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Councilmember's Planning and Land Use Deputy

City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Krekorian

Los Angeles, CA United States

The Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian is seeking a creative, smart and hardworking individual with a passion for public service to serve as the Planning and Land Use Deputy.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with the ability to guide project concepts into action, prepare reports and recommendations on complex planning matters, work closely with communities and businesses to help resolve issues, meticulously guide projects through the city's planning processes, and promote the objectives of the Councilmember regarding the development and the environment through good planning practices.

Duties include representing the Councilmember at Planning Department hearing, working with Neighborhood Councils, community groups, and constituents to address complex planning issues, within our communities and working with the business community and developers in promoting the creation of new Jobs, economic development, and much-needed housing in our communities, while preserving the caricature of our neighborhoods. Prepare recommendations to the Councilmember regarding planning policies, State legislation, SCAG Programs including RHNA, and other regional policies that will impact the City's planning processes.

It is a critical time for our communities, as the City has invested significant resources in updating all of the Community Plans, the Zoning Code, Specific Plans and promoting Transit-Oriented Communities. The Planning Deputy will be working closely with the constituents to ensure that they have a strong voice in this process and the Planning Department will incorporate the needs of the constituents in the South East Valley in these updates while addressing the city's needs and ensuring that these critical programs are successfully executed.


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning, urban studies, urban design, environmental studies, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, public administration, or closely related field; master's degree preferred. A broad working knowledge of the City of Los Angeles planning principles and practices, including experience and understanding of CEQA.

Ideal Candidate will:

  • Have a familiarity with the San Fernando Valley and its environment;
  • Have the skills necessary to initiate projects, facilitate change, inspire teamwork, and work in a fast-paced office environment on multifaceted issues;
  • Have an understanding of the City of Los Angeles Zoning Code, procedures and practices;
  • Value equity and demonstrate an appreciation of diverse and underserved communities;
  • Be able to act as a facilitator between the community, developers, and city agencies in complex projects;
  • Have excellent problem-solving skills, coupled with great analytical skills;
  • Have strong strategic planning and conceptual skills, and strong written and communication skills;
  • Be able to advocate policy positions with little supervision;
  • Be able to establish strong, credible relationships with staff, constituents, and other agencies, and handle City administrative functions with effectiveness and precision;
  • Possess a passion for and commitment to bringing positive change to the City;
  • Demonstrate and provide high levels of customer service.

The position will remain open until sufficient applications have been received.

This is an exempt, at-will position. The individual appointed to this position will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights, or due process rights. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the hiring authority. The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.

Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Land Use Planning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Karo Torossian
200 N Spring St #435
Los Angeles, CA
United States