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ESA – CEQA/NEPA Planner

ESA seeks a highly motivated CEQA/NEPA Planner to join us in Northern California. We are looking for team members with 6+ years of work experience, who have the intellectual curiosity and proactivity to support a variety of analyses and evaluations related to the environmental review of a wide range of water resources and water infrastructure projects throughout Northern California. This is a mid-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of professionals, focusing on CEQA and NEPA-related projects. This opportunity places a high value on collaboration, delivery, and desire to learn and grow.

Who We Are

 

ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.

We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.

Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.

At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills, and experience that contributes to our success.

We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement for our employee-owners and our clients.

Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.

Who You Are

 

You are mid-level professional with a strong desire to grow and advance your career and to develop your project management skills.

You hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with major course work in environmental planning, policy, and/or science; urban or natural/water resources planning; geography; or a related interdisciplinary field.

You have a minimum of 6 years of professional experience, at least some of which working in a consulting environment, with responsibilities including conducting research, analyzing impacts, and writing sections of reports. Experience as part of a management team and/or substantial technical analysis experience with the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, similar state/federal regulations, or preparation of resource-related permit applications is required.

You have experience working as a deputy project manager or project manager on some projects and work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver your projects on time and within budget and have tracked scopes, schedules and budgets.

You are known for preparing sections and documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported and for your ability to present information understandably and speak persuasively about topics to colleagues, clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public.

You are an effective team member and communicator who contributes constructively and inclusively to solve project or team issues while working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment. You are curious and interested in understanding your teammates, and your clients, needs and motivations.

You ideally have experience preparing analyses and evaluations related to the environmental review of water resources and water infrastructure projects in California.

What You Will Do for ESA

 

You will serve as project manager, deputy project manager, task manager, and/or contributing author for CEQA and NEPA documents for water resources and water facility -related projects in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

You will be responsible for coordinating, or assist in coordinating, tasks and project delivery schedules, handling project logistics, disseminating and maintaining related information and resources, assisting with budget tracking and invoicing, meeting with team members to gauge progress toward task completion, serving as the point person for team member or client questions, preparing or directing project research and analysis, supporting or leading public outreach efforts relating to environmental review, and delivering project assignments on time and within budget.

You will also consistently demonstrate your solid writing and attentive listening skills contributing to complex environmental reports. You will participate in and/or lead client meetings, and present information understandably and speak persuasively about complex topics to clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public.

You will lead or assist marketing and business development for selected tasks and/or projects of moderate complexity. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing scopes of work and budgets for proposals, providing technical input, and participating in interviews.

You will provide mentorship and support for more junior staff, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity, providing constructive feedback, career development guidance, and actively identify opportunities to highlight and celebrate the efforts of more junior staff. You may also serve as direct supervisor for more junior staff, based on your interest and experience in staff supervision.

You will thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines, while working on a team or independently.

What ESA Will Do for You

Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who contribute to outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.

At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance too—by providing benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few.

No matter what stage you are at in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals, and we believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but will also benefit all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs we offer include tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences.

What’s Special About Our Northern California Water Team

 

Protecting precious water resources is more important and challenging than ever for today’s communities. The Northern California Water Team partners with clients to thoughtfully navigate these complexities. Our team provides integrated, enduring solutions for the supply and conveyance of treated and recycled water, as well as wastewater reuse, watershed management, and flood control.

We work with clients to address aging dams, reservoirs, and other infrastructure systems to keep up with demand of a growing population’s residential and agricultural needs. Our team makes resilience planning in the face of climate change—including historic weather events, drought conditions, flood control, and sea level rise considerations—a top priority for dependable, long-lasting investments to critical infrastructure improvements.

We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration. To read about some of the exciting projects we have recently completed, check out these links: LOS VAQUEROS PROJECT – https://esassoc.com/projects/los-vaqueros-reservoir-expansion/, Pure Water Soquel https://esassoc.com/projects/pure-water-soquel/

 

In accordance with ESA’s duty and responsibility to provide and maintain a safe workplace that is free of known hazards and to minimize the exposure to potential hazards, any employee who works from an ESA office or conducts any other in-person ESA work-related activity is required to submit their proof of vaccination status or have received an approved exemption and accommodation.

 

ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)

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Senior Management Analyst – Community Development

APPLY ONLINE at https://www.calopps.org/dublin/job-20234219

SALARY: $9,615- $12,019 per month

THE POSITION

The City of Dublin, a dynamic and growing community, is seeking a Senior Management Analyst to oversee affordable housing programs, implement the City’s Housing Element and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and oversee programs to address homelessness. The successful candidate will have a prominent role in supporting and shaping planning and housing policies; play a key role in the effort to partner with non-profit affordable housing developers and leverage the City’s affordable housing funds to produce affordable housing. Work in the department is challenging, complex and requires a candidate who is a self-starter, can prioritize assignments, meet deadlines, communicate clearly and effectively, and thrive in a team environment. Candidates with knowledge of housing and planning policy development, experience with affordable housing financing and administering affordable housing programs in compliance with local, state, and federal requirements, and experience with homelessness programs are preferred. Experience preparing and negotiating loan agreements, contracts, and regulatory agreements necessary to provide for the construction and preservation of affordable housing is desired.

COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION & BENEFITS INFO: https://www.calopps.org/dublin/job-20234219

Summer Intern – Community Development

APPLY ONLINE at https://www.calopps.org/dublin/job-20234232

Salary: $16.00 – 30.50 per hour

THE POSITION

The City of Dublin is presently seeking an intern for the Community Development Department. The intern will have responsibility to complete a variety of projects for the Building and Planning Divisions. These projects include, but are not limited to, updating the City’s construction codes and brochures, updating the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit prototype plans to meet new code requirements, and preparing an inventory and assessment of existing directional signs for new residential developments using the City’s Geographic Information System.

The position offers an opportunity for the Intern to interact with high level Staff, work on complex projects of importance to the City, shadow Staff working at the permit center counter, and make department/public presentations. The intern will be assigned a mentor and may attend special events/functions with guest speakers. In general, this internship will provide an opportunity to become acquainted with the City and local government.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Education:  Applicants must be current college students and have achieved senior status in a four-year degree program (during the upcoming Fall academic year) or be enrolled in a graduate program. Academic course work should be in architecture, construction management, engineering, geography, planning, public administration, or a related field.
  2. Experience: Experience or course work in architecture, construction management, engineering, geography, planning or public administration or a related field is preferred.
  3. Licenses, Certificates and Special Requirements: Positions require a valid California Class C driver’s license to be secured prior to employment and maintained current as a condition of continued City employment.

For more details, visit: https://www.calopps.org/dublin/job-20234232

Program Analyst, Policy and Programming Division

rogram Analyst, Policy and Programming Division

Summary

The Program Analyst Series in the Policy and Programming Division includes three levels of professional analysts who perform complex and sensitive tasks in the areas of grants administration and oversight, data management and analysis, and fund programming. The Program Analyst is the entry level of the series.

This position will serve as a core member of our team that implements the voter-approved expenditure plans for our half-cent sales tax and vehicle registration fee programs. The work includes but is not limited to:

  • Perform analyses to support grant program administration, agency capital budget preparation, and grant-related communications; prepare reports including spreadsheets, tables, charts, and other graphics as required
  • Manage the Portal (web-based grants administration database) and MyStreet SF (interactive map of projects funded by the Transportation Authority) including developing and implementing enhancements that promote customer service and efficiency, and performing ongoing system maintenance
  • Provide input into the half-cent sales tax Strategic Plan and 5-Year Prioritization Programs; maintain and update the Strategic Plan model (Excel-based financial/programming model) and interpretation of model outputs
  • Review and make recommendations on fund allocation requests, project progress reports, invoices, amendments and closeout requests.
  • Work closely with the Finance and Administration Division to closely track cash balances and proactively work with project sponsors to identify upcoming reimbursements so that we can better forecast when we may need to drawdown debt
  • Maintain a high level of transparency and accountability appropriate for administration of voter-approved revenue measures

Reports to: Deputy Director for Policy & Programming

Exemption Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Supervisory Responsibilities

May supervise interns and external consultants.

