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Planner 3

Metropolitan Nashville/Davison County Planning Department
Nashville, TN
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
Land-Use Management
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 

Nashville/Davidson County is seeking an individual to join our team. Music City was ranked No. 11 out of 125 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Places to Live in 2018,” and no. 9 out of 100 in WalletHub’s best cities to visit this summer. With a national-news-making economy and rich cultural traditions, planners in Nashville are deeply engaged in helping Nashvillians shape their city’s future. The Community Plans division completed the NashvilleNext General Plan update in June 2015, which received the Daniel Burnham Award in 2016 for Comprehensive Plans from the American Planning Association. 

Position Description

The Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville and Davidson County is a progressive public planning agency committed to sustainable development and quality urban design.  The planner filling this senior position be involved in cutting edge projects, requiring professional knowledge and leadership talents. In the Community Plans division of the office, the planner will help lead the division’s core responsibility for developing and applying land use policies for the Nashville-Davidson County area, expressed most directly through the community and small area plans that the division staff prepares. 

Nashville is experiencing fast-paced growth pressures, where much of that growth is occurring in centers, along corridors, and in emerging residential areas with limited growth in established residential areas. As such, the Planner 3 must be able to consider and explain a wide array of complex factors in creating plans, such as demographic changes, the need for a variety of housing types in a neighborhood, and the demand for multimodal transportation infrastructure.

The Community Plans division involves extensive public education and community participation. This position thus requires excellent writing and speaking skills and the ability to research, analyze and make and defend professional recommendations about land use and infrastructure patterns. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of effective leadership in a lively, interactive, and sometimes contentious environment.  Primary responsibilities are as follows: 

  • Lead projects in support of the timely completion of a progressive and ambitious Community Plans work program.  The work program includes periodic updates of the General Plan and regular updates of 14 Community Plans; refining planning policies; processing and advising on proposed plan amendments; and participating with Land Development (current planning) in the development review process.  Principal work products are developed through extensive collaboration with other agencies of Metropolitan Government, extensive communication with Metropolitan councilmembers, and extensive and highly accessible citizen involvement opportunities.  Published plans must reflect an advanced level of design through layout, graphics, and accessibility to the general public. 
  • Coordinate plan development and project review, working with other Planning divisions and Metro departments, outside developers and contractors, the general public, and Metro Councilmembers.
  • Support the Community Plans manager in supervision including, but not limited to, assigning projects and ensuring a balanced workload, monitoring progress of planning projects, counseling and supporting the development of junior team members, and understanding the team’s performance. 
    Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Prepare studies, conduct research, prepare and make presentations.
  2. Analyze planning problems relating to physical, social, economic, and community development and recommend creative, implementable solutions.
  3. Provide professional leadership to further the seamless integration of land use and transportation planning in each of the section's work products.
  4. Attend community meetings during the evening hours on an average of three meetings per month.
    All work must be performed under minimal supervision.
  5. The successful candidate will have proven proficiency in project management, delegation and distribution of work load, facilitation, negotiation, and persuasive presentation of unfamiliar planning principles to lay audiences.  Experience in the practical application and integration of traditional planning with new urbanist principles in real-life settings is preferred.  Effective hands-on management of planning projects through the public involvement and approval processes is required.  The successful candidate should also have demonstrated success facilitating general agreement among citizens, landowners, and elected official with differing visions and objectives.
  6. Professional mastery of the following is expected:
  • Principles of community planning, including the effective use of data
  • Best practices in urban design and “new urbanism”
  • Extensive understanding of land planning
  • General understanding of multi-modal transportation planning
  • Integration of land use and transportation planning in a unified planning product
    A working knowledge of basic office software (MSWord, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Adobe InDesign) is required, as is an understanding of the capabilities of GIS.
    Master’s degree in city and regional planning, landscape architecture or a directly related field plus 4 years of planning experience, 1 year of which include supervising two or more junior staff, or Bachelor’s degree in city planning or a related field plus 6 years of planning experience, 1 year in a supervisory role.  Experience in a mid to large-sized city is preferred.  Possession of AICP is also preferred.

This Planner 3 position will be filled as a contract position (non-civil service) with an annual salary of $76,702.93 along with excellent health, dental and retirement benefits.

Persons qualified for this position should submit letter of interest and resumé, by December 20, 2019, by mail or email to:


Greg Claxton, AICP

Community Plans Manager

Metro Planning Department

of Nashville and Davidson County

800 Second Avenue South

P.O. Box 196300

Nashville, TN 37219-6300




E-Mail:  [email protected]



The Planning Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline or any other employment practices because of non-merit factors shall be prohibited. For ADA inquiries, contact Josie Bass, ADA Compliance Coordinator, at (615) 862-7150 or e-mail her at [email protected]. For Title VI inquiries, contact Human Relations at (615) 880-3370. For all employment-related inquiries, contact Human Resources at (615) 862-6640.

Published on:
November 22, 2019 - 12:40pm
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