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.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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

Indianapolis Office
150 West Market Street, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Terre Haute Office
 1125 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47807