Director of Community Planning and Design–Applications due by September 15, 2014
RPA is seeking a creative and dynamic professional to direct the organization’s Community Planning and Design program. The program implements RPA principles and objectives in communities of all scales across the region, from dense urban centers to emerging exurban communities. We develop community design workshops, vision plans, project plans, regulations and guidelines as well as the economic development, housing and infrastructure strategies needed to implement these place-based projects. Working in the New York City office with RPA’s senior management and reporting to the vice president for research, the director of community planning and design will manage and develop a comprehensive set of projects and policy initiatives to advance equitable, sustainable and attractive communities across the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. The director will work closely with other RPA staff to integrate community planning and design into the organization’s economic, environmental, energy and transportation initiatives. The director also will staff a program advisory committee of RPA board members and experts.
RPA offers a unique opportunity to help shape the built environment in one of the world’s most complex metropolitan landscapes. Last year, RPA began working on a new regional plan for the tri-state metropolitan area – a blueprint for the region’s growth, sustainability, good governance and economic opportunity for the next 25 years. The director, in partnership with RPA’s senior fellow for Community Planning and Design, will be responsible for shaping community planning and design initiatives for the plan and will help to build a network of constituents who will help carry out these recommendations. Responsibilities will include project development and management, including identification of funding opportunities; staff supervision; research and analysis of complex data; design studies; creation of plans, policy reports and other documents; public speaking; and leading coalitions and advocacy campaigns.
Applicants should have a minimum of 10 years of work experience in planning, urban design, economic development, community development or related fields, a minimum of five years of management experience, and a master’s degree in planning, urban design or related disciplines. The position requires initiative and the ability to balance multiple priorities. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential, including the ability to convey community planning concepts to the general public as well as decision makers. Knowledge of planning and policy issues in the tri-state area is preferred.
Please submit your cover letter, resume and any other relevant materials here by Sept. 15.
RPA conducts research, advocacy and planning on regional and national priorities including open space and environmental sustainability, transportation, economic development and governance. Our team of talented professionals are passionate about developing and sharing ideas that foster thriving, healthy cities and communities.
We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City, with offices in Stamford, Conn., and Princeton, N.J. We encourage a challenging, collaborative and fun work environment. We also believe in work-life balance.
RPA is a workplace that values diversity. Employment and promotional opportunities are equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by law.