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Planner/Planner II (Current Planning Focus)

Community Development Department
Manhattan, KS
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Zoning Administration
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Starting Salary: Planner: $44,408/yr. Planner II: $51,147/yr. DOQ

Manhattan is located in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills Region of northeast Kansas and is home to Kansas State University (22,000 students) and Fort Riley.  The City encompasses 19 square miles with a population of approximately 57,000.  Manhattan serves a multi-county region of 200,000 and is a dynamic leader in education, trade, health care, arts and entertainment, and recreation, with a healthy economy and a vibrant downtown that is undergoing major redevelopment. The Manhattan region is experiencing unprecedented growth and the City is committed to sound, progressive and forward-thinking municipal planning. The Community Development Department is responsible for guiding the growth and development of the community, while preserving the environment and maintaining a high quality of life.

Position Description: The Planner/Planner II performs current planning and zoning administration functions to guide growth and development of the City in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan and the zoning, subdivision and floodplain regulations, by using sound planning principles and practices. The position serves as the primary staff liaison to the Board of Zoning Appeals, with a focus on current planning and zoning administration. The Planner II also has responsibility for coordinating interdepartmental reviews (DRC - Development Review Committee) of development proposals and subdivision plats, and works closely with developers and consultants in making revisions, to insure compliance with plans and regulations. The position is also responsible for conducting background research utilizing various analytic techniques and site evaluations for developing and presenting staff reports and recommendations on a range of planning and zoning issues. The position serves as a Neighborhood Liaison to an assigned portion of the community and assists with Long Range planning functions as needed.  This position has daily/weekly contact with the public, as well as the Public Works/Engineering Department, Code Inspection, Fire Department, Legal Department, and County Planning and Health Departments.

Required Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in planning, urban design, geography, architecture, public administration, or a related field.  A Master's degree in Planning is preferred.

The Planner II must also have a minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional planning experience, preferably in municipal public sector planning; and possession of, or ability to obtain certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Closing Date: Applications will be considered as they are received.  This position will remain open until filled.

Application Requirements: Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed City of Manhattan online employment application at   

Contact the City of Manhattan Department of Human Resources at (785)-587-2443 Fax: (785)-587-2464. E-mail:

The City of Manhattan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Published on:
July 23, 2019 - 2:47pm
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