Kounkuey Design Initiative

Planning Associate

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

KOUNKUEY DESIGN INITIATIVE is seeking a Planning Associate to add to our growing team of 18 staff in Los Angeles, CA. This is a great opportunity for a creative, highly motivated recent graduate or early career professional to work directly with people in under-resourced communities to advance equity and support community-driven development. The position is based in our downtown Los Angeles office, and may involve travel to our projects in the Eastern Coachella Valley, other areas of California, and other cities across the U.S.

Job Description:
The Planning Associate will work closely with the Planning, Design, and Community teams, local low-income communities of color, government officials, and other stakeholders to support a wide range of projects and topics, including:

  • Equity-focused site development and neighborhood master planning in L.A. and in cities across the country
  • Participatory design and temporary activation of public spaces, from vacant lots to large parks
  • Economic and social development programs, such as two womens' food collectives we have helped organize in the Eastern Coachella Valley
  • Gender equity in planning and design, which we currently are exploring through a mobility needs assessment, a World Bank publication, and a design studio
  • Leadership development / capacity building for residents in under-resourced communities on improving the built environment
  • Research on topics such as green schoolyards and climate change adaptation in low-income communities of color



  • Master’s degree in Urban Planning or related field
  • 1-3 years experience in community development, policy advocacy, economic development, urban planning, or related field
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience meeting deadlines, juggling multiple tasks, and taking initiative to solve problems
  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Fluent in Spanish (verbal and written) preferred
  • Driver’s license required
To apply

Send electronic copy of cover letter, resume, writing sample, three references, and up to five images of visual representation (e.g. GIS mapping, images from final presentation boards or reports, hand drawn sketches, etc.) to: [email protected]
Subject heading: Planning Associate: Your Name