Most cities say they want to be fiscally responsible, environmentally resilient, and socially inclusive, but policies and daily decisions rarely align with these outcomes. We’re left with generic places that people struggle to connect with and invest in, growing societal gaps, aging neighborhoods and infrastructure, and expensive liabilities future generations will have to pay for.
Verdunity is an award winning community consulting firm that provides people and resource-conscious planning, engineering, and implementation services to cities in Texas and across the country. We help progressive city leaders make meaningful progress right now with the resources they have on hand to close resource gaps, build affordable and resilient neighborhoods, and cultivate self-sustaining local economies. We believe when cities align their vision, values, policies, and investments to cultivate fiscal health (for the city) and local wealth (for residents and local businesses), more people will have access to a prosperous life and vibrant community at a cost they can afford. Our team is proud to be working closely with groups like Strong Towns and the Incremental Development Alliance to lead this cultural shift with the work we do and the lives we lead.
We’re looking to add a forward-thinking community planner to our team who can lead current and upcoming planning projects, contribute ideas and skills to improve our work, and expand our efforts to serve additional communities and change agents. The ideal candidate is someone who is familiar with how cities have been approaching planning and engagement, understands why the approach must evolve to account for resource constraints and changing needs, and is excited to work with a team and communities who are committed to a new approach that aligns development, policy, and investments with what residents are willing and able to pay for.
Applicants must have experience conducting engagement activities and producing various types of plans for communities (comp plan, downtown plan, neighborhood/area plans), and should be comfortable doing the writing and production themselves or guiding others. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who shares our passion for work that reflects our commitment to fiscally sustainable development, cultivating a culture of trust and collaboration in communities, and implementation that is incremental and locally-led.
KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF "VERDOONERS"
Every member of our team shares these characteristics. It’s what makes our team and our work unique and special, and the foundation of our efforts to bring people and perspectives together around shared values and outcomes.
- Cultivators: We recognize the unique strengths of people and places and intentionally work to incrementally make ourselves, our clients, and communities the best possible version of themselves.
- Entrepreneurial Pioneers: We are excited by and committed to leading change in cities and the planning and engineering fields so that communities are more financially strong, environmentally resilient, and socially inclusive.
- Influential Connectors: We naturally think and work across traditional boundaries and leverage a variety of communication methods to introduce new bring people and perspectives together around shared values and outcomes.
KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS WILL INCLUDE:
1) Lead assessment and production tasks on planning and urban design projects
- Provide technical writing and graphic design support on projects and marketing materials
- Prepare and execute engagement plans that include online surveys, interviews, walkshops, public meetings, charrettes, and other options.
- Utilize GIS to conduct analyses and produce maps
- Organize and prepare plans, zoning and development regulations, and related documents
- Organize, prepare, and deliver presentations (in person and via Zoom)
2) Project management and marketing support
- Support with project management efforts, including client meetings and project communications, development of scope and fee proposals, budget management, and invoicing
- Conduct marketing research, provide input on strategic planning and pursuits, and attend networking events to grow network and identify potential opportunities
- Update resumes, project sheets, and other qualification materials to support pursuits
- Participate in development and delivery of client presentations and workshops
- Contribute to our Go Cultivate! blog and podcast
3) Continuous improvement and transparent communication
- Personal: Complete personal mission statement, set goals and track progress using company provided journal and meetings with assigned mentor and team.
- Role: Identify and develop procedures to improve efficiency and standardize planning and production tasks within the company
- Company: Participate in company meetings to assess progress, celebrate success and set goals for continuous improvement and growth for the organization, our clients, and our team members
- Communication: Basecamp is our team’s primary communication tool, which allows us to work remotely when and where we choose. Team members must be comfortable working independently and communicating daily work progress using Basecamp along with calls and video conferencing.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Familiarity with and commitment to principles of Strong Towns, Incremental Development, and New Urbanism
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in community/urban planning or urban design; advanced degree a plus
5+ years experience in developing planning documents for local government clients
Exceptional interpersonal, written, graphic, and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated experience producing clear and visually appealing maps, graphics, websites, and technical documents.
Understands and embraces engagement with all types of people in all environments
Comfortable working in an environment where you will be expected to routinely contribute ideas and challenge the ideas, perspectives, and work of yourself and the rest of the team.
High self awareness, understanding of personality types, and deep appreciation for the value bringing different perspectives together provides to our team, our clients, and our impact.
Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects, meet deadlines, and be responsive to last minute requests when they arise.
Grounded in resource-conscious, practical, & inclusive planning approaches
Ability to attend evening meetings and travel occasionally for on-site project work
Familiarity with software programs including Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup, GIS, Google Workplace, Microsoft Office, and other similar tools.
BENEFITS AND ADDITIONAL INFO
Full-time salary and paid benefits
Flexible work hours and paid time off
Remote work encouraged
Location flexible, but Texas is preferred
HOW TO APPLY
Visit verdunity.com/careers and select the Community Cultivator/Planner position, then complete and submit the application form. Interested applicants may also submit their information via email at [email protected]