Community Development Planner

CityWide Development

The Community Development Planner will play a lead role in the planning, development, and management of community plans and projects, but is also concentrated on building relationships with residents, businesses, and institutions within the community. The ideal candidate will have experience leading effective public engagement and thrive on collaboration and building strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders to actively engage them with CityWide’s community development work. The candidate would be part of a community development team that is advancing community and economic development strategies in urban neighborhoods throughout Dayton. The individual would help design and execute programs and projects that advance neighborhood goals and build the capacity of residents and local groups.



-Strong aptitude for planning and urban design strategies.

-Ability to create and execute small projects or larger‐scale planning efforts in a variety of communities.

-Research community needs, best practices, and recommendations as a part of planning initiatives and implementation.

-Capacity to understand and analyze data and create simple formats for widely sharing the information.

-Works with residents and stakeholders in the planning process or in the creation of new plans.

Community Organizing/Stakeholder Engagement

-Desire to lead effective community engagement processes built on outreach and collaboration.

-Work with communities to develop new strategies and tools to support their growth and development.

-Exhibit a passion for community development, resident participation, and planning for positive change.

-Excellent interpersonal skills, approachable, and trustworthy advocate

Project Management

-Lead projects from ideation to execution using a results‐oriented framework and work plan.

-Help develop approaches to specific community development challenges, leveraging data to identify place‐based opportunities.

-Provide leadership within staff teams on a variety of planning or project initiatives.

-Remain detailed‐oriented while not losing sight of the big picture.


-Ability to manage and supervise students or interns assigned to CityWide projects.

-Complete necessary paperwork regarding the above.


-Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Urban or Regional

-Planning, Urban Design, Public Administration, or closely related field

-At least 2+ years of professional work experience including demonstrated field work in an urban environment.

-Autonomy to balance independent work with limited guidance and complete collaborative work with team members and the community.

-Demonstrated ability to build genuine, reciprocal relationships with a variety of community stakeholders, City of Dayton staff, and other institutions.

-High levels of resourcefulness, flexibility, critical thinking, and creative problem‐solving.

-Poised oral and written communicator, demonstrating professionalism and clarity.

-Excellent organization and task management.

-Ability to create high‐value visual/graphic presentations.

-Experience in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe and Creative Suite.

-Proficiency in ArcGIS (mapping, data management and analysis) desired but not required

-A trusted representative of CityWide and its affiliates.

-Willingness to work nontraditional hours including evenings and weekends on occasion.

-Complete and pass all background checks and clearances

Competitive Salary and Benefits

Application Process

-Please send cover letter and resume to Karen DeMasi, Vice‐President of Community Development.

-No phone calls. Application period is open until January 31, 2022.

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