Site Planning Manager

| Cambridge

Soofa is the neighborhood news feed that connects a community with screens everyone can see and anyone can use.

We are looking for a Permitting & Installation Manager to bring more Soofa Signs into more cities and neighborhoods across the US. You will be responsible for managing the permitting process required to install new Signs, from understanding city code to physically walking the sites where our Signs will be installed and selecting the perfect locations that meet all city/town and state and Soofa requirements. In this role, you’ll report directly to the VP of Operations and work closely with the VP of City Growth to ensure successful Soofa Sign installations, all the way from strategic planning to physical deployment. 

You will work with forward-thinking city leaders and innovative real estate developers to help urban communities flourish. Soofa is for people with a shared stake in a special place. Join the movement!

Responsibilities

  • Take master-planned concepts for Soofa Sign deployments and bring them to life by managing the process from strategic planning to physical Sign installation with cities, towns, and real estate development partners
  • Work directly with the VP of City Growth to translate a conceptual master plan for Signs on public and/or private land into construction-ready installation plans
  • Report to the VP of Operations to develop and manage the project plan for Sign installation
  • Work with contractors to produce site plans
  • Manage location surveys and site testing to ensure locations meet all civic and technical requirements
  • Review state, city, and town code to ensure Soofa Signs are in compliance or receive the necessary exemptions to be installed in the perfect locations
  • Communicate directly with city and town staff as well as real estate developers to ensure final Sign placement and installation meets all local guidelines
  • Develop internal “playbooks” to streamline the process to take Signs from masterplan to deployment faster. 

 

Qualifications

  • 3 years experience with urban planning and/or zoning and permitting
  • Proven ability to project manage and deliver complex, multi-stakeholder projects from start to finish
  • Experience with project management software tools and getting your team to use them successfully (Asana is our preference) 
  • A nuanced understanding of what it’s like to work with large and small municipalities and mixed-use real estate developers

 

Candidate Characteristics

  • Patience—you are motivated by holistic, long-term growth, not instant gratification. You are comfortable with complex permitting processes and lengthy local and state zoning code reviews
  • Ability to rebound from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations or conversations—super resilient!
  • A supremely organized human who excels at gently guiding others to become more organized themselves
  • Very detail orientated–you love digging into long contracts and lengthy documents and reading them front to back and back to front
  • A lover of transparent communication–cc is your best friend
  • Strong ability to create close relationships

 

Bonus Points For

  • Experience in OOH/DOOH
  • Urban planning background
  • Prior employment in mixed-use real estate firm, city, or town

 

Perks of Working with Soofa

  • Generous healthcare, dental, and parental leave packages
  • Short- and long-term disability and life insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Team lunches every Friday
  • Team activities like ski trips, camping, Whiskey Wednesdays, etc. 
  • Company culture focused on talent development and caring personally

 

Soofa is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Soofa is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Location

Located in trendy East Cambridge, Soofa is steps away from both Kendall Square and the Green Line.

An Insider's view of Soofa

How does your team reward individual success?

From gong rings to weekly shout outs, a Soofarian’s achievements are never kept quiet. Soofarians set quarterly goals and get support from the rest of their team to reach them. At Soofa, there is nothing better than having your hard work acknowledged by your fellow peers. Our company works hard, plays hard and we love a good reason to celebrate!

Kayla Zaylor

Operations Manager

What does your typical day look like?

I love that a lot of my work involves meeting with local government partners, attending neighborhood association or city council meetings, and going to conferences, or going out to new neighborhoods to find the best locations for our signs or oversee the installation of a new Sign and answer any questions curious passerbys might have.

Lyra Schweizer

Director of City Growth

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I was hired as an engineering intern, then into a full-time product manager role. Working with so many aspects of our org has helped me learn how to speak the language of every employee and department. I can speak up for resources I need to hit company goals, and I have ownership over our metrics—which enables and encourages me to get things done.

Charlotte Warne

Product Manager

What are some social events your company does?

Daily team exercises, team lunch and team stretches every Friday, monthly book clubs, birthday outings by zodiac sign, Whiskey Wednesdays, and annual skiing and island camping trips, to name a few.

Soofarians are special people. Spending time together both inside and outside our workspace has a profound effect on our culture.

Molly LaFlesh

Chief of Staff

What are Soofa Perks + Benefits

Soofa Benefits Overview

Great healthcare through BlueCross/BlueShield (HMO and PPO plans available). Affordable dental insurance. Generous parental leave packages for both primary and secondary caregivers. Free short- and long-term disability and life insurance. Equity for most full-time Soofarians. Unlimited PTO. Dog-friendly office. Team lunches every Friday. Team activities like ski trips, camping, Whiskey Wednesdays, etc. at least once a month.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Soofa's leadership team is over 50% women.
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Soofa also provides 2 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 16 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Quarterly.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted On occasion .
Pet Friendly
We welcome dogs into the office daily.
Recreational Clubs
Book club, hiking pals, and more!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
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