Senior Research Planner, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress ("Pattern"), the Hudson Valley's premier planning and research organization is seeking a Senior Research Planner to assist with a multitude of projects including one of two signature initiatives - the Urban Action Agenda (UAA).

In the fall of 2014, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress started a multiyear effort focusing on the revitalization of the region's urban centers. The project initially focused upon the research necessary to understand the growth potential and related impediments of these centers, then it embarked on assisting 25 targeted municipalities in creating and implementing plans that will change the trajectory of each. Seeking to focus growth where there is existing infrastructure, transit and amenities that may prove attractive to primarily, but not limited to, millenials in an effort to create a resurgence of growth in these areas and yet avoid prior patterns of sprawl while protecting the region's environment.


The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years of progressive planning and/or research experience; preferably a Master's degree in one of the following : planning, public administration, sociology or a closely related field and should possess proficiency in standard computer applications(Office). Additionally computer skills that are desired are knowledge and skills using ESRI software, including ArcGIS for Desktop with the knowledge of mapping and ability to apply it to research.

The desired candidate should be equally comfortable working as part of a team and independently, including being in the field. In addition, the candidate should possess strong written and oral communication skills; solid analytical and organizational abilities; ability to meet deadlines; demonstrated interpersonal skills and comfort in working with elected officials and senior government officials. Knowledge of the Hudson Valley is essential.


  •   Working independently and with Pattern staff, continue the implementation of urban revitalization plans for targeted urban centers by analyzing and integrating factors related to land use, zoning, design, historic preservation, housing, demographic, social and economic factors, crime, and education as well as other areas that are determined through research as it relates to each municipality
  •   Lead Pattern's GIS programming including mapping, data creation, editing and required manipulation
  •   Determine and obtain the public's input as it relates to project goals
  •   Work with regional and municipal leaders under the guidance of Pattern staff
  •   Research, collect and analyze data; prepare reports and present recommendations and
  •   Ability to post and collect comments to social media to enhance the public's

    participation in the development of the planning and implementation components of

    the project as well as to raise the awareness of Pattern's activities

  •   Willingness to work in a fluid environment which often requires to addressing multiple

    projects at once.

  •   Grant writing skills and a willingness to engage in fundraising to support the

    organization are a plus. Salary: Dependent on qualifications

    Benefits: Very Competitive Package


    Your submission package should include the following items:

  •   Resume
  •   2 writing samples - one, a short memorandum and the other a longer example of

    research skills

  •   3 references
  •   Salary and benefit requirements

    Please send COMPLETE application package to:

    Robin DeGroat Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

    3 Washington Center, 2nd fl Newburgh , New York 12550

    To learn more about our work, please visit our website

    Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply