Job Summary: The Senior Planner is part of the Community Planning Team, a team responsible for creating and implementing a variety of short and long range planning projects to improve the quality of life in Chinatown. Issue areas include transportation, economic development, affordable housing and open space. The Senior Planner must see participatory planning, outreach and education as a core component of the work. The Senior Planner will have project management capability, community planning experience and strong communication skills.
Status: Full-time; Exempt
Location: Chinatown Neighborhood; San Francisco
Hours: General office hours, plus some nights and weekends
The Organization: A community-based non-profit organization founded in 1977, Chinatown Community Development Center is dedicated to improving San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood in a variety of areas, including tenant rights, open space, and land use and transportation planning. The organization also develops and manages affordable housing buildings for low-income residents in San Francisco, primarily in the Chinatown and Tenderloin neighborhoods.
General Job Responsibilities:
• Identify and assess community priorities within San Francisco’s Chinatown
• Analyze and draft responses to plans, proposals, or recommendations from the San Francisco Planning Department and other city or state agencies
• Assess impact of proposed citywide projects on neighborhood residents and physical environment
• Gather, analyze and provide information/statistics on Chinatown neighborhood, such as demographics and trends
• Collaborate with Planning Team and Program staff in defining the organization’s position on planning-related issues and in strategizing plan of action
• Assist in writing grant proposals and grant reports to program funders as needed
• Give public testimony to City agencies, civic committees, and neighborhood groups as needed.
• Assist in advocacy efforts on issues significantly affecting Chinatown community
• Define and oversee work by interns/volunteers/consultants on planning related activities.
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
• Excellent public speaking skills and ability to facilitate meetings
• Familiarity with Chinatown neighborhood and issues relevant to the community
• Familiarity with local government processes, ordinances, and legislation
• Familiarity with neighborhood planning concepts,
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team structure
• Ability to be flexible and perform a variety of work activities
• Excellent written and verbal skills in English
• Strong analytical and organizational skills
• Effective negotiation and mediation skills
• Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and desktop publishing software
• Design skills for brochures and flyers
• Marketing and outreach skills
• Capacity to attend evening meetings
- Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, urban studies, geography, policy, economics, or related fields, with three (3) years experience in neighborhood planning/organizing, transportation issues, economic development, advocacy/community work, city planning or related field
- Master’s Degree in urban planning, urban studies, geography, policy, economics, or related fields, with one (1) year experience in neighborhood planning/organizing, transportation issues, economic development, advocacy/community work, city planning or related field
• Proficiency with PC computer systems, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and the internet
Please send cover letter/résumé to: Chinatown CDC Attention: SP Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 415.362.7992 Mail 1525 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133