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Kendig Keast Collaborative
Location:Sugar Land (Houston Metro Area), TX
Senior Associate (Land Development Regulations)
- Level: Senior (7+ years)
- Company / Agency: Kendig Keast Collaborative
- Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
- AICP or Juris Doctor: Preferred
Kendig Keast Collaborative (KKC) seeks to immediately hire a Senior Associate who specializes in regulatory writing for our community planning, land development regulations, and urban design practice. This individual will join a national consulting firm with over 35 years of successful client interaction. We seek candidates who have the background and drive to assist in evaluating, drafting, amending, and, at times, administering development regulations for entire jurisdictions as well as particular districts and priority areas.
The ideal candidate will have at least seven years of experience in community planning, design, and plan implementation through zoning and other land development regulations, in the public or private sector, with a preference for those with related experience in both consulting and in direct local government work. We will also seriously consider applicants with a land use law background provided they have direct experience in crafting and implementing regulations that advance community planning objectives. A master’s degree in urban planning or a closely related field is preferred (or a J.D. for applicants with a land use law background), although a combination of a bachelor’s degree and related professional experience may be considered. AICP and/or other professional certifications are required.
We seek an individual with experience with all aspects of local development regulations (e.g., zoning, subdivision, infrastructure and design standards, parking/loading, landscaping, signs, environmental resources, neighborhood conservation, administrative procedures, nonconformities, enforcement etc.), whether packaged into unified development regulations or addressed as distinct zoning elements. Exposure to various philosophies and techniques for regulating land use and shaping community form is essential, especially as this familiarity can be applied in “hybrid” regulations that appeal to a wide range of client communities.
Experience with online and in-person community outreach and public engagement activities is also important, particularly related to facilitating stakeholder and leadership consensus that enables successful adoption and implementation of new or amended development regulations. The candidate’s career progression should indicate increasingly challenging assignments and growing leadership and supervisory responsibilities, as mentoring of younger associates is also expected.
The successful candidate will immediately serve as a deputy project manager, in coordination with KKC principals, and will evolve into a lead project management role based on effective performance and familiarity with the firm’s approach and practices. Specific duties will include: directly managing zoning and development ordinance projects; supporting similar projects led by other KKC personnel; facilitating the overall regulatory drafting/amendment process (including ensuring conformance with the unique statutory framework of each state where KKC initiates a local ordinance project); completing hands-on aspects of the work (including research and data collection, field reconnaissance, and writing and editing); directing the work of project staff and subconsultants to generate quality and timely work products (including editing, design and creation of ordinance graphics and illustrations, and related GIS analysis and mapping); interacting with client representatives and constituents; overseeing budgets and schedules; and ensuring responsiveness and client satisfaction. Senior personnel also participate in business development activities and help to expand our areas of practice. This includes writing responses to Requests for Proposals, securing speaking engagements, lead roles in seminars and continuing education programs, and publication opportunities to continue our leadership role within the urban planning profession. Periodic travel to client communities and for business development activities will be necessary.
In particular, this individual will coordinate closely with the staff of enCodePlusTM, which due to its popularity and growth, KKC recently chose to spin off as an independent venture. Besides the business development aspect, the Senior Associate will ensure that we are taking full advantage of enCodePlus' capabilities in our zoning practice, and pinpointing ways to upgrade and build in new features based on project experience and client feedback.
Strong writing, presentation, graphic, analytical, and computer skills are essential for the successful applicant. At a minimum, the applicant must clearly demonstrate competence with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Preference will be given to those with additional background working with ArcGIS and/or CAD, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, etc.) and SketchUp, as well as HTML to draft regulations directly in and to support our proprietary software. Experience in land development and project design is a plus. In addition to these technical capabilities, the candidate we seek must be highly motivated, entrepreneurial, and energetic; diligent, thorough, well-organized and detail oriented; personable; curious to learn about the communities we serve; and eager for exposure to new subjects and opportunities for professional growth and career advancement./p>
Applicants with the above attributes and minimum qualifications are required to submit a resume, a detailed cover letter describing your directly related experience, skills and education, along with your interest in our firm and this position and your willingness to relocate to our Sugar Land, Texas office. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit sample ordinances and regulatory provisions authored by the applicant.