Career Development Webinars

APA's Career Center offers planners a variety of webinars and workshops with practical tips on job search, career paths, and professional development issues for new and seasoned planners alike.

Upcoming Webinars

Intersections Series: Architecture

January 21, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. EST | Free


The first in a series of no-cost events exploring the overlap between urban planning and its adjacent professions. Hosted by APA's Student Representative Council, the events will feature change-makers in architecture, civil engineering, environmental studies, and political science to discuss how they apply planning principles in their fields, and where they believe future opportunities lie.

Intersections: Architecture invites emerging professionals and students from both urban planning and architecture to take part in the discussion with Kristina Yu, Architect, Educator with McCLAIN+YU Architecture & Design, University of New Mexico, and Thomas Kraubitz, Director, Buro Happold Cities Europe and members of APA's Student Representative Council.

The session delves into the critical decision drivers in each field and how to effectively collaborate. Topics will include advice for emerging professionals on working in the field, education, skills, ethics, and the current context of architecture and planning.

The SRC hosts this event, for free. We encourage attendees to come with interesting questions for the panelists at the convergence of these two fields.

Jumpstart Your Equity Work Partnering with School Planners

February 2, 2022, at Noon–1:30 p.m. CT

$30 for members, $60 for nonmembers, free for Passport subscribers

CM | 1.5 Total

CM | 1.0 | Equity


Presented in partnership with APA's Public Schools Interest Group (PSIG)

This course emphasizes public schools' role in shaping communities. Tools and techniques are provided to improve collaboration between local governments and school districts and clarify the connection between traditional planning with planning and equity issues facing school planners.

Public schools reflect our society and often are a microcosm of their neighborhoods and communities. They are a major determinant in housing decisions, perceptions of neighborhoods, and have a tremendous impact on infrastructure. School planners bring a unique perspective to planning and there is growing recognition that school and local government planners can be invaluable resources to each other's work towards growth, revitalizing communities, and addressing equity issues.

APA's Planning for Equity Policy Guide includes eight policies that are specific to school planning of which career school planners will provide examples and specific details. In this course, professional school planners highlight their efforts to share methods to incorporate sound planning principles.

This course aims to link school planning with the work of local government planners by providing greater insight, tools, and techniques for collaborating on school and traditional planning. Our panel of experts will provide tangible examples of how to improve outcomes for students and communities, as well as present career opportunities available in school planning.

Course presentations and resources include:

  • School facility planning and coordination with local government
  • Sample public school facilities element in comprehensive plans
  • Master development agreements
  • Enrollment/demographic forecasting
  • School attendance boundary changes
  • Implications of school openings and closures

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the eight education policies in the APA Planning for Equity Policy Guide and how they apply to planners' practice.
  • Examine how local government and school district planners can work collaboratively towards more equitable outcomes, with a specific focus on PSIG's collaboration checklists which include strategies to incorporate schools in general planning functions.
  • Recognize the relationship of school enrollments and funding with facility planning that determines new schools and/or school closures.

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CM | 7.0

Includes CM | 1.5 | Ethics and CM | 1.5 | Law

From the structure of your organization to the goals and vision of your community, we are mediators, negotiators, problem solvers, counselors, and even referees. To help serve as a guide and as a platform to start the conversation, we have curated a six-part series course that will help you navigate the waters of entry-level management to director of your organization.

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