Training and Experience

Completion of a graduate degree in a related field such as transportation planning, public administration, public finance, accounting, or economics; and one (1) year of experience in one of those fields. Applicants may substitute completion of a graduate degree with two (2) years of additional qualifying experience. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets and familiarity with relational databases are required. Proficiency with database management is a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary dependent on experience, plus excellent benefits. The Transportation Authority offers an employer contribution to a retirement plan in lieu of Social Security. In addition, the Transportation Authority offers a generous cafeteria-style benefits package and flexible work arrangements including up to 3 days remote work per week.

Retirement: Up to 10.88% employer contribution

Insurance: Health, dental, life, short- and long-term disability and more. Medical and dependent care pre-tax reimbursement accounts.

Deferred Compensation (Section 457) Up to IRS limit

Vacation: Three (3) weeks of vacation per year during the first 5 years of service.

Holidays: 12 holidays per year, plus 3 personal holidays.

Commuter Benefits: Up to $160 per month in Commuter Checks or a $20 per month bike benefit.

How to Apply

Send cover letter (indicating where you saw this job posted) and resume via email (jobs@sfcta.org) or mail:

RE: Program Analyst, Policy and Programming Division
Attn: Human Resources
San Francisco County Transportation Authority
1455 Market St., 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Associate Planner

CSG Consultants is an established and thriving, employee-owned municipal services consulting firm headquartered in Foster City, California and with offices throughout California. For over 30 years, CSG has been providing public agencies with a wide range of services, including engineering design, land development review, construction management, building plan review and inspection, fire prevention, code enforcement, planning, and sustainability program management services. Please visit www.csgengr.com for more information about our company.

CSG is seeking for a Associate Planner.

Job Type: Full-Time

To apply for this position, please check the link below:

https://www.csgengr.com/job/associate-planner-full-time/

BENEFITS OFFERED

CSG’s comprehensive benefits package includes 401(k) plus company match, 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks of paid time off (PTO), medical, dental, vision, FSA, EAP, Life/AD&D, LTD, voluntary life insurance and casual work environment.

SUMMARY

The Associate Planner is the journey-level classification in the professional Planner series. An incumbent in this classification is responsible for performing, with regular supervision, routine to complex planning duties in the administration of land use regulations, General Plan, environmental review, and design review. Depending on area of expertise, an Associate Planner may be primarily assigned to one or more of the following specialties: current planning, long-range planning, architectural review, transportation planning, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. The Associate Planner works under the supervision of senior planning staff and performs difficult and specialized planning assignments. This classification is distinguished from the Assistant Planner class which handles the less complex assignments.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists the senior staff in the administration of subdivision and land use regulations.
  • Performs professional level work in the field of current or advanced planning, zoning and design review.
  • Advises applicants and property owners in filing applications for land use review, including mapping and compiling data, General Plan, zoning, subdivision, variances, use permits, environmental review, and design review.
  • Reviews planning project and permit applications and plans for completeness and for compliance with applicable codes, and consistency with development and design standards.
  • Reviews building plans, parcel maps, and subdivision proposals for compliance with regulations.
  • Processes applications and non-structural plans necessary for issuance of a variety of permits.
  • Files, routes, and tracks applications and permit documents to City departments and staff, and coordinates with other regulatory agencies and individuals concerned with proposed developments.
  • Conducts site inspections and field investigations.
  • Provides support to the Permit Center, coordinates with property owners, project developers, public officials, and consultants in review of plans for development.
  • Performs review for compliance with the state or local Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO).
  • Maintains planning data using various software programs.
  • Confers with, advises, and serves as liaison to project applicants, City staff and consultants, and the general public.
  • Acts as a Project Manager for more complex planning applications.
  • Researches, analyzes, and interprets social, economic, population, and land use data and trends.
  • Prepares technical planning reports, presentations, recommendations, and graphic exhibits.
  • Assists in the training, and technical and functional skill sharing with the Planning Dept./Division.
  • May represent the municipality/Planning Division and make presentations at various Planning advisory committees, regional meetings, other committees and agencies.
  • Conducts routine and/or complex architectural review.
  • Gathers or maintains demographic data or other related statistics.
  • Prepares a variety of reports and draft ordinances for City staff, the City Council, Zoning Administrator and the Planning Commission.
  • Compiles information and makes recommendations on special studies.
  • Prepares correspondence and other similar documents to fulfill policy and legal requirements.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two years of responsible professional urban planning experience supplemented by a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, or a related field.
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to perform the essential job functions and provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A Master’s degree in planning may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of planning and zoning administration.
  • Environmental protection regulations as such California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, etc.
  • State and local laws pertaining to land use such as Williamson Act, Historic Preservation Program, Brown Act, etc.
  • Principles of effective customer service.
  • Research, report writing and presentation techniques.
  • Statistics and math applicable to planning and property development.
  • Common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database management, internet, video conferencing, and geographic information systems.

