Principal Planner / Senior Project Manager (Orlando) 23 April 2019

Category: Planning
Experience: 8 years, AICP-Certified
City: Olrando
State: Florida
Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, or closely related field
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Travel Required: Regional project and office-related travel is required

Waldrop Engineering, P.A. is seeking a Principal Planner with AICP certification and a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, or related field for our Orlando office. The Principal Planner supervises and participates in advanced, highly-complex professional planning activities. As a Principal Planner, you will be involved in and share responsibility for all aspects of the planning and project management process, including the preparation and processing of complex land use petitions for private sector clientele, the preparation and processing of a variety of planning studies and regulatory tools for local governments, due diligence analysis, providing planning support to Waldrop’s Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture Departments, maintaining client and agency relationships, and executing public presentations and hearings for successful project completion.

The role requires familiarity of the entire land development process, and the ability to market all of Waldrop’s services to new and existing clientele.  Additionally, the Principal Planner is expected to be active in local boards and professional organizations to further promote awareness of the company on a regional basis, and to enrich our planning opportunities in this market area. This position reports directly to, and advises the Vice President of Planning on all planning-related matters.

Waldrop Engineering, P.A. is a full-service land development consulting firm providing planning, civil engineering, and landscape architecture services for a wide array of projects including: master planned residential communities; hospitality- based lifestyle destination resorts and communities; community parks and recreation facilities; commercial, institutional, and corporate developments and campuses; and, other public planning based projects.  Headquartered in Bonita Springs, with branch offices in Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, and Sarasota, the Waldrop team offers multi-disciplinary expertise founded on exceptional customer service, quality design, and a solid commitment to our clients’ success.

Key Functions:

  • Performs and manages complex and politically sensitive professional planning projects, research and analysis
  • Directs and performs the preparation of land use petitions, reports, analyses on behalf of private and public sector clientele. Example projects include: comprehensive plan amendments, annexations, rezonings, special exceptions, variances, Land Development Code amendments, land use studies and due diligence analysis
  • Manages project teams for the delivery of planning petitions, including the coordination of civil engineers, landscape architects, transportation consultant, environmental consultant, land surveyor and other sub-consultants, as required by the project
  • Monitors and ensures compliance of projects with local, state and federal laws
  • Responsible for the preparation and delivery of professional planning presentations and expert witness testimony to the public, advisory and recommending boards and agencies, city councils, and county commissions
  • Assigns work to planning staff under the direction of the Vice President of Planning, and ensures the completion of tasks
  • Assists in proposal preparation, manages project schedules, and monitors and controls expenditures
  • Assists the Executive team with marketing of planning services to a variety of public and private sector clientele
  • Attends some evening public hearings, neighborhood meetings, planning workshops, and networking events

The Applicant must demonstrate the following knowledge/background: 

  • Thorough knowledge of urban planning, land development processes, and local government policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of local government procedures and practices
  • Methods and techniques of effective presentations and technical report preparation, including experience conducting public hearings and workshop
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations, including recent legislative changes
  • Recent developments, current literature and sources of information related to municipal planning and administration in Central Florida
  • Citizen involvement techniques and consensus-building processes
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques

Required Skills:  

  • The will and ability to work within a fast-paced team environment on the execution of projects and deliverables
  • Excellent communication, analytical, creative problem solving, and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships with Waldrop Team, clients, government staff
  • Must be hard working, resourceful, detail-oriented, experienced in highly visible/controversial projects
  • Must be able to work independently and develop solutions to issues that arise during the planning process
  • Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to analyze and interpret research data for reports and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations
  • Reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials
  • Ability to manage projects effectively in terms of budget and deadlines
  • Supervisory experience is preferred, but not required
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel), MS Project, GIS databases, and Adobe Acrobat (experience with Adobe CS preferred).

Interested candidates must include a cover letter, resume, and relevant portfolio/work samples to: Candidates will be evaluated based on relative work experiences, work samples, degree work, and performance interview.  Please visit our web site at for more information.

Phone: (239) 405-7777