Planner II (Senior Planner)

City of Doraville
Doraville, GA

Description of Job / Position
The City of Doraville is seeking a Senior Planner in the Community Development Department. This position is a unique opportunity to play a critical role in a small community that is experiencing an unprecedented level of development and redevelopment. Under direction, the successful candidate will perform a variety of municipal professional planning activities including: detailed review and analysis of applications for rezonings, variances, and conditional use permits, site plan and subdivision reviews, pre-submission meetings with applicants, report writing, data collection, research, field studies, site investigations and public presentations; drafting of zoning ordinance amendments and other legislation, master plan updates, neighborhood planning studies; and preparation of maps (using GIS), graphs and charts. The ideal candidate has a key understanding of urban design, zoning/land use and transportation issues.

Outstanding written/oral communication, technical, analytical, and organizational skills are critical to the success of this position. The successful candidate will be friendly, enthusiastic and energetic, and have the ability to work collaboratively with other staff, the community, stakeholders and elected officials.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.

  • Utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to maintains land use and development data and analyze land uses; prepare maps, graphics, reports and related documents.
  • Prepares zoning verification correspondence and answers public inquiries regarding zoning and subdivision issues.
  • Prepares data and staff reports related to zoning cases and text amendments. Analyze, update, and report on key land use, zoning, demographic, traffic impact studies and other data.
  • Conducts plan reviews for compliance with the zoning, subdivision and other related ordinances; conducts on-site inspections as needed.
  • Provides administrative support to the Planning Commission by preparing meeting agenda, meeting packets, and zoning reports for presentation to the Planning Commission.
  • Develops and presents information, research and reports to the City’s elected officials, administration, commissions, boards and the general public.
  • Assists with drafting amendments to the City’s Development Code, and other ordinances and regulations.
  • Assists with regular updates to the City’s Comprehensive Plan including the monitoring and reporting on the accomplishments of the Short-term Work Program.
  • Assists in the collection and analysis of demographic, census, population, employment and housing data leading to analysis of trends and forecasting for the development of policy.
  • Assists in gathering information to be used in economic development marketing efforts to assure business retention, expansion and attraction.

Job Requirements
This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

  • Knowledge of: GIS and how to prepare maps, graphics and reports; spreadsheets, databases and software to help visualize and present design projects; planning and zoning, economic development and related principles, methodologies, processes and practices; urban planning research methodology, including field inspections, computer and electronic searches, and archive and file searches; principles and practices of developmental design and engineering, including architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, site design and development, traffic engineering and impacts and land use compatibility.
  • Skill in: oral communication and interpersonal relationships to explain rules and procedures clearly to the public; creative problem-solving to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems.
  • Ability to: read and interpret city master plans, regulatory codes, technical and operational documents, reports, research material and information, blueprints and maps; analyze applications and apply relevant regulatory ordinances and codes; operate and maintain a GIS computer system; prepare and present oral, written and graphic reports, documents, brochures and pamphlets, maps, and related planning and development documentation; operate standard office equipment including a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties; communicate effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, customers, citizen groups and other employees.

Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban design, architecture, engineering, public administration, public policy or related field and four (4) years of related experience is required.

Preferred Education and Experience

Master’s degree in urban planning, urban design, architecture, engineering, public administration, public policy or related field and two (2) years of related experience is required.

Licensures and Certifications

Required: Valid Georgia driver’s license
Preferred: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification

Other Requirements

  • Must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
  • Must be able to work some evenings and occasional weekends.

At-Will Employment

Employment with the City of Doraville is at-will in accordance with Georgia law.

The City of Doraville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on account of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, or political affiliation.

Salary & Benefits
Competitive Salary and Benefits, based on experience and qualifications.

How to Apply
Email Cover Letters/Resumes and application to:
Ms. Karina Reyna, HR/Deputy City Clerk

Employment application found online, scroll under “Other Forms & Fee Schedule”

The selection process may include some or all the following objective assessments– review of experience and training, teleconference and/or in-person interviews, background checks to include criminal records, previous employer and character references, verification of educational degrees and social media reviews.

The City is a drug free work environment; therefore, potential employees will be tested for illegal drug use.