Now Hiring: Director of Community Planning

Posted: July 12th, 2021.  Open until filled.
Status: Full time, exempt (some evening and weekend work required)
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: 1106 East 30th Street, Suite G, Kansas City, MO 64109
Application Instructions

BikeWalkKC seeks an urban planner to join our leadership team and help us make walking and biking simple solutions to complex problems of mobility, equity, sustainability, health, recreation, livability, and prosperity.

Position Summary

This is a unique opportunity for a planning professional to join a mission-driven nonprofit organization and have a tangible impact on the Greater Kansas City community. The Director of Community Planning is responsible for leading all activities and functions of BikeWalkKC’s value-oriented fee-for-service planning program. Duties include project management, planning and programmatic work, business development, and proposal writing.

About the Community Planning program

BikeWalkKC is one of a handful of mobility advocacy nonprofits that utilize in-house urban planning as a strategy to achieve our mission of making our streets places for people to build a culture of active living. We believe that people who walk, bike, roll, and use transit should not just have a seat at the table with planners and decision makers, but should be leading the work to plan for a healthier and more sustainable built environment.

We provide a wide range of community planning, technical assistance, education, public policy, programming, and other services. Our clients include municipalities, counties, school districts, and other agencies across the bi-state Kansas City metro area. BikeWalkKC is also part of Missourians for Responsible Transportation, a collaboration of the state’s local mobility advocacy nonprofits that provide planning and public policy support to smaller communities across Missouri.

Some of our recent work includes:

As a nonprofit organization, BikeWalkKC uses advocacy, education, research, and planning to advance our mission of making our streets places for people. Our office culture is both collaborative and kind. Everyone is motivated by our mission, and a shared sense of purpose.

The organization offers flexible benefits, a friendly work environment, IRA, parental leave, paid time off, and flexible working arrangements. Please visit: https://bikewalkkc.org/plannng to learn more about our planning program and https://bikewalkkc.org to learn more about our organization.

Outcomes

These are the outcomes that we want the next Community Planning Director to lead us in achieving. Some of these you will do hands on, and some you will lead in partnership with co-workers, vendors, consultants, or outside partners. The specific mix will depend on the selected applicant.

1. Produce high quality planning products that give clients and local communities actionable plans and tools.

  • Provide excellent planning service for our active transportation and community outreach clients and partners.
  • Produce technical documents like plans, reports, maps, GIS analyses, data analyses, etc.
  • Utilize software tools such as GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, Zoom, Slack, and Asana to meet organizational needs.
  • Lead the maintenance and future expansion of our Community Dashboard product on the MySidewalk platform

2. Develop new business and revenue to sustain the work of the planning program and contribute to the overall financial success of the organization.

  • Cultivate relationships with current and potential clients in the government, private, and nonprofit sectors to maintain and expand our planning work
  • Lead the writing of fee-for-service proposals, budgets, and project scopes
  • Lead the building of project teams with private sector and nonprofit partners
  • Assist the Executive Director and Development/Communications Director in conceiving and writing grant proposals to fund planning work

3. Engage with the community to ensure the planning program is producing work that meets community needs, goals, and aspirations,

  • Lead community engagement work, such as public speaking, stakeholder coordination, and meeting planning
  • Represent the organization in meetings and to a variety of public agencies, businesses, community groups and other nonprofit organizations
  • Foster collaborative working relationships to accomplish mutual goals and objectives.
  • Partner with the Executive Director and the Policy Director to identify where planning efforts and policy advocacy can collaborate and advance the overall organizational mission to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods.

4. Provide excellent project management to ensure we are providing good value to our clients and maximizing our available resources

  • Manage projects, resources, budgets, and contractors.
  • Coordinate with other teams in the organization when extra staffing and other supports are needed to deliver projects

The Director of Community Planning is part of our leadership team. You will collaborate with your colleagues in strategic planning, mission and values definition, budgeting, impact evaluation, and project coordination across teams and work groups.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in urban planning or closely related field; or, significant work experience and demonstrated success in planning or related fields.
  • Previous experience in a community planning or other relevant role
  • Strong background and skills in participatory planning and community engagement
  • Public policy evaluation, development, and/or implementation
  • High level of cultural competency and an enjoyment of working in diverse communities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with business development and with preparing proposals for fee-for-service planning work
  • Experience in active transportation planning, community engagement, and/or relevant field
  • Graduate degree (or comparable experience) in planning, engineering, or other relevant field
  • Experience working in community collaborations, cross-sector networks, and/or collective impact initiatives

If you bring work and life experience beyond urban planning’s traditional education/credential system, please use your cover letter as an opportunity to explain how those experiences make you uniquely qualified to be successful in this position.

Cultural Competency

This position works with highly diverse communities across the metro area, including many communities that are experiencing systemic racism, long-term disinvestment, redlining, and other serious challenges. Successful candidates will demonstrate a high degree of cultural competency and experience working in diverse communities from the urban core to the suburbs to rural communities. We are especially interested in candidates that have lived experience in diverse communities.

Compensation and Benefits

This position has a base salary range of $50,000 to $60,000 per year. Higher compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience, especially for candidates with demonstrated success in business development.

  • Paid Time Off: Flexible four weeks+
  • Parental Leave: Flexible six weeks for birth or adoption
  • Health insurance reimbursement
  • Retirement plan after 12 months, with up to 3% employer match
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Phone reimbursement
  • Discounts on bike/sports/outdoor gear

Reporting relationships and work environment

This position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with Directors of Policy and Education. It oversees relationships with outside consultants, interns, and community partners. We hope to add additional planning staff in the future, under the management of this position.

The work environment is an open office in Midtown Kansas City. The team is highly collaborative and supportive, with a fun, entrepreneurial spirit. Some evening and weekend work will be required.

Pandemic Working Situation: Employees with office jobs are currently working in hybrid mode, with most voluntarily working in the office at least part time. We anticipate fully reopening the office after school starts in the fall, pending evaluation of the public health situation at that time. This position can be considered for ongoing hybrid work.


How to apply

  • Send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF file to careers@bikewalkkc.org with “Planning Director” in the subject line.
  • Feel free to attach work samples or include links to samples online.
  • While we are eager to fill this position quickly, we are committed to taking the time to recruit a diverse applicant pool.

Employment offer contingent on background check
BikeWalkKC has “banned the box” and does not ask job applicants about past criminal convictions or incarceration. However, the selected applicant must agree to a criminal background check. Any results relevant to this position will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Results not relevant to this position will be disregarded.

 


Organization Culture

BikeWalkKC is a team of passionate and hard-working advocates, educators, planners, and social entrepreneurs making Kansas City a better place to live, work, and play through professional advocacy and education. Our culture is collaborative and supportive, encouraging risk-taking, excellence, and constant learning. You will work hard, have fun, and make an impact on the community.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

BikeWalkKC is committed to supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its services, administration, and employment, as well as research and activities. We recognize this is especially important for a majority-white organization often working in communities of color. We strive to foster a working environment that values contributions from team members regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental disabilities, physical disabilities, or veteran status. We work with a wide range of external partners and stakeholders, and employees must be committed to growing their own cultural competency.

 


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