Associate Planner

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Atlanta, GA

Description of Job / Position
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is seeking an Associate Planner for its Community Development team in the Office of Planning and Research. This position will work with a flexible, collaborative team to support senior staffers in providing state guidance of local governments’ community planning activities (comprehensive plans, capital improvement plans, development impact fee administration, zoning and development regulation, etc.); state guidance of regional commissions’ community and regional planning activities (regional plans, regional resource plans, contract management, etc.); intergovernmental coordination (local service delivery arrangements, alternative conflict resolution programs, etc.); and, outreach and education (the Community Planning Institute, the PlanFirst, etc.).

DCA is a State organization dedicated to helping build strong, vibrant communities. We offer a fast paced, challenging and dynamic work environment that requires innovative thinking, pride in quality work, and the ability to work as a versatile team player. We offer a fast paced, challenging and dynamic work environment that requires innovative thinking, pride in quality work, and the ability to work as a versatile team player. DCA gives its employees the opportunity to do more than merely make a living. We are serious about helping Georgia’s families live more abundantly with a greater sense of hope and achievement. If public service and the desire to enrich the lives of others motivates you to do your best work, you should consider joining the DCA Team.

Job Requirements
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Georgia, its communities and regional commissions and the State’s processes and regulations related to community/regional planning
  • Knowledge of Microsoft’s suite (including MSAccess for database management)
  • Knowledge of GIS software and other technical tools frequently used in community planning
  • Excellent research, writing, and presentation skills
  • Skill in oral and written communication including a reasonable level of comfort in public forums
  • Solid interpersonal skills and ability to interact with internal and external partners
  • Attention to detail; excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative, and be a problem-solver
  • Ability to work well on interdisciplinary project teams requiring flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • A background and/or strong interest in policy development/implementation/analysis

Position Requirements:
Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide a writing sample prior to the interview. Job candidate for this position will be subject to a criminal background check, educational degree check, reference checks, and (because occasional travel is required) a motor vehicle records check prior to the extension of a job offer.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university, AND
One year of related experience or completion of an apprenticeship/internship that sufficiently supplied experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who in addition to meeting the agency specific minimum qualifications possess at least one of the following:

  • Master’s degree in City/Urban/Rural/Community/Regional Planning;
  • AICP Certified or qualified to apply for the exam within three years; and,
  • At least one year of related experience or completion of an internship in a related setting.

Salary & Benefits
Advertised Salary: 36,268.09 – 51,811.56
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How to Apply
Apply using the State of Georgia’s Team Georgia Careers website