Sr. Education Planner
Boston, MA 
Posted 9 days ago
Job Description
CannonDesign has an exciting opportunity for a Sr. Education Planner based in our Boston office. Take a look at the description below. If you think your skills and experience make you a good match for this position, we'd love to hear from you. We're looking for creative, curious, empathetic people to join our Living-Centered Design movement.
CannonDesign is an integrated design solutions firm focused on helping people continuously flourish. Whether designing for innovations in health, new scientific discoveries, equity in education or the next big idea in business, we use our Living-Centered Design approach to help organizations realize widespread change. Our ability to design transformational places, plans and strategies is why Fast Company named us a World Changing Company and one of the most innovative design firms in the world.
You will be a Practice Leader within the Education Practice and participate and engage in firm-wide Education leadership calls, advancement of strategic initiatives and client pursuit discussions and strategies. As part of the global education team, you will lead planning activities that increase the team's specialized knowledge about our clients, and develop solutions based on client needs while mentoring less experienced planners architects and designers across the Education practice.
  • Lead, develop and nurture a successful partnering relationship with our clients which will lead to future opportunities for CannonDesign for the Education Market.
  • Generate and support a positive team environment: participation, empowerment, and accomplishment.
  • Provide client and project leadership and subject matter expertise. Lead and own the client relationship in these areas. Work in partnership with our designers and other team members to advance a holistic approach to design.
  • Bring state of the art client and industry intelligence to the client. Ensure that the teams, including the client, is fully aware of the current and projected trends impacting the client, and that decisions are made with the awareness of that knowledge.
  • Provoke critical thinking and encourage innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Capture and communicate key client goals and metrics to ensure specialty requirements positively impact client business performance.
  • Understanding of urban planning and development and local government policies and procedures.
  • Overlay approaches land use planning/zoning, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban design, housing, , historic preservation or economic development to develop comprehensive planning strategies.
  • Bring to bear methods and statistical principles related to growth and development whether through campus enrollment, population and/or demographic profiles.
  • Develop a partnering relationship with the client early in an engagement to establish shared expectations and provide clarity on how we will work together, the involvement of key stakeholders, and the timing of key decisions in hopes of growing client trust and loyalty.
  • Implement CannonDesign Method using process expectations, best practices, reference standards, tools, templates, and technology to achieve competitive advantage, superior service delivery and quality, and enhanced team productivity and profitability.
  • Align work effort and resources with contract and compensation commitments and proactively address changes, including additional services as required.
  • Ensure frequent, regular team communication to share information, optimize results, and build positive team dynamics and mentorship.
  • Provide new net signed fee opportunities by partnering with our existing clients in the implementation of the work.
  • Build top line by securing "direct select", repeat business and additional services with our clients.
  • Champion our Omnichannel approach by promoting and cross selling all markets, practices, and integrated services throughout all phases of client engagement.
  • Bachelor degree in planning architecture, Landscape Architecture or related degree required. Masters preferred.
  • 10 years minimum experience functioning as a subject matter expert in the planning of projects in the Education market.
  • Additional certifications and/or training relevant to this role is preferred.
  • Strong communication and leadership skills.
  • Business acumen and proven ability to execute strategy.
  • Professional acumen and maturity demonstrated by the ability to communicate authentically and respectfully.
  • Knowledge of computer programs and applications, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, and database management, GIS programs and applications.
  • Must be innovative, detail-oriented, experienced in highly visible/controversial projects.
  • Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships with staff, officials and stakeholders and to resolve complaints.
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret research data for reports and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations.
  • Reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management.
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage and conduct in-person and virtual public participation activities, meetings and hearings.
  • Some travel required.
As a Federal Contractor, CannonDesign is required to comply with President Biden's Executive Order 14042. Therefore, as a condition of employment, all employees must provide proof of receipt of a full COVID-19 vaccination unless qualified for a valid medical or religious accommodation.
  • We are relentless in our pursuit of client adoration (not simply satisfaction). Consistent delivery of the best service is what we are about.
  • We are committed to ensuring our practice is equitable for all employees, representative of the communities around us - and focused on the future of design. We advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts through the leadership of our DEI Council, Employee Resource Groups and other community advocacy initiatives.
  • We're about communication and transparency here. If you want to talk to someone about an idea you have, or a challenge that needs addressing, we're ready for you.
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As a condition of employment, all employees are expected to complete mandatory training, including compliance training, within required timeframes and adhere to our internal policies and our Code of Conduct.
CannonDesign recognizes the value of diversity in our workforce. We are committed to equal opportunity. We consider all qualified employment applicants without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, partnership status, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. Individuals who hold legal work authorization applicable to employment at CannonDesign in the United States will be considered without regard to citizenship/alienage.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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