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URBAN PLANNING PROJECT ASSISTANT / GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Come join our creative team of planners shaping cities across California!

About Us

Dyett & Bhatia is an urban planning consulting firm, based in Oakland, leading projects that address the key planning challenges of our time, across California and beyond. Sustainable placemaking is at the core of what we do, and environmental justice, public health, and climate resilience are principal considerations in all of our work. Current projects encompass general plans for distinctive cities such as Oakland, Sacramento, Oceanside, and Monterey; infill housing strategies for Los Angeles; citywide design standards for Oakland; urban design strategies to preserve views in Honolulu; specific plans for corridor and districts; and zoning regulations for several cities. See www.dyettandbhatia.com to find out more about us. 

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Position and Responsibilities

This position carries primary responsibility of preparing high quality, polished documents (often several hundred pages long) using Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word, together with supporting planners on a variety of tasks such as maintaining project websites; preparing presentations, meeting notes, and short reports; and general project and office organization.

The ideal candidate will bring strong expertise in InDesign and Microsoft Office, have excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills, a keen attention to detail, able to work efficiently and meet deadlines, and interest and background in urban planning. Responsibilities would include:

  • Prepare and coordinate documents with high level of graphic, mapping, and photographic content, working with planners and cartographers. Maintain versions, ensure quality control, proof and edit (approx. 50-60% time)

  • Provide support for planning projects – prepare PowerPoint presentations, charts and graphs using Excel, transcribe meeting notes, write survey reports and short sections of planning documents, assist with public workshops (virtual and in-person), schedule and manage virtual meetings through Zoom, organize materials, gather data, prepare graphics (approximately 20-30% time)

  • Assist with project websites setup and upkeep (approximately 10% time)

  • Administrative support (approximately 10-15% time)


This is a hybrid WFH/office position. Successful candidate will need to be based in or willing to relocate to the Bay Area.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates must have a BA and ideally one year of similar work experience.

Required Skills

  • Strong expertise in InDesign and MS Word; expertise in other Adobe CS software (Illustrator, Acrobat)

  • Excellent editing, grammar, and verbal communication skills. Excellent command of written and spoken English

  • Strong graphic design skills including knowledge of page layout, information design, typography, UI design, and printing

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to work with different levels of staff and clients

  • Ability to take initiative, “can do” attitude, and commitment to meeting deadlines

  • Attention to detail

Desirable Skills

  • Expertise in Excel, PowerPoint, ArcGIS, and SketchUp 


  • Web design experience


 

Salary and Benefits​

Expected starting salary range $58,000 per year (recent BA) to $62,000 per (1-2 yrs. post BA experience) plus bonus and benefits. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, health and disability insurance, retirement plan match, and professional development allowance.

How to Apply​

Please email resume, cover letter/email, and any writing/other work samples (all in PDF) to jobs@dyettandbhatia.com

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