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2579FW: Senior Planner Position at TALC

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  • Elisa Harvie
    Jul 31, 2006
      Transportation and Land Use Coalition
      Job Announcement
      Senior Planner, Land Use Program

      The Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) is a partnership of over 90
      groups working for a sustainable and socially just Bay Area. We envision a
      region with healthy, walkable communities that provide all residents with
      transportation choices and affordable housing. TALC analyzes county and
      regional policies, works with community groups to develop alternatives, and
      coordinates grassroots campaigns. TALC is a nonprofit organization with 10
      staff members that has gained national recognition for our work to promote
      transportation alternatives and more livable neighborhoods.

      The Senior Planner will be responsible for creating regional advocacy tools
      and for engaging community residents in planning processes for transit
      oriented developments (TODs) at select sites around the Bay Area.

      Over the next five years, the Bay Area has a once-in-a-generation
      opportunity to stop poorly planned growth and make better decisions about
      what, where, and how to build next. With over 100 new transit station areas
      being planned and growing market demand for homes near transit, we can
      finally turn back the tide of sprawl and reinvest in our existing
      communities. The Great Communities Initiative (GCI) is bringing together
      leading regional organizations and community foundations to ensure that
      communities across the Bay Area have the tools, training, and assistance
      they need to participate effectively in planning their own communities.

      Together, GCI partners anticipate getting directly involved in at least 25
      TOD planning processes around the region over the next three years. Our
      long-term goal is ambitious: that half of all new Bay area homes built by
      2030 are in walkable communities located near transit, jobs, and services,
      and affordable to people of all incomes. More information on GCI is
      available at http://www.transcoalition.org/gci.

      · Plan and conduct presentations, workshops, and trainings to educate
      community members about transit oriented development.
      · Create a suite of tools, such as a best practices resource guide,
      tracking database, media action guide, and citizen's guide to commenting on
      environmental review.
      · Work with public agencies, GCI partners, and local residents to
      TOD planning processes.
      · Analyze proposed developments and specific plans, prepare
      for improvements to follow TOD best practices, and lead grassroots advocacy

      Given the breadth of the Great Communities Initiative, the specific workplan
      will be tailored to fit the skills and experience of the new Senior Planner.

      The Senior Planner will work out of TALC’s Oakland office, will be
      supervised by TALC's Policy Director, work closely with partner
      organizations, and may supervise staff, interns and volunteers as needed.
      This is a full-time exempt position with excellent benefits.

      · Master's degree in city planning, urban design, or other related
      field and
      at least two years of land use planning and or policy experience; candidates
      with a bachelor's degree and at least four years of relevant planning
      experience will also be considered.
      · Sophisticated understanding and appreciation of issues involved in
      planning and implementing successful transit oriented developments.
      · Excellent writing and group presentation skills.
      · Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with
      from many different sectors and of varying ethnic background, age, and
      education level.
      · Demonstrated community outreach and organizing skills.
      · Familiarity with the Bay Area development context and with
      planning practices preferred.

      Full-time (37.5 hours/week), salary commensurate with experience and
      competitive with other non-profits, anticipated salary range is
      $46,000-$60,000. Compensation includes health and dental insurance,
      generous vacation time, comp time, and an exciting team-oriented work
      environment. TALC also administers an employee contribution 403b retirement
      plan and participates in the Commuter Check program.

      Please send a short, descriptive cover letter and resumé to: TALC/ Senior
      Planner, 405 14th Street, Suite 605, Oakland, CA 94612, fax to: (510)
      740-3131, or email to job@....

      Review of applications will begin Monday, August 7, with interviews likely
      to begin Thursday, August 24.

      Visit www.transcoalition.org for more information about our Coalition
      TALC is an equal opportunity employer.
      People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.