Assistant Planner / Community Outreach Coordinator

Ecology Action
Santa Cruz, CA
United States

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This is a grant funded position set to end on February 28th, 2020. The Assistant Planner will lead and implement the planning process for two schools-based Safe Routes to School (SRTS) active transportation plans. Overall goal of project is to gather public comments and identify barriers to student active transportation at designated schools within two planning areas. Each planning area is comprised of approximately 15 K-12 schools. Planning process will gather and synthesize public comment, previously prepared plans and consultant recommendations into a final plan. Work closely with Planner to ensure consistency and completion of planning processes. Compile all relevant data, recommendations, maps and photographs into two discreet plans. Write Executive Summary for two plans as well as individual school overview and recommendation list. Present plan to local jurisdiction officials. 

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  • Take full ownership of public participatory planning process for two discreet school-based projects.
  • Design parent/student survey methodology to gather comments for three discreet projects.
  • Organize and lead public meetings to engage stakeholders in planning process.
  • Calendar, Plan, Promote and Lead walking audits at schools to identify barriers to biking and walking.. 
  • Gather public comments through variety of venues; organize and screen for consultant.
  • Photograph potential barriers and areas of concern for project area.
  • Present consultant recommendations back to stakeholder groups.
  • Gather survey data and incorporate into data collection.
  • Incorporate public feedback, jurisdiction feedback and consultant recommendations into Safe Routes to School Transportation Plans for two school groups.
  • Present final plans in public venues.
  • Interact with a diverse school community including parents, teachers, school administrators and students.
  • Coordinate planning efforts with public works, public transportation and consultants staff.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, urban planning, or a related field.
  • Advanced planning coursework or 1+ year working in planning capacity. 
  • 2 years of community outreach experience or related experience. 
  • Knowledge of: transportation planning theory, principles, and methods (data collection, statistical analysis, report writing); current trends in transportation planning especially as they pertain to active transportation and safe routes to school.
  • Excellent writing skills sufficient to create plan narrative.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to prioritize between multiple. responsibilities and meet hard deadlines. Detail oriented in regard to data and tracking systems.
  • Public speaking skills; ability to lead public forums and lead discussions.
  • Strong public outreach skills; professional demeanor dealing with the public, school administers, local politicians, public agency staff partners and other stakeholders.
  • Proficient in MS office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. SmartSheet experience a plus.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish with members of the public is not required but highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite as well as GIS mapping.
  • Previous Safe Routes to School planning experience.
  • Strong budget management experience. 
  • Advanced planning degree.
  • Experience working with school communities: school administrators, teachers, parents, and students. 

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk and hear, and use a computer keyboard and monitor. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 

Work Environment: The work environment is primarily an office setting. Work will also be conducted on school grounds and in adjoining neighborhoods as school audits are conducted. 

Compensation: Ecology Action offers a competitive hourly rate and a generous benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision and flexible spending benefits; a 401k-retirement plan with a 4% match; and group life insurance. Driving an insured personal vehicle on company business is required, and mileage reimbursement is provided at the Federal rate. 

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More About Us

Ecology Action is an award-winning non-profit consultancy that provides innovative solutions to the energy, water, and transportation challenges of cities, governments, and utilities across California. We have four decades of experience helping people make simple yet profound changes that have big environmental impact.  We believe that when individuals and businesses make simple changes in their behavior they drive large scale changes that benefit people and the planet.  This translates into reduced carbon emissions, stronger businesses, healthier communities and a sustainable future for all.  Together, we help people, businesses and communities act now.

Ecology Action believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success and should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description outlines primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but is not intended to be a comprehensive description of job responsibilities. We expect each employee to offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

Ecology Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in its workforce. Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as an employee for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

Ecology Action does not offer a company paid relocation program.

Published on:
March 5, 2018 - 9:15am
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