Project Associate – Planning, Engagement, and Design
We are excited to be growing our planning teams and are seeking an entry-to-mid-level planning and design Project Associate to join our team of planners, urban designers, landscape designers in our Seattle office.
MIG supports a hybrid work-from-home/remote and in-office schedule and encourages in-person work for learning and team-building opportunities. This position will need to be available for work and meetings in MIG's downtown Seattle office, as well as site visits and client meetings throughout the Pacific Northwest. Proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination is required for in-person work.
- Collaborative Teammate: You will be part of the supportive group of planners and designers in the Seattle office and part of a cross-office, cross-discipline team that plans and designs with communities of all sizes across the U.S. for public and private sector clients.
- Project Work: You will support a team of planners, designers, and project managers in all aspects of project design and implementation, including community meeting design, preparation and facilitation, research and analysis, technical and policy writing, creation of highly visual materials, reports, and/or summaries, meeting support and logistics, content analysis, project administration and client interaction.
- Project Types: The projects you will typically work on will include writing for comprehensive, downtown, corridor, strategic, and/or specific and current plans, parks and recreation system plans, and public engagement support, including designing and planning with online tools.
MIG works on projects nationwide; some travel, driving, evening, and weekend work will be required for community engagement or to meet deadlines. MIG encourages a sustainable and healthy work-life balance, and these excess hours can be offset during the week when possible.
To accomplish the responsibilities, you will be able to manage competing priorities, think critically and creatively, interact with diverse community members and groups, 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 urban design/planning, public policy, or a related field. (a master’s degree in a complementary field is a plus.)
- Relevant professional experience in land use planning, urban planning, urban design, policy, community engagement, master planning or a closely related field is required.
- Ability to produce high-quality work products, including but not limited to graphics, charts, meetings, or research summaries; planning document and poster board layouts; and mapping.
- Knowledge and demonstrated interest in the intersection of design, planning and equity. MIG values and respects both lived experience as part of a non-dominant group (e.g., gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, ability, etc.) and experience gained through study and work.
- Relevant experience working in planning or a closely related field with an understanding of and commitment to quality, inclusive, community centered planning and design.
- Excellent skills in research, writing, analysis, document presentation and written and verbal communication. Graphics, graphic design, and document presentation proficiencies is a plus.
- Ability to speak easily and clearly in front of groups and can participate in small and large group discussions
- Adaptable and willing to pitch in and help others.
- Software proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Suite. Experience in ArcGIS Pro and/or SketchUp is a plus.
As a plus, the following additional skills/qualifications would be helpful:
- Bilingual in any language, including but not limited to Spanish language skills.
- Knowledge about the principles and practices of land use planning at the city, county, regional and state level. Oregon and Washington experience a plus.