Senior Planner, Highland Planning

Highland Planning is western New York’s premier community development firm. Our focus areas are public outreach, commercial district revitalization, grant writing, and research management. Our office is located in Rochester, New York.

We are hiring a full-time Senior Planner to manage public outreach processes for transportation, planning, and community revitalization projects in Western New York. This is a professional position that requires effective facilitation and communication skills, strong writing skills, and the ability to develop, build and maintain effective working relationships with customers, business groups, neighborhood groups, municipal officials and the general public.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage the public participation component of transportation infrastructure improvements projects, comprehensive plans, corridor studies and commercial district revitalization strategies
  • Coordinate, schedule, facilitate and summarize project advisory committee meetings, public meetings, and working groups
  • Conduct stakeholder interviews and focus groups
  • Manage stakeholder databases
  • Develop and implement communications plans for neighborhood commercial corridors, cities and towns, as well as statewide projects.
  • Prepare public outreach summary presentations and reports
  • Write and manage successful grant applications for housing rehabilitation, façade, and infrastructure projects
  • Monitor project budgets and consultant contracts, and develop progress reports
  • Cultivate relationships with new and existing clients and consultant partners
  • Respond to requests for proposals and develop marketing materials
  • Represent Highland Planning at project interviews

 Skills & Qualifications 

  • Graduate degree in communications, urban planning, public policy, and/or business management or equivalent amount of education and experience
  • 5-10 years of experience in a relevant planning sector, such as public relations, urban planning, or communications
  • 3-5 years of experience with public engagement and meeting facilitation
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively deliver presentations to small and large groups
  • Strong writing skills with ability to write at both a technical level and strategic level for program updates, consulting reports, PowerPoint presentations and funding applications
  • Excellent project management skills with experience organizing and managing large committees, and developing project consulting scope of services, budget monitoring and progress reporting
  • Exceptional client liaison skills, with ability to maintain regular and effective engagement with key stakeholders, city government contacts and prime consultant Project Managers
  • Desire and ability to work independently in a self-directed environment, prioritizing workload to meet deadlines
  • GIS, graphic design skills and knowledge of effective public outreach strategies using social media, electronic surveys and other web-based formats or applications are a plus
  • Experience with transportation infrastructure, housing, and community development is a plus
  • Willingness to travel 1-2 days/week

 To Apply

This position is open to all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Send cover letter, resume, and a writing sample that describes your public engagement philosophy to Tanya Zwahlen at tanya@highland-planning.com by 5PM on Wednesday, May 10th.  Please specify “Senior Planner Application” in email title. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.