Senior Planner/Manager

Senior Planner/Manager


Municipal Assistance Program Manager


The Senior Planner/Manager independently cultivates, manages, and executes municipal planning projects including comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, municipal stormwater management, heritage planning and historic interpretation, and other conservation-focused plans to advance the Conservancy’s mission.  


Reports to the Manager of MAP. Collaborates with other MAP staff and the Director of Community Services. Manages other MAP staff on project-related work as assigned. Works in partnership with other Community Services, Land Conservation, and Land Stewardship staff to complete overlapping projects. 


  1. Independently cultivates, negotiates, manages and executes municipal planning projects.  Participates in public meetings and public hearings as required by the municipal planning code (MPC) and municipal regulations. 
  2. Supervises Conservancy staff and associated consultants for project specific tasks and manages project budget. Responsible for review of consultant work for compliance with the Conservancy’s conservation objectives and funding requirements. Coordinates budgets, expenses, and funding reporting with the Budget Manager and Development Department.
  3. Responds to requests for proposals, including organizing the MAP project team, researching the work scope, coordinating the proposal development and publication, organizing and participating in the formal consultant interview, and providing necessary would-be client follow-up to gain selection. 
  4. Reviews and provides comments on subdivision and land development applications as per adopted Comprehensive Plan, Open Space, Parks and Recreation Plan, and other relevant planning documents, local subdivision and land development ordinance, zoning regulations and other appropriate municipal requirements for compliance. 
  5. Provides programmatic support to the Brandywine Creek Greenway and participates in projects that advance the goals of the Greenway.
  6. Responsible for collaborating with the Development Department as needed in the identification of potential funding opportunities, preparation of grant proposals and grant reporting requirements and funder/donor cultivation. 
  7. Prepares reports, project metric data analysis and other requests as needed for project and program related work. Makes presentations to Brandywine Board Committees as appropriate or projects require. 
  8. Participates in Conservancy public relations efforts as needed, including contributions to Conservancy publications, and makes presentations to interested groups.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.  


  1. Bachelors degree in regional planning, land use planning, geography, environmental science, ecology, landscape architecture, or related field.  Advanced degree desirable.
  2. Five years of progressively responsible experience in local or regional planning or related field, including experience with land use planning and regulatory issues, innovative stormwater management, recreational and/or trails planning, and natural and cultural resource protection.
  3. Working knowledge of Pennsylvania municipal land use regulations, rules and procedures. 
  4. Knowledge of GIS application in land use planning.  
  5. Willing to devote such time as required to perform assigned functions.  Usual work hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Frequent night meetings and occasional weekend work.  Frequent travel within Pennsylvania and Delaware and to other places as necessary.
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Positive and energetic attitude.  Ability to comprehend legal documents and maps.  Self motivated with ability to manage complex projects from start to finish.  
  7. Must have a means of transportation to and from work and assignments.  

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Connie Scholz at [email protected]

We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff.