|Houston-Galveston Area Council Overview
Serving more than 7 million people in our region, the Houston Galveston Area Council is the cornerstone to address issues that cross city limits and county lines every day for 13 county governments, 107 cities, and 11 school districts. Serving as an instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens; our planning and service programs span a broad spectrum from transportation and homeland security planning to workforce development, assistance to the elderly, 9-1-1 service, watershed protection, and disaster recovery.
H-GAC is seeking a Senior Planner to join the Multimodal Planning team in the Freight Planning area within our Transportation department. Through cooperation with local governments, H-GAC’s Transportation Department improves the quality of life for residents across the region. Improving mobility and creating multimodal transportation options are core elements in H-GAC’s Transportation programs.
As the Senior Planner, you will have the opportunity to coordinate on freight planning projects that improve goods movement, safety, multimodal connections, and economic development throughout the region. This is a key role in which you will assist in the preparation and execution of Greater Houston Freight Committee meetings and training workshops, update of Regional Goods Movement Plan, implementation of freight planning studies, provide related technical assistance and conduct outreach activities. The candidate must demonstrate experience in freight planning, policy recommendations, and investment priorities that garner broad stakeholder and public support. Strong project management, communication and presentation skills are crucial for success in this role. The job requires knowledge of goods movement, freight, logistics, and supply chains, the application of tools of analysis, the ability to research freight and related topics and produce reports, build freight database and performance measures, as well as the ability to effectively engage and interact with local governments and industry stakeholders.
What are we looking for in a candidate? We are pursuing an individual who enjoys and is passionate about freight planning. The Transportation Department is one that demonstrates strong team work, an “all hands-on deck” attitude and are passionate about doing whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for our citizens. We are looking for someone who shares these same values and who is not afraid to think outside of the box, brainstorm and bring innovative ideas to the table. You must be a person who enjoys researching, reporting and interacting with the community. If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you!
The successful candidate will have at a minimum:
- Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Regional Planning or related field
- Five (5) years’ experience in urban or regional planning, monitoring and reporting.
- Thorough knowledge of transportation and land use planning, policies, regulations and best management practices.
- Ability to plan and effectively manage complex, long-term projects
Preferred Qualifications Include:
- Five (8) years’ experience in urban and regional planning, monitoring and reporting.
- Experience with GIS and/or graphics software including Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and SketchUp
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and database software.
- Experience with freight and economic development projects.