Planner or Senior Planner 

Knoxville-Knox County Planning

Location: Knoxville, TN

Job description:

Knoxville-Knox County Planning (Planning) is looking for a creative and motivated planner to grow with our team of dedicated, community-oriented professionals. We’re offering a position in the Transportation Planning group, which supports the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), a multi-jurisdictional structure that directs transportation programming throughout our area. Our planners work on studies and plans that impact regional and community mobility, land use, and economic development.

Our priority is finding the right candidate – a planner who will thrive on our team – that might be an early-career Planner with some relevant experience and new ideas, or a seasoned Senior Planner who can bring insights and perspectives gained from a few years in the field.

The successful candidate will have multimodal experience, especially bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway planning. Also, some background in roadway safety action plans, small-area land use plans, or transportation corridor studies is desired.

A regular day in this position might involve collaborating with teammates on a review of active transportation stats, working on a plan to bring a multimodal project to a neighborhood street, meeting with state and local partners on a project funding request, and answering questions from the public over the phone and by email.

We offer a career trajectory, not just a job – this position has a professional track for advancement. Worksite training, formal education opportunities, and AICP membership support are available to help you expand your skills and remain current in the field’s best practices.

Our workplace is modern and equipped with the latest hardware and software tools to help you be a successful contributor. You will work in a vibrant, growing, transitioning downtown setting and live in a community with abundant, world-class natural amenities, a major research university, and wealth of outdoor and urban activities, southern history, and national events for cycling, mountain-biking, fishing, and other pursuits.

Work-life balance is understood, appreciated, and valued.

Typical job duties include:

• Lead initiatives and projects related to multimodal mobility, safety, and planning

• Meet with engineers, planners, community members, and other constituents and groups

• Prepare plans, studies, and reports for the TPO and Planning

• Represent the agency at interdepartmental meetings and perform staff work for committees

• Organize, conduct, and attend community meetings

• Perform research, collect and analyze data, and report findings

• Prepare grant applications and manage consultants

• Supervise interns, AmeriCorps members, and other staff

Skills we are looking for:

• Ability to lead and direct programs and projects

• High level of personal accountability

• Ability to work with considerable independence and take ownership of assignments

• Ability to analyze and interpret data and communicate findings meaningfully

• Ability to build collaborative relationships with colleagues, both internally and in multiple jurisdictions

• Strong commitment to public service and community involvement

• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

• Creative thinking

• Positive attitude

Minimum qualifications:

• For placement at the Planner rank, the successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field, with four years of experience

• A Senior Planner will have six years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field

Preferred qualifications:

• Master’s degree in urban planning or related field

• Membership in American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

• Four or more years of professional experience in multimodal transportation planning

Starting salary and benefits:

Planner – $58,384 +

Senior Planner – $67,587 +

Starting salary is commensurate with experience.

The position may be filled at the Planner or Senior Planner level, depending on qualifications.

Our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, retirement with employer match, 13 paid holidays, family leave, and accrued annual and sick leave.

How to apply:

Send your resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Tina Piatt

Knoxville-Knox County Planning

Suite 403, 400 Main Street

Knoxville, TN 37902

It is our policy to contact only those candidates selected for an interview, so be sure to reach out to confirm that your materials were received. Also, a cover letter is an important part of the application packet – we are unable to review incomplete submissions. Our review will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Visit our website to check position status and to learn more about our agency.

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