Planner I- Corridor MPO

City of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, IA

Experience Level: Entry Level

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: $54,371.20 - $73,382.40 Annually

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The Corridor MPO region is home to the second largest City in Iowa. The community has wonderful amenities for all ages and interests. Utilize the walking and biking trails to enjoy several restaurants and breweries in vibrant business districts—Uptown Marion, Czech Village, New Bohemia, downtown Cedar Rapids and more. Visit the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning or catch a game at the Cedar Rapids’ Kernels ballpark or the Rough Riders’ arena. For exciting nightlife, enjoy a riverfront concert at McGrath Amphitheater or head to the Alliant Energy Powerhouse for a nationally-touring concert. A variety of urban parks, county and state preserves, golf courses, Iowa’s only urban trout stream, and the Indian Creek Nature Center will keep you exploring outdoors. The community is also home to a dynamic art and theater scene--Uptown Marion’s Artway, the Cedar Rapids Art Museum, Theater CR, the Paramount Theater and plus many more. Excellent schools (ranked #1 best place in America for Children for three years in a row 2017-2019) and the Eastern Iowa Airport round out the area making it one of the best places to live, work, and play in the Midwest. 

This position provides professional services and assistance for a range of transportation planning, urban design, project management and related Organization services and activities.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Coordinates the development and implementation of long-range planning activities including transportation, land use, and others.
  • Performs activities in support of multimodal transportation including:
    • Trails, transit, and pedestrian planning;
    • Grant research, writing, and technical support;
    • Education, training, and engagement of local organizations, non-profits, and interest groups;
    • Develops informational material to educate community groups to improve bicycle and pedestrian programs.
  • Develops and maintains GIS-based projects for data analysis related to long-range planning, and infrastructure investments within the MPO Planning area.
  • Researches best practices and innovative strategies related to long-range planning activities and other planning principles, projects, and makes appropriate recommendations.
  • Prepares reports, open house display materials and documentation related to planning projects.
  • Provides information and responds to internal requests and questions from the public, staff and elected officials from member jurisdictions,, consultants, and other stakeholders.
  • Analyzes and prepares recommendations for ordinance and policy amendments for consideration. 
  • Participates in the operation and maintenance of the Travel Demand Model including working in cooperation with the Iowa DOT Modelling staff, and other related activities.
  • Researches best practices and innovative strategies for increasing quality of life and social offerings for the purposes of workforce retention and attraction within the MPO Planning region.
  • Performs related work as required.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Public Administration or related field and
  • Up to ONE (1) year related experience in planning, urban design, or public administration or
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • None 

Desired Qualifications

  • None


Knowledge of:

  • Research and writing quality plan documents 
  • Public input strategies and associated data analysis
  • ESRI’s ArcMap software
  • Basic level understanding of the principles and practices of traffic demand modelling

Skills in:

  • Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature on a regular basis.
  • Managing multiple projects 
  • Presenting technical information to the public in clear, concise and easily understandable manner.

Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and develop and maintain effective working relationships
  • Conduct research and prepare planning and analytical reports
  • Organize how files are stored and maintain folder architecture; organize project documents, plans, records, studies, and files.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries.
  • Prioritize and address large scale and complex issues.
  • Gather information needed for budget development purposes.
  • Facilitate public engagement activities.
  • Produce technical reports and simplify complex transportation planning processes, plans, and projects.

Posted October 4, 2021, 9:49 AM PDT

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