Project Planner

Experience Level: Entry (1-3 years)
Salary: $48,000 – $54,000

About Development Strategies

We are a multidisciplinary planning and advisory firm that improves communities by guiding and shaping investments in real estate, economy, community, policy, and place. Our team of planners, designers, analysts, and strategists collaborate to advance our holistic approach to creating plans for downtowns, districts, corridors, cities and private development.

We have a passion for cities, innovation, storytelling, and equity that permeates our practice and our plans. We blend the experience of place with practical analytics in a way that deepens understanding of a community’s assets, opportunities, and challenges. With this deeper understanding, we work with communities to shape strategies that are informed, impactful, and implementable. Throughout our planning, we strive to always tell the story of why things are the way they are, to give meaning and foundation to how to make positive change.

Job Description

The candidate will serve as a project planner for planning and development studies, and work on projects ranging from development strategies for downtowns, districts, and corridors, to citywide and institutional strategic and comprehensive plans. This includes:

  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis, research, presentation of data in creative and illustrative ways, and working with the team to synthesize analysis into strategy
  • Writing, including technical memos, reports, and plan documents
  • Work with the project team to develop presentations, engagement materials, reports, and final plan documents
  • Work with senior staff and project managers to carry out certain project management duties, including managing planning and production deadlines, developing and maintaining client relationships, and coordinating with other consultants


  • Experience analyzing various demographic, economic, market and other community asset data
  • Experience making maps and other data visualizations
  • Familiarity with, or a willingness to learn, a variety of community engagement techniques and meeting facilitation
  • Proficiency with both Microsoft (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Adobe Creative Suites (especially InDesign)
  • Experience with ArcGIS

Qualities and Qualifications

  • A masters in Planning or a related field
  • One to three years of experience
  • A willingness to work with a team to story-tell through presentations, storyboards, engagement materials and plan documents
  • An appreciation for writing, speech, and graphic design as important modes of communication
  • An eagerness to listen to client feedback and formulate plans that balance community desires with market, economic, policy, and physical analysis

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to: