Director of Planning

Reporting to the Senior Director of Planning, this individual will be responsible for performing responsible urban and regional planning, community and economic development, and strategic planning for a variety of RJL clients. This position places considerable emphasis on creativity, initiative, relationship building, communication, community engagement, and management of junior planning staff.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

• Oversee the delivery of high-quality service and ensure that projects and deliverables meet or exceed client expectations.

• Assist in the growth of the planning practice within the community development department, with a focus on comprehensive planning, transportation planning, corridor studies, housing, long-range strategic and master planning.

• Provide leadership, direction, and management oversight for the planning division; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, deliverables, methods and procedures.

• Assist with the development of community-based projects, including analyzing data, facilitating public engagement activities, preparing reports, and drafting plans for a variety of clients and projects.

• Work closely with clients, public officials, community leaders, and stakeholders to provide expert guidance and actionable recommendations.

• Gather, interpret, and analyze a variety of data, and prepare reports, maps, and advanced data visualizations.

• Oversee and maintain systems for tracking project deliverables, meeting deadlines, engaging staff from across the organization, and driving the continued cultivation of prospects.

• Prepare and present oral reports and presentations to a variety of audiences, including appointed/elected officials, committees, boards, and clients.

• Participate in managing the development and execution of department/division goals, objectives, and priorities within assigned service area.

• Organize and prepare professional and technical studies, analyses, and reports, including conducting background research, utilizing data from a variety of sources, performing qualitative and quantitative analysis, and make recommendations aligned with long-range and current planning and economic development initiatives.

• Research and analyze local, state, and federal legislation, rules, regulations, programs, grants, business incentives, and guidelines regarding economic development matters.

• Manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment; ability to adapt to changing priorities and to work smoothly and cooperatively on a variety of projects with accuracy and attention to detail.

• Maintain confidentiality related to economic development strategies, prospective clients, business development and contractual obligations of RJL clients.

• Assist in quality control measures for the company.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, public policy, or related degree.

• Five (5) years of increasingly responsible administrative and/or supervisory experience in planning or economic development; OR any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

• Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.

• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is preferred.

PREFERRED SKILLS

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of urban, regional, transportation and community planning and/or related disciplines.

• Demonstrated experience using data and data tools to drive decisions in innovative directions.

• Analytical abilities required to collect, integrate and interpret data from various sources, to produce information and reports, and to develop, evaluate, and present planning information and analysis.

• Strong communication skills, with impeccable written and spoken English.

• Strong organization and time management skills and ability to prioritize and manage a high volume of detailed work with conflicting priorities in a fast-paced environment.

• Public speaking skills necessary to effectively interact with committees, governmental bodies, the general public, and outside organizations to successfully and accurately present information.

• Intermediate to advanced experience with ArcGIS.

Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Betsy Peperak, Chief Operations Officer at bpeperak@rjlsolutions.com

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