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Vice President, Land Use

New York City Economic Development Corporation
New York City, New York, US
Closing date
Sep 28, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
Project Management
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Employment Type
Full time
Our Vision:To make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the City's diverse people and businesses.

Our Mission:
To create shared prosperity across New York City's five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs.

The Land Use Department is situated within NYCEDC's Planning Division, and together with the Neighborhood Strategies and Transportation Departments works to promote robust, inclusive growth in the city's neighborhoods and waterfronts. The Land Use Department is a team of planners who provide in-house consultation and project management for NYCEDC projects on zoning, environmental review, contaminated site cleanup, landmark issues, urban renewal, federal and state regulated wetland issues, and other land use topics. We deliver land use and infrastructure projects to serve the needs of all New Yorkers through collaboration with interdisciplinary teams and external partners.

Recent projects supported by the Land Use Department include the work to construct open space and fill in the gaps of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, completing environmental review for the expansion of the New York City Ferry system, the ongoing implementation of the Coney Island Master Plan, and project approval support for offshore wind initiatives, the Hunts Point Produce Market redevelopment, various Brooklyn Army Terminal initiatives, and the development of the Made In New York Campuses in Sunset Park.

Position Overview: Within the Land Use team, the Vice President (VP) operates with a high degree of independent judgment and professional responsibility. They are responsible for overseeing project approval processes and providing technical expertise to departments leading projects throughout NYCEDC. The VP supports project teams with specific strategies to mitigate risk and navigate the complex regulatory processes needed to secure approvals, including but not limited to zoning regulations, city/state/federal environmental review, and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The VP's portfolio could include projects from anywhere in the 5 boroughs with diverse project goals such as providing quality job opportunities, building climate change resiliency, affordable housing, public open space or transportation improvements. The Vice President is also responsible for managing other Land Use staff and overseeing their work managing projects on a day-to-day basis.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Advise interdisciplinary NYCEDC project teams by defining land use issues, designing, and implementing land use strategies for a range of projects involving local, state, and federal actions including land use approvals, environmental reviews, and other required permits. Provide project teams with technical expertise from project formulation through public approvals to implementation.
  • Manage a portfolio of projects, largely supervising junior project managers in Land Use, overseeing the review of technical applications and documents in zoning, environmental review and other land use regulations, and guiding problem solving and strategy.
  • Guide junior staff and lead in internal and external communications (including presentations, memos, etc) to effectively communicate project recommendations, decision points, and/or findings to various audiences (e.g., senior NYCEDC staff, partner agencies, external stakeholders).
  • Act as liaison to development partners and public agencies, working to build consensus-based solutions to land use issues and maintain working trust-based relationships with external agency regulators.
  • As needed, serve as project/team leader and main point-of-contact for projects with complex land use issues.
  • Assist the department head with staffing strategy, hiring, onboarding, and training.
  • Serve as technical advisor for on-call retainer consultants for land use and related issues.
  • Other projects and tasks as assigned.

  • Master's degree in Urban Planning or a related field and six or more years of experience is required.
  • Extensive knowledge of New York City zoning, planning issues, environmental regulations and environmental review procedures is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects involving multiple public and private parties.
  • Ability to use spreadsheet and presentation applications such as Excel and PowerPoint; GIS/AutoCAD a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal communication, including written and verbal, as well as analytical skills required.
  • Ability to travel as needed (across the five boroughs of New York City).
  • Ability to attend evening and occasional weekend meetings.
  • New York City residence is required within 180 days of hire.
  • All new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as defined by the CDC, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability.

About Us:NYCEDC is New York City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. Our mission is to create shared prosperity across New York City's five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs. We do this by developing, managing, and implementing expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment and strengthen the city's competitive position.

NYCEDC is dedicated to the creation of a dynamic, equitable, and sustainable urban economy. We are making sure that whatever happens next, happens right here in New York City-and that all New Yorkers are a part of it.

NYCEDC offers many unique advantages for an exciting and fulfilling career. As part of our team, you'll enjoy:
  • The unique opportunity to make an impact on New York City
  • Working on diverse, unique, and challenging projects
  • Working closely with teams of creative, highly motivated, and passionate people
  • Learning opportunities designed to enhance the practical skills and business knowledge of our employees
  • Excellent benefits, including company-paid 401(a) pension plan, 457(b) tax-advantaged retirement savings plans, medical, dental and vision benefits, generous paid family leave and paid time off, and otherperks

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our diversity and inclusion missionisto attract, retain, and engage a diverse workforce comprised of talented people. NYCEDC employees can expect to work as part of a highly engaged, passionate and inclusive workforcewhere everyone's contributions are valued, respected and make an impact on one of the best and most diverse cities in the world!

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