About the Position
Senior Project Managers (SPMs) have the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of multiple projects while also playing a role in organizational leadership as members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). Qualified candidates will have experience working on three or more mid-to-large-scale city, neighborhood or community planning projects, creating and executing complex work plans and building relationships across public and private sectors.
This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated planning, community development or design professional who welcomes work in a collaborative environment to join a growing, high-energy team.
Job responsibilities include the following:
Manage all aspects of community planning projects inside and outside NYC;
Lead key planning, design and development technical work (such as conducting planning studies, developing surveys, creating maps, gathering data and conducting site-specific and neighborhood-level analyses, developing innovative recommendations or solutions);
Work closely with community-based organizations and government agencies to plan, develop, implement and evaluate community planning, development and capacity building projects;
Manage complex project teams;
Effectively prioritize, delegate, execute and track tasks across multiple projects, adhering to rigorous timelines;
Work with Hester Street team to develop innovative community engagement tools;
Develop and conduct train-the-trainer sessions;
Research and disseminate innovative community development best practices.
Leadership and Organizational Development
Supervise 1-3 Project Managers and Project Associates;
Actively participate in leadership discussions and strategic planning for the organization;
Bring an entrepreneurial spirit and proactive problem-solving mentality to all projects, as well as identifying and seeking out new lines of work;
Pitch in on grant writing, project reporting and other business development tasks;
Communicate Hester Street’s approach and project experiences with a wide range of partners, contributing to the broader urban planning and community development fields.
We are seeking candidates who take a creative approach to their work, are pro-active, deadline-oriented and expert at juggling multiple projects. Top candidates will have:
Project management skills:
o A track record of creating and executing complex project work plans;
o Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills and ability to adapt plans to fit evolving needs;
o Experience effectively delegating tasks to project teams, including to staff members, interns or outside consultants.
Relationship building skills:
o Strong ability to build and manage relationships with partners across nonprofit, government and private sectors;
o Experience working in low-income communities, immigrant and other communities of color and/or with community-based organizations preferred.
Background in relevant field and strong interest in community-driven planning and equitable development:
o Experience working on three or more mid-to-large-scale city, neighborhood or community planning projects;
o At least seven years of full-time planning, architecture and/or community development experience with increasing levels of responsibility;
o Community engagement and/or facilitation experience;
o Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Architecture or a related field (or at least eight years of experience in a relevant field).
+ Proficiency with the programs we use – InDesign and other Adobe Creative Suite programs, and/or ArcGIS – a plus.
+ Fluency in a language other than English also a plus.
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on a range of factors, including prior experience. In addition, Hester Street offers a comprehensive benefits package.
Please send cover letter, résumé and two work samples (one written sample and one relevant presentation preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “SPM” in the subject line.
Hester Street is a nonprofit organization incorporated as Hester Street Collaborative.