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Urban Planning Project Assistant

Project Assistants are responsible for preparing high quality, polished documents (often several hundred pages long) using Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word, and supporting planners on a variety of tasks, such as maintaining project websites; preparing presentations, meeting notes, and short reports; and general project and office organization.

The ideal candidate will bring interest in urban planning, strong expertise in InDesign and Microsoft Office, have excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills, a keen attention to detail, and able to work efficiently and meet deadlines. Responsibilities include:


  • Prepare and coordinate documents with high level of graphic, mapping, and photographic content, working with planners and cartographers. Maintain versions, ensure quality control, proof and edit (approx. 50-60% time)

  • Provide support for planning projects—prepare PowerPoint presentations, charts and graphs using Excel, transcribe meeting notes, write survey reports, assist with public workshops (virtual and in-person), schedule and manage virtual meetings through Zoom, organize materials, gather data, prepare graphics (approximately 20-30% time)

  • Assist with project websites setup and upkeep (approximately 10% time)

  • Administrative support (approximately 10-15% time)


Qualifications, Skills, and Experience​

Candidates must have a BA and minimum one year of similar work experience. Candidates must hold a valid driver’s license.

Required Skills

  • Strong InDesign and MS Word expertise; experience in other Adobe CS software (Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat)

  • Excellent editing, grammar, and verbal communication skills. Excellent command of written and spoken English

  • Knowledge of page layout, information design, and typography

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to work with different levels of staff and clients

  • Ability to take initiative, “can do” attitude, and commitment to meeting deadlines


Desirable Skills

  • Expertise in Excel, PowerPoint, and SketchUp 

  • Website design experience. Working knowledge of Squarespace, Wix, WordPress and similar platforms. Knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. is an advantage.

This is not a remote position. Dyett & Bhatia staff is currently working remotely, and will be moving to a hybrid WFH/office model when the pandemic ceases. While we anticipate that staff will work most days from home, some work from the office will be necessary.


Salary and Benefits​

Expected starting salary range $56,000 to $60,000 (inclusive of approximately 5% annual bonus), plus benefits. We will consider higher salary for more experienced candidates. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, health and disability insurance, retirement plan match, and professional development allowance.

How to Apply​

Please email resume (in PDF) and cover letter/email to Portfolio of relevant work samples encouraged.

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