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The New York City Council, an equal opportunity employer, is seeking a Principal Planner to work in its Planning & Land Use Division.

The Principal Planner in the Planning and Land Use Division will lead or co-lead a team of planners, managing planning team priorities and workload, and addressing directly and/or elevating needs and issues as appropriate. The Principal Planner will also oversee the division’s land use application pipeline, managing projects directly and by assignment to the planning team; and lead and/or support neighborhood planning and engagement projects. They will take a leadership role in project planning and prioritization, participating in regular meetings with leadership to determine priorities for applications, planning, and policy work; and collaborating with leadership to develop and execute strategic approaches to achieve the goals of the Division, the Speaker of the Council, and local Council Members. The Principal Planner will report to the Deputy Directors and the Director.


$110,000 – $115,000


1. Provide supervision and support to the planning team.

  • Manage planning team priorities and workload. 
  • Oversee and support planning team’s communication with Council Members and other stakeholders.
  • Address directly and/or elevate planning team needs or issues. 
  • Facilitate regular planning team check-ins individually and as a group.

2. Oversee all zoning applications directly and by assignment to planning team members.  

  • Manage, track and produce deliverables for applications.
  • Collect and analyze data and research on assigned projects.
  • Manage project files for assigned projects.

3. Lead and/or support neighborhood planning and policy projects.

  • Working with senior leadership, take a leadership role on a particular policy area and/or policy projects including helping manage research, reports, legislation and/or oversight hearings; and undertaking policy research, memos, and reports.
  • Take leadership over content direction within assigned Council Districts including understanding the geography and stakeholders, participating and at times leading community engagement activities and planning studies including producing deliverables for public meetings, and attending and at times leading discussions and presentations at public meetings.
  • May supervise planners and other staff in research/policy projects.

4. Project planning and prioritization.

  • Participate in regular meetings with senior leadership team to determine priorities for applications, planning, and policy work.
  • Triage, prioritize, and assign applications to planning team.
  • Develop and map out approach/strategy for applications, in collaboration with senior leadership, and communicate approach/strategy to CMs and CM staff. 
  • Translate Speaker/Division priorities into tasks for planning team. 
  • Facilitate communication of project statuses/flags, elevating important issues to senior leadership.
  • Facilitate regular project check-ins for project pipeline.  


  • 6+ years of experience (8 if bachelor’s degree) in planning or a related field.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated skills necessary to lead a team.
  • Ability to strategically approach and manage complex projects with a variety of diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience managing multiple competing and often fluid priorities.
  • Experience identifying site-specific planning and land use issues and needs, and ability to concisely and effectively communicate them both internally and to external stakeholders; and ability to understand those issues and needs in the broader context of the city and region.
  • Knowledge of the New York City Zoning Resolution, real estate development process, affordable housing development, and/or land use application public review process.
  • Experience working for elected officials a plus.
  • New York City experience a plus.


New York City residency required within 90 days of appointment.

For eligible employees, health, dental and vision insurance coverage are offered upon hire. Retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, group life insurance, paid time off and paid holidays, training resources, health & fitness reimbursement and wellness programs are also available.

The New York City Council makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact


Applicants should send their resumes, writing samples and cover letter to:


MAIL:                New York City Council

Attn: Personnel Services/Recruiting (PLUPP)

250 Broadway, 26th Floor

New York, New York 10007

FAX:                  12124014711

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The New York City Council is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.