Planning Coordinator

Los Angeles, California, United States

Job Description

Kounkuey Design Initiative, an award-winning, non-profit design and community development organization, is currently seeking a Planning Coordinator who is passionate about community-driven development to work within our Planning Department. The position is based in our downtown Los Angeles office, but requires frequent travel to our projects in the Eastern Coachella Valley and other areas in Southern California.

This is not a conventional position, because this is not a conventional organization. KDI works directly with residents living in very challenged environments, in the US and abroad, to design and build projects that improve physical, economic, and social quality of life. Much of our work takes place in Southern California in communities from Los Angeles to the Coachella Valley. We also have an office in Nairobi, Kenya that works extensively in the informal settlement of Kibera. In every place that we work, we use a participatory design and planning process to create neighborhood-scaled public space, building, and infrastructure projects that directly respond to residents’ priority needs. We also work on larger-scale urban planning and advocacy initiatives aimed at creating more equitable neighborhoods and cities.

The Planning Coordinator will work closely with the Planning and Design Departments to develop and implement a wide range of US-based projects that include transportation planning projects, public space projects, policy campaigns, tactical urbanism projects, and economic and social development programs. On all projects, the Planning Coordinator will be expected to learn and facilitate our participatory process and collaborate closely with our community partners. The Planning Coordinator reports directly to KDI’s Planning Director.

Salary: $80,262.00 - $97,552.00/year

Languages needed: English.

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About the company

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organization, that partners with underserved communities in the US, Africa, and Latin America to physically transform communities and in the process, improve environmental, economic, and social quality of life.

Required education and skills

  • Fluency in English and Spanish, strongly preferred.
  • 1+ years working with underserved communities
  • Masters degree in Urban Planning or related field.
  • Proven track record of successful project management.
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills.
  • Excellent writing and analytical abilities.
  • Strong graphic skills and command of Adobe Creative Suite and GIS preferred.
  • Strong commitment to social and environmental justice.
  • 3+ years working experience in community development, economic development, or urban planning.

How to apply

To apply,  Please send electronic copy of cover letter, resume, portfolio, and writing sample, to Chelina Odbert at

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