Senior Planning Associate

Website altaplanning Alta Planning + Design

Creating active, healthy communities

Alta provides active transportation services around the world and offers a collaborative, interdisciplinary experience, with a team of designers, planners, public health specialists, and GIS analysts. At Alta, you will work with other professionals who are passionate about making the world a better place by creating healthy and active communities.

The ability to collaborate across discipline boundaries and deliver solutions which meet client expectations in a cost-effective manner is required in order to successfully meet the requirements of this position.

Position Priorities

The essential priorities of this exempt, salaried position are to:

  • Nurture and grow client and industry partner relationships and secure work in support of Alta’s growth goals.
  • Solidify Alta’s reputation as a trusted adviser and expert by educating clients and other relevant parties, shaping and strategizing solutions which will meet their business objectives.
  • Appropriately manage large, complex projects in a budget-conscious and time-sensitive manner.
  • Manage and mentor potentially large groups of staff.

Responsibilities + Tasks

Additional responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating proposals, statements of work, contract addenda, and scope changes, presenting proposals to clients, and negotiating the final deliverables and costs.
  • Identifying engagement goals and objectives and leading the client, internal and external teams ensuring any risks to deliverable are property managed.
  • Communicating desired outcomes, and advocating for the client and managing expectations.
  • Creating and maintaining project schedules, and communicating the status of project deliverables to clients in a timely and effective manner.
  • Monitoring scope changes, securing necessary approval and implementing change orders.
  • Administering the project including scheduling meetings, developing agendas, and project documentation, coordinating internal project meetings, ensuring timely delivery, and managing resources.
  • Managing and mentoring staff, providing feedback and professional development in a timely and effective manner; hiring and terminating staff as appropriate.
  • Contributing to Alta’s internal Professional Development programs by developing and presenting material.
  • Actively participating in industry-relevant professional associations and committees including assuming board-level positions.
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining annual strategic plans (“SPROCKET” plans).
  • May include oversight of daily office administrative functions for a local office.

Requirements

This position requires a combination of skills, experience and education including, but not limited to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a related field of study.
  • Twelve (12) or more years of experience in a consulting environment or public entity managing large projects; three (3) or more years of experience as a Project Manager; three (3) or more years managing staff.
  • Experience in the field of active, non-motorized transportation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the planning process and a detailed understanding of project management principles, methods and techniques.
  • Proven ability to guide staff members and manage internal team expectations.
  • Exhibits strong initiative and the ability to capitalize on opportunities to enhance Alta’s position in the marketplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities, and multiple simultaneous projects involving cross-functional project teams within budgetary and schedule constraints.
  • Experience writing and presenting white papers and/or providing expert-level presentations at conferences and other events promoting the field of sustainable infrastructure and active, non-motorized transportation.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Excellent professional ethics, leadership skills, accountability, and decision-making capabilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, presentation, and analytic skills.
  • Proficient in MS Excel, Word, Adobe Creative Suite, ESRI Arc GIS, or similar products.
  • Proficiency in an enterprise-wide resource planning and project management tool.

Preferred Skills + Certifications

There are a number of additional skills, experience and education that would be beneficial to this position including, but not limited to:

  • Master’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field of study.
  • Experience using Deltek Vision.
  • Experience using Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst.
  • AICP Certification.

Reporting + Management Structure

Reports to Principal in charge of the planning discipline, region or office and will generally manage a team of employees who are less senior in experience.

Relevant Titles

  • Senior Planning Associate
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Senior Planning Project Manager
  • Group Leader

To apply for this job please visit altaplanning.com.

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