New Jersey Director

Applications accepted until position is filled

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 Vice President of State Programs and Advocacy, 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 policy makers, media, planning professionals, community leaders and residents.


The director will be responsible for managing and growing RPA’s New Jersey Committee of high-profile business and civic leaders – engaging committee members in RPA initiatives, 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. In 2018, this includes building support for the Gateway Tunnel project, helping towns implement zoning that encourages affordable housing, and building support for carbon pricing, resiliency and climate change adaptation.

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 10 years of work experience in planning, public policy or related fields. A master’s degree is preferred. The position requires initiative, passion for transportation, housing and environmental issues, and the ability to balance multiple priorities. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential, including the ability to convey planning and policy concepts to the general public as well as decision makers.

How to Apply:

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

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. 

About RPA

RPA conducts research, advocacy and planning on regional and national priorities including open space and environmental sustainability, transportation, economic development and governance. Our team of talented professionals are passionate about developing and sharing ideas that foster thriving, healthy cities and communities.

We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City, with offices in Stamford, Conn., and Princeton, N.J. We encourage a challenging, collaborative and fun work environment. We also believe in work-life balance.

RPA is a workplace that values diversity. Employment and promotional opportunities are equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by law.