POSITION SUMMARY: ULI is seeking an individual to serve as the global director for its longstanding UrbanPlan program. UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically demanding classroom-based curriculum in which students—usually high school students– learn about the fundamental market and non-market forces that affect development in the United States. The program is designed to help high school students learn about where and how land use decisions are made in order to make them better educated citizens. When used at the university level, it’s intended to create more sophisticated and effective land use professionals: developers, planners, architects, investors and policy makers entering the profession.
This program is currently active in 15 District Councils in the U.S. and is poised to expand globally. It relies heavily on local volunteer members who function as advisers and jurors for the process. UrbanPlan has reached over 20,000 high school and university students across the country since 2003.
This position requires a senior director who can function in a collaborative work situation and can interact with several different constituencies: 1. The District Councils who are interested in bringing UrbanPlan to their communities or already have an active program in place; 2. High schools that would like to offer UrbanPlan; 3. Teachers in high schools that are offering UP; 4. District Council member volunteers for the program; 5. District Councils and/or universities that would like to offer UrbanPlan in the undergraduate curriculum. The senior director must also help market the program and be a spokesperson for it at public events as well as maintain its website.
The director must also be able to “sell” the UrbanPlan program in that s/he must be able to help the District Councils identify candidate high schools for the program and then convince the teachers and administrators that it is a worthwhile learning opportunity.
The position requires 30% travel, including non-domestic travel. This is a full time, exempt position. It will be located in Washington, D.C. and report to the Senior Vice President, Education & Advisory Group.
- Manage overall UrbanPlan program and budget
- Interact with District Council staff
- Manage curriculum and training content
- Manage content on website to ensure all materials are up-to-date
- Work with member volunteers who will be serving as jurors and advisers to the program
- Conduct teacher training sessions
- Conduct volunteer training sessions
- Evaluate programs
- Manage a global advisory board of members and staff
- Develop and maintain strong partnerships with outside organizations through innovative and traditional means to promote ongoing engagements
- Write articles for ULI publications and participate in other research, education, and publications projects on an occasional basis.
- Manage occasional new projects for the Education and Advisory Group or other centers in ULI
- Other duties as assigned
- Close coordination within District Councils and Education and Advisory Group on all issues related to UrbanPlan; work with members of other departments to build cross-team support. Collaborate with staff across the organization on other project assignments. Manage global advisory board of members and staff.
- Work with high schools and universities that are interested in the UrbanPlan program.
- Seven to ten years of experience in public and/or private land use planning and real estate development
- Demonstrated experience in teaching and pedagogy
- Broad knowledge of and experience in real estate development, public-private partnerships, municipal government, real estate market issues, public utilities and transportation, and housing
- Experience working in a collaborative environment
- Public speaking ability
- General knowledge of and passion for urban design and planning
- General knowledge of and passion for teaching
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- The ability to prioritize and manage several projects at once
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or real estate development or comparable experience. Prefer master’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or real estate development.
Please submit your resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your e-mail. No relocation is offered at this time.
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