Estolano Advisors,

Project Assistant

17 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Estolano Advisors (EA) is an award-winning urban planning and public policy firm that provides clients with integrated solutions to create thriving, healthy, vibrant communities. We use an interdisciplinary approach to advise our clients in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy on policies, programs, and actions that benefit communities most affected by racial, economic, and environmental injustice. We are a Latina-owned small business headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles, CA, with staff in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, and the Inland Empire.

About this job

EA seeks a Project Assistant eager to work on a variety of projects in one or more of EA’s three practice areas: Climate Resilient Infrastructure; Mobility Justice; and Equitable Economic Development. We have multiple openings for this position, one of which is for someone skilled in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping.

The position is a full-time position located in Los Angeles and/or Portland, Oregon.

Roles & responsibilities

As a project assistant, one will have a dynamic and interdisciplinary portfolio of projects that they support. EA’s projects range from advising on infrastructure funding access, inclusive engagement strategies, and climate and environmental justice to equitable transportation policy, active transportation, transit, to community economic development strategies, the development of community benefits agreements, and workforce development policies and programs. The Project Assistant will gain a variety of skills integral to their development as an emerging planning and public policy professional. The Project Assistant will work independently and as part of a team to support the firm in demonstrating that a thoughtful and strategic interdisciplinary approach will create equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. The Project Assistant will support EA’s growing practice in California and the Pacific Northwest. Specific duties for the position include:

▪Perform research and analyze qualitative data and some quantitative data

▪Draft notes, presentation materials, reports, and other client-related work products

▪Support internal and external client meeting coordination

▪Provide technical support for virtual meetings and webinars

▪Work closely with project managers to complete client requests

▪Support, plan, and implement community and stakeholder engagement strategies

▪Track local, state, and national policy issues

▪Support materials preparation for business development efforts

▪Administrative and marketing/communications tasks, as needed


A primary objective of the position is to provide the Project Assistant with in-depth exposure to an array of disciplines, including economic development, workforce development, housing and real estate, climate and sustainability, and transportation and mobility. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to social and racial justice and building thriving, inclusive communities. The ideal candidate will possess a desire for real world experience and knowledge in the fields of urban planning, equitable economic development, mobility justice, and/or climate readiness and sustainability. Ideal candidates will be intellectually curious and have a driving desire to improve the world. For the future public policy or urban planning professional this position provides an opportunity to build a resume, enhance professional credentials, network with top professionals in these fields, and develop as a thought-leader in emerging policy issue areas.

A Bachelor’s Degree and at least one year of relevant work experience (including internships) is required.

To apply

To apply, please submit the following materials as a single PDF document to

1. Cover Letter

2. Resume

3. Writing sample (if part of a group project, indicate sections written by the applicant)

4. PowerPoint sample

5. Three professional or academic references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning May 22, 2023. Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled.

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