Ability to:

  • Review project descriptions, plans, and field conditions and apply policy and code provisions to determine conformance.
  • Interpret the General Plan, zoning ordinance, Subdivision Code and other policy documents.
  • Perform research and data analysis; prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Communicate technical reports, policies and ordinances to the public and decision-making bodies.
  • Build relationships and work respectfully, tactfully and creatively with the public, agencies and staff.
  • Speak and write effectively.
  • Manage multiple projects and issues effectively and meet firm deadlines.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work independently or in a team environment.
  • General office environment.
  • On as needed basis working from home or at a client office location is required.
  • Regularly requires working in sitting position with computer for extended periods.
  • Ability to travel to client jobsites

Senior Planner

CSG Consultants is an established and thriving, employee-owned municipal services consulting firm headquartered in Foster City, California and with offices throughout California. For over 30 years, CSG has been providing public agencies with a wide range of services, including engineering design, land development review, construction management, building plan review and inspection, fire prevention, code enforcement, planning, and sustainability program management services. Please visit www.csgengr.com for more information about our company.

CSG is seeking for a Senior Planner.

Job Type: Full-Time

To apply for this position, please check the link below:

https://www.csgengr.com/job/senior-planner-3/

BENEFITS OFFERED

CSG’s comprehensive benefits package includes 401(k) plus company match, 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks of paid time off (PTO), medical, dental, vision, FSA, EAP, Life/AD&D, LTD, voluntary life insurance and casual work environment.

SUMMARY

This is a management position responsible for overseeing a variety of programs and activities of Planning Divisions and provides lead supervision and advanced level professional planning services in the areas of advanced planning, current planning, and public information; and to provide responsible assistance to higher level management staff. This is the advanced journey level class in the Planner series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to the assigned Planning Department area. An incumbent in this classification exercises independent judgment and discretion not of a routine or clerical nature and will have skills in coordinating efforts across departments and outside entities and will be results-driven.

An incumbent in this classification demonstrates strong ethical, professional, and service-oriented leadership and interpersonal skills; sets a good example; and correctly applies the tenets of the municipality’s Code of Ethics and Values.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage policy planning projects and programs within Planning departments, under the general direction of the Principal Planner and/or Senior Principal Planner.
  • Gather, analyze and present data in the form of written, graphic, or oral reports for use before commissions and public hearings.
  • Plan, manage, and participate in the preparation of advanced planning projects.
  • Prepare statistics and other information for general distribution.
  • Technical and management advisor to subordinate personnel in solving difficult assignments and in reviewing objectives, techniques of execution, and findings.
  • Assist in the review of General Plans and preparation of new ordinances to effectuate the same.
  • Research, planning and technical analysis for complex planning projects and preparation of reports including recommendations.
  • Coordinate California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), environmental consultants, mitigation monitoring or reporting program requirements associated with current and advanced planning projects.
  • Plan and participate in meeting of various civic, business and community organizations.
  • May be responsible for assisting the Principal Planner in the staffing of the Planning Commission, the Permit Center and the allocation of budget and staffing resources as directed.
  • May lead a team on a planning initiative as assigned.
  • May act for the Principal Planner or the Senior Principal Planner in their absence.
  • May represent the Planning Department at the Architectural Committee, Historical and Landmarks Commission, and other planning advisory committees as needed.
  • Perform other related duties are required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in planning, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, natural resources, or social science, and five years of professional planning experience.
  • A Master’s degree in planning may be substituted for one year of the required professional planning experience.
  • An equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to perform the essential job functions and provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.
  • Possession of license, registration or certification in a related field, such as American Planning Association (APA) or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), is desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and legal requirements of planning and zoning administration.
  • Environmental protection regulations such as California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Endangered Species Act, etc.
  • State and local laws pertaining to land use such as Williamson Act, Historic Preservation Program, etc.
  • Relationship of land use planning to the requirements of other reviewing agencies such as Fire Marshal’s Office, Environmental Health, Land Development Engineering, Geology, Roads and Airports, and Building.
  • Principles of effective customer service.
  • Statistics and math applicable to planning and property development.
  • Planning implications to the community’s physical, economic, and social characteristics.
  • Environmental impacts and property development and construction practices.
  • Governmental organizations and operations and community interrelationships.
  • Advanced research, report writing and presentation techniques.
  • Common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database management, internet, econometric or transportation modeling, and geographic information systems.

