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Community Development Urban Planner
SLR International Corporation is seeking a motivated Community Development Urban Planner to join our dynamic and growing Community Planning and Development Team. This role can be based in any of our Connecticut offices, which are located in New Haven, Cheshire or Glastonbury.

The Planner will be an integral member of the US Community Planning and Development Team and will participate in diverse community planning and development projects for a range of public and private sector clients. This position presents a unique opportunity to work closely with a professional community development and planning team, as well as SLR’s collaborative team of engineers, scientists, ecologists, landscape architects, climate adaptation specialists, and myriad other specialist technical disciplines. The successful candidate will engage in a diverse and challenging range of community planning and development projects, and will also support engagements where planning is a critical component of a large multidisciplinary project.

Who We Are

Our New England Community Planning team represents a broad and diverse range of technical and planning capabilities. In addition, we work closely in a multidisciplinary approach with other teams including GIS, Resilience Planning, Transportation Planning, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture. As a group, we are committed to improving the world and communities in which we live, work and play.

Throughout the US, our Planning Team represents a broad and diverse range of specialist technical and environmental capabilities. SLR’s engineers design and support construction of significant infrastructure and industrial projects. Our environmental and social experts are at the forefront of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and sustainability disciplines, and help our clients to reduce their environmental and climate impacts, address critical social and economic issues, comply with myriad regulations and operate with appropriate governance and oversight. 

We are a team of talented, committed, and energetic Planners who are motivated by challenge, diversity, and team success.  Our workplace encourages innovation and collaboration. SLR offers competitive salaries, full benefits, a professional collaborative working environment, and the opportunity to participate in a wide range of exciting projects.

About SLR

SLR is a professional consulting and advisory firm that has been advising clients for over 20 years. Starting as a UK business, we now operate as a global company with more than 1400 people delivering client solutions across five regions. 

In the United States, SLR has nearly 500 employees located throughout 34 offices. Our team represents a broad and diverse range of technical and environmental capabilities. SLR’s professionals offer a blend of experience incorporating engineers, geologists, toxicologists, hydrogeologists, remediation specialists, regulatory and compliance specialists, and environmental scientists.  We work for clients throughout our six primary business sectors: Energy, Mining, Industry, Infrastructure, Built Environment and Power. 

Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, orthodontia, vision, flexible spending account, generous PTO accrual, 10 paid holidays, 401(k) retirement account with company matching program, company paid life insurance, short & long term disability insurance, and employee assistance program.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are at the core of who we are and want to be.

SLR is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, civil union status, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or veteran status.    

At SLR, we embrace diverse cultures, perspectives, skills, and experiences within and outside our organization. We respect and celebrate differences and want to ensure that we continuously strive to build a place where everyone feels included and is encouraged to be their authentic self.  

We are committed to these values, and our SLR Culture & Diversity Team works to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across our people and talent processes, operations, and client work around the world. If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodations at any point in the application or interview process, please contact us at careers-us@slrconsulting.
Required Skills and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
  • Understanding of the principles and practices of planning and community development
  • Knowledge of the planning practice in CT, NY, MA and other New England states is desirable
  • Technical knowledge of housing, land use, and zoning issues related to planning activities
  • Prior experience in developing Comprehensive Plans, Master Plans, Housing Plans, and other planning documents
  • Familiarity with demographic data sources and the ability to analyze and retrieve demographic data
  • Capability to translate planning data into concise, easily understood materials for dissemination to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated experience in working with local officials and the public in the community engagement process
  • Critical thinking and strong communication skills (graphic, written, and interpersonal)
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Excel and Esri ArcGIS is preferable
  • Efficient, thorough, detail oriented, and dedicated to quality work
  • Strong ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment across numerous disciplines
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • A Master's degree in planning or a closely related field, or a bachelor’s degree in planning with demonstrated planning proficiency comparable to a Master’s degree
  • Minimum 1-3 years of experience in planning while demonstrating increasing responsibility
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification, or actively pursuing certification is highly desirable
  • Current valid driver’s license and ability to travel by airplane and car, including overnight travel
Key Responsibilities

The Planner will contribute to client projects including the compilation and completion of Comprehensive Plans, Plans of Conservation and Development, Master Plans, Affordable Housing Plans, Zoning Studies, Market Analyses and additional special study projects through the following tasks:
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Creation of public engagement materials including surveys and project websites
  • Zoning code, policy and best practice reviews and research
  • Drafting and preparation of well-written report text
  • Creation of graphics and visualizations to support data and improve comprehension
  • Participation in virtual or in-person public workshops
  • Developing strategies and recommendations for complex and creative assignments
United States
Cheshire; Glastonbury; New Haven