We are seeking a highly experienced planner and urban designer with more than ten years of experience to serve as Project Manager for large planning projects. Our ideal candidate has a proven track record of successfully overseeing all aspects of redevelopment planning projects for the public and private sectors, with extensive knowledge of community planning processes and public engagement strategies. Additional qualities include acting as a leader who can provide strategic direction and expertise in business development, practice management, and oversight.  The successful candidate will bring a passion and verve to our team and be responsible for leading the practice and fostering excellent client relations.

Employment location(s):  

  • Pittsburgh Metro, PA
  • Philadelphia Metro, PA
  • Norfolk, VA (Hampton Roads Region)


Leadership Responsibilities: 

  • Inspiring and leading staff and others by example, participating in staff mentoring and training, clearly defining team member expectations and responsibilities, empowering others, and delegating where appropriate based on team members’ recognized abilities and potential.

  • Demonstrating leadership in the implementation and execution of projects to meet and exceed client’s goals and expectations.

  • Ability to work remotely as needed, successfully lead projects and manage staff, and support other needs of the firm.

  • Serving as Project Manager and as the lead contact with clients.

  • Serving clients, project teams, and staff in support of project implementation; ensure timely, cost effective, high-quality service, and product delivery.

  • Overseeing presentational development, technical documentation, and reports and setting the visual graphic design vocabulary for the firm’s work.

  • Leading client and public presentations, workshops, and meetings.

  • Overseeing, managing, and mentoring staff.

  • Working with principals and staff in multiple offices to support and contribute to project design work from master planning to design efforts.



  • AICP certification is required.

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) with a Master’s level degree (preferred) in City and Regional Planning or Urban Design. It is desirable, but not necessary, for candidates to also hold a degree(s) in architecture or landscape architecture.

  • Experience with urban planning and civic design.

  • Experience working with non-profit clients, community groups, government clients, and private clients.

  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating/managing projects.

  • Demonstrated experience with graphic design and major document preparation/production.

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing proposals.

  • Periodic and multi-day travel to site locations and to facilitate public engagement programs.



  • English fluency (writing, speaking).

  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, presentation, and verbal communication/public speaking skills.

  • Extensive experience preparing and assembling presentations and report/plan document preparation and assembly.

  • High proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS, Google Earth Pro, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and MS Office. (It is desirable that applicants have a high proficiency in all or most software packages listed in order to properly manage and mentor staff).

  • Demonstrated Experience in leading and facilitating community workshops, public meetings, and design charrettes.

  • Experience using Microsoft project, Microsoft Access, virtual whiteboard software platforms, synchronous and asynchronous virtual public engagement and presentation tools, and virtual survey tools.

  • Portfolios and/or samples of work should illustrate the candidate’s strength of understanding in graphic and written presentation as well as software and hand drawing/sketching/drafting proficiencies.


 Physical/Other Requirements: 

  • Sitting for extended length of time
  • Periodic and multi-day travel to site locations and to facilitate public engagement/meetings
  • Fieldwork/ability to travel
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Listening
  • Typing and handwriting
  • Hand drawing
  • Occasional lifting of boxes up to 50lbs
  • Must have a valid driver license and insurable driving record.


Candidates should submit cover letter, resume, portfolio, and/or samples of graphic and written work to: careers@s-ga.com.

Please indicate the position (Senior Project Planner (AICP)) and the office location you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Phone inquiries are not accepted.

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