Associate Regional Planner (2 year limited-term)
Please note: This position will remain open until filled, with the first application review taking place on Thursday, March 25th.
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking an independent, self-starter with excellent analytical, problem solving, and communication skills to fill the position of Associate Regional Planner in the Compliance and Performance Monitoring department, working specifically on SCAG’s Housing Programs.
Under general supervision, this position will support the implementation of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocations and SCAG’s $47 million grant funded Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) program. Learn more about RHNA by clicking here and REAP by clicking here. The Associate Regional Planner will assist in the coordination of REAP funded Subregional Partner grants, providing technical assistance and ensuring that milestones are met in support of housing and land use policies. This position will also play a key role in developing metrics to assess how much housing has been produced as a result of our programs. The ideal candidate is a problem-solver with knowledge of housing principles and strong data analysis skills.
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.
When you join SCAG, you can expect a culture where collaboration and teamwork is fostered. SCAG's workforce is highly educated, passionate, and committed to innovation that improves the quality of life for all Southern Californians. SCAG is proud to support a work environment that promotes meaningful work while encouraging work/life balance.
At SCAG, we are committed to ensuring employee safety and well-being. Therefore, all SCAG staff are working remotely until further notice.
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.
Esstential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist with the coordination and monitoring of subregional partner grants by reviewing invoices and tracking metrics
- Assist with the development and procurement of two partnership or consultant-based studies for the REAP Housing Policy Program, and lead monitoring
- Assist in gathering and analyzing metrics on housing programs to determine program success and develop reports based on findings
- Provide other support as needed to the REAP funded housing programs
- 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 by preparing technical reports, presentations, and other materials as needed
- Assist in addressing regional housing issues through research and coordination of housing-related workshops and conferences
- Manage content of the RHNA webpage by keeping it up to date with recent updates and relevant information
- 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 desired, but not required.
Two years of professional urban and/or regional planning experience with a focus on housing issues
IDEAL CANDIDATE QUALITIES
The ideal candidate possesses:
- A background in urban and regional planning with a focus on housing issues.
- The ability to interpret technical data as it relates to public policy.
- Sound research skills, with the ability to effectively communicate their findings both orally and in writing.
- High attention to detail and strong analytical abilities.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
Knowledge of: Principles of urban planning with emphasis in land use, housing, transportation, and environmental planning; 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; project management principles; Microsoft Office Suite; 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.