Vice President, Land Use (New York City Economic Development Corporation)

Position Overview: Within the Land Use team, the Vice President (VP) operates with a high degree of independent judgment and professional responsibility. They are responsible for overseeing project approval processes and providing technical expertise to departments leading projects throughout NYCEDC. The VP supports project teams with specific strategies to mitigate risk and navigate the complex regulatory processes needed to secure approvals, including but not limited to zoning regulations, city/state/federal environmental review, and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The Vice President’s portfolio could include projects from anywhere in the 5 boroughs with diverse project goals such as providing quality job opportunities, building climate change resiliency, affordable housing, public open space or transportation improvements. The Vice President is also responsible for managing other Land Use staff and overseeing their work managing projects on a day-to-day basis.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Advise interdisciplinary NYCEDC project teams by defining land use issues, designing and implementing land use strategies for a range of projects involving local, state and federal actions including land use approvals, environmental reviews, waterfront and other required permits.
  • Provide project teams with technical expertise from project formulation through public approvals to implementation.
  • Manage a portfolio of projects, largely supervising junior project managers in Land Use, overseeing the review of technical applications and documents in zoning, environmental review, waterfront permitting and other land use regulations, and guiding problem solving and strategy.
  • Guide junior staff and lead in internal and external communications (including presentations, memos, etc) to effectively communicate project recommendations, decision points, and/or findings to various audiences (e.g., senior NYCEDC staff, partner agencies, external stakeholders).
  • Act as liaison to development partners and public agencies, working to build consensus-based solutions to land use issues and maintain working trust-based relationships with external agency regulators.
  • As needed, serve as project/team leader and main point-of-contact for projects with complex land use issues.
  • Assist the department head with staffing strategy, hiring, onboarding, and training.
  • Serve as technical advisor for on-call retainer consultants for land use and related issues.
  • Other projects and tasks as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field and 6+ or more years of relevant experience.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with New York City zoning and planning, including local, state, and federal environmental regulations and review procedures.
  • Knowledge and experience of waterfront permitting for infrastructure projects, preferred.
  • Experience managing complex projects from ideation through execution involving multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience using spreadsheets and presentation applications such as Excel and PowerPoint; GIS/AutoCAD a plus.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal communication, including written and verbal, and experience creating and delivering presentations to internal and external stakeholders with a flexible and adaptable communication style.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience managing and coaching staff.
  • Demonstrates agile and results-focused approach, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a team.
  • Ability to travel as needed (across the five boroughs of New York City), and attend evening and occasional weekend meetings.
  • New York City residency is required within 180 days of hire.

Salary Range:
$115,000—$120,000 USD

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