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Principal Regional Housing Planner

Metropolitan Transportation Commission
San Francisco, CA
United States
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$124,198.05 - $157,513.20 Annually

Closing: 1/19/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

First round interviews for selected candidates tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information about MTC, visit

The Principal Regional Housing Planner position will be filled at the Principal level and is under the direction of the Assistant Director, Housing and Local Planning.  The incumbent will be an experienced housing professional who can think strategically, develop, manage and execute projects and programs, understand the challenges and impacts of the Bay Area housing climate, analyze state, regional, and local housing policies including legislative proposals, and have familiarity with the "3 Ps" (production, preservation and protection).

The Principal Regional Housing Planner will also have familiarity with the planning challenges faced by local jurisdictions, including Housing Element updates and local housing permitting and tracking processes.


The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

• Overall knowledge and expertise in Bay Area housing– understanding of current climate for housing development and affordable housing preservation in the region (plans, policies, programs, legislation, etc.).

• Understanding of local housing entitlement, permitting and tracking processes.

• Knowledge and expertise in the "3Ps" - housing production, preservation and tenant protections.

• Project Management

• Analysis – ability to collect and manipulate data, prepare charts and graphs to depict findings

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Supervisory experience is a plus


An appropriate combination of education and experience that has provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:

Education: A Master's degree in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment, such as transportation planning, city and regional planning; transportation engineering or modeling, financial management, economics, business or public administration; and

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible experience in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment.

A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline and four years of relevant experience is an alternative qualification.

License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.


Project Management

• Develop and deliver overall MTC/ABAG housing strategy and work program, including proactive policy development related to state legislative proposals and development of technical assistance programs to support local jurisdictions;

• Develop and execute regional programs to assist local jurisdictions in updating housing elements to comply with state law and the sixth cycle of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA);

• Perform research and analysis on housing public policies and practices to inform local jurisdictions and other Bay Area stakeholders on best practices.   

• Oversee housing data collection (permits, certificates of occupancy, etc.) related to MTC policies and programs, such as the One Bay Area Grant program, the Housing Incentive Pool and other related policies or programs.  Conduct analysis as requested;

• Assess housing-related legislation and facilitate understanding and implementation with Bay Area jurisdictions.  Develop and implement supportive programs;

• Meet organizational goals and performance expectations. Have ability to set objectives and goals; scope out length and difficulty of projects; break down work into the process steps; develop schedules and task/people assignments; anticipate and adjust for problems and roadblocks; measure performance against goals and evaluate results.

Strategy Management

• Develop housing-related project/policy development goals, milestones and strategic recommendations for review and approval by Assistant Planning Director, Planning Director, MTC Executive Office and the Commission/ABAG Executive Board;

• In partnership with local jurisdictions and other stakeholders, conduct analyses and coordinate development of policies and strategies related to housing development and affordable housing preservation in the region, as well as tenant protection policies;

• Coordinate and present housing-related information and regional agency policies to a variety of stakeholders to gather input to MTC/ABAG deliberations;

• Oversee delivery of major work products.

Staff Oversight

Monitor overall work assignments and work flow for direct reports. Ensure that staff assignments are resourced correctly to deliver projects and ensure operational success. Identify shortfalls/gaps in resources and recommend solutions;

• Provide lead direction and work assignment to assigned staff; instruct staff in work procedures, and review and evaluate work performed;

• Participate in the selection, orientation, training and evaluation programs for assigned staff; provide or coordinate staff training, provide positive motivation for employee performance, identify and resolve staff deficiencies;

• Ensure Assistant Director is updated and informed of programs and projects.


• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, distilling detailed program or policy concepts into compelling, relevant and understandable memos and presentations;

• Represent MTC/ABAG in a variety of meetings and/or events;

The Principal Regional Housing Planner will perform other job related duties as assigned.

All employees at MTC are classified as Disaster Services Workers.

Published on:
December 30, 2019 - 12:58pm
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