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Kounkuey Design Initiative

Planning Associate

Employment type
Full Time
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Job Title: Planning Associate

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Organization: Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)

Job Opening: ASAP

Closing date: When Filled

KOUNKUEY DESIGN INITIATIVE is currently seeking a planning associate to add to our growing team of about 15 staff in Los Angeles, CA. This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated and creative self-starter to work directly with under-resourced communities throughout Southern California on communitydriven development. 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.

Job Description:

The Planning Associate will work closely with the Planning, Design, and Community Departments to develop, implement, and lead our participatory design process, economic and social development programs, and site planning on various public space projects in the Southern California region. The Planning Associate will support project managers (Planning Coordinator).


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (verbal and written) strongly preferred
  • Masters degree in Urban Planning or related field
  • 1-3 years working experience in community development, economic development, or urban planning 
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent writing and analytical abilities
  • Strong graphic skills and command of Adobe Creative Suite and GIS preferred
  • Experience with transportation planning a plus
  • Strong commitment to social and environmental justice 

About KDI: KDI is a non-profit design and community development organization. We collaborate with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities. We accomplish this mission through advocacy, research, planning, and built works.

We have been recognized for our innovative approach to poverty alleviation by notable institutions such as The Rockefeller Foundation, UN-Habitat, The California Endowment, Ashoka Changemakers, American Express, Annenberg Alchemy, Smithsonian Institute, IDEO, Echoing Green, The Atlantic Renewal Project, and UN/Dubai and Swiss Re Foundation.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or medical condition

To apply

Send electronic copy of cover letter, resume, writing sample and three (3) references— portfolio optional but preferred— to: [email protected]

Subject heading: Planning Associate: Your Name