Director: Office of Planning, Research, and Geoanalytics

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Atlanta, Georgia

The Atlanta-based Director of the Office of Community Planning, Research, and Geoanalytics will manage a flexible, collaborative team comprised of professional community planners, geographers, economists, analysts, and support staff. The Office of Community Planning, Research, and Geoanalytics is responsible for direction and oversight of the community and regional planning, local government and authority reporting, and mapping and geo-analytical functions at DCA.

The planning direction and oversight focuses on execution of the agency’s strategy for fostering and facilitating coordinated, comprehensive planning across the state, including, but not limited to: provision of training and outreach to planners, appointed and elected officials, and partners; administration of planning incentive initiatives; review of local and regional comprehensive plans, service delivery strategies, developments of regional impact, development impact fees; and, management of the State’s contract for planning services with Georgia’s 12 Regional Commissions.

The research oversight includes but is not limited to:

  • receiving and analyzing reports on local government finances;
  • maintenance of systems and processes for the registration and financial reporting of local authorities;
  • ensuring annual hotel-motel tax reporting compliance;
  • provision of a number of other mandatory and optional reporting tools
  • oversight of the agency’s geo-analytical functions includes but is not limited to production of maps and fulfillment the need for analysis of location-based data in support of all of the agency’s divisions and offices;
  • collection and analysis geographic information from federal, state, local, and other partners in support of the agency’s GIS.

This position will also be responsible for all typical functions of an office director at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, including, but not limited to the following areas: personnel, budget development and management, and agency administrative requirements.

Helpful Characteristics:

  • Knowledge of Georgia, its communities and regional commissions and the State’s processes and regulations related to local government management and operations (community planning, government finance, economic development, regulatory compliance, etc.)
  • Knowledge in the operations and needs of Regional Commissions
  • Conceptual familiarity with demographic and economic analysis, geospatial analytics, and relevant data/information gathering and management
  • Excellent research, writing, and presentation skills
  • Skill in oral and written communication including a high 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
  • Knowledge of planning and local government land use policies
  • Knowledge of GIS software and other technical tools frequently used in community planning
  • Experience providing tactful guidance and recommendations to leadership

Necessary Attributes:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft’s suite of office software
  • Knowledge of budget development and management
  • Ability to supervise personnel
  • Ability to convey complicated information clearly, succinctly and professionally to a variety of audiences in an understandable way
  • Ability to present material and speak effectively to diverse groups of people to communicate the importance of planning, research, and Geoanalytics
  • Ability to review and analyze local comprehensive plans, datasets, and visual representations of data
  • Ability to analyze data and use it to form conclusions about performance outcomes, and develop reports from assembled data
  • Ability to credibly represent the office and the State to internal and external partners and the public

Job Requirements
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field. Five years of experience managing professional level staff OR Nine years of experience AND Five years of management experience at the level equivalent to area of assignment OR Five years of experience at the lower level Sr Mgr., Business Ops (GSM012).

Note: An equivalent combination of education and job specific experience that provided the knowledge, experience and competencies required to successfully perform the job at the level listed may be substituted on a year-over-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications
Strong preference will be given to candidates with:

  • A degree in planning, geography or cartography, economics, public administration or policy, political science, or government.
  • Five years of experience managing professional staff; and/or, relevant professional certification.

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.

This is primarily an in-office position. The opportunity for a hybrid work environment (dependent upon successful performance) may be offered after an initial, six-month 100% in-office onboarding period.

This position is currently designated as a hybrid (part in-office and part remote/Telework) position.  This position is full time (40 hours per week) and may require occasional overtime.  Local periodic travel may be required. 

Sedentary Work – Ability to exert 10 – 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

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