Manhattan is located in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills Region of northeast Kansas and is home to Kansas State University (22,000 students) and Fort Riley. The City encompasses 19 square miles with a population of approximately 58,000. Manhattan serves a multi-county region of 200,000 and is a dynamic leader in education, trade, health care, arts and entertainment, and recreation, with a healthy economy and a vibrant downtown that is undergoing major redevelopment. The Manhattan region is experiencing unprecedented growth and the City is committed to sound, progressive and forward-thinking municipal planning. The Community Development Department is responsible for guiding the growth and development of the community, while preserving the environment and maintaining a high quality of life.
Position Description:The Planner/Planner II (Current Planning Focus) performs current planning and zoning administration functions to guide growth and development of the City, in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan and the zoning, subdivision and floodplain regulations of the City, by using sound planning principles and practices. The position serves as the primary staff liaison to the Community Resiliency Committee, with a focus on current planning and floodplain administration, and developing community resiliency activities. The Planner II serves as the Flood Plain Administrator responsible for issuing floodplain permits and working with property owners, and state and federal officials to insure that developments comply with applicable requirements and maintain accurate records. The position is responsible for conducting background research utilizing various analytic techniques and site evaluations for developing and presenting staff reports and recommendations on a range of planning and zoning issues. The position also serves as a Neighborhood Liaison to an assigned portion of the community and assists with Long Range planning functions as needed. This position has daily/weekly contact with the public, as well as the Public Works/Engineering Department, Code Inspection, Fire Department, Legal Department, and County Planning and Health Departments.
Required Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in planning, urban design, geography, architecture, public administration, or a related field. A Master's degree in Planning is preferred.
The Planner II must obtain certification as a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) from the Association of Certified Floodplain Managers.
The Planner II must also have a minimum of two years of progressively responsible professional planning experience, preferably in municipal public sector planning; and possession of, or ability to obtain certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Closing Date: 5:00 PM, 4-23-18