Job Opening: Senior Planner, LaBella Associates

LaBella Associates, D.P.C. is consistently ranked by its employees as one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces. We are headquartered in Rochester’s historic High Falls District with offices across New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New England. We are a multi-disciplined architectural, engineering and planning firm dedicated to client satisfaction through teamwork, respect, and trust.   

LaBella Associates Planning Division seeks a Senior Planner to join our Downtown Buffalo office. The Planning Division at LaBella Associates provides planning, environmental, permitting, and funding services to a variety of municipal, private, and utility clients in addition to serving internal LaBella divisions.

Under general supervision of the Planning Division Director the ideal candidate will have broad range of experience in planning with an appreciation and understanding of strategic redevelopment planning (downtown, brownfields) and urban design.  Experience in land use planning (comprehensive planning and zoning) is a plus. The candidate may also participate in a broad range of other planning services offered by LaBella Associates including grants, environmental reviews, and GIS mapping. Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the position.


The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with an eagerness to learn any of these duties. Some of the duties the candidate may be involved in include:

  • Preparing reports and analyses including land use plans, strategic downtown/economic development plans, and area/neighborhood plans.

  • Preparing zoning updates.

  • Applying for and administering grants and other funding programs.

  • Leading and participating in public meetings and community engagement.

  • Managing projects including scheduling, budget and client communications.

  • Developing and nurturing client relationships including preparation of proposals.


Desired Skills:

  • Broad understanding of the principles and practices of planning and economic development.

  • Familiarity with economic development planning, market research, and real estate development.

  • Experience with grants and funding

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • GIS Mapping

  • Presentation/Speaking skills

  • Graphic skills

  • Self motivated with an eagerness to learn

  • Outgoing personality


  • Master’s in urban planning, public administration, or a related field and 8-10 years of experience. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree will also be considered;

  • AICP preferred or on track to achieve certification;

  • LEED certification a plus;

  • Proficiency with a variety of computer software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, ArcGIS, online applications and mobile applications; and

  • Understanding and ability to utilize social media applications is a plus.


LaBella offers a strong benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, professional development, paid time off, 401(k) and much more.

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