Center for Planning Excellence seeks to hire at least two new team members to assist and/or lead our membership and communications functions. The types of skills, qualities and experience we are looking for are listed below, but we do not expect any one applicant to possess all of these attributes. Above all, we are seeking smart, driven, problem solvers who know how to connect with all kinds of people and are committed to making Louisiana a better place. Successful applicants will share CPEX’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of their work. We are open to early- and mid-career applicants. Positions will be based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Titles and salary will be based on skills and experience. CPEX actively subscribes to a policy of equal opportunity employment.
Required skills and qualities:
Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Integrity and strong sense of ethics
Positive attitude, solution-oriented
Ability to drive results
Ability to build relationships and partnerships with diverse entities
Strong verbal, written, and online communication skills
Comfortable asking for resources
Ability to absorb technical information and translate into common language
Ability to collaborate with colleagues and partners
Willing and able to innovate, experiment, take calculated risks, and stay abreast of change in your field
Drive to learn and grow as a person and a professional
Self-awareness and high emotional intelligence
Desired skills and qualities:
Articulate and persuasive
Strong sense of community
Ability to develop talking points, boilerplate emails, project pitches, and other written and spoken communications used by all CPEX staff
Ability to build and manage media relations
Ability to think strategically about communications and membership, maximize opportunities to engage target audiences, and ensure that messaging is consistent across platforms and programs
Donor engagement and cultivation, including member visits and events
Event planning and execution
Fundraising, including annual campaigns, proposal and grant writing, sponsorships and client relations
Ability to create/ manage development of marketing and fund development collateral
Ability/ willingness to learn how to assist with community outreach and engagement efforts
Manage staff and board involvement in membership development process
The Center for Planning Excellence champions the power of good planning to build healthy, sustainable communities throughout Louisiana through our work as policy advocates, educators, and planning experts.
Over the past twenty years, the CPEX team has been building a movement dedicated to engaging communities, leaders, and institutions in developing the solutions we need to ensure that Louisiana is a place where our people, culture, environment, and economy can thrive.
Our team of landscape architects, environmental scientists, policy experts and land use planners are passionate about making our communities safer, healthier, resilient and equitable. CPEX builds partnerships, capacity, and plans that provide inclusive, comprehensive approaches to some of the most pressing issues our state faces: climate change impacts; growing flood risk; and social, economic, racial and health disparities. We are working to create policy environments that facilitate climate change mitigation and adaptation, healthy community design, and smart growth. CPEX works hand-in-hand with communities across the state to implement solutions such as bike lanes, sidewalks, public parks, accessible transit, equitable and sustainable land use, and green infrastructure. Our team works with state and local leaders, nonprofit partners, international thought leaders and Louisiana communities to create a vision for the future and strategies for achieving that vision.
CPEX offers a competitive benefits package and a flexible, dynamic work environment. Our team is fun, talented, and friendly and we share in one another’s successes and challenges. CPEX is committed to supporting health, well-being, and work-life balance for all of its employees.
We love our work; we love our communities; and we want to meet some amazing, talented people interested in joining our team.