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Land Use Planner
Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP / Los Angeles, CA
Posted on: June 7, 2021
Application Deadline: Rolling
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is looking for a land use planner with a minimum of three years of relevant experience to join our preeminent land use practice.
If you are entrepreneurially-minded, and a builder, and you are looking to work alongside nationally recognized leaders in their fields, this might be the right opportunity for you.
Manatt’s unique professional services approach provides a combination of legal services and strategic business services – with a team of lawyers, land use planners, real estate brokers, and business strategy consultants – to meet the needs of our clients. With significant depth and experience across most real estate asset classes and all phases of development projects, we help clients navigate complex matters involving financings, joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, affordable housing, leasing, public/private transactions, debt and equity finance, hospitality, construction, and design and loan restructurings.
Manatt’s land use group works with developers, property owners, builders, investors, contractors, public agencies and nonprofits to guide complex and sensitive projects through an increasingly intricate regulatory process. Manatt’s unique professional services approach coupled with our deep industry expertise allows us to build relationships and develop credibility with clients and, in turn, perform cutting-edge work to help guide them through a dynamic, ever-evolving legal and business landscape.
We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated and excited to learn and to take on more responsibility to both support and significantly contribute to Manatt’s land use practice. The ideal candidate will have professional work experience in land planning, zoning review and development permitting, including experience with due diligence research; entitlement application preparation and coordination; lobbying and related communication with local government officials and staff (presentations to various community organizations and/or decision-making bodies). Direct experience working for municipal planning departments or other planning agencies and environmental experience, including with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), is desirable. Demonstrated interest in local and state politics and land use policy is a plus. AICP and LEED certifications are also a plus.
- Minimum three years of land use planning experience and interest in and enthusiasm for real estate development
- Master’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field (preferred); or Bachelor’s degree with equivalent related work experience
- Excellent and proactive written and verbal communication skills in a variety of settings and media
- Excellent and detail-oriented research, analytical and proofreading skills
- A self-starter who likes a fast-paced environment and has the ability to both work independently and be part of a team and collaborate with others
- Effective and efficient problem-solving capabilities with the ability to work proactively to develop creative solutions in order to meet client and team needs
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
Fostering diversity, equity and inclusion is one of Manatt’s core values and is fundamental to our organizational identity. We believe that a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we live, work and serve enriches Manatt’s culture and enhances our ability to understand our clients’ needs and develop better, more impactful solutions. Manatt’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee drives the firm’s efforts, working with firm leadership, and engaging our legal, consulting and business professionals to create and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.
About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP is one of the nation’s preeminent law and consulting firms. We are known for quality, extraordinary commitment to clients, integrated, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized capabilities typically found only in boutique firms. We are progressive, entrepreneurial, and deeply committed to diversity, public service, involvement in the communities we serve and excellence in all we do.
Over the past decade, Manatt has transformed from a top law firm to a cutting-edge, hybridized strategy consulting and legal professional services firm. We are composed of lawyers, consultants, business advisors, venture investors, entrepreneurs and technologists committed to meeting the ever-evolving needs of our clients. Our clients include Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies in industries such as digital and technology; energy, environmental and real estate; entertainment; financial services; and healthcare. For more information on Manatt, visit https://www.manatt.com/.
If you want to join a team-oriented, future-thinking, entrepreneurially-minded group of passionate and driven professionals, we strongly encourage you to apply. All candidates must apply through our online application portal (apply here). Required application materials include a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (two to three pages from your academic or work experience of which you are the sole author).
Manatt is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Experience / Skills / Education
Please apply via our online portal for consideration: https://careers.manatt.com/videsktop/viRecruitSelfApply/ReApplicantEmail.aspx?Tag=ae9037cf-af34-4750-8d7f-77949029c92d