ABOUT THE RPC:
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) has an exciting opportunity for a well-rounded forward thinking Regional Planner. Located just 40 miles northwest of Nashville, Clarksville’s location and affordability are 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, while also being named 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 smart growth and economic development by providing services in the areas of zoning, subdivision, urban design, site plan review, transportation, and long-range planning. Serving 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.
ABOUT THE JOB:
Working under limited supervision of the Director of Planning, and occasionally the Deputy Director of Planning, the Regional Planner performs professional and technical work in the areas of long-range, community, and regional planning.
Typical Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Manage planning studies and/or assist in collecting and presenting data for use in various projects, studies, or documents.
- Manage, research, design, and complete planning or policy related work on regulations or plans.
- Lead or assist with various plan updates, annexation requests, development reviews, etc.
- Help staff, elected officials, and the public be better informed on the planning process and other planning related topics.
Ideal candidates will possess the following knowledge:
- How land use planning and how policy, economics, and laws affect the built environment.
- Be a proficient reader, writer, and researcher.
- How to conduct surveys, research, and analysis.
- How to independently research a variety of subjects and apply what was learned effectively.
- The capabilities of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as it relates to planning and demographics.
- Experience in implementing or influencing infill or redevelopment development projects or policy.
- Familiarity with topics such as Smart Growth, Suburban Retrofit, Sprawl Repair, and Form Based Codes is essential.
- Ability to work in a modern office with modern practices, procedures, and equipment.
- How to tactfully deal with the public and co-workers; to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations leading to decisions; to express ideas clearly, concisely, and convincingly.
- How to supervise the work of others if required.
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, or public policy; preferably in government or in 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) are desired but not required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Responsible for the management of special projects as assigned, often with minimal input and requiring coordination with other staff members, the general public, and city, county, or state departments. Responsible for the presentation of special projects.
- Assist, and often lead, the development of planning studies, documents, and presentations.
- Present concepts and ideas to the Planning Director for study and implementation as identified.
- 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