Community Planner (New Jersey Future)

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


Knowledge of:

  • 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

Experience in:

  • 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

Deadline – 08/24/2018