Planner Leader

City of Houston
Houston, TX
United States
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$60,000.00 - $70,000.00 Annually

PN 20847
Department: Housing and Community Development
Division: Planning and Grants Management
Section:  Planning
Reporting Location: 2100 Travis, Houston, TX 77002
Workdays & Hours: 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday*
* Subject to change

The City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) seeks to create a city in which every resident has an affordable home in a community where they can thrive. Partnering with non-profit, governmental, and local entities, HCDD strives to strengthen Houston's neighborhoods, provide true housing choice and execute the Mayor's vision for One Houston with complete communities throughout. Since Hurricane Harvey, HCDD is managing more than one billion dollars dedicated to helping low and moderate-income families recover.
To achieve this mission, the Planning and Grants Management Division is looking to fill a Planner Leader position. We are seeking a well-qualified candidate to join a team of talented individuals committed to and responsible for HCDD's planning efforts. This person will employ advanced planning principles, techniques, and theories to assist this team in continuing to deliver outstanding work on behalf of the City, HCDD, and the residents of Houston. Candidates should possess proven writing and analytical abilities; data evaluation, interpretation, and presentation skills; and strong organization and prioritization skills.  Highly qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
Key Responsibilities

  • Utilizes planning principles and expertise in creating and managing required planning documents such as the 5-Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, Citizen Participation Plan.
  • Utilizes a variety of data to analyze trends and inform strategic planning and associated documents using US Census, HMDA, HUD, and other sources.
  • Creating complex, well written technical reports and planning documents to convey the City's vision for affordable housing and community development.
  • Researches, analyzes, interprets, and applies advanced level regulatory guidance to inform plan/report development and ensure the integrity of the work developed.
  • Researches, compiles information, and develops original written and graphic content for complex technical reports and plans.
  • Designs and implements project plans, timelines, and project management tools to ensure timely completion of essential tasks.
  • Provides advanced level planning related support and technical assistance to department and/or program personnel.
  • Develops planning related training materials and provides formal and informal training for department and/or program personnel.
  • Drafts, reviews, and/or submits documents to support HCDD planning related City Council actions.
  • Researches advanced planning topics and best practices for incorporation into planning documents.
  • Develops and maintains advanced level grant and planning related subject matter knowledge.

Essential Attributes

  • Critical Thinker: Displays well developed analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Driven: Exhibits initiative and a willingness to take ownership of assignments and go the extra mile
  • Accurate: Sets and maintains high personal work standards, while demonstrating an attention to detail and a focus on quality
  • Results Oriented: Uses confidence, subject matter expertise, and focus to exceed expectations in successfully completing assigned tasks

This is a grant funded position subject to cancellation when funds are depleted and/or contract period ends.

Requires application of advanced principles, techniques and theory in a professional discipline or a thorough general business management knowledge. Knowledge of this level is typically obtained through a Master's degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering or equivalent formal training in a recognized field of specialization that is directly related to the type of work being performed.
Four years of progressively responsible planning experience are required.
Professional planning experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.


  • Experience in the planning functions associated with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), and other federal, state, or local grants.
  • Planning expertise, including the development of action plans, needs assessments, applications, and other required documents.
  • Skilled in proof reading and editing documents with advanced knowledge in applying the rules of spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, etc.
  • Ability to employ plain language principles to present complex information that easily understood.
  • Experience researching and applying federal, state, and local regulations associated with grant planning and development functions.
  • Skilled in collecting, validating, and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data to perform trend analyses, identify community needs, and inform strategic direction.
  • Advanced level proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OnBase, Adobe Pro, MS Publisher or similar, MS Access or other data base program/software, SharePoint, ArcGIS; knowledge of HUD grant reporting systems such as IDIS and DRGR; and have an ability to quickly grasp specialized software programs.

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**



Published on:
February 4, 2019 - 9:26am
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