We are looking for an junior urban planner.

The Junior Urban Planner for KZF Design is a creative problem-solver with the ability to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems, attending to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.

This person is a great communicator and collaborator, with the ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, both technical and non-technical. Communication, both oral and graphic, are critical – whether that be through explaining rules, procedures, plans, maps, and strategies clearly to the public, or developing mapping, site plans, renderings, presentation or written reports.

This person is passionate, self-motivated, and has a strong desire to research, learn, and grow as a professional; someone who can appropriately apply technology to solve problems and provide services to our clients. This position focuses on creating places that define communities – through sound community and transportation planning – for cities, counties and townships in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. Typical project types include corridor and small area studies, streetscape and urban design, bridge aesthetics, signage/wayfinding, parks and open spaces, community gateways and bicycle/pedestrian facilities.

The Planner must be able to work independently and in a team environment and meet project deadlines within a predetermined timeframe. They must be able to work on several projects or issues simultaneously, manage their time effectively between projects/tasks, and work independently or in a team environment as needed.

The responsibilities of the Junior Urban Planner include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist in developing planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs and regulations for government agencies and private-sector clients
  • Assist the planning team in advising planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.
  • Discuss with clients the purpose of planning projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community facilities.
  • Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting projects.
  • Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on projects.
  • Generate maps and data visualization for reports and presentations.
  • Assist in the review of site plans for conformance with codes, plans, and regulations.
  • Collects a variety of statistical data and prepare reports and maps on topics such as census information, land use, tax base data, and occupancy rates.
  • Communicate between community groups, government agencies, developers and elected officials in developing neighborhood plans.
  • Provide information to the public regarding planning projects.
  • Attends daytime, evening and weekend meetings if needed.

KZF Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No recruiter calls please.

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Do you meet these specifications?


  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from a PAB-accredited university
  • 2–4 years of experience in the A/E design consulting industry
  • Proficient in use of Esri ArcGIS Desktop
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Proficient in the use of Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Strong writing, communication, and graphics skills


  • Experience producing planning documents at an A/E consulting firm
  • Experience working with public, government agencies
  • Experience working on large planning projects and documents
  • Proficient in the use of AutoCAD and SketchUp
  • Involvement with civic or professional organizations
  • AICP Candidate


  • Experience working with Revit
  • Graphic design skills
  • Hand or digital renderings skills
  • AICP certification
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What sets KZF Design apart from other design firms?

Leadership says:

  • KZF Design helps our clients design a better future
  • Multidisciplinary: Architecture, MEP, Structural, Civil, Interior Design and Planning
  • Public markets served include Education, Transportation, and Federal/State/Local government
  • Private markets served include Commercial & Industrial and Workplace Design
  • Strong project portfolio across all six markets
  • Cincinnati’s 10th largest Architecture Firm (Business Courier May-2020)
  • Cincinnati’s 8th largest Engineering Firm (Business Courier Feb-2020)
  • For 33 years KZF has been ranked as an Interior Design Giant by Interior Design magazine
  • We have been in business for more than 60 years
  • Financially strong and stable – consistently profitable since 1992
  • Company consistently works on self-improvement to ensure long term success
  • Stable workforce with an average tenure of 15 years
  • Good Benefits including health care, life and disability insurance, and 401-k matching

The Team says:

  • A warm culture – people genuinely care and support one another
  • A sense of family with common goals and mutual respect throughout the workplace
  • Working together as a multidisciplinary team makes us stronger
  • Flexibility in setting hours allows balance between work and personal life
  • A firm that celebrates its history and heritage
  • Continuity of staff with valuable experience makes employees feel stable
  • Interacting as one team in one office makes collaboration easier and more enjoyable
  • A company where you can grow – changing for the better and you can be a part of it
  • Architectural teams are backed by strong in-house interior design, civil, MEP and structural engineers
  • A focus on technology and technical tools that make design and collaboration better
  • High-profile projects and partnering with national/internationally recognized design firms
  • A great downtown location in a LEED® Gold and ENERGY STAR® office designed by us
  • Awesome, open office workspace that has been designed to foster collaboration