Ability to:

  • Review project descriptions, plans or field conditions and apply policy and code provisions to determine performance.
  • Interpret the zoning ordinance and other policy documents.
  • Organize and conduct planning studies including supervising the work of others.
  • Prepare and present complex staff reports, planning studies, policies and ordinance to the public and decision-making bodies.
  • Conduct analysis and make recommendations based on findings in studies, field observation and public input.
  • Efficiently administer planning policies, ordinances and permit processes.
  • Build relationships and work respectfully, tactfully and creatively with the public, agencies and staff.
  • Provide effective project management and staff leadership.
  • Manage multiple projects and issues effectively and meet firm deadlines.
  • Facilitate large meetings and community workshops.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Working with detailed, finely printed documents.
  • Requires sitting for long periods of time.
  • may require working in inspection site environments.
  • May require driving, visiting work sites and clients.
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced environment when dealing with deadlines and multiple projects.

Director of Community and Economic Development

The City of Fullerton is recruiting for a highly experienced Director of Community and Economic Development to manage the day-to-day activities of the Community and Economic Development Department. The successful candidate will have a broad background in urban planning, community development, and economic development principles, and a strong track record of success in managing a multi-faceted organization. The new Director will work closely with the City Manager’s Office and will be directly responsible for a department of 31 full-time employees in addition to contract staff serving a specific need, with an operating budget of $5.5 million. This senior-level executive will be results-driven with well-grounded, ethical decision-making skills, superior interpersonal and communication skills, and strong leadership characteristics.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in community development, economic development, urban planning, or a related field. A Master’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or a closely related field is desirable. This position requires a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible administrative and supervisory management experience in community development, economic development, urban planning, redevelopment, or a closely related field, including three years at the mid-management/supervisory level in an organization comparable to Fullerton in terms of the scope of activity.

The annual salary for the Director of Community and Economic Development is up to $135,950 to $203,926. Placement within the range is negotiable and dependent upon qualifications (DOQ).

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by May 31, 2022 by submitting a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume to apply@ralphandersen.com. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Mr. Fred Wilson at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available online at www.ralphandersen.com/jobs/dir-community-economic-development-fullerton-ca/.

Assistant Planner

CSG Consultants is an established and thriving, employee-owned municipal services consulting firm headquartered in Foster City, California and with offices throughout California. For over 30 years, CSG has been providing public agencies with a wide range of services, including engineering design, land development review, construction management, building plan review and inspection, fire prevention, code enforcement, planning, and sustainability program management services. Please visit www.csgengr.com for more information about our company.

CSG is seeking for an Assistant Planner.

Job Type: Full-Time

To apply for this position, please check the link below:

https://www.csgengr.com/job/assistant-planner-full-time/

BENEFITS OFFERED

CSG’s comprehensive benefits package includes 401(k) plus company match, 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks of paid time off (PTO), medical, dental, vision, FSA, EAP, Life/AD&D, LTD, voluntary life insurance and casual work environment.

