Senior Planner, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Chicago, IL

SCB is looking for a Senior Planner to join our Chicago office. SCB’s growing planning practice focuses on urban design, livability and sustainability for a wide variety of municipal, transportation, university and mixed-use development projects. Preferred candidate will have between 5-10 years of experience, with minimum of three years of private sector consulting experience. The ideal candidate should be able to manage a wide variety of planning and urban design projects.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Project management, with direct client contact, management of junior staff, coordination with senior staff, principals and consultants.

  • Preparation of master plans documents to include report preparation, site plans, district plans, land use analysis, transportation coordination and design of urban form.

  • Participate and lead stakeholder engagement and preparation of zoning code analysis, with regulatory test fits, concept diagrams, illustrative graphics, and GIS mapping

  • Research and analysis of precedents and best practices in support of a variety of planning, regulatory, and design projects

  • Data collection, analysis, research, interpretation of detailed plans and regulatory documents

  • Participation of marketing, proposal preparation, interviews and other promotional activities.

Essential Skills/Attributes

  • Degree in planning, urban design, architecture or landscape architecture

  • 5-10 years of experience, including private sector consulting

  • AICP Certification preferred, but not required

  • Range of technical skills to include analysis and software including but not limited to Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel and CAD programs.

  • Excellent graphic visualization skills, including plans, renderings, and diagrams

  • Good communication and presentation skills in both writing and speaking.

  • Basic understanding of architectural and landscape design.

Perform Other Duties as Assigned

The above constitutes a general description of the Senior Planner job duties as of the publication date. SCB reserves the right to alter job duties and assignments and to assign additional and/or alternative duties from time to time in its sole discretion.

To Apply:

Please submit your portfolio and resume through our website or by emailing

Personal Information

SCB collects personal information (PI) provided to it by individuals including, but not limited to, names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. The PI is primarily used for the purpose of maintaining contact with individuals or businesses. The PI, if disclosed outside of SCB, is only typical contact information and may be shared with individuals or other businesses in the ordinary course of SCB’s services (e.g. a client requests the contact information of a consultant). SCB does not sell nor offer to sell PI. You may request that your PI be deleted, however SCB may need to retain some information when necessary, for example to meet a separate legal obligation.

Equal Opportunity Employer

SCB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and values the strength diversity brings to the workplace. We consider all applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship status, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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