Clarion is hiring!

June 2, 2022

We are seeking Associates/Senior Associates and an Office Assistant in Chapel Hill.

About the Associate/Senior Associate Positions – Applications Due June 20, 2022. 

We are actively seeking full-time associates in our Chapel Hill office. We strive to cross-train our team members and will work with successful candidates to tailor a position to fit their areas of expertise and interests. However, the successful candidates should have experience and interest in the following core practice areas:

  • Comprehensive Planning. This practice area involves research and analysis of trends and best practices; preparation of community outreach materials and participation in public meetings; advanced GIS analysis and mapping; and preparation of complex and graphic-rich plan documents.
  • Development Codes. This practice area involves drafting innovative and user-friendly zoning and land use regulations to implement local plans, as well as research and analysis of trends and best practices; preparation of community outreach materials and participation in public meetings; and preparation and proofreading of complex and graphic-rich code documents. A law degree or experience with regulatory drafting is a plus, as is experience creating graphics to convey complex regulatory concepts.

All team members assist in preparing proposals to win new work, attend meetings, prepare presentations, collect and analyze data, and — because we are a small firm — generally pitch in wherever needed. A combination of in-person and remote work is offered.

Strong candidates for the positions are:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Have excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Appreciate the ability to work on (and balance) a wide range of assignments
  • Have a Master’s degree in urban planning or a related field with a minimum of four years of professional work experience, or a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of six years of professional work experience; mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply
  • Are proficient in Word and Excel (Sketch-Up, ArcGIS, InDesign, and Illustrator are pluses)
  • Are willing to travel both regionally and nationally to support our clients (in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions)
  • Are willing to work hard to help foster positive change in America’s cities, counties, and regions!
  • Are enthusiastic about planning and land-use consulting — because the work we do matters, and it changes the future!

Additional “great to have,” but non-essential skills and characteristics include:

  • Spanish fluency
  • Project management experience, including direct client contact and coordination of subconsultants, and other professionals as needed during all stages of project development
  • Graphics and visualization expertise
  • Prior experience working in consulting and/or a general interest in learning the business end of consulting

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is based on your experience, performance, and location. Salary range for Associates is $60,000-$80,000 and Senior Associates is $80,000 – $90,000, with the opportunity for performance-based bonuses twice each year.

Clarion Associates offers competitive benefits to all full-time employees, including full health insurance coverage, 401K plan with a 3% annual employer contribution, ten days of PTO and eight personal days accrued annually to start (up to 20 days PTO based on tenure), eight paid holidays, an annual transit pass, coverage of AICP and other professional dues, and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Clarion Associates provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter, no more than one page each, along with a writing sample of no more than five pages and two to three samples of your graphic abilities (if applicable) to hiring@clarionassociates.com by 5:00pm on June 20, 2022. We will consider resume submissions as they arrive. 

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About the Office Assistant Position 

We are actively seeking a part-time Office Assistant in our Chapel Hill office. We are seeking a highly organized self-starter with a collaborative spirit and an attention for detail. This position will be responsible for supporting Clarion’s seven person Chapel Hill office. This work includes managing office supplies and coordination with vendors, coordinating IT services with our vendor, assisting with office improvements, and general administrative assistance. Tasks may also include opportunities to support marketing and project related efforts dependent upon the skillsets of the applicant. The ideal candidate will be capable of juggling multiple tasks while meeting our high standards of professional quality. This is a part-time position with an expected commitment of 15-20 hours per week and the potential to expand.

Requirements:

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, or related field preferred, but not required
  • Minimum of two years of comparable experience preferred, but not required
  • Experience with MS office (Microsoft Word, Sharepoint, OneDrive, Excel, and Outlook in particular)
  • Good oral and written English communication skills
  • Experience working in a planning, engineering, architecture, or similar professional services firm setting is a plus!

Additional “great to have,” but non-essential skills and characteristics that could lead to more hours and assignments include:

  • Spanish fluency
  • Technical editing/proofreading
  • Advanced Microsoft Word skills (ability to set up and troubleshoot multi-level lists and styles in large complex documents)

Equal Opportunity Employer

Clarion Associates provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

Compensation

Hourly range for this position is $20 to $25/hr based on qualifications and experience.

Location

The position will be located in Clarion’s Chapel Hill office. A combination of in-person and remote work is offered.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to hiring@clarionassociates.com. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. No phone calls please.