SUMMARY

The Assistant Planner is an entry level classification in the professional Planner series.  Responsibilities include basic professional level planning services in the areas of current planning and long-range planning while demonstrating good diplomatic skills in dealing with the public and staff.  The Assistant Planner works under the direction of senior planning staff and performs entry level professional planning duties and assignments.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists the senior staff in the administration of subdivision and land use regulations.
  • Advises applicants and property owners in filing applications for land use review, including mapping and compiling data, General Plan, zoning, subdivision, variances, use permits, environmental review, and design review.
  • Reviews planning project and permit applications and plans for completeness and for compliance with applicable codes, and consistency with development and design standards.
  • Processes applications and non-structural plans necessary for issuance of a variety of permits.
  • Files, routes, and tracks applications and permit documents to City departments and staff, and coordinates with other regulatory agencies and individuals concerned with proposed developments.
  • Conducts site inspections and field investigations.
  • Provides support to the Permit Center, coordinates with property owners, project developers, public officials, and consultants in review of plans for development.
  • Assists in the review for compliance with the state or local Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO).
  • Acts as Project Manager for more routine Planning applications.
  • Conducts architectural review, and develops special studies as needed.
  • Maintains planning data using various computer software programs.
  • Prepares graphics, public notices and distribution lists for public hearings and/or meetings.
  • Respond to basic inquiries from the general public and resolve issues related to the City’s planning and zoning procedures and specific permits at the public counter or via phone or email.
  • Research and provide information to City staff and the general public regarding land use issues and standard environmental documentation.
  • Develops special studies and general reports.
  • May represent the municipality at Planning advisory committees, other committees and agencies.
  • Prepare a variety of reports and draft ordinances for City staff, the City Council, Zoning Administrator and the Planning Commission.
  • Prepare correspondence other similar documents to fulfill policy and legal requirements.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 6 months of professional urban planning experience or an internship with a municipality or other local government agency supplemented by a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, or a related field.
  • Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of:

  • Research and data collection methods.
  • Principles and practices of planning and zoning administration.
  • Environmental protection regulations such as California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Action (NEPA), Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, etc.
  • State and local laws pertaining to land use such as Williamson Act, Historic Preservation Programs, etc.
  • Principles of effective customer service.
  • Effective report writing and presentation techniques.
  • Statistics and math applicable to planning and property development.
  • Common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database management, internet, video conferencing, and geographic information systems.

Ability to:

  • Learn the principles, concepts and techniques related to planning and zoning administration.
  • Learn to review project descriptions, plans or field conditions and apply policy and code provisions to determine conformance.
  • Interpret the General Plan, zoning ordinance, Subdivision code and other policy documents.
  • Collect and analyze data.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Communicate rules and procedures tactfully and effectively.
  • Work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Build relationships and work respectfully, tactfully and creatively with the public, agencies and staff.
  • Speak and write effectively.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work independently or in a team environment.
  • General office environment.
  • On as needed basis working from home or at a client office location is required.
  • Regularly requires working in sitting position with computer for extended periods.
  • Ability to travel to client jobsites.

Urban Designer

M-Group exists to bring innovative and effective planning solutions to Bay Area cities. Since the creation of the firm in 2006, we have brought high-caliber planning services to over 65 Bay Area communities.  M-Group’s planners and designers have extensive experience working on large, complex and high-profile projects and our staff brings together a range of accomplishments and a wealth of real-world experiences. Our staff enjoys working with a variety of planning professionals in many different settings and with many different agencies where they gain excellent experience in the profession.

Visit us at http://www.m-group.us to learn more.

The following description is for Associate level Urban Designer, however, other levels may also be considered depending on qualifications.

ASSOCIATE URBAN DESIGNER JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Criteria:

The Associate Urban Designer’s primary responsibility is to contribute to the development of design ideas and discrete design and written tasks in support of the team’s daily operations.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop urban design and planning concepts incorporating site planning, landscape design, transportation and infrastructure systems.
  • Be accountable for the successful completion of assigned tasks and contribute to the final production of deliverables
  • Contribute to the development and execution of design ideas
  • Assist with report writing, including the development of supporting graphic content
  • Participate proactively in marketing and business development efforts, including the preparation of qualifications, proposals, and scopes of services

Skills Required:

