Land Use and Planning Associate (Part-Time 25.00 Hours/Week)

Job Type

Part Time Temporary


Details: $25.00/Hour




555 Bergen Avenue
3rd Floor
New York
United States



The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) was founded in 1972 by a group of business executives and community leaders. Our mission was urgent: reverse the flight of businesses and jobs from the South Bronx. It was the first and most fundamental step toward rebuilding a community whose name evoked images of burned out buildings, crime, poverty, and drugs. But as SoBRO began to evolve, it became clearer that community revitalization required a multifaceted effort.

Today we address all aspects of community development: assisting businesses to get started and grow, training residents according to the needs of employers, offering opportunities for youth to learn and develop, and creating affordable housing and commercial space that reverses blight in the community.

Since our founding in 1972, SoBRO has served over 20,000 students, helped to create and retain more than 40,000 jobs for area residents, and created the climate for hundreds of million dollars of capital investment into the South Bronx.

SoBRO has a great opportunity for a graduate with a Master's Degree in Urban/Regional Planning or a current student that has completed their junior year to be considered for the position of Land Use and Planning Associate. The candidate will assist the Assistant Vice President of Operations in executing the Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Grant. SoBRO is currently under contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The area being studied is contained in three “clusters,” centered around the Bronx River and Sheridan Expressway. It is located in the West Farms and Soundview neighborhoods, served by Bronx Community Boards 3, 6, and 9. You will work closely with community stakeholders, project partner organizations, subcontractors, and the EPA to produce a vision for the study area that reflects community needs, with a focus on cleanup and reuse of “brownfield” sites located within the clusters. The duration of this assignment is through August 31, 2018, with the potential to develop into a regular full-time position based on continuation of funding.

Essential Responsibilities:

• Organize steering committee meetings, prepare agendas, and meeting minutes.

• Provide support in reviewing consultant reports.

• Identify and engage neighborhood stakeholders.

• Conduct community outreach, including but not limited to hosting community events.

• Complete reporting to U.S. EPA, including the final project report.

• Research funding opportunities to sustain efforts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Able to work in a fast-paced environment independently and as a team member.

• Energetic, enthusiastic, and possess a professional demeanor.

• Strong ability to plan, organize, and conduct research..

• Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly working with internal and external constituents.

• Communicate effectively both written and verbal.

• Respectful of others and display a positive attitude.

• Ability to seek volunteers through residents and outside agencies.

• Community-based research experience (i.e. surveys, focus groups and interviews).

• Knowledge of current office methods and practices, including filing systems, business correspondence, presentations and report writing.

• Proficient knowledge of office software, e.g., Microsoft Word, Outlook, Publisher etc.

• Combination of education/or experience in teaching and organizing.

• Knowledge of basic principles of social services and local community resources.

• Ability to perform physical activities, such as door to door distribution of flyers.

• Conduct home visits as needed and host events that may require transporting or lifting cumbersome material, i.e. flip charts, brochures, refreshments, etc.

• Local travel to various sites, as needed.

• Possession of valid Driver’s license is strongly preferred.

• Proficient knowledge of GIS Mapping.

Experience and Education:

• A graduate degree in Urban/Regional Planning or a related field of study and/or at least 1 year of relevant professional experience.

• Or a candidate who is currently in their senior year of study in pursuit of a graduate degree in Urban/Regional Planning or a related field of study.

• Combination of education and/or experience will be considered.

• Ideal candidate will possess at least 1 year of experience conducting community planning.

• Ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of the Bronx, especially the West Farms and Soundview neighborhoods.


This is an IMMEDIATE PAID part-time opportunity.

If you enjoy making a difference and serving as an advocate for change in the community this may be the opportunity for you.

It's a great opportunity to enhance your skills in urban planning and development.

Candidates currently enrolled in a Master's program in pursuit of a degree in Urban Planning and have completed their junior year of study will be considered.

The duration of this assignment is through August 31, 2018, with the potential to develop into a regular full-time position based on continuation of funding.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

For immediate consideration, email cover letter and resume to and note the position in the subject line. All resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until we select a candidate. Only those candidates being considered will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity with SoBRO.

The office is accessible - just one quarter block from the #2 and #5 subway trains and several bus lines. We are located in the heart of the South Bronx Commercial District.

SoBRO is an Equal Opportunity Employer