Planning and Economic Development Specialist

Lee-Russell Council of Governments
Opelika, Alabama

The Lee-Russell Council of Governments is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Planning and Economic Development Specialist within its Planning and Economic Development Department. The position is primarily responsible for assisting local and regional efforts related to community development, economic development and planning.

The ideal candidate will have experience and working knowledge in several areas of local government administration: grant application development and grant administration, local and regional planning, community development and/or downtown development.

This position requires an ability to perform research, prepare and assemble written materials and specialized plans, assist in the coordination and/or participation in regional environmental, growth and quality of life initiatives; and conducting other related activities such as data gathering, technical analyses and mapping as well as assist in various forms of community engagement.

Job Requirements


  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to prepare and make public presentations in a variety of local government settings
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously with competing deadlines
  • Ability to work independently but also on project teams
  • Effective in working directly with elected officials, local government staff, state and federal government staff, and community stakeholders
  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Administration or closely related field


  • Master’s degree in Planning, Public Administration or closely related field
  • Grant writing and administration experience
  • Professional experience with community development projects and/or plan preparation
  • Experience in the use of GIS programs
  • One year of related work experience

Salary & Benefits
The range for starting annual salary is $50,504-$75,755 (Grade 9) based on experience and qualifications.

How to Apply
Send a complete resume, cover letter and references to:

Lisa Sandt, Executive Director
Lee-Russell Council of Governments
2207 Gateway Drive, Opelika, AL 36801
Phone (334) 749-5264


Via email

Review of applications will begin November 4, 2019 and continue until filled. LRCOG is an equal opportunity employer.