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Project Planner, Team Better Block, Cambridge

Project Planner
Team Better Block
Cambridge, MA

April 24, 2017

Professional Area: 

Community Development


Entry level

Better Block projects are temporary, block-level interventions that demonstrate a series of rapid prototypes. We work with the community, using their tools, knowledge, and resources, to revitalize neighborhoods. Our projects range from designing and installing short term urban interventions (adding bike lanes, pop-up shops etc.) through digital and analog fabrication methods, to activating spaces by coordinating vendors and performers. As one person among a staff of five at a young organization, the project planner will play a crucial role in collaboratively growing the firm and amplifying our impact.

Projects take place in cities across the U.S., so the position includes frequent travel and work on nights and weekends during project implementation. The position is located in Cambridge, MA or Dallas, TX.


  • Developing proposal for public space interventions, conducting research in support of fabrication and installation
  • Planning projects according to scope, deadlines and budget
  • Creating presentations, post-event reports and infographics
  • Community, Public and Private Outreach
  • Client Relations
  • Developing proposals for new projects, and scopes for the future direction of Better Block
  • Onsite management of logistics and volunteer workshops during Better Block implementation weeks


  • Passionate about public spaces and urbanism and willing to swing a hammer, get paint on his/her clothing, answer volunteers’ questions, etc. This position is very hands-on.
  • College degree in urban planning, architecture, design, or project management.
  • 0 – 2 plus years experience in project management or event planning, ideally in an urban design or city planning environment.
  • Flexibility with work schedule and day-to-day tasks, as they may change as projects evolve.
  • Ability to work independently without much direction, and to make decisions based on Better Block principles and project guidelines.
  • Ability to work in a team, delegate tasks, and hold team members accountable for these tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflicts and resolve problems effectively.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Design skills a plus (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, SketchUp, GIS).
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25 percent.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Ability to work in a startup atmosphere where projects must be executed from the ground up

To apply, email hayro@teambetterblock.comwith your résumé, cover letter, and any relevant materials. No phone calls, please.

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