Houston-Galveston Area Council Overview
Home to more than 7 million people, the Houston-Galveston region is one of the fastest growing and most diverse regions in the country. Making sure the region remains one of the nation’s leading places to live, work, and prosper doesn’t just happen—it takes planning and partnerships.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council serves as a forum where the region’s leaders and decision-makers come together to address local and regional issues related to transportation, the environment, public safety, aging, community planning, workforce training, and economic development. To support these efforts, the Houston-Galveston Area Council employs a robust team whose members are highly qualified, resourceful, and passionate about enhancing the region’s quality of life.
If you are looking for a career where you can help make a difference in urban, suburban, and rural communities, the Houston-Galveston Area Council has exciting opportunities for you. Learn more about why the Houston-Galveston Area Council is the right place for you to learn, grow, and excel.
H-GAC is seeking a Senior Planner focusing on transportation resiliency to join the Regional Planning team within our Transportation Department. Through cooperation with local governments, H-GAC’s Transportation Department improves the quality of life for residents across the region. Resiliency in the transportation sector has become an increasingly important topic in the Houston-Galveston region due to the increasing frequency of extreme weather events that result in capital and economic damages. This role will focus on coordination of resiliency efforts across H-GAC departments to improve reliability and security of the transportation system to withstand threats from man-made and natural disasters and work toward a region-wide transportation resiliency plan.
As a Senior Planner focusing in resiliency, you will have the opportunity to coordinate programs and projects that will guide the region towards building sustainable and resilient transportation infrastructure. This is a key role in which you will manage ongoing tasks and projects related to resiliency in transportation, including:
• Support Transportation staff in conducting a vulnerability assessment study of the region’s transportation assets
• Stakeholder group management, meeting material development and facilitation
• Compilation, organization, and mapping of resiliency recommendations
• Project budget management, invoice tracking, and consultant interface
• Edit and write portions of final project deliverables and departmental publications
• Collect and analyze data from various sources
• Research best practices and additional funding opportunities
• Responding to inquiries on current resiliency projects.
Strong project management, communication, organizational, and presentation skills are crucial for success in this role. You must be able provide professional and timely feedback to a variety of audiences.
What are we looking for in a candidate? We are pursuing an individual who enjoys and is passionate about sustainability and resiliency in the transportation sector. The Transportation Department is one that demonstrates strong team work, an “all hands on deck” attitude, and is 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 new 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.
• Knowledge of sustainability and resiliency transportation planning, policies, regulations and best management practices.
• Ability to plan and effectively manage complex, long-term projects.
Preferred qualifications include:
• Eight (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
• Data Analysis (risk, economic, and transportation assets) that will contribute to a vulnerability assessment
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