Now hiring: Land Use and Development Program Manager

Smart Growth America (SGA) is a national nonprofit that empowers communities through technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership to create livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity.

Land Use and Development Program Manager for the Form-Based Codes Institute

Are you interested in good land use planning, community empowerment, or zoning reform? Do you have project management experience in the fields of planning, public administration, or community development? Are you eager to use your skills to support programs, and projects that promote equitable, pedestrian-oriented, and sustainable development? SGA’s Land Use and Development Team is seeking an experienced Program Manager to join the team to manage projects and programs for the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) and the Land Use and Development Team.

Position description

The Program Manager is a member of Smart Growth America’s Land Use and Development Team who contributes to a fast-paced, collaborative team environment. The Program Manager works closely with the FBCI Director to achieve FBCI’s and SGA’s vision, manage the day-to-day operations of the Form-Based Codes Institute, and advance SGA’s mission through thought leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance. They manage FBCI programs– including the education program, the annual Richard H. Driehaus Award, and FBCI communications and outreach.  This person also supports FBCI’s Codes for Communities program, as well as other projects of the Land Use and Development Team, and SGA generally.

The role and responsibilities

Program Management

  • Manage day-to-day operations of FBCI’s education program, which currently includes an in-person three-class curriculum, a new FBC 101 Virtual Edition, currently in development, webinars and other educational offerings
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the annual Richard H. Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award program
  • Support FBCI technical assistance and research projects
  • Support FBCI Director and SGA Senior Staff on other projects as assigned

Communications and Marketing

  • Manage FBCI communications and outreach
  • Maintain and update content on the FBCI website
  • Write regular email blasts, blog posts and other content for the website;
  • Lead FBCI’s social media outreach
  • Serve as FBCI liaison to the SGA Communications Team and other SGA Programs

Research, Analysis, and Writing

  • Identify and document FBC and other land use best practices
  • Participate in FBCI and other Land Use and Development Team research projects

Fundraising & External Relations

  • Identify grant opportunities and assist with writing proposals
  • Identify conferences where FBCI staff can present and assist with session proposals
  • Support FBCI Steering Committee and Resource Council meetings, with FBCI Director
  • Undertake communications, fundraising, and other assignments as needed
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Land Use and Development Team and Smart Growth America

Required skills and qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage projects and programs including preparing and following timetables, recruiting and managing outside experts, scheduling and managing meetings with external and internal partners, and preparing and editing reports. They will demonstrate the ability to work with professionals in the field to collect, provide information, and write about form-based codes and other topics in land use, urban planning and other related fields. The successful candidate should have experience or interest in working on equitable development and racial justice in land use, the built environment, transportation, public health, housing, economic development, arts and culture, local government administration, and/or community development. Candidates must be able to work independently, collaboratively and productively in a team environment both virtually and in person. 

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a four-year college degree, graduate degree preferred, with an emphasis in city and regional planning, public administration or related field, and a minimum of 3 years of related work experience.

Compensation and location

Salary commensurate with experience and will range between $56,000-$63,000. Benefits include health insurance, 401k contributions, paid vacation, and paid sick time.

This position reports to the Director of FBCI and is based in Washington, DC. As SGA staff are currently working remotely on an indefinite basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and likely to continue teleworking through the summer, the employee filling this position can live anywhere in the United States during the remote working period.

To apply

If you possess the desired qualifications, please send a cover letter, a resume and references to [email protected] with “Land Use and Development Program Manager-FBCI” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please indicate how you learned of this job opportunity. Applications will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Smart Growth America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/ preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. Smart Growth America is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.

Form-Based Codes