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Urban Planner

Job Details:
  • Full Time
  • In-Person in Pittsburgh, PA / Hybrid
Required Qualifications:
  • 4-7 years of experience in community planning, urban planning, community relations, project administration, community development, and/or government relations is required.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning, Urban Design, or related field is required. Master’s degree in planning, urban design, or related field and certification in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.
  • Consulting Experience Highly Preferred
  • Valid Drivers License

  • PTO
  • Health Plan
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • 401 (k)
  • Professional Development Assistance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Job Description

The core function of the Urban Planner is to work in support of the firm’s provision of professional consulting services to a wide variety of public and private sector clients. The Urban Planner shall work both individually and within the multi-disciplinary structure of the firm, providing technical support to projects. The primary focus will be on urban planning, including but not limited to, participation and input in the community visioning and planning projects, comprehensive planning, zoning, strategic planning, transit planning, and communications projects. The Urban Planner will also provide planning support to our Communications Team and GIS Team, helping to transform technical information to be public-facing and understandable to the general public, and be able to work with diverse stakeholder groups.


The selected candidate must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently and accurately on complex planning projects. The selected candidate must show the ability to analyze project data in relation to applicable codes and regulations to generate creative, workable solutions and achieve project success. The Urban Planner will demonstrate technical writing skills, strong oral communication skills, preparation of public-facing presentations, and supporting graphics. 


Job Responsibilities

85% – Consulting Services/Technical Support/Project Execution/Creation of Client Deliverables

  • Provide technical work related to planning projects such as community visioning studies, comprehensive plans, transit plans, zoning ordinances, and other related projects.
  • Actively contribute to community visioning exercises, including precedent research and the sourcing / gathering of precedent images.
  • Develop and implement outreach and involvement initiatives in accordance with client’s requirements including working across diverse community and neighborhood settings.
  • Record and maintain accurate documentation of public events, publications, and interactions including meeting summaries, attendance, comments, etc.
  • Update job knowledge continuously regarding planning, community and urban design and sustainability issues, ideas and methods as well as engagement tools and strategies, and is knowledgeable in current trends, practices, technology, and information affecting the planning profession.
  • Attend, facilitate, present, and coordinate logistics, collateral materials, and displays for public or community meetings or forums.
  • Plan public outreach initiatives including the development of outreach materials.
  • Work collaboratively with GIS analysists and Graphic Designers on cartography and the creation of mapping products and analysis.
  • Technical support to engineering, communications, and business management teams
  • Technical writing and report generation for client deliverables

15% Business Development

  • Provide input into and help implement the business development plan for urban planning services.
  • Expand the Company’s exposure through networks in the region.
  • Help to prepare and disseminate information regarding the Company through media sources.
  • Attending various meetings and seminars to look for opportunities to expand the Company’s exposure.
  • Identify opportunities to expand Company brand and influence.
  • All other duties assigned by the manager.
Qualifications & Skills
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Planning, Urban Design, or related field is required. Master’s degree in planning, urban design, or related field and certification in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.
4-7 years of experience in community planning, urban planning, community relations, project administration, community development, and/or government relations is required. Consulting experience is HIGHLY preferred.

The position requires excellent skills in time management, organization, and the ability to communicate effectively across various mediums. In addition, the position requires, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of various built form typologies and planning documents and related urban design policies.
  • Effective communication skills including verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Experience in collecting and compiling research materials and technical writing.
  • Proficiency in MS Office is required; experience with creating and manipulating data, spreadsheets, and pivot tables in Excel preferred.
  • Knowledge of ESRI GIS software, such as ArcGIS Desktop and AGOL, Geoprocessing Tools, and GIS data management/geodatabases; digitizing and data manipulation procedures for GIS.
  • Proficiency required in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign required; Illustrator and Photoshop a plus).
  • Additional proficiencies may include Sketch-up, other 3D Software, and/or Revit.
  • Creativity, initiative, good judgment, and the ability to express thoughts clearly and simply.
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to network on a variety of levels.
  • Analyze situations accurately and recommend an effective course of action.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.
  • Meet tight schedules and timelines.
  • The physical ability to cope with long hours and a stressful work environment. 


