Planner IV+/Planning Program Coordinator
The 2019 Texas state legislative session budgeted $6.8M in funding for Texas A&M Extension Service to assist communities with resiliency planning and disaster recovery. Our planning team in Houston, as part of that larger effort, is seeking to hire a planner as we expand our innovative GIS program (CHARM) and related planning projects. The planning team is housed within the Texas Community & Watershed Partners (TCWP) program, a small, independent(ly minded) office of 12 staff in Houston, TX. The planner and other new hires will be working as part of an existing team on a range of planning projects in partnership with community stakeholders, elected leadership, state agencies, and federal programs.
This position is for people with a passion for improving community well-being through engagement and a strong, long-term professional interest in public planning. Our planning outfit is focused on how communities grow, use land, reduce risks, and sustain their natural resources. We believe that deep public participation and collaboration technologies are critical to connecting the dots on multiple levels and addressing wider goals for resiliency, sustainability, and quality of life. We are seeking people who thrive on working with others to make a difference on these fronts. Stakeholder management, community dialogue and facilitation are among the valued soft skills for this position. The hire will work as a member of the planning team to steer projects to success, sustain a fun and productive team culture, and see to it that the program’s goals are achieved. The annual salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and years of experience. Benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, generous medical insurance package, and retirement program options.
- A specific planning specialty is not required, but backgrounds in comprehensive planning, land use, natural resource management, or hazards is highly beneficial.
- Candidates will have demonstrated knowledge and technical skills in planning methods, analyses, and research.
- Effective skills in writing, communication, and public engagement are non-negotiable requirements for hiring.
- Experience with project development, budget development and grant writing is welcomed.
- Candidates should be highly comfortable with public presentations and facilitating public meetings and committees.
- Basic GIS experience is a strong plus.
- Hires must be able to travel overnight for project work and planning meetings.
- The hire may be required to supervise staff and interns.
- AICP and CFM certifications are valued.
- The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in urban planning or allied discipline.
- Ideally we are seeking 5-8 years of experience, with progressively advancing work responsibilities, including staff supervision. A minimum of 4 or more years of relevant planning experience is required.