The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.
The Community Development Group works closely with local governments across the 10-county region to help address a range of land use, development, and transportation challenges. Topics include comprehensive planning, multi-jurisdictional planning, creative placemaking, housing, historic preservation, and food systems planning, to name a few.
The Planner, Senior will be responsible for contributing to several programs carried out by the group. Specifically, the individual will create and facilitate innovative stakeholder engagement activities to build consensus on critical local issues, lead and execute projects undertaken through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP), and contribute to the Group’s arts, culture, and greenspace planning initiatives. Projects currently being undertaken include comprehensive plans, corridor or subarea plans, studies of special topics such as housing or economic development, and similar planning activities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Lead and execute public and engagement activities in support of local planning projects;
- Facilitate stakeholder engagement activities and build consensus with a range of audiences including but not limited to elected officials, local planning staff, advocacy groups, or community organizations;
- Manage and support local planning assignments undertaken through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) with a focus on arts, culture, and greenspace;
- Serve as project manager, developing methodologies, analyses and planning activities; oversee consultant work product, contracts and invoice payment; may lead employees participating in project work; and coordinate development and deployment of strategies throughout the region;
- Support logistical and technical support to leadership in the execution of various programs including research, writing, internal and external coordination, and record keeping;
- Produce reports, presentations and outreach materials using various tools, interactive and/or digital media; makes presentations;
- Perform other duties assigned to support agency goals and objectives.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND COMPETENCIES:
- Knowledge of local and regional planning practice in metropolitan Atlanta, including plan preparation, stakeholder engagement, and the role of appointed and elected officials;
- Knowledge of outreach and engagement techniques to build consensus and resolve conflict amongst stakeholders;
- Experience working with local governments in metro Atlanta;
- Ability to provide technical assistance, conduct trainings and workshops, and develop innovative, collaborative solutions to build local capacity;
- Ability to interact with partner agencies, local governments, and the general public;
- Ability to manage and contribute to complex projects and to work as part of a multidisciplinary team;
- Ability to adjust to frequent procedural changes;
- Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, and time-management skills;
- Possess strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple priorities and consistently meet established deadlines;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and ARCGIS.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (equivalent combination acceptable):
- Bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, transportation planning, urban planning, public policy, landscape architecture or related field
- Two (2) years of professional urban/transportation planning experience
- Master’s degree in urban or regional planning, transportation planning, urban planning, public policy, landscape architecture or related field
- Five (5) years of work experience in planning, public policy, and/or research field
- Expertise in one or more of the following areas: community engagement; land use planning; comprehensive planning; arts and culture; community development; local government policy
In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:
- Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines;
- Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency;
- Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals;
- Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact, and;
- Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues' Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues' success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.