Kounkuey Design Initiative

Planning Associate

Employment type
Full Time
26 days ago
Los Angeles

KOUNKUEY DESIGN INITIATIVE is currently seeking a planning associate to add to our growing team of about 20 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 community-driven 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, mobility planning, and site planning on various public space projects in the Southern California region. The Planning Associate will support project managers (Planning Coordinators).

Initially, the Planning Associate will focus on our project with California State Parks to improve park equity statewide. We will be supporting 12 municipalities to create new parks in low-income, park-poor communities through a new $250M funding stream and grant application process. The Planning Associate will assist in mapping and analyzing areas of need, evaluating potential park sites, and developing public engagement activities and tools.



• 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, policy advocacy, economic development, or urban planning. Basic project management experience preferred.

• Excellent communication and public speaking skills

• Excellent writing and analytical abilities

• Proficient in Adobe InDesign and GIS

• Experience with transportation planning a plus, but not required

• Strong commitment to social and environmental justice


About KDI:

Kounkuey Design Initiative 309 East 8th Street, #205 Los Angeles, CA 90014 +1 213 537 0031

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, The United Nations, The California Endowment, Ashoka Changemakers, American Express, Annenberg Alchemy, Smithsonian Institute, IDEO, Echoing Green, The Atlantic Renewal Awards, and The Aspen Institue.

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