Planner, Senior

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
Atlanta, GA

Description of Job / Position
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.

The Community Development Group works closely with local governments across the 10-county region to help address a range of land use, development, and transportation challenges. Topics include comprehensive planning, multi-jurisdictional planning, creative placemaking, housing, historic preservation, and food systems planning, to name a few.

The Planner, Senior will be responsible for contributing all local planning efforts within the Group including long-range planning, strategic implementation, facilitation, and trainings. Programs include local comprehensive planning, Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP), Community Planning Academy (CPA), Developments of Excellence (DOE) Program, and the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI). Projects currently being undertaken include comprehensive plans, corridor or subarea plans, zoning revisions, studies of special topics such as housing or economic development, and similar planning activities. This individual may also be asked to contribute to other ARC activities, including but not limited to Regional Plan Updates.


  • Manage and support local planning assignments undertaken through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP);
  • Contribute to all elements of local and regional plan development, including research, analysis, mapping, writing, stakeholder engagement, and public outreach;
  • Provides regional planning coordination by developing strategies, educating stakeholders, identifying and recommending funding options, and serving as a liaison to state and local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations;
  • Leads all aspects of the Land Use Coordinating Committee (LUCC); develops committee agendas and determines content; hosts and facilitates meetings; assists with organizing and developing content for regional forums; recruits and selects speakers/topics; and coordinates set-up of meeting space;
  • Manage the Developments of Excellence (DOE) program with guidance from senior staff;
  • Develops and writes regional policy, programing and budget documents; prepares comprehensive plan documents; researches issues, gathers and analyzes data, assesses policy impacts, performs case studies, identifies best practices, performs technical analyses of projects and programs;
  • Serves as project manager, developing methodologies, analyses and planning activities; oversees consultant work product, contracts and invoice payment; may lead lower level employees participating in project work; and coordinates development and deployment of strategies throughout the region;
  • Produces reports, presentations and outreach materials using various tools, interactive and/or digital media; makes presentations;
  • Provides technical assistance to member jurisdictions; and assists other planning staff in area of expertise;
  • Completes other technical, analytical, GIS-related, and administrative projects as needed;
  • Serves as a lead worker, assigning work and monitoring work completion, as assigned;
  • Perform other duties assigned to support agency goals and objectives.

Job Requirements

  • Knowledge of local and regional planning practice in metropolitan Atlanta, including plan and ordinance preparation, development review, and the role of appointed and elected officials;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the links between transportation and community development;
  • Ability to provide technical assistance, conduct trainings and workshops, and develop innovative, collaborative solutions to build local capacity;
  • Ability to interact with partner agencies, local governments, and the general public;
  • Ability to manage and contribute to complex projects and to work as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Ability to work with elected officials and local government staff in designing and implementing policies, strategies, and regulatory approaches that support healthy livable communities;
  • Ability to adjust to frequent procedural changes;
  • Skill in using and analyzing large datasets and conducting quantitative analyses;
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, and time-management skills;
  • Possess strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple priorities and consistently meet established deadlines;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and ARCGIS.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (equivalent combination acceptable):

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, transportation planning, urban planning, economics, landscape architecture or related field
  • Two (2) years of professional urban/transportation planning experience


  • Master’s degree in urban or regional planning, transportation planning, urban planning, economics, landscape architecture or related field
  • Five (5) years of work experience in planning, public policy, and/or research field
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: land use planning; comprehensive planning; zoning; community development; local government policy; economic development

In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:

  1. Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines;
  2. Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency;
  3. Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals;
  4. Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact, and;
  5. Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues’ Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues’ success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.

Salary & Benefits
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $53,828 -$72,668 (no SS deductions except for Medicare portion, approx. 1.45% of salary)

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