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Planner

Pratt Center for Community Development in Brooklyn, New York seeks to hire a Planner.

About Pratt Center

Founded in 1963, The Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures. As part of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, we leverage professional skills in planning, architecture and public policy to work on the ground with community-based organizations and to advocate for policy changes citywide. Our approach combines technical assistance, stakeholder organizing, and policy advocacy to support community-based organizations in their efforts to improve neighborhood quality of life, attack the causes of poverty and inequality, and advance sustainable development. Pratt Center uniquely integrates the perspectives of equity and community empowerment into the practice of the full range of urban planning disciplines – land use planning, housing and economic development, industrial retention, environmental regeneration, transportation, historic preservation, architecture, arts and culture, and more.

Employment Opportunity

Pratt Center currently seeks to add to its professional staff with a new Planner position. Working under the supervision and guidance of the Director of Policy, the Planner will be responsible for the design, implementation, and management of community-based planning Technical Assistance projects as well as other types of collaborations with local partners. The Planner will assist in the development of Pratt Center’s policy agenda and contribute to advocacy initiatives that address sustainable community development goals.   

Position Responsibilities:

The Planner will have a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Managing community-based planning, policy and/or commercial revitalization projects, including the development of implementation schedules and report writing.
  • Representing Pratt Center in meetings with community-based organizations, colleagues and clients; at general community and coalition meetings; and with other stakeholders, including elected officials and government agencies.
  • Researching and assisting in the development of Pratt Center’s policy and advocacy initiatives.
  • Collecting and analyzing original and secondary data for the development of reports and other products.
  • Developing field and community assessment survey instruments and implementing their use in field.
  • Collaborating with Pratt Center staff on community development, economic development, and sustainability projects.
  • Supervising interns and staff as assigned.

Qualifications:

Education:

Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Policy or related field; or equivalent work experience is required.

Experience:

At least three years of experience in urban planning-related projects, research and/or policy development, and/or experience working in community-based organizations in low-income communities/communities of color. Experience with community and/or political organizing, high level of comfort in group settings with diverse stakeholders, and some project management experience required.

Skills:  

  • Must have strong communication skills (written and verbal), and demonstrated community planning skills.
  • Must be adept with Microsoft office products, and data manipulation and analysis; spatial visualization skills are a plus.
  • Knowledge of community-based planning issues, including zoning and land use policy, is required.
  • Knowledge of principles of diversity and inclusion, ability to work well with diverse populations, and demonstrated level of cultural competence is required.
  • Familiarity with transportation, environmental justice, real estate development and affordable housing issues - as well as the New York City advocacy community working in these issue areas - is a plus.

Application Procedure:

Applicants should visit this link to upload a cover letter, resume and three references.

Questions may be directed to info@prattcenter.net. No phone calls or visits, please.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The position will remain open until filled.