Michael Baker International – Housing Planner

WHO WE ARE
Michael Baker International provides planning, engineering, and environmental services to our public and private sector clients throughout the state and across the country.  Our team focuses on people and places, and we assist our clients with building vibrant, sustainable and healthful communities. Our employees demonstrate a world-class ability to solve complex problems and, as a company, We Make a Difference.

Michael Baker’s Housing Team specializes in implementing housing policies and programs, conducting housing-related research, providing analysis and recommendations and developing a range of planning documents. We get to tackle California’s affordable housing crisis head-on. We share a sense of purpose and enjoy the gratification that comes from helping lower- and moderate-income individuals and families to stay in their communities and become homebuyers for the first time. Clients turn to us time and time again to administer and improve affordable housing programs (inclusionary/below market rate); down payment assistance and rehabilitation loan programs; and, federal, state, and local grant programs (HCD, HUD, CDBG, HOME, LIHTC, NSP). Our team also specializes in facilitating public outreach and stakeholder involvement, including online surveys, open house forums, focus groups and interviews.

THE POSITION
The Housing Planner will join a team of experienced community planners, housing specialists, urban designers, environmental analysts, community engagement specialists, and project managers dedicated to having a positive impact through effective planning.  The ideal candidate will be driven, intellectually curious, committed to excellence, eager to make a difference in the communities we serve, and ready to tackle the complicated and critically important issues that we face in Northern California, especially the affordable housing crisis. This Housing Planner may work out of either our Oakland or Rancho Cordova offices.

REPRESENTATIVE JOB DUTIES
•Researching best practices, legal regulations, development standards and contractual agreements
•Collecting and analyzing a variety of demographic, social, economic, and land use data
•Attending client and public meetings to support project planners, managers, and clients
•Writing reports or preparing PowerPoint presentations under the direction of the project manager
•Providing program information to the general public, realtors, lenders, title companies, and other professionals
•Coordinating efforts with various city staff, for example, code enforcement officers, department directors, interns and permit technicians
•Evaluating documentation for compliance with program requirements, including real estate documents, inspection reports, housing applications, property information
•Supporting the facilitation of planning workshops and design charrettes for clients as a member of a facilitation team
•Conducting home inspections, field evaluations and assessments
•Preparing development agreements and other contracts
•Supporting the business development and marketing efforts of the team, including crafting proposals

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
•Required: Four-year degree in Planning, Public Policy, Architecture, Geography, Landscape Architecture, or a related discipline and 3 – 7 years of experience in related projects;
oPreferred: Master’s degree in a related discipline, AICP certification, advanced training in a related subject, such as public outreach, construction management or real estate finance, professional experience with consulting as a business model
•Knowledge of planning principles, best practices, and techniques
•Experience in one or more planning disciplines, such as housing, urban design, community planning, or municipal governance operations
•Able to conduct research and prepare planning reports on land use, physical, social and economic conditions and constraints
•Proficient with computer programs we typically use – mainly Microsoft Office programs
•Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and design projects.
•Strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently as well as in multi-disciplinary teams
•Be able to accommodate moderate travel and working on-site in city offices
•Have excellent professional judgment

MICHAEL BAKER INTERNATIONAL EEO STATEMENT
Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO is the Law. Applicants to and employees of Michael Baker International are protected under Federal law from discrimination.