Planetizen - Urban Planning News, Jobs, and Education

Planner/Planner II (Current Planning Focus)

Community Development Department
Manhattan, KS
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
Zoning Administration
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Starting Salary: Planner: $45,115/yr.; Planner II: $51,958/yr. DOQ

The City of Manhattan, Kansas has an excellent opportunity to join the Community Development Department as a Planner I/II in the Current Planning Division.

Are you a resourceful, dedicated, creative and enthusiastic professional planner?  Are you organized, have a sharp eye for details, and have strong writing and communication skills?  Do you want the opportunity and responsibility to work with your neighbors and developers to help your community grow in a sustainable manner?  Do you want to be a part of a wide variety of planning projects in a fun, creative and well-staffed planning department?  As the staff liaison to the Board of Zoning Appeals, this position is focused on current planning and plays a vital role in an assortment of planning projects, including current planning, neighborhood planning, housing and downtown planning. 

Education & Experience: We are looking for a graduate from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in planning, urban design, geography, architecture, or public administration, although a master's degree in planning is preferred.  The Planner II position must have a minimum two years of progressively responsible professional planning experience, preferably in municipal public sector planning, as well as obtained, or have the ability to obtain, certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

About Manhattan:  Our community is in the heart of the gorgeous Flint Hills Region of northeast Kansas and is home to Kansas State University (KSU) and Fort Riley.  Thanks to these major community institutions, our small city (approximately 57,000) offers diversity and vibrancy, and is the regional leader in education, health care, cultural events and arts, recreation and sports, and serves a market area population of approximately 135,000. Downtown Manhattan has recently undergone major redevelopment. Likewise, the Aggieville Business District, the dining and entertainment district next to KSU, is poised for a major redevelopment effort to expand and upgrade the beloved college commercial district.

The Manhattan region is experiencing unprecedented growth and the City is committed to sound progressive and forward-thinking municipal planning. The Community Development Department is responsible for guiding this growth and development, while preserving the environment and maintaining a high quality of life.

How to Apply: If you want to be part of a great team, in a great city, working on interesting and innovative planning projects, please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a completed City of Manhattan online employment application at   The complete job description can be found here:  Planner-Planner II - 2019.pdf

Applications will be considered as they are received.  This position will remain open until filled.

Contact the City of Manhattan Department of Human Resources at (785)-587-2443

 The City of Manhattan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Published on:
February 10, 2020 - 2:54pm
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email View All Jobs