Location: Northville, MI

Zoning and Form-Based Code Project Manager

Position Summary
McKenna’s Project Managers are passionate, talented, tenacious, and creative planners and designers who want to make a difference and see their work efforts result in tangible, inspirational outcomes. Our work is purposeful and impacts people by influencing the state of the environment; ultimately, we take pride in helping to improve quality of life in our great Midwestern communities. McKenna’s team members enjoy the benefits of our practice, from the diversity of projects in a diverse range of communities to our fast-paced, creative, and collaborative team culture.

Our Project Managers excel at coordinating a broad range of planning and/or design projects while collaborating with diverse communities, writing and/or producing technically rich plans and/or designs, and developing meaningful relationships with local leaders. If you enjoy a fast-paced, high opportunity, collaborative work experience, with varied and satisfying engagements that help communities in our area thrive, please review full position details at and send your resume in confidence with general salary expectations to the attention of Human Resources at

The Project Manager is committed to ensuring project success, from adopting creative approaches for solving planning and design problems, to delivering on-time, on-budget results. Specifically:

  • The core responsibility of McKenna’s Project Managers is to provide on-time, on-budget planning and design work that is of the highest technical and creative quality.
  • Project Managers serve as the lead planner and/or designer on a multitude of projects, and must deliver creative solutions to our clients throughout the Midwest, primarily local units of government. Projects range from providing ongoing and continuing service in the areas of zoning, master planning, economic development, and placemaking, to special projects in planning, design, economic development, community development, etc.
  • Project Managers are often responsible for leading a team of professionals, depending on the complexity of the project. Frequent collaborators are more junior planners or designers, mapping specialists, administrative staff, and graphic designers – all of whom McKenna’s Project Managers must assign work, collaborate with, communicate with effectively and frequently, and inspire.
  • Project Managers frequently deliver public presentations and facilitate public meetings, including in front of municipal boards and commissions, concerned and engaged stakeholder groups, and professional peer organizations. Most often, presentations are concerning the project(s) being managed by McKenna; other times, Project Managers will represent the firm by delivering topical and timely presentations to audiences throughout the Midwest.
  • McKenna’s Project Managers are responsible for delivering graphically-rich work products by directing a creative team, regardless of each Project Manager’s graphic skills.
  • Project Managers are expected to build relationships with current and future McKenna clients to increase the notoriety of the Project Manager, McKenna, and our work products, as well as to generate sales leads and secure future work.
  • Project Managers develop creative, error-free, and competitive project proposals and agreements to secure work for the firm.
  • Successful McKenna Project Managers develop marketing content (white papers, social media content, eBulletins, blog posts, etc.) that establishes themselves and McKenna as thought leaders in a diverse range of community planning and design topics.

Position Specifics
Successful Project Managers most often possess the following knowledge and skills:

  • A master’s degree in planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, or related field preferred.
  • Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP and/or AICP-CUD), architect or landscape architect professional licensure, National Charrette Institute, etc.
  • Ability to respectfully supervise others on a project basis, under direction of McKenna’s Leadership Team and Project Directors.