Centralina is Hiring: Regional Planner/Senior Planner for Sustainability Initiatives

Be part of a creative team in a dynamic & diverse region!

Who We Seek:

Centralina Regional Council seeks an energetic, self-directed individual to perform difficult planning work and direct activities related to promoting energy efficiency opportunities at the intersection of mobility, sustainability and equity through the coordination of land use, transportation, energy and the environment, healthy community and public engagement projects. The successful applicant will understand the importance of positive relationships with local communities and agencies in the region and exhibit strong customer service and problem-solving skills. The successful candidate must also have great project management skills and an internal drive.

Our Organization:

Centralina Regional Council is an innovative regional planning agency located in Charlotte, NC with a membership that includes 60+ local governments throughout the Greater Charlotte Region. Centralina works with individual communities and leads major projects that transcend local and regional boundaries. Our mission is to lead regional collaboration and spark local action to expand opportunity and improve quality of life.

The Centralina Team:

Centralina strives to provide an inclusive, creative and supportive work environment for its employees. Centralina’s staff of nearly 50 individuals serve as subject-matter experts to ensure our organization is able to meet critical business needs and is responsive to the needs of those that need our help the most. Centralina’s staff of friendly, talented and professional individuals helps ensure Centralina remains a trusted source of data and analysis that informs decision makers and calls attention to important trends. Centralina is a great place to work, learn and grow in your career.

Centralina offers its employees an excellent benefits package including membership in the NC Local Government Retirement System, 401k, medical, dental, vision and flexible benefits programs.

Description of the Work:

Projects will primarily focus on serving as the coordinator for the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, our region’s US Department of Energy Clean Cities affiliate, housed at Centralina Regional Council and will include both regional and locally focused initiatives related to transportation choice (transit, VMT reduction, bike/pedestrian connections, emerging transportation technologies), land use policy and codes, engaging stakeholders and assisting local governments with a variety of planning related projects. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leading and/or managing the Department of Energy Clean Cities portfolio of programming across several energy and transportation sectors.
  • Preparing grant applications, managing budgets, task tracking, and preparing reports for regional program deliverables.
  • Coordinating with multiple partners across jurisdictions and sectors at the intersection of transportation and energy.
  • Managing and working within teams on a variety of sustainability, energy, transportation technology and equity initiatives.
  • Performing intermediate/advanced professional planning, research, analytical and technical duties.
  • Planning and coordinating meetings, workshops and other events.
  • Researching trends and emerging issues on program activities and preparing and presenting reports and program recommendations.
  • Clearly communicating internally and externally on program areas.
  • Providing project management and technical assistance within a variety of planning areas.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities include but are not limited to:

  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices in planning as applied to transportation, land use planning, and/or energy planning systems and processes as well as general planning principles.
  • General knowledge of government, laws and services pertinent to planning processes. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at the federal, state, regional, local levels and with elected officials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and lead various meetings and events, make presentations and answer questions at public or project meetings.
  • Ability to coordinate the preparation of or prepare presentations, charts, maps (GIS), graphs and other illustrative materials for presentations to elected officials, public and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to perform a variety of duties including research, drafting plans and reports, grant development and administration, budget development and administration, etc. Demonstration of project management and/or graphic design skills desired. 

Minimum Experience at a Glance:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a field of study in planning, public policy, urban design, public administration, geography or related field and at least three years of experience; Master’s degree preferred. Local government planning department experience and/or education and outreach program deployment experience is desired.  Hiring Salary will be determined based on qualifications, education and experience.

Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and have the ability to physically perform the basic life operation functions of standing, walking, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions, the ability to lift 20 pounds of force occasionally and possess the visual acuity to prepare data, proof work, and do extensive reading.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals are encouraged to send a résumé and cover letter to: admin@centralina.org with “Regional Planner / Senior Planner for Sustainability Initiatives Position” in the subject line. Deadline: Open until filled with rolling interviews. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. EOE.

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