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.

Submit resumes and letters of interest to Kendall Keating at kkeating@cpex.org.


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

  • Campaign development

  • 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


About Center for Planning Excellence:

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.