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Urban Planner/Program Coordinator

Texas A&M Extension Service
Houston, TX
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
GIS / Technology
Land-Use Management
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Commensurate with experience

To apply, email your submittal to [email protected]. Please include three items: your resume, a cover letter, and three-page writing sample.

What's Happening
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.

Position Background
Our planning program helps communities plan through effective land use to grow, 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 community goals for resiliency, sustainability, and quality of life. We are seeking people who thrive on working with communities to make a difference on these fronts. The planning coordinator must be self-motivated to initiate and lead projects that both lead to successful planning outcomes and increases our program’s capacity to engage communities. We support planning through our CHARM scenario planning platform, direct technical support, training, and facilitation.  The hire will work as a member of the planning team to lead projects to success, expand our program, and sustain a fun but hard-working office culture.

Qualified candidates are expected to bring subject matter expertise and experience in local planning, ordinances, drafting, and research. Stakeholder management, community dialogue and facilitation are among the valued soft skills for this position. The target years of experience for this position is 2-5 years of planning related experience. Salary range is $50k-$64k and is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and experience. Benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, generous medical insurance package, and retirement program options.

 General Qualifications

  • Minimum: Master’s degree and two years’ experience or a Bachelor’s degree and 4 years planning experience is required for this position.
  • Experience with project development, budgeting and proposals are welcomed.
  • The candidate will have a degree in urban planning, resource management, or allied discipline.
  • A specific planning specialty is not required, but backgrounds in comprehensive planning, land use, natural resource management, or hazards are 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.
  • Candidates should be highly comfortable with public presentations and facilitating community meetings.
  • Basic GIS experience is a strong plus.
  • Hires must be able to travel overnight for project work and planning meetings.
Published on:
January 24, 2020 - 7:20am
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