Reports to: Discipline Manager – Planning and Development
Primary Objectives of Position:
To provide quality planning and technical competence to assist Discipline Manager in delivering planning, economic development, and community development related services to public and private sector clients, within budgetary and time constraints and to client expectations.
Required Qualifications for Associate Planner:
- Demonstrated capability in preparing comprehensive plans, strategic assessments, capital improvement programs, and other planning components for units of local government, including municipalities, counties/parishes, and multi-jurisdictional entities.
- Ability to assist communities with planning and development initiatives related to the economic development recruiting and site selection process.
- Current interest and past experience in accomplishing multiple facets of public and private infrastructure projects, including planning, development of project costs, development of funding options and implementation strategies, and compliance with regulatory requirements.
- Understanding of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) fundamentals and the requirements thereof related to implementation of public infrastructure projects.
- Demonstrated skill in creating written reports, plans, and other technical documents that communicate both thoroughness and clarity (narratively and graphically).
- Oral communication and interpersonal skills in relating to co-workers, clients, public officials and members of the public.
- Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined practical problems.
- Ability to work with and coordinate project team members among multiple project disciplines.
- Ability to provide administrative and technical support to the Discipline Manager, including project scoping and budgeting.
- Proficiency and creativity in the use of Microsoft Office products.
- Proficiency with the ESRI suite of GIS software is a plus but not a requirement.
Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field is required. Graduate degree is preferable. Broad, cross-field experience is desired, as demonstrated by credentials such as certification by American Institute of Certified Planners, and/or certification by International Council of Economic Developers. Five to ten years’ experience range is required.