The City of Jefferson is currently accepting applications for Planner I or Planner II for our Planning and Protective Services Department. This position plays an important role in planning for the future of Jefferson City and the surrounding metropolitan area. As a member of the Planning Division team you may be involved in current planning, long-range planning, and/or transportation planning activities. These activities include research and reporting, community engagement, neighborhood planning, zoning administration, development plan review, grant writing and management, and data development and analysis. The Department of Planning & Protective Services supports its employees by providing opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and cross-training opportunities within the department’s eight divisions. Whether you have a traditional planning background or a non-traditional background with a similar skillset, we will welcome the knowledge and expertise.
Examples of Duties:
This position assists with administration of current planning and zoning programs, long range planning for the community, and administration of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Job functions include review and processing of development plans, subdivision plats, and zoning applications. Map making and updating of GIS information in areas such as zoning, land use, transportation, statistical information, census data, etc. Research and preparation of reports for Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Capital Area MPO board, and City Council. Administration of addressing and street numbering system. Property site visits to document conditions and post/remove notification signs. Public engagement activities associated with planning studies, zoning cases, etc.
Specific assignments and area of responsibility depend on area of expertise, experience, and workload within the division.
In addition to a Level I, this position conducts activities with a high degree of independence. Additional job functions may include: Initiate actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations. Conducts extensive research in specific or general project areas. Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence. Identifies community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning. Updates and maintenance of Comprehensive Plan, land development regulations, and Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Develops strategies to promote economic and community development or efficient land use consistent with community goals. Recommends priorities, schedules, and funding sources to implement public improvement plans. Writes, or assists in writing, a variety of ordinances and regulations relating to development controls. Facilities public engagement and meetings.
Physical: Ability to sit or stand for extended periods; lift 40 pounds; visual ability to view computer screens for extended periods; traverse over rough terrain in extreme weather conditions and post notification signage on sites.
Mental: Ability to concentrate on statistics, maps, plans and details for extended periods; and effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
Must have a valid drivers’ license. Previous experience in local government or professional planning office preferred.
Requires a Bachelors’ degree with major course work in City or Urban Planning, or related field such as public administration, real estate, engineering, geography, etc.
Experience with standard word processing, spreadsheets/databases, and internet applications required.
Training or experience with GIS/mapping software and Adobe or other graphics software highly desired.
Requires a Bachelors’ degree in planning or related field and three years professional planning experience including comprehensive or transportation planning; capital improvement planning, financing and budgeting; and geographic information systems (GIS). American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification required. Master’s degree preferred.
A Planner II requires advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principles, practices, and techniques of planning. Well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as urban design, community engagement, affordable housing, transportation, economic development, land use, or zoning administration. Knowledge and experience in principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection; effective writing techniques; and computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications and geographic information systems (GIS).
Both positions are expected to attend city and partner agency meetings and events, outside of the normal work day. Will work in a team environment with prospects for cross-training and participation in many facets of city planning and transportation planning.
Specific job title and salary depend on qualifications. Minimum starting salary for a Planner I is $46,278/year and the maximum salary for a Planner II is $72,888/year.
Link to job postings: https://www.jeffersoncitymo.gov/government/employment_opportunities.php