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Senior Planner - Sustainable Development

Houston-Galveston Area Council
Houston, TX
United States
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Job Title: Senior Planner - Sustainable Development

Job ID: CE14025

Job Grade: 7

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Houston-Galveston Area Council Overview

Home to more than 7 million people, the Houston-Galveston region is one of the fastest growing and most diverse regions in the country. Making sure the region remains one of the nation’s leading places to live, work, and prosper doesn’t just happen—it takes planning and partnerships.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council serves as a forum where the region’s leaders and decision-makers come together to address local and regional issues related to transportation, the environment, public safety, aging, community planning, workforce training, and economic development. To support these efforts, the Houston-Galveston Area Council employs a robust team whose members are highly qualified, resourceful, and passionate about enhancing the region’s quality of life.

If you are looking for a career where you can help make a difference in urban, suburban, and rural communities, the Houston-Galveston Area Council has exciting opportunities for you. Learn more about why the Houston-Galveston Area Council is the right place for you to learn, grow, and excel.


H-GAC seeks a Senior Regional Planner to join the Sustainable Development team within our Community and Environmental Department. Through cooperation with local governments, H-GAC’s Community and Environmental Planning Department works to improve the quality of life for residents across the region.  You will be involved in a wide range of programs, ranging from Livable Centers, Parks and Natural Areas, to Bringing Back Main Street.    

The various programs focus on creating plans for walkable employment centers with connections for pedestrians and bicyclists; providing technical assistance for downtown revitalization, particularly in rural and suburban communities; and partnering on economic development projects. We also promote projects that enhance the quality of community spaces, such as low impact development, parks, and natural areas. 

As a Senior Regional Planner, you will find motivation working with diverse communities from rural townships to dense urban populations.  Strong project management, communication and presentation skills are crucial for success in this role.  Major job duties will include managing planning consultant teams and H-GAC clients, project timelines and final deliverables.  You must be proficient in collecting and analyzing data, researching best practices and demonstrate an interest finding and securing new funding opportunities based on Program interest.  You must be able provide professional and timely feedback to a variety of audiences.   The ideal candidate will provide design procedures and develop regional plans for a range of sustainable development programs. As a team player, the idea candidate will assist and lead in the preparation and execution of various committee meetings and training workshops.  

So, what are we looking for in a candidate? We are pursuing an individual who enjoys and is passionate about a multitude of sustainable development program initiatives. Recognizing the Houston-Galveston area’s diversity, our programs are innovative, and we seek to attract talent that can bring new ideas to the table, foster positive relationships with region partners and manage a series of top-notch consulting firms from around the country. 


The successful candidate will have at a minimum:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Regional Planning or related field.

Five (5) years’ experience in urban or regional planning.

  • Thorough knowledge of pertinent policies, regulations and best management practices.
  • Ability to plan and effectively manage complex, long-term projects.


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H-GAC is an equal opportunity/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or protected veteran status.  

Published on:
December 2, 2019 - 1:12pm
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