Planning Project Manager

MHTN Architects

Salt Lake City, UT

Experience Level: Senior

AICP Certification: AICP Required

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Planning Project Manager

About MHTN

MHTN Architects creates memorable and meaningful environments for people. Established in 1923, we are an intermountain west Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Planning firm committed to a culture of design excellence. We serve clients with expertise and innovation in Higher Education, Commercial, K-12 Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Civic, Cultural and Religious project design. With a team of 90 professionals, seven Core Values drive our actions: Design, Social & Environmental Responsibility, Teamwork, Technical Excellence, Empowerment, Respect, and Service.

Position Summary

The Planning Project Manager leads and engages in advanced planning activities emphasizing client and team interaction, project management expertise, and execution. They support the Principal over Urban Planning in managing planning projects, fostering inclusivity, guiding interactions, consensus-building, and effective communication with team members, clients, and communities. Delegating project responsibilities to team members and providing guidance on task performance is also part of their role. The ideal candidate embraces mentorship, has 8+ years of community planning experience, and an AICP certification.

The Planning Project Manager oversees planning projects and collaborates closely with landscape designers, architects, and other experts to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. They coordinate internal workflow of projects with public or private clients, lead interactions with the public, perform public outreach, lead public adoption processes, and design exercises, and collect feedback to provide and present solutions to our clients in meaningful and impactful ways. This includes attending evening and weekend meetings to participate in public outreach and plan adoption. As well as performing and managing research and analysis including identifying issues and strategies to mitigate issues and strengthen communities.

The Planning Project Manager writes and presents formal and technical reports, planning documents, and correspondence and may include the opportunity to write white paper publications. Other key tasks include assisting on marketing proposal preparation, overseeing specialized planning functions such as large-scale new development proposals and environmental studies. Advising the Principal of Urban Planning on planning-related matters and helping to ensure appropriate training and mentorship opportunities for Planning team members. This role will be a part of conversations with the Principal over Planning in budget preparation, and monitors and controls expenditures throughout project execution. Professionalism and effective people and project management are integral, reflecting our commitment to inclusivity and empowerment.

Here is a list of the key skills which we seek for this role:

  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, MS Office, SketchUp, Lumion, and GIS Analysis
  • Strong verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Innovative, detail-oriented, experienced in highly visible/controversial projects.
  • Project Management: Ability to provide effective supervision and team management, capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships with team members, officials, and stakeholders and to resolve complaints.
  • Strong understanding of city and regional planning with experience in building consensus across diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Thorough knowledge of urban planning and development and local government policies and procedures.
  • Strong understanding of methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • Well-versed in pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations including recent changes.
  • Experienced in budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of local government procedures and practices, recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to municipal planning and administration.
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret research data for reports and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations.
  • Working knowledge and coordination of specialty consulting areas such as land use planning/zoning, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban design, housing, historic preservation, or economic development.

This position is a salaried overtime exempt position. Qualified candidates may inquire about pay range, with higher pay aligned with greater experience and qualifications as outlined in this posting. 

To apply, please fill out the online application. You will receive an automatic confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive an email, please try again. Portfolio or work sample document attachments are limited to 10mbs. 


We offer a collaborative work environment that promotes professional growth and advancement. We seek team members who have a passion for designing built environments and contributors that will embrace and expand our culture of inclusion. We demonstrate our commitment to our team members by offering the following benefits.

  • Medical and Dental Insurance: MHTN pays 80% of the premium
  • Life Insurance: MHTN pays 100% of the premium for life and AD&D
  • Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability: MHTN pays for 100% of the premium
  • Other benefits available through our Cafeteria Plan
  • 401k with 5% employer match
  • Annual discretionary bonus opportunity for all employees
  • Company-Paid Continuing Education and mentorship programs
  • Paid licensure and industry memberships
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Flexible Hybrid Work Schedule (ability to work from home up to two days a week)
  • Annual Paid Time Off for Volunteering
  • Physical Activity Incentives

MHTN Architects is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.

Posted May 24, 2024, 1:12 PM PDT

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