Resilience Planner II

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Houston (Clear Lake), TX

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience, education, skills, and responsibilities

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Do you want to use your experience to help communities to plan for better, more resilient futures? Are you committed to meaningful public engagement and participatory GIS? Are you looking for an opportunity to collaborate with others to build next generation planning technologies?

We are a mission driven, university-based program directly helping communities work through and plan for their environmental and development challenges. With innovative technology, facilitation, and education, our CHARM approach puts dialogue and data-driven insights at the forefront of our work with community stakeholders and elected leadership. Over the last decade, our planning program has grown from a small technology pilot project to become a model for community planning adopted by state and federal agencies. We are now undertaking a significant multi-year investment to build next generation tools that support collaborative community planning around the pressing resiliency issues of today and tomorrow.

You will join small, hardworking, and motivated teams to provide ever more meaningful planning solutions to the communities we serve. Working with innovators and problem solvers, you will have opportunities to grow professionally, develop projects, and face on-the-ground challenges in partnership with communities. Our program enjoys a tight-knit and fun office culture, and we offer a highly competitive benefits package, including paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave, very generous medical insurance, and employer contributions to your retirement savings. 

Position will be open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on an ongoing basis.

Position Profile

As a Resilience Planner, you will use your planning and project development experience to contribute to and manage a variety of projects, including CHARM Resiliency Workshops, local planning projects, and technical assistance projects. You will organize public-facing planning efforts, applying soft skills in public engagement, relationship-building, and facilitation to engage communities. Working with community clients and stakeholders, you will develop, scope, and manage planning projects, including plan drafting, ordinance writing, and analyses. You will apply strong analytical skills and bring to bear a broad base of planning knowledge. We welcome well-rounded applicants from a variety of professional backgrounds who will enhance our program’s impact and assist communities in identifying innovative approaches to resiliency and risk reduction.

Essential Responsibilities

— Community Planning

You will manage and contribute direct planning assistance in partnership with communities including ordinance and plan writing, plan research and GIS analyses, and mitigation project identification exercises. Ideally, you will have:

  • Knowledge and experience in one or more planning areas, such as land use, development standards, comprehensive planning, hazards, economic development, and environmental planning;
  • Knowledge and experience with participatory GIS;
  • Experience with planning research, GIS analyses, and ordinance and plan writing;
  • Familiarity with state and federal policies and resources for disaster recovery, hazard mitigation best practices, and culturally informed and equitable disaster recovery and community development strategies.

— Community Engagement and Planning Facilitation

You will regularly organize and facilitate collaborative planning processes, meetings, and workshops with local officials, staff, and other stakeholders. You will design and implement outreach strategies for making planning projects more effective and represent our programs in relationship-building efforts with communities around the state. Ideally, you will have:

  • Experience with process design for outreach and facilitation for working with a variety of stakeholder backgrounds;
  • Excellent facilitation and interpersonal skills for community workshops, public meetings and project committees;
  • Strong oral, written, and visual communication skills for educating complex subject matter material to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences.

— Project Management and Program Development

Our organizational culture encourages distributed leadership and professional growth at all staff levels through opportunities to manage and develop projects. You will collaborate extensively with TCWP team members, contribute directly towards the strategic development of TCWP programs, and build relationships with partner organizations. Ideally, you will have:

  • A demonstrated history of effective collaboration and relationship-building with coworkers and external stakeholders;
  • Experience identifying and developing project leads;
  • Experience developing project scopes of work and managing project schedules;
  • Experience with program and budget development and grant writing and management;
  • Experience managing planning projects and personnel.

Please visit our website for information on how to apply.

Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer

Posted September 2, 2021, 1:13 PM PDT


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