Planning Group Leader/Senior Associate Planner (San Diego, CA)

You are a seasoned project manager who is considered an expert in community transportation and/or land use planning, has strong people and project management skills, and is looking for the next challenge in your career. You have worked for at least eight years in a consulting environment or public entity, with three or more years working as a project manager and have at least that much experience managing staff. You appreciate the latitude to define your own career path while benefiting from the support of an established 200+ person company with national and international reach, and you seek a dynamic workplace environment with colleagues who are passionate about creating livable and healthy communities.

As a Senior Associate Planner in Alta’s San Diego office, you will lead innovative transportation projects and manage consultant teams. You will guide and mentor a team of talented planners and analysts, helping them grow as professionals, meet our clients’ needs, and collaborate to take projects from vision to implementation. You will manage some of our most high-profile projects and lead business development activities throughout the region. You will solidify Alta’s reputation as a trusted expert, and contribute to the continued growth and success of the firm and the active transportation profession.

You have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or related field (Master’s preferred); ideally AICP, CNU-a, or LCI certified; and have the ability to implement and direct the development of public outreach strategies, project scopes and budgets, technical planning documents, transportation network analysis, infrastructure improvement recommendations or other similar products. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, project and time management software, ARCGIS or similar is important.

This is a unique opportunity for an experienced professional to take a leadership role working on high-profile active transportation projects throughout Southern California. Our current projects include bicycle, pedestrian and active transportation plans; bikeway and complete streets concept to construction engineering and infrastructure designs; trail feasibility and design; Safe Routes to School programs; and education/safety campaigns. Our work provides healthy transportation and recreation opportunities in rural, suburban and urban environments–from dynamic downtown corridors to some of the most scenic natural places in California.

Alta Planning + Design offers competitive salaries, great benefits including wellness and bike benefits, ten paid holidays per year, a generous starting PTO package, and a five-year travel award, flexible work schedules, work-life balance, advancement opportunities and welcoming – and fun – work environments for our employees. Alta employees “walk the talk” and are leading the conversations and solutions focused on creating livable and healthy communities.

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