Associate Planner, Housing & Neighborhood Planning

Job Type

Full Time


Details: This is a full-time position. Salary and title are commensurate with education and/or experience.




One Whitehall
16th Floor
New York
United States


Regional Plan Association is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual for the position of Associate Planner. The planner will report to the Vice President, Housing and Neighborhood Planning, and work closely with a staff of interdisciplinary professionals.

The planner will undertake research, collect and analyze data, organize public meetings and workshops, and produce original reports and research findings. Typical projects include analysis of census and other data; presentation of results in verbal, written and graphic formats; managing local-level planning studies; and coordinating with project partners and decision-makers.

We are looking for someone who shares our passion for fostering equitable, healthy, sustainable cities and communities. We encourage a challenging, collaborative and fun work environment. We also believe in work-life balance.

General responsibilities will include:

  • Organizing, researching, and writing major policy reports on housing, land use, economic development, and urban design in conjunction with the Vice President for Housing and Neighborhood Planning and other RPA staff members
  • Conducting in-depth data analysis, land use analysis, and mapping projects
  • Helping to manage ad-hoc committees of RPA board members and other stakeholders
  • Delivering public testimony, preparing presentations, and writing blog post and op-eds designed to highlight research and affect public policy
  • Organizing meetings, forums and events
  • Representing RPA to our partners at meetings, charrettes, and conferences
  • Supporting local community-planning projects, which could involve analysis, public engagement, and/or design initiatives
  • Thinking creatively about tools, data and strategies to support RPA's ambitious planning and policy work is encouraged


  • A minimum of three years of work experience.
  • Graduate degree, preferably with a concentration in urban studies, urban planning, economics, geography, political science, architecture, sociology or other relevant field of study
  • Knowledge of local land use and planning issues
  • High proficiency with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as well as data-analysis programs such R or SPSS
  • A demonstrable track record finding, analyzing and presenting data in a compelling way
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, design, writing and presentation skills, as well as experience in a collaborative working environment
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on considerable responsibility in a fast-paced office environment
  • Passion for social justice and equity-driven planning outcomes

Work may occasionally include evening or weekend meetings. This position is based in RPA’s New York office, although occasional travel to other areas within the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region may be needed.

About RPA

RPA conducts research, advocacy, and planning on regional and national priorities, including open space and environmental sustainability, transportation, economic development, and governance. Our team of talented professionals are passionate about developing and sharing ideas that foster thriving, healthy cities and communities.

We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City, with offices in Stamford, CT, and Princeton, NJ.

RPA is a workplace that values diversity. Employment and promotional opportunities are equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish a plus

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

To apply, please submit resume, a brief (one page maximum) cover letter, three references, a writing sample and/or portfolio and any other relevant materials to the Jotform link above. Because of the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to reply to every applicant. We kindly request no phone calls or emails.