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Community Planner II

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$65,000 to $85,000

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Apr 21, 2023

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ABOUT US: At New Jersey Future (NJF), we believe that great places help build great lives. To help create

and preserve our great places, we promote sensible and equitable planning, redevelopment, and

infrastructure investments that foster vibrant cities and towns; protect natural lands and waterways;

enhance transportation choices; support a strong economy; and provide access to safe, affordable, and

aging-friendly neighborhoods for everyone. We do this through original research, innovative policy

development, coalition-building, advocacy, and hands-on strategic assistance. Embracing differences and

advancing fairness is central to our mission and operations, and we are firmly committed to pursuing

greater justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work and culture. NJF offers a fast-paced and

supportive work environment. NJF is located in downtown Trenton, NJ. For more information, visit


POSITION SUMMARY: New Jersey Future is seeking an experienced planner to help grow our community

planning program. Applicants for the position must have professional experience managing planning projects

to meet deadlines and produce deliverables. Strong time management, communication, analytic,

organizational, and teamwork skills are essential. Partner collaboration and stakeholder engagement will be

integral to the position. A commitment to social and environmental justice is required. This is a full-time

position; however, highly experienced applicants with extensive professional planning experience seeking a

20–30 hour per week position are also encouraged to apply.



● Produce comprehensive planning studies and reports.

● Conduct research and analyses to support the work of the planning program.

● Organize and lead convenings of partners and stakeholders.

● Produce written technical guidance to support best practice models.

● Identify recommendations to inform state guidance and technical or financial assistance programming

for New Jersey municipalities.

● Participate in project acquisition, scoping, and management.

● Produce quality deliverables in accordance with project deadlines and to support New Jersey Future’s

planning program and mission.



● Motivated by the organization’s mission and dedicated to creating equitable and sustainable


● Minimum of two years of experience managing projects to meet deadlines and produce deliverables.

● Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, using time effectively and efficiently.

● Ability to develop and coordinate a project work program, perform research, compile technical data,

plans, and specifications

● Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

● Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

● Considerable comprehension and knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning in

New Jersey.

● Experience developing, reviewing, or working directly with municipal master plans, zoning, ordinances,

and other municipal land use policies and practices.

● Working knowledge of governmental and legal procedures and terminology regarding land use


● Ability to write technical planning-related reports

● Knowledge of state policy intersections with local land use law and practice.

● Excellent writing and communication skills.

● Attention to detail in producing accurate and meaningful results and products.

● Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and be sensitive to diverse perspectives and positions.

● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

● Ability and demonstrated initiative to engage in creative thinking and problem-solving to advance

program goals.

● Master’s degree in planning or related field or equivalent demonstrated experience.

● Minimum five years of planning experience.

● AICP and/or PP Certification preferred.


COMPENSATION: The salary for this full-time position is in the range of $65,000 to $85,000 and depends on

the candidate’s experience and skills. Highly qualified candidates seeking a part-time position are eligible to

apply. Salary is negotiable.


BENEFITS: New Jersey Future values hard work and a healthy work-life balance by offering flexible,

family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes 100%

employer-sponsored medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance coverage

for staff and partial sponsorship of dependents. In addition, we offer a generous health reimbursement

account and options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. New Jersey

Future employees enjoy a defined contribution 401(k) retirement plan with a variable employer match, flexible

work schedules including the opportunity to work partially remotely, generous paid time off policies, and paid

holidays. To encourage use of public and active transportation, we offer commuter transit subsidies and access

to a company car for work meetings. New Jersey Future is committed to the growth and development of staff

and fostering a creative, inclusive workplace culture.


New Jersey Future employees are working on a hybrid work-from-home and in-office schedule.


APPLICATION: Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to If selected to advance, a brief writing sample that is original content (not edited or

contributed to by someone other than the applicant) will be required and a brief assignment may be given.

Relevant references will also be required. NJF currently is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an

employment visa at this time. If hired, employment eligibility verification will be carried out upon selection.

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