The Hudson Square BID is Hiring a Planning Associate!

June 26, 2024

About the BID

The Hudson Square Business Improvement District (HSBID) is a New York City not-for-profit organization. We enhance the quality of life for people in the Hudson Square neighborhood and create a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable community. Hudson Square is nestled among the densely populated neighborhoods of Soho, the West Village, and Tribeca. In the last two decades, it has become one of NYC’s Creative Districts, boasting a daytime population of 60,000+ people working in more than 1,000 firms in creative sectors ranging from technology, advertising, media, communications, and other cutting-edge industries. Some of the companies that call Hudson Square home include Google, Edelman, Glossier, Horizon Media, New York Public Radio, Wieden + Kennedy, Squarespace, Supreme, Viacom, Warby Parker, and the soon-to-be new home of Disney.

About the Position

The BID is currently seeking a full-time Planning Associate who will work directly with the Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects on a variety of projects and initiatives. The office is comprised of a small (but mighty) team of 7 people, who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves to make things happen. We are looking for someone who is intellectually curious and has a true passion for New York City and its unique neighborhoods.

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning Assistance
    • Prepare maps, graphics, and related materials for strategic efforts and presentations
    • Assist with obtaining the necessary approvals for projects in both public and private space
    • Perform research and analysis of existing streetscape conditions and related City policies
    • Analyze opportunities for new projects that advance HSBID’s transportation and streetscape planning goals
    • Collaborate with other HSBID departments on planning-related projects and initiatives
  • Project Management
    • Assist with procurements: drafting RFPs, compiling lists of vendors, reviewing proposals, and documenting the selection process
    • Prepare briefings, correspondence, and other materials necessary to advance project implementation
    • Conduct field supervision of contractors
    • Assist with City agency, utility, and property owner/manager outreach and coordination
    • Conduct project documentation and record-keeping
  • Data Collection + Management
    • Manage HSBID’s public space data collection, integration, analysis, and reporting
    • Conduct regular field surveys of HSBID’s streetscape and open spaces
    • Assist with hiring, management, and supervision of interns
    • Serve as the point of contact with HSBID’s third-party data providers
  • Community/Stakeholder Engagement
    • Respond to requests for information
    • Attend select Community Board meetings
    • Develop and maintain relationships with key community stakeholders


  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and graphic)
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Excel and Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Illustrator
  • Strong data management, graphic design, and mapping skills
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, and meet deadlines independently
  • Strong work ethic, self-starter, detail-oriented, and an analytical and creative thinker
  • Passion for urban planning and neighborhood development
  • Team player able to juggle several projects concurrently, and thrive in a small office environment
  • Sense of humor and collaborative approach to work

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a related field
  • Entry-level position

This is a full-time position, with medical, vision, and 403B benefits. The salary is $55,000- $68,000 based on experience.

The Hudson Square BID is a not-for-profit organization with seven full-time employees. The person in this position will be working in a small office environment and is expected to pitch in on different tasks as they arise. We are a small office, and our success is based on teamwork, individuals who
are strong leaders in their areas of expertise, and good communication. The ideal candidate will have an interest in and commitment to the life of our city and our neighborhood.

To Apply
The Planning Associate reports directly to the Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects. Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Jacob McNally, Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects, at with “Planning Associate” in the subject line.

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