The Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) has an exciting Comprehensive Planner opportunity for a well-rounded forward-thinking planner. Located just 40 miles northwest of Nashville, Clarksville’s affordability is hard to beat. Clarksville was named Best Place to Live by Money Magazine in 2019, one of the Top 10 Cities Where Millennials are Moving, and the best place to live on $50,000 in Tennessee.
The RPC is an independent government body responsible for land use in Clarksville and Montgomery County, Tennessee. We are currently a team of 12 dedicated professionals who stay committed to the City’s and County’s goals of intelligent growth and economic development by providing services in the areas of zoning, subdivision, urban design, site plan review, transportation, and long-range planning. As one of the fastest-growing cities and counties in the state and country the RPC is seeking a self-starting Planner with initiative and drive to help guide growth well into the next decade. Our work includes a variety of focuses in rural, suburban, and urban areas.
The RPC offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, flexible spending account access, and Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System package.
PURPOSE OF JOB:
Works under limited supervision of the Director of Planning, and occasionally the Deputy Director of Planning, to perform professional and technical work in long-range local and regional planning. May direct and/or assist in the collection of data for use in various planning studies, projects, or documents. Performs tasks involved in scoping, designing, researching, and carrying to fruition planning or policy-related work on regulations or plans as assigned. Leads or assists with various plan updates, annexation requests, and helps staff, elected officials, and the public to be better informed on planning-related topics.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in City, Urban, or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, or related field is desirable with a minimum 4 years’ experience in the areas of urban planning, long-range planning, comprehensive planning, and/or public policy; preferably in government or consulting with the public sector.
Membership(s) in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and/or Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) is desired but not required.
Must have a working knowledge of land use planning and how policy, the economy, and laws affect the built environment. Must be a proficient reader, writer, and researcher. Must be knowledgeable in conducting surveys and analysis. Ability to independently research a variety of subjects and apply what was learned effectively. Must possess knowledge of the capabilities of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as it relates to planning and demographics. Experience in implementing infill development projects or policies is a plus. Familiarity with topics such as Smart Growth, Suburban Retrofit, Sprawl Repair, and Form Based Codes is essential.
Must be able to work in a modern office with modern practices, procedures, and equipment. Must deal tactfully with the public and co-workers; to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations leading to decisions; to express ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly; and to supervise the work of others if required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Responsible for the management of special projects as assigned, often requiring coordination with other staff members, the general public, and city, county, or state departments. Responsible for the presentation of special projects.
- Present concepts and ideas to the Planning Director for study and implementation as identified.
- Assist, and sometimes lead, the development of long-range planning studies, documents, and presentations.
- Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken form, including preparing reports for technical or administrative purposes, as well as presenting to the public, boards, commissions, or other organizations.
- Understand and use demographic information, GIS, and other data to make the case for policy, regulation, or ordinance changes.
- Ability to use and communicate complex data and graphics sets and draw reasonable conclusions and recommendations.
- Responsible for writing ordinances and resolutions, with input from fellow staff, relative to zoning and subdivision regulations.
- Ability to work independently with limited supervision and/or lead small teams.
- Capable of reviewing zoning, subdivision, site plan, or annexation applications as needed.
- Furnish technical advice and general information to various city and county departments, agencies, boards, commissions, and private citizens relative to subdivision control, land use, census data, or any other planning-related data.
- Assists in indexing, filing, and storage of data.
- Professionally answers the telephone; provides information, advice, and guidance; relays messages, email, or calls to appropriate personnel; returns calls and email in a timely manner.
- Read and interpret legal descriptions.
- Prepare grant documentation as opportunities arise.
- Assembling and reviewing Census data for use in various studies.
- Responsible for coordinating Special Census projects if necessary.
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Planning
- Positions in this class typically require: talking, hearing, seeing, and manual dexterity.
- Light Work: Exerting up to 40 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up-to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
- Out of office work on or in proximity to urban or rural roadways or may be subjected to uneven, rough terrain at work sites at remote locations which may require using steps, ladders, unpaved pathways, etc.
- Incumbents may rarely be subjected to extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noises, and travel.
- The Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission is an equal opportunity employer.
- The Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission is a drug-free workplace.
POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED