Associate/Senior Regional Planner

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Stateline, NV
United States
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JOB TITLE:                             Associate/Senior Regional Planner

FLSA STATUS:                       Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO:                       Principal Planner, Long Range and Transportation Planning

ANNUAL SALARY:               Associate: $54,897 - $82,346 / Senior: $64,699 - $97,049 / year

APPLICATION DATES:        Position Posted March 30, 2018 / Open until April 15, 2018


The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is a high-performance team committed to protecting the natural environment of Lake Tahoe while improving the quality of life for all who live and visit here.  We are leaders in collaborative partnership building, encouraging sustainable redevelopment, and adopting innovative land use policies.  Living in Lake Tahoe brings endless recreational opportunities, breathtaking scenery, and the mountain lifestyle that many dream about. 


TRPA seeks a qualified Associate or Senior Planner to support TRPA’s Long Range and Transportation Planning Division needs.  Serving under the direction of the Long Range Principal Planner, the Associate/Senior Planner will be responsible for or participate in amending the Regional Plan policies, elements, and implementing Code; facilitating community and stakeholder engagement; and collaborating with agency staff and partners to further long range planning initiatives.

Current projects underway include the Shoreline Plan Strategic Initiative and the Development Rights Strategic Initiative. More information on strategic initiatives can be located at:


The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead or support efforts to maintain long range planning documents, such as the Regional Plan and Code. This requires strong attention to detail, technical report development, and management of regular policy updates.
  • Coordinate with staff in other Agency divisions to implement plans through review of project applications and programming of environmental and transportation improvements.
  • Coordinate with current planning (permitting) staff on project permitting that implements the Regional Plans and policies.
  • Coordinate with transportation planning and environmental improvement staff on projects.
  • Participate in sub-regional area and cooridor planning.
  • Prepare and update GIS data and maps; conduct analyses; and effectively present results to non-technical audiences to support long range and transportation planning projects.
  • Facilitate meetings with stakeholders, agency partners, and decision makers, including preparing staff reports, taking notes and preparing summaries, and following-up on action items including technical analyses, research, and factsheet development.
  • Manage contracts, including preparing scopes of work, budgets, requests for proposals, invoice processing, and contractor oversight. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, consultants, and the public.
  • Work on special projects or perform other duties as required.



  • Minimum qualifications:   Bachelor’s degree in urban, community, or regional planning; natural resource management; environmental or public policy, or a closely related field, PLUS four or more years of related professional experience.  A Masters degree in the above disciplines can substitute for two years of experience. 
  • Highly Desirable: 
    • Degree from a planning program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.
    • Experience with environmental review processes (NEPA/CEQA) and policy analysis.
    • Experience facilitating stakeholder working groups.
    • Experience preparing and completing conformance reviews on general plans, master plans, area plans, or related land use planning documents. 


  • Knowledge of land use planning concepts and practices such as growth management, housing planning and programs, development standards, environmental regulations, and zoning ordinances; ability to interpret codes/regulations accurately and effectively; and familiarity with public hearing processes.
  • Solid project management and project leadership skills:  planning, estimating, establishing teams, evaluating stakeholder investment, determining milestones, maintaining communications, measuring results. 
  • Strategic and tactical thinking/planning skills. 
  • Solid analytical and quantitative skills; able to effectively integrate data and convey complex environmental issues in understandable language.
  • Strong attention to detail while maintaining focus on the “big picture.”
  • Demonstrate creative problem-solving skills in solving less well-defined practical problems.   Involve others in problem solving and decision making to gain diverse perspectives. 
  • Demonstrate self-development and a high degree of openness to feedback, maintains composure under stress.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and situational awareness by facilitating input on controversial topics.   
  • Recent experience and skill with GIS is preferred (for example: perform complex analysis, create professionally designed maps, and derive new information to address a policy question).
  • Communicate effectively verbally, in writing, and graphically; prepare and deliver high quality presentations.
  • Anticipate impact of own work on other divisions within the Agency and communicates proactively to anticipate and resolve issues. 
  • Influence others through clarity of purpose, establishing support for objectives, and anticipating stakeholder reactions. 
  • Manages workload including a variety of projects, communicate with team, and meet deadlines.
  • Able to work with minimal supervision. 
  • Technical skills:  GIS (preferred), Microsoft office suite, and database/data management.
  • Other skills as represented by TRPA’s Core Competencies (see below).


  • Self Development
  • Critical Thinking and Continuous Improvement
  • Fosters Collaborative Relationships and Teamwork
  • Initiative and Results Focus
  • Communication


Position Posted March 30, 2018 / Open until April 15, 2018 (completed applications must be submitted through the online Career Center no later than 8:00 am Pacific on April 16, 2018)

Please visit our website at to read more about our Agency and to complete an employment application through our Career Center. Within the Career Center site, select the "Apply Now" link and submit a completed employment application along with a cover letter describing your interest in the position, and a resume of your qualifications.

Please email with application questions.  

If you will be attending the National Planning Conference and will be available to be interviewed, please indicate that and how you can be contacted in New Orleans in your cover letter. 


Human Resources may contact you at various stages of the recruitment process if you meet the qualifications for the position; this contact will be via email or telephone.

Published on:
April 2, 2018 - 5:21pm
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