Job Opening: Neighborhood Planner, City of Syracuse Department of Neighborhood and Business Development

Job Description

The Neighborhood Planner participates in advancing the housing and community development investments made in Syracuse neighborhoods by providing critical analysis, database management and technical support to the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development. The position reports to the Director of Housing and Neighborhood Planning and participates in supporting the Guiding Principles of the City of Syracuse.

Key Tasks

  • Collect and analyze site-specific information for potential development projects to inform funding decisions.

  • Conduct data review and analysis to produce relevant tables and maps using the citywide parcel file on a routine basis.

  • Collaborate with Department staff and partners in producing interpretive maps and tables relating to community development challenges and opportunities.

  • Prepare property development recommendations with acute attention to detail and development potential.

  • Develop block-level data analysis to support block planning efforts by integrating US Census and citywide parcel data to articulate property, social and economic challenges and as well as outcomes.

  • Maintain database information and provide reports on parcel- and block-level data relating to vacant, abandoned and suspected zombie properties.

  • Develop analysis strategies using parcel information in the City’s Building Blocks web application and demonstrate findings in clear and thoughtful reports.

  • Provide analytical support to interdepartmental and interagency initiatives relating to the Department’s mission.

  • Serve as the Department’s Environmental Review Officer, pulling together environmental checklists and release of funds documents as needed for real estate development and programmatic assessment needs.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum of bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or equivalent of experience plus education required. Excellent computer and organizational skills a must, as this is a very detail-oriented position. Strong written and verbal communication skills required, along with the ability to work well independently as well as part of a dynamic team. Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite required; demonstrated proficiency in ArcGIS, MS Excel, and MS Access preferred. Familiarity with the Environmental Review process preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.