Planning Associate

Hudson Square Business Improvement District
New York, NY
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Economic Development
Parks and Recreation
Sustainability Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Not required


The Hudson Square Business Improvement District (HSBID) is a New York City non-profit organization and one of the City’s 75 business improvement districts.  Our general purpose is to enhance the quality of life for the people who work in the Hudson Square neighborhood, while creating a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable community.  Hudson Square is nestled among the densely populated neighborhoods of Soho, the West Village, and Tribeca.  In the last two decades, it has become one of NYC’s Creative Districts, boasting a daytime population of 40,000+ people working across more than 1,000 firms in creative sectors ranging from technology, advertising, media, communications, and other cutting-edge industries. 

Launched in 2009, HSBID has sought to capture the spirit of innovation that is thriving within the neighborhood’s adaptively reused commercial spaces, and bring that energy into the public realm to foster a 24-7 campus-like community.  In support of that vision, our central focus has been on streetscape and open space improvements, and traffic management.  HSBID has created innovative programs – including the award-winning Hudson Square Standard, considered the platinum standard in urban forestry – and a nationally recognized $27 million streetscape improvement plan calledHudson Square is Now.  With the implementation of our streetscape plan now fully underway, and a proposed expansion of the BID’s boundaries currently going through the legislative authorization process, HSBID has begun to plan for a new phase of projects and initiatives that will further advance the neighborhood’s transformation into a thriving creative hub, mixed-use neighborhood, and a place for people.

The Position

HSBID is currently seeking a full-time Planning Associate who will work directly with the Project Director for Planning and Capital Projects on a variety of projects and initiatives.

Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Planning Assistance
    • Conduct analysis of existing conditions and research best practices
    • Prepare maps, graphics, and related materials for strategic efforts and presentations
    • Assist with obtaining the necessary approvals for projects in both public and private space
    • Analyze, frame, and document opportunities for new projects that advance HSBID’s transportation and streetscape planning goals
  • Project Management
    • Assist with procurements: drafting RFPs, compiling lists of vendors, reviewing proposals, and documenting the selection process
    • Prepare briefings, correspondence, and other materials necessary to advance project implementation
    • Conduct field supervision of contractors
    • Assist with City agency, utility, and property owner/manager coordination
    • Conduct project documentation and record-keeping
  • Data Collection + Management
    • Manage HSBID’s public space data collection, integration, analysis, and reporting
    • Conduct regular field surveys of open spaces managed by HSBID
    • Assist with hiring, management, and supervision of interns
    • Serve as the point of contact with HSBID’s third party data providers, including Eco-Counter and Springboard
  • Community/Stakeholder Engagement
    • Respond to requests for information
    • Attend select Community Board meetings
    • Develop and maintain relationships with key community stakeholders


  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and graphic)
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Excel and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong data management, graphic design, and mapping skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects
  • Self-starter, detail-oriented, extremely organized, and both an analytical and creative thinker

The Hudson Square BID is a non-profit organization with eight full-time employees.  Applicants should have the ability to work well both with others and independently, and be adaptable to working in a small environment and pitching in on different tasks as they arise.  The ideal candidate will have an interest in and commitment to the life of our city and our neighborhood.

Education and Experience

  • Degree in Urban Planning or a related field
  • Entry-level position

To Apply

The Planning Associate reports directly to the Project Director for Planning + Capital Projects and assists him on a variety of daily tasks.  Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Jacob McNally, Project Director, at with “Planning Associate” in the subject line.

Published on:
July 9, 2018 - 11:44am
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