Associate Director of Planning & Economic Development

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes a very competitive benefits package.



Start Date


Application Deadline



457 Massachusetts Avenue NW
District of Columbia
United States


Position Description

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) seeks an innovative and dynamic Associate Director of Planning & Economic Development to join a small, highly entrepreneurial team to work on various day-to-day and long-term real estate planning and economic development assignments involving (1) real estate, economic development and open space research and planning, (2) data visualization, mapping and analysis, (3) cultural and artistic initiatives, (4) urban design and curation of the public realm, and (5) special analysis and projects as needed. The Associate Director of Planning & Economic Development will be encouraged to devise long-term place-based planning and economic development strategies for the organization and will be given the opportunity to take the lead on such initiatives. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who possesses a high degree of intellectual curiosity and is comfortable working with minimal supervision and within a fast-paced environment. The incumbent is also someone with expertise spanning multiple planning sub-disciplines including neighborhood planning, urban design, landscape architecture and public realm, geographic information systems, multi-modal transportation / non-motorized transportation, economic development, sustainability, and community and cultural planning, particularly as it relates to social equity and inclusive development. The MVT CID believes strongly that advancing strategies to responsibly contribute to unmet societal needs while “raising the bottom” for what’s possible in mixed-use, mixed-income downtown neighborhood is critical toward enhancing our ability to successfully fulfill the community’s innate potential—and seeks the interest of candidates whose professional and personal values align with this organizational ethos. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals looking to work with place management organizations such as Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), or to advance their career in urban planning, economic development or local public policy.


Please note that this is an individual contributor position with minimal-to-no supervisory responsibility. The expectation therefore is that incumbents for this role will have the requisite capabilities, experience, professionalism and maturity that will enable them to meet (and exceed) all performance objectives associated with this opportunity beginning day one of their tenure. Only serious candidates certain of their ability to meet this performance standard should apply.

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About the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District

The MVT CID is a private, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization established in 2004 to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, employees and visitors, and to increase commercial opportunities for business and property owners, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of downtown Washington, DC. It is funded by a supplemental real property tax on both residential and commercial properties. Since its inception close to 15 years ago, the MVT CID is considered one of Washington DC’s best examples of a thoughtfully planned, carefully coordinated mixed-use community. The MVT CID is at the heart of the city—both geographically and culturally—and is a welcoming, authentic and centered neighborhood that mirrors the District’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, longtime and new residents, and diverse cultures, restaurants and experiences. A member of the DC BID Council ( and DC Sustainable Transportation, the MVT CID is one of Washington, DC’s 11 Business Improvement Districts that sits at the intersection of the public and private sectors and strives to serve as an effective catalyst for growth and improvement on behalf of our stakeholders. We are steadfast in both our clean and safe mission as well as our aspiration to be the next great “destination of choice” for anyone who chooses to live, work, do business and entertain in the District of Columbia.

Reporting Relationships

Position reports to the MVT CID President & CEO.




Strategy Development:

In coordination with the President & CEO, annually prepare overarching strategic planning and economic development plans and corresponding task-specific work plans that support the community’s continued growth and attractiveness, and enhance our brand identity as a “destination of choice” among residents, workers, retailers, business and property owners, external partners and stakeholders, and other key influencers such as the media and local elected officials.

Highlight the organization’s role, goals and projects within the plan and subsequently organize and manage planning and economic development activities in support of this effort.


Planning & Urban Design:

Create and implement a long-term urban design strategy and manage planning initiatives for public realm activations.

Lead urban design efforts from inception to completion, working in conjunction with consultants, drafting budgets and getting the necessary approvals and permits from local and federal agencies.

Create maps and technologically generated materials to assist in the geospatial visualization and analysis of MVT CID development data and related information.

Collaborate with the President & CEO, Director of Public Space Operations, Associate Director of Marketing, Communications & Events, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and the Marketing Committee to execute cultural and artistic "placemaking" activations within the MVT CID as well as maintain and expand the organization’s public space branding efforts (e.g., the street banner program).

Oversee response to grant proposals from local and Federal government agencies as well as private organizations.

Develop issue expertise and expand reputation as a thought leader through research, report writing and guest editorials on topics of interest to both the employee and organization.


Business Attraction & Retention:

Working closely with the President & CEO and Associate Director of Marketing, Communications & Events, produce a comprehensive business attraction and retention strategic plan, highlighting the organization’s role, goals and projects over the next two years; subsequently take leadership and ownership in planning, organizing, managing, and evaluating the CID’s economic development activities.

Represent the organization in local and national events such as ICSC Mid-Atlantic and the WDCEP Annual Meeting and create and maintain strong relationships with real estate, planning and economic development organizations such as Urban Land Institute, NAIOP, DC Building Industry Association and International Downtown Association.

Maintain, update and expand the organization’s real estate database and provide brokers, developers and other interested parties with actionable information on the neighborhood.

Update office and retail vacancy fact sheets for distribution to the brokerage community.

As necessary, secure meetings with brokerage firms and retailers to highlight current retail and office vacancies—including potential organization of brokerage events that increase the visibility of the neighborhood and provide landowners with additional exposure in the marketplace.

Event Management:

Propose, plan, organize, attend and manage role-specific events such Parking Day and broker outreach forums.

Coordinate third-party contracts and logistics/staffing for these events.

Stakeholder/Partner Relationship Management:

Establish productive working relationships with community stakeholders, property managers, retailers, residents and external partners.