  • An understanding of building typologies and building systems and how they impact urban form
  • Basic understanding of placemaking and community design (building, street, and public space types plus associated principles)
  • Ability to communicate verbally, in writing, and through graphic drawings
  • Demonstrated creative ability, including urban, architectural, and graphic design
  • Project organization
  • Community engagement capabilities
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, and proficient graphic visualization abilities
  • Strong technical skills and experience in coordinating and executing urban design projects at a variety of scales
  • Familiarity with the application of zoning and building codes and an understanding of regulatory environments and development approvals
  • Proven experience in technical documentation of urban design projects
  • Excellent communication skills with clients, consultants, and project teams
  • Ability to coordinate work-streams, problem-solve, check documents, and deliver projects

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in urban design, city planning, landscape architecture, or architecture
  • 3-5 years professional experience

METROPOLITAN PLANNING GROUP (M-GROUP) delivers innovative and effective planning solutions throughout the Bay Area.

A new design on urban planning

Our story is one of teamwork, innovation and collaboration. We grow with our team members. We foster the creativity and expertise of our planners by providing the right environment for initiative and self-determination. We believe that by supporting our teammates’ curiosity and continuing self-improvement our firm will continue to grow our in-house talent and potential.

Our company culture encourages M-Group staff to think big, have fun, and create great plans for our communities. We work in an open, mutually supportive, and collaborative manner. We strive to retain employees by providing job satisfaction and solid paths to meaningful work and career growth.

WHY JOIN M-GROUP?

Because We Think of the Future:

We are a socially responsible firm and work to address pressing issues in our evolving communities. We underscore our work with a commitment to respect the natural and man-made environments by planning for long-term sustainability.

Because We are Dedicated to the Profession:

We hire the most talented and experienced planners and give them the support they need to expand their knowledge and passion. As a firm and as planners, we uphold the AICP Code of Ethics in everything we do.

Because We are Committed to Our Staff:

Our company culture encourages M-Group staff to think big, have fun, and create great plans for our communities. We work in an open, mutually supportive, and collaborative manner. We strive to retain employees by providing job satisfaction and solid paths to career growth.

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Competitive Wages
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Profit Sharing
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits
  • Short- & Long-Term Disability
  • Professional Development Reimbursement
  • Referral Bonuses

APPLY HERE:  https://mgroup.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=7&source=aWQ9Ng%3D%3D

Director of Community Development

Under general direction, plans, directs, and coordinates the Community Development Department activities, including, planning, building, business licensing, redevelopment, and economic development to achieve City objectives; manages assigned department staff and assures that department activities are in compliance with state and Federal regulations and City policies and procedures.

  • Directs the Community Development Department through effective planning, staff management, and resource allocation; manages activities to achieve the City’s community development objectives.
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of changes.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates Community Development Department staff; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the Community Development Department’s work plan; meets with management staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.
  • Establishes both general policies and specific goals and objectives in the design and implementation of the City’s redevelopment and economic development programs in conjunction with the City Manager; coordinates, researches, and evaluates both projects and programs that will enhance and preserve the City’s housing stock and economic base; oversees the negotiation and preparation of contractual agreements necessary for the implementation of the City’s economic development and redevelopment.
  • Manages and participates in the development and administration of the Community Development Department budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring and approval of expenditures; directs the preparation of and implements budgetary adjustments as necessary.
  • Administers grants and other funded programs; oversees the maintenance of City databases including demographics, census, economic, and land use data.
  • Represents the Community Development Department to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explains and interprets Community Development Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.
  • Confers with and serves as advisor to the City Manager on departmental policies, strategies, and programs that promote quality and economic vitality; coordinates divisional activities with other departments and public and private agencies.
  • Plans, designs, and implements redevelopment plans and site-specific development and economic development strategies and programs; improves and expands the community’s affordable housing stock; facilitates and develops urban design and landscaping programs, financing of public/private development and infrastructure projects and analyzes public real estate transactions.
  • Assists property owners, businesses, and developers in the City’s development process, which includes: site selection evaluation and review, project and/or program negotiations, land assembly and relocation, financial assistance and analysis and contract and/or code compliance.
  • Makes oral presentations to City Council and Planning Commission.
  • Participates on a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of planning, building and code inspection, redevelopment, and business development.

How to Apply

Please submit an online application by clicking here.