originated in 2016 in the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design and UT Herbert College of Agriculture and through the Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism. Today, it is led by UT Knoxville and Tennessee Valley Authority with critical support from the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership. To learn more about the Tennessee RiverLine visit


The Planning and Design Director will develop and lead initiatives that inspire and empower diverse partners and stakeholders as collaborators in the implementation of Tennessee RiverLine’s comprehensive vision and fulfillment of the varied benefits it promises. As a primary curator of that vision’s ongoing development at regional and local scales and the principal creative and technical resource to Tennessee RiverLine team members and diverse project partners, initiatives under their direction include

  • outreach to and collaboration with community partners through programs including Tennessee RiverTowns and 652 to YOU;
  • lead the development and administration of the Tennessee RiverLine’s planning standards and design guidelines;
  • design and implement a sustainable creative/professional services model that engages staff, university students, institutional and other partners in its delivery;
  • professional development of team members and students;
  • identify and lead research projects, including built works, and disseminate their findings to fill knowledge gaps, inform effort and investment, and inspire innovation.
The successful candidate will advance the Tennessee RiverLine’s innovative delivery of the University of Tennessee’s land grant mission, and have an opportunity to teach in the university’s landscape programs pursuant to mutual agreement between the candidate and program administrators, candidate qualifications and alignment between planning and design initiatives and objectives of academic courses. They will be a creative resource to complementary communications, marketing and programming initiatives, and shape the future trajectory of Tennessee RiverLine by bringing a critical and constructive voice to their involvement in the Tennessee RiverLine’s strategic planning and organizational development.

All responsibilities will be conducted in a manner aligned with the Tennessee RiverLine’s guiding principles, as well as its established commitment to design as a practice of critical inquiry, exceptional service, and continuous improvement. Grant-Funded, Limited Duration Appointment

Required Qualifications

  • A professional degree in landscape architecture or related field from an accredited institution
  • At least five years of professional experience with an award-winning design practice or related disciplinary career path with project management responsibilities
  • Excellence in leadership, collaboration and mediation of teams of diverse project stakeholders
  • Excellence in written, graphic and oral communication evidenced in portfolio of relevant creative work
  • Excellence in professional development of junior staff and students
Preferred Qualifications

  • A terminal degree in landscape architecture or a related field of study
  • Current licensure as a professional landscape architect licensure in an allied profession
  • At least ten years of professional experience with an award-winning design practice or related disciplinary career path with project management responsibilities  
  • Experience in permitting and permit compliance with NEPA, as well as with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Advanced knowledge of riparian landscapes and systems
  • Experience with projects of similar scope, scale and complexity to the Tennessee RiverLine
  • Participation in, or volunteer experience with outdoor recreation groups or non-profit organizations

Compensation will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s experience and qualifications. The planning and design director is a full-time employee of the University of Tennessee and eligible to enroll in all associated benefits programs.


Review of applications will begin January 15, 2022.  Individuals interested in submitting an application after February 1 are encouraged to contact Jamie Hash ([email protected]) regarding the search status. The desired hire date is on or before April 1, 2022. Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A letter of interest that articulates the candidate’s relevant qualifications and job experience, their understanding of and interest in the Tennessee RiverLine initiative, and their position on the role planning and design in fulfilling the Tennessee RiverLine vision and its strategic intentions;
  • A CV or resume including contact information for at least three professional references.
The submission of a portfolio of relevant creative work is optional at the time of application.  Work samples will be required during advanced stages of the interview process.    


Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: School Of Landscape Architecture
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Feb 7, 2022, 9:32:45 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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