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Associate Planner - Urban Planning

City of Iowa City
Iowa City, IA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$61,963.20 - $78,000.00

The City of Iowa City’s Development Services Division is seeking a qualified planner to fill an Associate Planner position on our Urban Planning team.  The Development Services Division is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring building safety as we plan, build, and care for the City of Iowa City.  This position is newly expanded to a full-time opportunity with excellent benefits.  As an Iowa City employee, you will be part of team that is committed to impacting and serving the community.  The Urban Planning team prepares long-range and strategic plans for the city’s growth and development, while also serving as key implementers of these plans through code program, policy, and code adoption.  The position will be engaged in both long-range and current planning assignments ranging from neighborhood planning initiatives, public engagement, consultant management, and the development, implementation, and periodic update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan as well as development reviews.

Iowa City is an exceptional place to live and work.  With accelerating population growth and demonstrated development investment, Iowa City expects to update various comprehensive plans over the next 3-5 years as well as develop innovative tools and approaches to implement them in an inclusive, just and sustainable way.  The City continues to make a significant commitment to affordable housing with a planned $1 million general fund contribution and significant funding to non-profits to support housing choices.  Iowa city also plans to aggressively pursue climate action and adaptation efforts setting the table to become a national leader. 

The ideal candidate for this position will be an individual that is curious, creative, and capable of working in a dynamic customer-focused, deadline driven environment that is significantly influenced by public involvement.  Significant experience in long-range planning, including compelling work on municipal comprehensive plans area plans, and/or urban design plans or other walkable urban districts, demonstrated knowledge of land use, environmental, and transportation planning, together with demographic and economic research method and tools is desired.  The chosen candidate will join an experienced and collaborative staff consisting of 4 planning professionals.  The Neighborhood and Development Services Department is comprised of three divisions and 40+ staff members. 

A full job description and on-line application can be obtained at  The deadline for applications is Monday, January 27, 2020.

Published on:
January 7, 2020 - 1:46pm
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