Regularly "problem seek" by conducting ongoing role-appropriate stakeholder outreach, polling and engagement; identify potential areas of improvement and value-added solutions.

Partner closely with local reporters and bloggers to promote the neighborhood, and its businesses, real estate developments and stakeholders.

Organize contacts and maintain information accurately in the organization’s existing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system; communicate regularly with stakeholders/contacts to ensure lists are accurate.

Maintain a calendar of external meetings and events and periodically attend stakeholder- and partner-organized activities on behalf of the MVT CID


Additional Responsibilities:

Execute written materials such as blog posts and research papers that showcase professional and organizational thought leadership on related subject.

Coordinate with staff and third-party vendors in support of the BID tax process.

Collaborate with the Associate Director for Marketing, Communications & Events on press releases and other external communications; and create and manage the production of high-quality written and graphic material for printing and distribution or inclusion on the MVT CID website.

Collaborate with team members on compelling stories for inclusion in 1-2 monthly e-newsletters; subsequently provide draft content to the Associate Director for Marketing, Communications & Events for inclusion in the newsletter.

Proactively collaborate and communicate with team members across other MVT CID functional areas on projects and workflow.

Draft, prepare and review documents and reports on behalf of team members, as requested.

Respond to requests for information and communicate with stakeholders professionally and with minimal supervision.

Manage the selection of third-party vendors (when necessary) as well as supervise the performance of external contractors and consultants to ensure the completion of projects.

Other duties as assigned.


Technical Skills & Capabilities



Excellent written, oral communication, research, editing and analytical skills, as well as the ability to produce and publish material with little-to-no supervision.

Quantitative analytical and market research skills, with a focus on development, leasing and demographic data gathering, analysis and reporting.

Demonstrated interest, experience and skills related to place-making and urban revitalization, with experience working on small and medium sized urban design initiatives, as well as a familiarity with transportation and infrastructure issues.

Presentation and public speaking experience with a strong focus on advocacy and neighborhood promotion.

Understanding of local economic development tools, such as DC Open Data.

Understanding of commercial real estate development and leasing transactions.

Ability to work autonomously within a small team environment while prioritizing and managing the completion of projects timely and efficiently.

Demonstrated skills with MS Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), GIS (ArcGIS or other), Adobe Creative Suite, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software (e.g., Salesforce, Zoho, etc.) and data analytic tools.

Intermediate or Advanced Microsoft Excel skills.

Proven experience managing sub-consultant performance.



Experience working with relevant District and Federal agencies (DDOT, DMPED, DGS, DPR, NPS, etc.) including familiarity with their permitting processes.

Knowledge of and interest in the local art and cultural scene.

Interest in "placemaking" and place management (as it relates to economic development, urban planning, commercial real estate and place branding).

Graphic design skills and strong artistic sensibility.

Knowledge of real estate financial modeling techniques and valuation analysis (NPV, IRR, cap rates, etc.).

Proficiency in data mining and “big data” manipulation and analysis.

Experience in the planning, organizing and supervising of role-specific outdoor events.

Strong interest in commercial real estate development and leasing transactions.

Quantitative analytical and market research skills, with a focus on development, leasing and demographic data gathering, analysis and reporting.

Demonstrated interest in urban affairs, collective impact, and addressing social and economic inequality.


Experience & Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a concentration in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Urban Planning, Economic Development, Commercial Real Estate, or a related field with a minimum of 6 years of post-baccalaureate work experience focused on urban planning and economic development; Master’s degree preferred.

Hardworking, self-starting and self-motivated with the ability to take decisive and appropriate action.

Outstanding work ethic, organizational skills and attention to detail.

Proficiency in conducting Internet searches.

Customer-service and solutions-orientated mindset.

Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and professionally in written communication.

Ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision, or within a highly collaborative environment as part of a team, and to meet deadlines.

Ability to interact effectively with Board members, stakeholders and other MVT CID partners.

Passionate about dramatically improving the lives of people and neighborhoods.

Open minded and willing to engage with those who share different opinions and beliefs.

Solutions orientation with strong intellectual curiosity and a bias toward both “problem seeking” and problem solving.

Ability to fluidly think on multiple levels including strategically, creatively and adaptively.

Familiarity with District of Columbia government and agencies helpful but not required.


Position Hours

Core business hours are 9AM-5PM, Monday through Friday.

Requires occasional work on nights and weekends in support of community events.


Additional Position Requirements

Position at times requires the lifting of light boxes containing marketing collateral and other event-related materials.

Office space is four-story townhome walk-up with no elevator.

Minimal non-DC domestic travel required.


Equal Opportunity Employer

The MVT CID provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, non-job-related disability, Veteran status, genetic information or other protected group status. In so doing, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and applicants for employment are afforded an equal opportunity to pursue job opportunities to the fullest extent possible with the organization. Decisions on employment, promotions and opportunities for personal development, compensation and benefits reflect our commitment to furthering the principles of the MVT CID’s equal employment opportunity policy. This Job Announcement, and any application submitted pursuant to it, is not an offer of employment or an employment contract.



Level of Language Proficiency

English (Highly Proficient)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply

E-mail a cover letter, resume and three (3) references by close of business Friday, August 3, 2018 to

Include your name and "Associate Director of Planning & Economic Development" in the subject line.

We encourage you to visit and review our annual reports, online collateral and other documents before applying.

No phone calls please.