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

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks a Program Manager to run the day-to-day operations of the Consortium for Scenario Planning, under the supervision of the Associate Director for Urban Programs.

About the Consortium for Scenario Planning

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:

  • The expansion of professional capacity to apply scenario planning to rural and urban planning work.
  • Increasing the user base of scenario planning across both process-based and data/technology-based approaches.
  • 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, and its work is driven by a Board of Directors.

Program Manager Responsibilities

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

  • Recruiting and retaining participants
  • Working with the Board and working groups to develop an annual workplan
  • Supporting the efforts of the Board and working groups to implement the workplan, as well as leading some workplan activities
  • 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 its annual conference
  • Developing and implementing new initiatives, including a peer assistance network and strategic communications
  • Working across Lincoln and with Consortium leadership on strategic planning, including fundraising efforts 

Program Manager Experience and Abilities

The Program Manager should have the following experience and abilities:

  • Familiarity with scenario planning tools or processes
  • Passion for moving the planning field towards more evidence-based and participatory planning processes
  • Strong communications ability, particularly when it comes to translating complex and technical concepts for a more general audience
  • Project or program management experience, and an ability to move a multi-faceted program forward independently
  • The ability to be a “jack-of-all-trades,” undertaking or overseeing 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

The ideal candidate would also have some of the following:

  • Experience building or working with scenario planning tools, with a particular 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 

About the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a nonpartisan, private operating foundation whose mission focuses on solving global economic, social, and environmental challenges to improve the quality of life through creative approaches to the use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A dynamic, growing, organization whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute seeks to inform and reframe the public dialogue and decisions about land through research, training, and effective communication. By bringing together public officials, policy makers, scholars, practitioners, journalists, and involved citizens, the Lincoln Institute integrates research and practice and provides a forum for multidisciplinary perspectives on public policy by “finding answers in the land”. The Lincoln Institute focuses on five major areas of impact in the world: Creating Fiscally Stable Communities, Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change, Reducing Urban Poverty and Informality, Establishing Functional Land Markets and Ensuring Efficient and Equitable Tax Policy.   More information can be found on the Institute’s Web site: www.lincolninst.edu.

To Apply

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.

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