Planning Associate I (Hybrid Schedule) #1534

Alta Planning + Design seeks a Multimodal Planner for our Phoenix, AZ office. This senior-level position is a great opportunity for someone who believes in the importance of active, multimodal, and sustainable transportation and who is interested in growing their career as a transportation planner professional. If you are looking to join an innovative organization and do work that connects people to places while advancing social justice, safety, and environmental resilience, apply with Alta today!

About Alta

Alta Planning + Design is a sustainable transportation company dedicated to creating active, healthy communities through planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and education/encouragement programs. Alta was founded in 1996 when communities were calling for safer streets for people walking and bicycling as the non-motorized transportation movement developed into a profession in the United States. We pioneered the field of active transportation, evolving our planning and design work into a visionary global practice that empowers people to live active, healthy lives and gets them to where they need to go.

Our core values and work bring about positive change by creating places that are geared toward moving people rather than cars, connecting community members to daily needs and human experience, and empowering every person to live an active healthy life. As a global leader in mobility innovation for over 26 years with 180 staff and 22 offices, we are dedicated to connecting people to places by working across disciplines and scale to address social justice, safety, and environmental resilience.

Day to Day

In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to lead and directly influence a wide variety of active, multimodal, and sustainable transportation projects including on-street designs, trail planning and design, planning reports, and sustainable transportation best practices. You will engage residents, attend site visits and charettes, identify and communicate design opportunities and trade-offs, lead the assembly of design reports, and work closely with design guidelines and complete street projects. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from an interdisciplinary team of dedicated professionals from across the company who have pioneered active transportation in the US, and have contributed to national best practices around facility design.



  • 6+ years of experience in a consulting environment or public entity; 3+ years as a project manager; 3+ years managing staff
  • Bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field of study
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication and analytic skills
  • Proficient in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, ArcGIS, or similar products and Google Workspace Apps
  • Proficiency in an enterprise-wide resource planning and project management tool
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple simultaneous projects involving cross-functional project teams within budgetary and schedule constraints
  • Ability to guide staff members and manage internal team expectations
  • Demonstrated understanding of the planning process and a general understanding of project management principles, methods, and techniques
  • Strong initiative and the ability to work independently with little or no supervision


  • Master’s degree in planning or similar field
  • Expertise and experience in the field of new mobility
  • Experience managing large projects for both private and public clients
  • Experience writing or presenting white papers or providing expert-level presentations at conferences and other events promoting the field of sustainable infrastructure and active, nonmotorized transportation
  • Experience using Deltek Vision
  • Experience using Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst
  • Active participation in industry-relevant professional associations and committees
  • AICP certification

What We Offer

Flexible Schedule
Alta offers a flexible, hybrid work schedule where most employees work from home three days per week. In-office days support our collaborative culture, one of our core values. Our Phoenix office is located in the heart of vibrant downtown Phoenix within close proximity of several major bicycling and transit routes.

The pay range for this job in Phoenix is $76,500–$97,750 annually. Placement within the range is based upon experience, skill-sets, and qualifications.

Alta offers comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees:

  • Medical: PPO or HSA medical plans, Alta pays 75% of the cost
  • Dental/Vision: PPO, Alta pays 90% of the cost
  • Life Insurance: Alta pays 100% of the premium for life and AD&D, equal to your base compensation
  • 401(k): Alta provides a safe harbor match up to 4%
  • PTO: 21 days accrued annually to start
  • Holidays: 11 total company paid holidays
  • Parental Leave/Short-Term Disability
  • Additional Benefits: Wellness reimbursement up to $800 annually, Alta Gets Around benefit of up to $900 annually, 5-year travel award, and professional development opportunities



*The following statements pertain to US Candidates Only*

About Alta Planning + Design

Alta is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. It is our policy that decisions involving people are made on the basis of job-related criteria, independent of an individual’s gender, race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability for which reasonable accommodation is available, and any other status protected by law. This includes decisions involving hiring, job placement, transfer, promotion, compensation, benefits, training, and company-sponsored programs. Alta Planning + Design maintains formal employment policies, available online and by request.

Affirmative Action Plan
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is a federal contractor subject to affirmative action regulations requiring written Affirmative Action Plans (AAP’s) for minorities and women, and for covered veterans and individuals with disabilities. We worked intensively with a local firm that specializes in Affirmative Action Plans to develop a program for our company that will not only satisfy our federal obligations but will be a living document. This means the plan is integrated into our recruiting and evaluation procedures and is revisited often in order to ensure we’re doing everything we can to embrace and promote diversity within our company.

Alta requires all employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption for new employees will be verified prior to the first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or receipt of an approved exemption will lead to withdrawal of the job offer.

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