Associate Planner: Gateway Cities Council of Governments (GCCOG)

Friday, August 20, 2021

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The Position

The GCCOG is seeking a full time Associate Planner to engage in, and serve, the four targeted program areas undertaken by the COG: Air Quality/Climate, Transportation, Homelessness and Housing, and Economic Development. Duties include assisting the executive director and other staff with: managing grant funded projects and consultants (primarily related to climate, air quality, and energy); arranging/organizing COG committee meetings and others; supporting regional transportation and other plan updates; monitoring regional planning committees; reporting to the COG Board and supporting its activities; evaluating technical impacts of programs and projects; assisting member jurisdictions with planning issues, and in accessing funding; and other duties as needed. The candidate will report to the Director of Regional Development and may frequently interact with the Executive Director.

The Person

An ideal candidate will have a fundamental understanding of local government planning and operations as well as applicable state and federal grant programs and planning practices, procedures, legislation and regulations. Demonstrable skills will include: gathering, organizing, and analyzing data and information; skill with GIS software; and ability to use modern computer applications including the Microsoft Office suite, and cloud-based data storage platforms. Grant writing experience will also be highly desirable.

Desirable Qualifications

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must have a combination of education and experience equivalent to that outlined below:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree with major course work in planning, including transportation, regional planning, environmental and/or climate action planning, or a related field OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which demonstrates the knowledge of, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the job.
  • Excellent writing/editing, research and analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and communication skills.
  • Working effectively and collaboratively as an important part of a small team, and establishing and maintaining harmonious and cooperative working relationships with staff and a wide variety of people is required.
  • Ability to take initiative, be a can-do problem solver, and be detail oriented, while remaining flexible.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to place the highest priority on supporting and meeting the needs of our Member Jurisdictions - the generally small, and often under resourced cities we serve.

Experience

One to four years relevant experience.

Salary

Annual Salary Range, (DOQ/E): $68,128 - $83,200

Terms

Full time, 9/80 schedule available with benefits. The position is based in the Gateway Cities COG office in Paramount, but employees can negotiate a part-time work from home schedule.

Application Process

This position will remain open until filled. The first review date is September 3, 2021, Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as the position will be filled when a suitable candidate is identified. A cover letter and current resume are required to apply. Please email your resume and cover letter to gcisneros@gatewaycog.org.

About the GCCOG

The Gateway Cities Council of Governments is a Southeast Los Angeles County agency voluntarily established by its Members (Los Angeles County and 27 cities within the County) pursuant to a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement for the purpose of providing a vehicle for the Members to engage in regional and cooperative planning and coordination of government services and responsibilities to assist the Members in the conduct of their affairs. The COG’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the two million residents of the subregion. Targeted initiatives include transportation planning, affordable housing, improving air quality, economic development and other communityenhancing activities. In addition, the Council provides a regional organization for the review of federal, state, and/or regional projects and studies which involve the use of federal, state and/or regional funds, in various forms. For more information see: www.gatewaycog.org.

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