The community planner is a full-time position for an individual with planning experience who wants to make a positive impact on the sustainable growth and development of communities throughout New Jersey. New Jersey Future seeks a community planner to assist with administration and formulation of several current and anticipated policy and planning projects, including:
- Aging Friendly Community assessments and advancement
- Community planning for climate change and coastal resiliency
- Downtown revitalization and economic development
The community planner reports to the planning manager and will work with other program and policy staff in a collegial atmosphere.
- Work directly with and provide support to or establish community committees, task forces and groups
- Assist in building consensus for projects, plans, and programs
- Evaluate local plans, codes and ordinances, identifying areas that might need modification to meet previously established goals or objectives
- Prepare analytical reports, commentaries, and correspondence, and draft revisions to local ordinances, policies, and procedures
- Compile, analyze, and interpret data to define environmental (built and natural) conditions, social, economic and housing trends, community needs and zoning problems
- Make presentations to affiliated organizations, community groups, and elected and appointed officials at all levels
- Identify potential funding sources, including creative financing and gap financing opportunities, and prepare grant applications to support programs and projects
- Work with local officials, stakeholder groups and project champions to help identify and institutionalize project implementation priorities
- Assist municipal officials with project implementation
- Develop and maintain working relationships with relevant state and federal agencies
- Principles and trends of municipal urban planning
- Methods for implementation of zoning and other municipal ordinances
- Application of New Jersey land use rules and regulations, physical design, and economic, environmental and social concepts to the planning process;
- Housing trends
- Local government organization, functions and practices
- Principles of planning project management (scope/schedule/budget)
- Community outreach and facilitation
- Comfortable working with community groups
- Passionate about smart-growth principles and placemaking
- Strong writing, communication, and graphic skills
- Background in use of all typical computer applications; geographic information system (GIS) experience is highly desirable.
- Bachelor’s degree with major course work in city, regional or urban planning or a closely related field. AICP and PP accreditations a plus.
- Three to five years of professional experience, preferably working with or for local government
- A valid driver’s license
Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience, but on the scale of a small non-profit organization.
New Jersey Future is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter including salary requirements, a resume and one short writing sample (no more than one page) to firstname.lastname@example.org.