Principal Planner

City of Shaker Heights

The City of Shaker Heights, one of Northeast Ohio’s most historic and progressive communities, has an opening for a Principal Planner in the Planning Department. Shaker Heights, among the nation’s first planned cities, continues to plan strategically for its future. This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic planning professional to become an integral part of a 5 person team, one that has already implemented the plan for the $100M transit-oriented Van Aken District and is involved in subsequent phases of development now underway.

The principal planner will work on long range, focused and corridor plans; grant research and writing; requests for proposals; project management; transportation, trail and streetscape plans; traffic calming; public art and public realm improvements.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate confidence and a thorough knowledge of planning and plan implementation. He/she will be a strategic thinker who is passionate about the built form, creative, organized, an excellent communicator, comfortable presenting to a group, and will thrive in a collaborative environment.

This forward-thinking individual will also possess thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, urban design and historic preservation.

Be prepared to be part of an extraordinary and dedicated team.

Minimum requirements:

- Bachelor’s or master's degree from an accredited college with major course work in planning, architecture or a closely related field. Master degree preferred and AICP preferred.

- 5 to 10 years of considerable professional and responsible experience in urban planning.

- Excellent writing, communication and computer skills.

- Demonstrated skills and experience in leading planning projects and obtaining funding is preferred.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential task.

The City of Shaker Heights does not hire individuals who use or test positive for tobacco or nicotine products.

Interested qualified candidates can find the job description here:

Please send a letter of interest and resume to the City of Shaker Heights, Human Resources Department: EOE

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