FT job - Oakland - Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) - Senior Planner Position
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Transportation and Land Use Coalition
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
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, site
tracking database, media action guide, and citizen's guide to commenting
on environmental review.
• Work with public agencies, GCI partners, and local residents to improve
TOD planning processes.
• Analyze proposed developments and specific plans, prepare
recommendations for improvements to follow TOD best practices, and lead
grassroots advocacy efforts.
Given the breadth of the Great Communities Initiative, the specific
workplan will be tailored to fit the skills and experience of the new
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.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
• 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
individuals 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 California
planning practices preferred.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
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.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a short, descriptive cover letter and resumé to: TALC/ Senior
Planner, 405 14th Street, Suite 605, Oakland, CA 94612, or fax to: (510)
740-3131. No e-mail please.
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.