June 7, 2019


HeartLands Conservancy (HLC) is a leading conservation and planning nonprofit in the St. Louis, Missouri, Metropolitan Area, and is located in downtown Belleville, IL. The organization works with landowners, governments, and the public to conserve southwestern Illinois' land and water resources, restore wildlife habitat, reduce impacts of flooding, plan resilient and healthy communities, and educate the public about natural and cultural resources.

HLC is seeking a highly motivated person to lead community programs and projects in planning, resiliency, and sustainable development.

Position Summary
The Community Planner works in an integrated team environment to plan and manage a variety of community planning and environmental projects. In support of the HLC mission, the selected candidate will be responsible for collaborating with partners, interacting with community leaders and the public, researching and analyzing land use and environmental information, generating plans and other technical documents, and researching and providing information to implement recommendations.

The position reports to the CEO and works closely with the Director of Finance and Administration on project budgeting, grant procedures, billing, procurement, and scheduling. The position also works collaboratively with senior leadership and program staff to ensure timeliness, effectiveness, and high quality of work and services.

Community and Regional Planning:
• Leading and developing plans for and with units of government that advance the organization's mission, such as parks and recreation plans, bicycle and pedestrian plans, environmental studies, farmland preservation, conservation and land use planning, ordinances, grant writing, and green infrastructure.
• Assisting senior staff, Project Managers, and the Conservation Manager with planning-related tasks, data analysis, mapping, public meetings, facilitation, and other needs.
• Representing HLC in professional and regional sustainability initiatives, educational workshops, and other events.
• Developing build-out scenarios, socioeconomic analysis and projections, demographics, and maps that communicate data analysis.
• Procuring new partnerships and projects with the guidance of Senior Staff. This may require the development of potential project opportunities, Requests for Proposals/Qualifications, interview materials and presentations, and scope development.

Project Management:
• Creating and managing timelines and budgets of projects at a variety of scales (e.g., regional, community, and site-level).
• Coordinating with partners and vendors to align goals and priorities, negotiate contracts, assess technical feasibility of projects, and allocate available resources.
• Identifying, writing, and managing applications for federal, state, and private grants.
• Researching best practices and developing innovative solutions to maintain an excellent level of project delivery.

• Effectively communicating and presenting critical project matters to the CEO.
• Regularly communicating with elected officials, staff, consultants, and clients through the lifecycle of a project.
• Developing positive working relationships with peer professions and agencies, such as civil engineers, state agency staff, and federal entities.
• Working with the Communications Manager to ensure accurate and engaging content in social media, newsletters, e-blasts, and reports for assigned projects and overall contributions.

Other duties:
• Requires attendance and participation at events on evenings/weekends when necessary
• Understanding and working to advance the organization's overall goals and mission.
• Participating in organization's annual budgeting process, strategic planning, etc.
• Other duties as assigned by the CEO.

Qualifications and Experience
• Master's degree in urban planning, landscape architecture, environmental design, geography, or related field, plus 2-5 years of relevant experience in urban or environmental planning; ideally with management of community planning projects and demographic analysis as a substantial proportion of experience. (or bachelor's degree plus 5-7 years of relevant experience).
• AICP, ASLA, and/or LEED credential(s) a plus.
• Experience with stormwater planning or permitting and/or bicycle & pedestrian planning desired.
• Ability to independently analyze facts through research, interviewing and investigation; to prepare alternatives, think creatively, and exercise sound judgment in arriving at knowledgeable conclusions.
• Ability to effectively coordinate and manage a complex multi-organizational project and work effectively with individuals, groups, partners, and units of government.
• Excellent writing, presentation, and public relations skills.
• Understanding, working knowledge, able to produce products using geographic information systems (GIS), particularly ESRI products.
• Highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud products desired, particularly Adobe InDesign and Illustrator.
• Ability to work independently, establish work priorities, and manage time effectively.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for nature and healthy communities.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Work schedule: Full time, 40 hours per week. Exempt position. Flexible scheduling/some remote work available, negotiable.

Benefits: HLC offers ten paid holidays, paid time off, and participation in a SIMPLE IRA with a 3% salary match after one year of employment. Employees are reimbursed for health and dental insurance premiums up to $450 per month.

Work Environment: HLC is a fast-paced, collaborative, and creative environment. This job primarily operates in a professional office environment. The role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines, and postage meter. Occasional work outdoors may be required in a variety of weather conditions and terrain.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position occasionally requires the ability to lift office products and supplies (up to 30 pounds). Long periods of sitting required. Driving and/or walking site visits to potential or existing projects sites will be required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

To apply: Submit letter of interest, a resume, and a portfolio of at least three relevant work products/samples via email to President & CEO Mary Vandevord, AICP, at No hard copies will be accepted or returned.

Position will remain open until filled.

HeartLands Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. HeartLands prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, disability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation (real or perceived), or any other characteristic protected by applicable United State federal or Illinois state law.