Assistant/Associate Regional Planner - Compliance & Performance Monitoring
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking a professional who thrives in a fast-paced environment to fill the position of Assistant/Associate Regional Planner in the Compliance and Performance Monitoring department. SCAG's Compliance and Performance Monitoring Department is responsible for fulfilling certain state and federal requirements, including applicable requirements related to Air Quality, climate change compliance, the California Environmental Quality (CEQA) Act, Environmental Justice, California's Regional Housing Needs Assessment, and Intergovernmental Review. The department also includes a Performance Monitoring program tracking the progress of the region, primarily in areas of land use, transportation, housing, and environmental sustainability.
Under general supervision, this position will support the department in housing related issues. Specifically, the position will initially assist in the RHNA preparation and addressing regional housing issue. The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) determines housing needs for all SCAG jurisdictions based on a variety of factors in order to further Statewide housing objectives. The RHNA allocation is used by jurisdictions to plan housing for their communities and address community needs. The ideal candidate is someone with knowledge of stakeholder interaction, strong research skills, and at least one year of experience in regional and urban planning.)
SCAG headquarters is located in the hub of busy downtown Los Angeles, at Figueroa and 7th streets. SCAG has relocated to the 900 Wilshire Building, a new, multi-use hotel and office complex that features state of the art architecture and technology. The downtown area has expanded with LA Live, new restaurants, music, sports, shopping, libraries, museums and theaters. SCAG is in a culturally diverse area near Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Olvera Street and Grand Central Market. Southern California boasts near-perfect weather and close proximity to mountains, beaches and deserts, which encourages physical fitness and year-round activities.
For ease of commuting, the LA office is located across the street from the Metro Red Line 7th St. station and is easily accessible by commuter trains and buses serving surrounding areas. Metro's light rail and subway connect downtown LA to Hollywood, Universal City, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Azusa, Long Beach and many vibrant and up-and-coming neighborhoods.
WHO WE ARE:
Founded in 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, The SCAG region encompasses six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles. The agency develops long-range regional transportation plans including sustainable communities' strategy and growth forecast components, regional transportation improvement programs, regional housing needs allocations and a portion of the South Coast Air Quality management plans. Currently, the Regional Council consists of 86 members.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
To foster innovative regional solutions that improve the lives of Southern Californians through inclusive collaboration, visionary planning, regional advocacy, information sharing, and promoting best practices.
Southern California's Catalyst for a Brighter Future.
SCAG CORE VALUES
- Be Open: Be accessible, candid, collaborative and transparent in the work we do.
- Lead by Example: Commit to integrity and equity in working to meet the diverse needs of all people and communities in our region.
- Make an Impact: In all endeavors, effect positive and sustained outcomes that make our region thrive.
- Be Courageous: Have confidence that taking deliberate, bold and purposeful risks can yield new and valuable benefits.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist in the preparation of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)
- Coordinate monthly RHNA Subcommittee meetings by preparing the meeting agenda, creating PowerPoints, conducting research, and managing meetings logistics
- Support the RHNA appeal process by compiling appeals and preparing staff reports
- Manage content of the RHNA webpage by keeping it up-to-date with recent updates and relevant information
- Engage with a variety of stakeholders by responding to requests for data and information on the RHNA process
- Support outreach needs to provide information and engage sub-regions, cities and counties, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders
- Prepare technical reports, presentations, and materials for public outreach purposes
- Assist in addressing regional housing issues through research and coordination of housing-related workshops and conferences
- Research best practices of housing planning needs to assist in the development of a regional action plan per the Governor's initiatives through the Trailer Bill
- Support local housing development and implementation
- Other duties as assigned
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, transportation planning, geography, or a related field. A Master's degree in a related field is preferred and may substitute for one year of required experience
Assistant Level - One year of urban and regional planning experience with a focus on regional housing issues
Associate Level - Two years of professional urban/regional planning experience with a focus on regional housing issues
IDEAL CANDIDATE QUALITIES
The ideal candidate has a background in urban planning with a focus on housing and land use issues. Essential to this role is the ability to engage with stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have strong research skills and the ability to effectively communicate their findings both orally and in writing. The successful planner will thrive in a fast-paced environment where priorities are frequently changing. Experience with GIS mapping desired.
Knowledge of: Land use planning and compliance; theories, principles and practices of urban planning and development; research methods and statistical analysis; Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to housing issues, urban growth and development, and program administration; Federal and state planning regulations relevant to MPOs as they relate to transportation planning; how to incorporate and address management systems in MPO activities; emerging issues impacting transportation planning and policy, state and federal rulemaking; SCAG's RTP/SCS and other initiatives; Microsoft Office applications; modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment.
Ability to: Plan and coordinate multi-disciplinary projects; investigate planning problems and identify logical solutions; prepare clear, effective, and accurate reports and presentations; respond to public requests and inquiries; represent agency in stakeholder meetings. Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships, team spirit, and collaboration with those contacted in the course of work; analyze complex problems and identify logical solutions; interpret regional planning programs to the general public and to member agencies; independently identify and present solutions to perform professional planning work with supervision.
IMPORTANT APPLICANT INFORMATION:
Candidates must fill out the application and supplemental questions completely. Incomplete applications including references to see the resume for qualifications are incomplete and will be disqualified. Candidates are required to provide accurate answers as SCAG will verify the qualifications for each candidate.
SCAG provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SCAG complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
SCAG expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.
SCAG RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR REVOKE, WITHOUT NOTICE, ANY OR ALL OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN PRIOR TO THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT, AND TO WAIVE ANY NON SUBSTANTIVE JOB REQUIREMENT AND MAKE SUBJECTIVE DECISIONS INTERPRETING AND ASSESSING THE SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS OF ANY CANDIDATE, INCLUDING THE DETERMINATION THAT NONE OF THE CANDIDATES, EVEN THOSE WHO MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE POSITION.