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Senior Planner, Community Development

Community/Regional Planner
240000JQ Requisition #

Strong communities do not just happen—they are creatively imagined, collaboratively planned, and readied to face tomorrow with optimism. Stantec is focused on driving the future of Community Development. Our experts lead their fields, collaborating on projects that are as technically challenging as they are impactful, creative, and fulfilling. We’re a place where you can apply your passion—and find endless opportunities to help make communities more equitable, resilient, and livable. As one of the world’s top ranked leaders in sustainability, we operate our company with the same focus and adherence to best practices as we apply to our client’s needs.

Your Opportunity

As a Senior Planner within our Community Development business line, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of public and private sector planning projects. This role will focus primarily on opportunities throughout the Sarasota Florida region, with engagement on projects in other geographies depending on specific areas of expertise and interest. 

You will have the opportunity to work on projects such as master planned communities and regulatory permitting/entitlements/approvals, comprehensive plans, area-wide and neighborhood plans, CRA's, urban places, smart cities, zoning codes, asset transformation and brownfield planning, smart mobility, retail repurposing, sustainable development and resiliency, compatible use plans and defense communities.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Prepares Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezoning applications.
  • Strategic positioning of Master Planned Communities & Residential Developments - including design and entitlement approvals.
  • Maintain and strengthen client relationships and plays a key role in client management and satisfaction.
  • Coordinates and supervises the technical aspects of projects.
  • Works closely with civil engineers and clients on developing plans for projects.
  • Coordinate with clients, agencies, and others to obtain and determine project requirements and approvals.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Qualifications - External

Your Capabilities and Credentials

  • Highly effective in building and maintaining client relationships and leading multi-discipline teams on complex projects. 
  • Experience in business development, you will be a results-oriented individual with a proven record of accomplishment for revenue growth.
  • Thorough understanding of planning and design concepts and regulatory structure.
  • Ability to facilitate workshops and public citizen input both virtually and in-person.
  • Effective communicator and able to work on and lead teams.
  • Ability to solve complex problems using sound professional judgment, creativity, and innovation.
  • Working knowledge of relevant software, such as GIS, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat are a plus.
  • Excellent multi-tasking skills, with strong attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Effective networking and relationship management skills.
  • Demonstrated success in recruiting supervising and mentoring talented and motivated professional team members.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, Geography, Urban Studies, or related field.
  • 6+ years of experience in public and private sector community planning, entitlements, urban design, and land development.
  • AICP Certification or Professional licensure or ability to obtain same is required.

Typical office environment working with computers. Some travel may be required to meet with reviewing agencies or clients or to attend public workshops and public hearings. May occasionally visit study areas, construction sites and/or be exposed to outside elements and inclement weather conditions.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.



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