New Jersey Director

Regional Plan Association (RPA) is seeking a creative and dynamic professional to direct the organization’s programs and activities in New Jersey.

Working with RPA’s talented research, advocacy and communications staff and reporting to the Executive Vice President, the New Jersey director will help develop, promote and implement projects and policy goals in the state. This includes identifying and articulating New Jersey’s policy priorities in transportation, housing, economic development and environmental protection, and integrating them into RPA’s regional research and advocacy strategy.

The position requires effectively communicating RPA’s mission and objectives to New Jersey elected and government officials, media, planning professionals, community leaders and the public at large.


The director will be responsible for managing and growing RPA’s New Jersey Committee of high-profile civic, business, policy and social justice leaders, and recruiting new members to further elevate the reach of the organization.

The director will work to implement key components of RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan – a blueprint for the region’s growth, sustainability, good governance and economic opportunity for the next 25 years. Over the next few years, this includes building support for the Gateway Tunnel project and more NJTransit funding, diversifying and expanding affordable housing through legalization of accessory dwelling units, and policies that support climate change adaptation and clean energy.

The director may also be required to manage contracts with state agencies, municipalities, academic institutions or other stakeholders, as needed.

RPA offers a unique opportunity to help shape the built environment in one of the world’s most complex metropolitan landscapes. The New Jersey director will be a senior member of RPA’s team.


Applicants should have:

  • A minimum of 5 – 8 years of work experience in planning, public policy, government or related fields. Required knowledge of state and local politics. Existing relationships with key NJ stakeholders and government / policy leaders a plus.
  • A passion for transportation, housing and environmental issues, and the ability to balance multiple priorities.
  • Initiative and excellent execution skills. Results-oriented with the ability to effectively manage competing priorities.
  • High-level writing and communication skills, including the ability to convey planning and policy concepts to the general public as well as decision makers.
  • Excellent organizing, relationship-building, and team-building skills.
  • Desire to work on advocacy campaigns to drive change.
  • An undergraduate and/or graduate degree, preferably with a concentration in planning, public policy, economics, political science, sociology or other relevant field of study. A master’s degree in a related field is preferred but not necessarily required.

About RPA

RPA is based in New York City, with offices in Newark, NJ, Princeton, NJ, and Stamford, CT. The organization encourages a challenging, collaborative, and fun work environment. We believe in work-life balance and value diversity and equity. Employment and promotional opportunities are equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected class as established by law.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a brief (one page maximum) cover letter, resume and any other relevant materials

Because of the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to reply to every applicant. We kindly request no phone calls or emails.

Applications accepted until position is filled