The Planner assists in long-range planning for rural/small town communities by providing technical and advisory assistance regarding transportation planning, comprehensive planning, and land development regulations. The Planner conducts plan preparation and related research for assigned projects and coordinates planning activities with elected official and citizen advisory committees and the general public. The Planner also assists in the analysis of census and other statistical data and in the preparation of reports for local governments and community organizations.
Description of Primary Duties:
Assists communities in planning by providing technical and advisory assistance to local governments and other public entities regarding comprehensive planning, economic and community development, resource management programs and activities, hazard mitigation planning, disaster recovery, and land development regulations and participating in the preparation of plans, programs, technical reports, and land development regulations; Develops and makes recommendations to local/regional government entities by participating in and coordinating planning activities with citizen advisory committees and the general public; Facilitates the development of potential sources of contracts for the Center for Resource Planning and Management by assisting in the preparation and presentation of project proposals to local, state, and federal governments, and other public entities; Represents the Center for Resource Planning and Management to other government jurisdictions on community and regional planning and community development matters by attending meetings, workshops, seminars, and other similar activities as may be assigned; Assists in the compilation and analysis of census data and other statistical data and prepares projections and reports on data analysis; Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director of the Center for Resource Planning and Management; Contributes to the overall success of the Center for Resource Planning and Management by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:
Education: A Bachelor's degree in city and regional planning or a related field is required. A Master's degree in city and regional planning or a related field is preferred.
Experience: At least one year of responsible practical experience in planning is required and must include a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning and a strong research background. Experience in transportation planning is preferred, however, experience in rural/small town planning, regional planning, economic and/or community development will be considered.
Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills, computer skills, including word processing, database management, graphic design, and presentation software, and the ability to compile and analyze technical and statistical data are required. The ability to work with minimum supervision, meet deadlines, and work efficiently in non-routine situations is required. The ability to work effectively with the public and elected officials is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
Other: The position requires occasional day travel (150 mile radius) and may include occasional overnight stays. The position requires attending occasional evening meetings. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is preferred.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Certification is not required for this position. However, if you do have your certification, provide a copy with your online application for information purposes.
Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.
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