Additional Notes:
  • This position is not remote. The Urban Planner will be required to work in the office at least three (3) days a week.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.
  • The ability to travel is required (approximately 10%).
  • The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends is required.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work for ANY employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.
  • Relocation assistance not offered at this time.

Dave Broniecki
Data Engineer, Associate Project Manager

Dave is a NASSCO certified Mechanical Engineer. Specializing in retrieving and analyzing data from various sources to support condition assessment and capital improvement planning activities. Utilizing data to coordinate and track progress on key organizational performance indicators, he assists stakeholders in making decisions related to strategic planning. He has been integral in establishing data management programs essential for planning the future repair and management of large-scale sewer networks.  David works with clients to develop training programs and SOPs that address current maintenance needs and future Capital Improvement Planning.


Christine Barton, PE, PLS
Project Engineer

Christine Barton is a registered civil engineer and land surveyor with expert experience in site design, land development, water resources design for civil/site projects including layouts, utility plans, and permitting, and coordination/management of field survey work.  She has successfully held positions as project manager, project designer, and office manager to serve the needs of the clients within the residential, commercial, military, industrial, and healthcare industries. Core proficiencies include coordination with local land development planning agencies, county conservation districts, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the  Pennsylvania Department of Environment.


Irvin Williams, President

As the President and founder of E. Holdings, Irvin is currently focused on the company’s succession, strategic growth, and development. He has both a professional and personal interest in Pittsburgh’s success.  A Pittsburgh native and founder of several development companies, he has an extensive understanding of finance and business, which are vital to the success of this company. He has served in numerous management positions including financial advisor, senior vice president, project manager, general contractor, developer, and construction manager. Active in the local community, he made the decision to dedicate his expertise to rebuilding economically sustainable communities with the approval of their existing residents. In 1996, he and his wife became the first African Americans in Western Pennsylvania to develop and own a commercial office building, Williams Square. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with an AAS in Mathematics.

Contact: | 412-434-6290

Amy Wiles, AICP
Manager of Planning & Design

Amy’s professional experience crosses a variety of disciplines, ranging from county and multi-municipal comprehensive plans and land use ordinances (zoning and subdivision and land development) to specialized planning studies, such as wayfinding master plans and parks, recreation, trails and greenways plans. She has been employed by E. Holdings for two years and has 20 years of professional experience.

Contact: | 724-448-0286

Alexis Meier, MPP
Director of Communications

Alexis is the Director of Communications at E. Holdings. There she has worked as the Municipal Coordinator for an in-depth municipal assessment project for the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). She oversees all of E. Holding’s public relations and public outreach efforts. She also brings experience as a Government Affairs Manager for Duane Morris Government Strategies. She worked on community development projects and developing and executing government relations strategies as well as fundraising efforts. She has also spent time navigating our political system in Washington D.C. as the Legislative Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Her understanding of legislation and politics gives her a unique viewpoint when collaborating on civic projects. 

Contact: | 412-656-8850

Janai Williams Smith, MCP
Managing Director and EVP

Janai Smith is the Managing Director and Principal of E. Holdings, Inc. Janai is a versatile, goal-oriented Program Manager with 20+ years of experience supporting the strategic direction of large-scale programs, setting budgets and managing risks while achieving overall company goals and exceeding customer expectations. As a planner and economist, Janai has been involved in a diverse array of projects, among them master plans, urban revitalization plan, visioning studies, brownfield and infill redevelopment projects, strategic planning and infrastructure improvement programs.

Janai’s interest in urban planning, design and infrastructure programs is rooted in a passion for the creation of sustainable communities that deliver equity in planning and implementation by making connections with people and their built environment. Her affinity for complex problem-solving can be seen in the diverse array of projects in which she’s been engaged from revitalization plans for depressed urban neighborhoods to brand new communities and programs. Leading a process-oriented, multidisciplinary team, Janai’s dedication to achieving consensus in her client’s goals and stakeholders’ vision has made a significant contribution to the successful development of numerous projects. 

Contact: | 412-728-5726