Project Manager – Planning Policy and Design

Full Time

We are excited to be growing our San Diego and Pasadena urban design/planning teams are seeking an experienced (senior-level) planning and urban design Project Manager to join our team of planners, urban designers, and engagement specialists in our San Diego or Pasadena office for work throughout California. MIG supports a hybrid work enviornment. This position will need to be partially in-person for MIG team and client meetings, with options for part-time hybrid remote work. Proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination is required at MIG for future in-person work.


  • Collaborative Teammate: You will work as part of a cross-office, cross-discipline team that creates plans for neighborhoods, districts, and communities of all sizes throughout California.  
  • Project Management: As a project manager, you will be leading teams to create bold, innovative, and equitable planning and urban design solutions via general plans, specific plans, and zoning regulations. You will also help build and maintain strong and responsive client relationships by developing leads, preparing proposals, and attending and leading interviews.
  • Project Work: You will provide overarching project direction to MIG staff and oversight of work products; lead internal and external subconsultant and client teams; and develop and manage projects―including scopes of work, budgets, and schedules. In addition, Project Managers at MIG produce high-quality planning documents and other deliverables; maintain client relationships, identify courses of action to clients, represent clients at public hearings and meetings, and set the standards for excellence, responsiveness, and accountability. 
  • Project Types: The projects you will typically work on may include citywide comprehensive plans, small area plans, neighborhood plans, downtown plans, housing strategies, parks and recreation system plans, and corresponding community engagement, including the use of various online tools.

This is a full-time position. Some travel, evening, and weekend work will be required for community engagement, site evaluations, or to meet deadlines. MIG encourages a work-life balance, and these excess hours can be offset during the week when possible.



To accomplish the responsibilities, you will be an excellent communicator, be able to manage competing priorities, think critically and creatively, work as part of a collaborative team in an open environment, and maintain a sense of humor and camaraderie. In addition, you have some combination of the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban design, landscape architecture, public policy, geography, or a related field. (A Master’s degree in these or a complementary field is a plus.)
  • Relevant consulting experience working in planning or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects, including maintaining compliance with project contracts, drafting and managing scopes budgets, and maintaining schedules, as well as working with clients and partners to execute project work and ensure completeness and quality control on deliverables.
  • The ability to prepare and deliver effective public presentations, lead working meetings, and speak easily and clearly in front of groups and facilitate client and stakeholder meetings.
  • Excellent skills in graphics and document presentation and written and verbal communication.
  • Software proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Suite. Experience in GIS, AutoCAD, and/or SketchUp is a plus. 
  • Ability to actively participate in or lead marketing and business development opportunities, develop proposals for prospective projects, participate in interviews, and develop and maintain potential client and partner relationships.
  • Ability to develop collaborative, productive, and respectful relationships with community members, organizations, and partners.
  • As a plus, you are bilingual with Spanish language skills.