Associate Planner

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Atlanta, GA

Description of Job / Position
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is a State agency dedicated to helping build strong, vibrant communities. Our vision is for Georgians of today and tomorrow to have the opportunity to live and work in thriving communities. We are a diverse team of highly competent and committed professionals who strive to help people and communities thrive through technical expertise, innovative thinking and a passion for making a difference. Team members are at their best when collaborating and supporting each other as they perform challenging and dynamic work.

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

DCA is a state agency dedicated to partnering with communities to help create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses. 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.

Candidates who have applied within the last six months need not re-apply; previous application materials are held on-file and will be considered for the current opening.

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 of office software (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

Agency-Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND one year of related experience; OR, five years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
Strong 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;
  • Current AICP certification or qualified to apply for the exam within three years; and/or,
  • At least one year of experience working as a community/regional planner or completion of an internship in a related setting.

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.

Salary & Benefits
Hiring Range: $41,000-48,000
Description of Benefits

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