The Urban Planning Fellow is a one-year professional appointment designed for someone looking to begin or transition to a career in urban planning, economic development, neighborhood revitalization or historic preservation. The Fellow will spend an entire year learning about all aspects of NewTowns function and mission by serving as our front-desk attendant. The Fellow will coordinate all research and survey projects, while providing general administrative and organizational support to the rest of the staff. Each staff person will commit significant time to mentor the fellow in his or her area of expertise, and provide tasks that support functional goals for NewTown as well as educational and experiential goals for the Fellow. This position reports to the President and CEO and works closely with staff and Board members.
The successful employee will be engaging and outgoing, excited to meet new people. The employee will also be a fast learner in a variety of disciplines, exhibiting intellectual curiosity and finding opportunities to learn new skills every day. Because this position will be housed at our front desk, the employee must be comfortable with general administrative and support services such as greeting stakeholders, answering and transferring phone calls, creating and maintaining filing and organization systems, fielding, answering and directing general inquiries and scheduling and confirming meetings. The successful employee will also continue to learn on the job, using research and analysis to take on increasing responsibilities throughout the year.
-Advanced computer literacy including Microsoft Office Suite
-Flexible and adaptable to the varied responsibilities within a small office
-Attention to detail, keeping accurate and well-organized records
-Engaging and outgoing personality
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
-Administrative experience or skills
-Exceptional academic accomplishments
-Relevant volunteer or intern experience with downtown development, economic development, architecture, urban planning and/or historic preservation
-Relevant academic experience with downtown development, economic development, architecture, urban planning and/or historic preservation