Manager of Environmental Planning

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

Location: Cleveland, OH/Hybrid
Engineer, Planner, Mid-Level

Job description:

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a regional planning agency.  As the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization and Areawide Water Quality Management Agency, NOACA conducts transportation and environmental planning for a five-county region that is home to 2.1 million people and includes the counties of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina.

The Manager of Environmental Planning will supervise and be administratively responsible for the Environmental Program planners within NOACA’s Strategic and Environmental Planning (SEP) Division. The Manager of Environmental Planning reports on progress and budget issues to NOACA personnel who coordinate the agency’s Overall Work Program (OWP) and Budget, and to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (OH EPA) Grants Office. In addition, the Manager of Environmental Planning works with staff to prepare scopes of work to support the requests for funding, including Ohio EPA agreements and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) eligibility documents. Core responsibilities include serving as project manager for NOACA’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), which entails both administrative and technical tasks required for the plan development and implementation to meet critical milestones. Coordination with managers and staff from other agency divisions is critical, particularly due to Climate Action Planning/Air Quality/Rideshare project responsibilities outside of the SEP Division. This position is responsible for oversight and updates to the Water Quality Strategic Plan, oversight and updates to NOACA’s Water Quality and Wastewater Management Plan (208 Plan) and completion of deliverables required under Ohio EPA agreements. In addition to programmatic work, the manager will coordinate engagement with Public Affairs staff that supports community awareness of NOACA’s environmental programs and promotes opportunities for stakeholders and the public to connect to projects.

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, City and Regional Planning, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Studies, Urban Design or relevant field preferred, plus ten years of relevant planning experience. Master’s degree may be substituted for one year of experience. PhD may be substituted for an additional year of experience
  • Advanced knowledge of air quality and water quality issues, with knowledge of transportation issues
  • Advanced understanding of air quality and water quality federal requirements and procedures, as well as knowledge of transportation federal requirements and procedures
  • Advanced understanding and application of Microsoft Office software and other planning software
  • Advanced understanding and application of ESRI GIS software
  • Strong research and data analysis skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proven management and leadership abilities

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