As the Community Planner, Project Manager, you are responsible for directing, organizing, and controlling project community outreach and planning programs under the direction of the Communications Director, who will also serve as the Project Manager (PM). Your work will deal with community planning projects and other communications projects. You must have the understanding and the ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups and must work well with minimal instruction or supervision. You will also be responsible for various coordination and leadership activities which are related to business development and assigned clients and projects.
You will also be responsible for various activities related to business development and project tasks. These efforts include marketing, brand development, serving as a community liaison, and completing project specific tasks as designated. You will also handle organizational functions such as coordinating with the media, communities, public, industry, government, and interest groups.
70% – Project Manager – Consulting/Client Relations/Creation of Client Deliverables/Strategic Planning/Community Planner
- Perform and manage complex and sensitive professional planning projects, research and analysis.
- Monitor and ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws.
- Oversee specialized planning functions such as large-scale new development proposals and environmental studies
- Advise various councils, boards, commissions and elected officials in planning-related issues
- Participate in budget preparation and administration, monitors and controls expenditures
- Attend substantial number of evening and weekend meetings
- Develop and implement outreach and involvement initiatives in accordance with client’s requirements including working across diverse community and neighborhood settings.
- Record and maintain accurate documentation of public events, publications, and interactions including meeting summaries, attendance, comments, etc.
- Communicate ideas for improving company processes with a positive and constructive attitude, and for developing this attitude in others.
- Develop project organization and work plans.
- Update job knowledge continuously regarding planning, community design and sustainability issues, ideas and methods as well as engagement tools and strategies, and is knowledgeable in current trends, practices, technology, and information affecting the planning profession.
- Use project scheduling and control tools to monitor projects plans, work hours, budgets, and expenditures.
- Effectively and accurately communicate relevant project information to the client and project team.
- Ensure clients’ needs are met in a timely and cost effective manner.
- Attend, facilitate, present, and coordinate logistics, collateral materials, and displays for public or community meetings or forums.
- Plan public outreach initiatives including the development of outreach materials.
- Strengthen and build upon existing relationships with various foundations, non-profit and for profit entities.
30% – Communications – Business Development/Network Engagement/Marketing/Branding
- Develop and implement business development plan for community planning services.
- Expand the Company’s exposure through networks in the region.
- Prepare and disseminate information regarding the Company through media sources.
- Attend various meetings and seminars to look for opportunities to expand the Company’s exposure.
- Identify opportunities to expand Company brand and influence.
- Identify and monitor competitors, and research market conditions or changes in the industry that may affect sales.
- Play an instrumental role in the development of new services – from the initial brainstorming and competitive analysis through product rollout.
- Attend business development events and serve as a “face” of the company to potential clients and contacts.
- All other duties assigned by the director.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning, Urban Design, or related field. Master’s Degree in Planning, Urban Design, or related field is highly desired. Certification in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is required.
5-8 years of experience in community planning, urban planning, community relations, project administration, community development, and/or government relations is required. Consulting experience is HIGHLY preferred.
The position requires excellent skills in time management, organization, and the ability to communicate effectively across various mediums. In addition, the position requires, but is not limited to, the following:
- Effective communication skills including verbal, written, and presentation skills.
- Experience in collecting and compiling research materials.
- Proficiency in MS Office.
- Creativity, initiative, good judgment, and the ability to express thoughts clearly and simply.
- Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities.
- Decision-making and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to network on a variety of levels.
- Analyze situations accurately and recommend an effective course of action.
- Work independently with little direction.
- Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.
- Meet tight schedules and timelines.
- The physical ability to cope with long hours and a stressful work environment.
Licenses. A valid driver’s license, automobile, and current automobile insurance is required given the nature and travel duties related to the position.