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Consortium for Scenario Planning Program Manager – Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks a Program Manager to run the daily operations of the Consortium for Scenario Planning from the Institute’s headquarters in Cambridge MA, under the supervision of the Associate Director of Urban Programs.

The Consortium for Scenario Planning, an initiative of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, was established in November 2017. The Consortium’s participants represent a range of planning organizations, as well as academics and researchers, consultants and tool providers, and others interested in preparing for complex and uncertain futures. As of February 2019, the Consortium has 30 individual and organizational participants and four partner organizations.

The mission of the Consortium for Scenario Planning is to improve the practice of scenario planning and broaden its use in rural and urban areas in order to remain flexible, dynamic, and resilient as an uncertain future unfolds. The Consortium’s goals include:

  1. The expansion of professional capacity to apply scenario planning to rural and urban planning work.
  2. Increasing the user base of scenario planning across both process-based and data/technology-based approaches.
  3. Strengthening and scaling up professional networks for scenario planning.

Through the Consortium’s initiatives, it provides resources and services related to education and training, improving the state of scenario planning practice, and peer exchange in order to reach these goals. It accomplishes its activities through three working groups: Scenario Planning Process Design, the Technology of Scenario Planning, and Peer Learning and Capacity Building. The Consortium Board of Directors guides and oversees its work.


The Program Manager is responsible for conducting or overseeing work in the following areas:

  • Recruiting and retaining participants
  • Working with the Consortium Board and working groups to develop an annual workplan
  • Supporting the efforts of the Consortium Board and working groups to implement the workplan, as well as leading some workplan activities such as several of the specific projects underway at any given time
  • Communicating about scenario planning and the Consortium, through the website, speaking engagements, and other communications efforts as strategic
  • Overseeing the Consortium’s educational efforts, including its “Summer Scenarios” webinar series
  • Planning for and executing its annual conference
  • Developing and managing content for Consortium and Lincoln websites
  • Developing and implementing new initiatives, including a peer assistance network
  • Working across Lincoln and with Consortium leadership on strategic planning for growth and evolution of the Consortium, including through fundraising efforts. The successful candidate will have significant ability to help shape the future of the Consortium.

Experience and Abilities

The Program Manager should have the following experience and abilities:

  • Familiarity with scenario planning tools or processes
  • Familiarity with evidence-based and participatory planning processes
  • Ability to translate complex and technical concepts for a more general audience
  • Project management experience, and an ability to move a multi-faceted program forward independently
  • Ability to multitask, to undertake or oversee the full range of work necessary to keep the Consortium moving forward
  • A Masters or the equivalent work experience in Urban Planning, Geography, GIS or a related field

Desirable qualities in an ideal candidate (in order of priority):

  • Experience building or working with scenario planning tools, with an emphasis on data or tool interoperability
  • Experience conducting or planning public engagement in planning processes, ideally scenario planning processes
  • Training and/or experience in adult education
  • Experience in a member services-oriented organization


To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three references as one PDF to administration@lincolninst.edu. The PDF file should be named as follows:


Please ensure that the subject line of your email includes the text ” Program Manager, Consortium for Scenario Planning.” The position is open until filled. The Lincoln Institute will begin reviewing resumes and requesting interviews immediately.

About the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

From its inception, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has grappled with complex questions that still occupy us today: What will it take to eliminate persistent poverty? What will it take to share the benefits of economic progress fairly? How can land contribute to solutions to these and other vexing questions? Begun more than 70 years ago with a focus on promoting academic discourse, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy now finds answers in innovative land policies and practices and moves them from theory to implementation.

Today, the Lincoln Institute has global reach, with programs in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and offices in Boston, Washington D.C., Phoenix, and Beijing. We work with partners to develop and advance effective approaches to solve critical economic, social, and environmental challenges. We engage in applied research, policy development, and practice, focusing on how our work can improve communities and opportunities today. The Institute uses its endowment and investments from partners to accelerate the changes we want to see by investing in proven and promising talent and supporting programs that result in better decisions that improve the lives of people and place.

At the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, we drive social change through our focus on five key issues: climate change, urban inequality, fiscal health, land value recovery, and integrated land and water management. We advance progress on these issues through core strategies, including:

  • Applying knowledge and conducting research. We serve as thought partners, respond to opportunities and the needs of our partners, and conduct research on key land, finance, and governance issues.
  • Building networks of aligned practitioners. We bring together practitioners working in comparable contexts to learn from each other and national experts, leveraging the power of networks to advance change.
  • Convening key stakeholders. We convene policymakers, scholars, practitioners, and other stakeholders in solution-driven conversations.
  • Increasing understanding through strategic communications. We educate public officials and civic leaders, offer professional development training and courses, participate in the public discourse, and have a robust media presence.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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