Karp Strategies is an urban planning strategy consulting firm that
partners with our clients to identify their unique needs and provide tailored
solutions. We help clients across sectors take analysis to action to allow them
to make better decisions – and ultimately, to build stronger communities and
better cities. We deeply value our holistic analytic methods, and maintain
strong core values that equity and upside can go hand in hand when working on
planning and development projects. We work on projects around the country, with
projects currently underway or starting across the NYC region and Boston. Our
team works at the sweet spot where data, people, and place intersect: we strive
to understand what drives change in places, and how people, businesses, and
institutions exist and can thrive within that change.
Karp Strategies celebrated three years in June, and we’ve grown
tremendously since inception from one person to a team of seven, with offices
in Manhattan’s Financial District, in a space that offers fabulous amenities.
(Fitness classes and meditation? Got it. Nap room? Done. Coffee? Of course.
Water views? Yep – Lady Liberty keeps us inspired.) We value and celebrate
diversity and inclusion in our team.
With current projects ranging from economic and community
development planning initiatives to stakeholder analysis and engagement, from
evaluations of affordable housing policies to infrastructure feasibility
studies, and from real estate advisory to zoning analysis, Karp Strategies is
working with many of the industry’s most dynamic partner firms and clients on
pressing, timely challenges facing the country, region, and our city.
As our company kicks off additional projects, we seek to meet
thinkers and doers interested in urban change, neighborhoods, and being at the
leading edge of the field. We are hiring
two people, one at the Analyst level and one at the Consultant level. Both
positions are critical members of the team and will work on a similar suite of projects
and tasks. Consultants provide key project leadership while analysts assist in
project management and other aspects of projects. Key tasks for both include:
- Project manage the heck out of whatever you are working on, utilizing schedules, project plans, shared file systems, and
communication apps. Lead and support communications with client, partner firms,
and internally at Karp Strategies. Maintain project schedule, ensuring that our
team has the time and resources it needs to do a great job. Coordinate multiple
moving pieces among team members to ensure high-quality deliverables.
- Design infographics, data
visualizations, and graphic representations of policy, process, engineering, and analytical findings to
support client projects, business development efforts, and other initiatives
with Adobe Suite programs. Ranging from things as simple as agendas to as big
as decks going to a client’s investors, execute on translating technical
information into layperson formats either independently or on a team.
- Plan and execute stakeholder
workshops, including interagency
(government), community (local/businesses), or other, to support development of
long-term planning efforts. Work with our team to bring the magic into
conference rooms and bodegas alike.
- Analyze data (both quantitative
and qualitative), ranging from economic, market, real estate, and all the things
the numbers miss that we gain from local stakeholders via interviews, focus
groups, and hands-on activities. Determine what changes are taking place;
triangulate; integrate with engineering team findings as needed. Utilize deep
research skills to support this work.
- Support business development
efforts, including managing strategic relationships, proposal
research/writing, research on partner firms, site visits, internal operations
or special projects, as needed.
- Work in a maturing start-up
environment with a close-knit team and our project partners on miscellaneous
tasks, big or small, as they arise.
- Bring your whole self, creative
ideas, and secret sauce…we are a team that values each member’s uniqueness and ability to
represent new ideas, different parts of the city, and strategic thinking to
propel us forward as we grow.
What we seek
Candidates interested in these positions should demonstrate work experience
in the above area of responsibility, and background either with government,
community planning organizations, consulting, or a related field (5-7 years for the Consultant-level, and 1-3
years for the Analyst-level). Anticipated content areas for the positions
include waterfront development, zoning analysis, stakeholder/community
engagement strategy, real estate advisory, and community planning – though life
moves fast here at KStrat and new projects come online quickly!
- A Master’s Degree is generally required for the
Consultant position and a Bachelor’s
Degree for the Analyst position, but comparable work experience will be
- Fluency in the Adobe Suite, particularly InDesign, is required for the Consultant and highly desired for the
- Fluency in mapping applications is preferred.
- Strong writing and design experience are a must given the range of projects and clients we work with.
- Experience leading community
outreach efforts involving multi-modal
engagement tools or platforms (online and in-person) and the ability to
synthesize feedback to inform these processes, is strongly preferred.
- Experience working with
traditionally underserved populations
- Multilingual written and oral
skills (particularly Spanish,
Chinese, Cantonese and Russian) are highly regarded as part of our work with
diverse communities across the country.
- A deep curiosity about planning
issues and an interest in
incorporating an equity lens to our work is strongly encouraged.
If these piques your interest, we’d love to hear from you! Please send a professional resume, letter of
interest, and work samples (writing, data analysis, and design portfolio, plus
any work sample that demonstrates your language capabilities) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate the position to which you are applying in the email
subject and letter of interest. We are interviewing on a rolling basis.
The analyst job description is
for an at-will position which is non-exempt under the FLSA; the consultant job
description is for an at-will position which is exempt under the FLSA. Karp
Strategies provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for
employment regardless of their age, race, creed, color, religion, national
origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation,
marital status, partnership status, military status, predisposing genetic
characteristics, domestic violence status, sex offense of stalking victim
status, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws.