The regional planner performs responsible, professional work as a planning generalist for the commission. Work areas may include providing technical assistance to local units of government, businesses and the general public on a variety of planning topics, such as city and county comprehensive planning, economic development, workforce development, transportation, and local foods/agriculture. Work area may also include securing funding for programs through grant writing, comprehensive plan writing and the coordination, development and implementation of programs and projects of importance to the region. The regional planner may also assist communities in determining their infrastructure needs and exploring possible funding for potential projects and potentially be responsible for the administration of program grants and loans.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION

  • Maintains strong positive working relationships with elected officials and local units of government.
  • Assists communities with the development and writing of planning documents, including city and county comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances.
  • Performs ordinance codifications.
  • Researches and writes special studies related to areas such as renewable energy/climate, housing, and workforce.
  • Provides a cost-conscious approach to the position by working within approved budgets and implementing cost-saving measures.
  • Secures contracts for grant writing and program administration.
  • Assists communities in determining their needs and priorities and assists in obtaining state, federal, or non-profit funding to meet those needs.
  • Administers funding programs and projects for communities, which may include environmental reviews, reports, budget revisions and compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Responds to requests for Census information.
  • Uses GIS to provide data analysis and produce graphic information for planning documents.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Considerable knowledge of comprehensive plans and land use regulations.
  • Knowledge of public administration practices, intergovernmental processes and regional planning techniques.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software, including the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Knowledge of issues surrounding rural community and economic development.
  • Considerable ability to organize and facilitate meetings on development issues.
  • Considerable ability to organize work, set priorities, follow up on assignments and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to maintain and safeguard confidential data in accordance with appropriate state and federal regulations.
  • Knowledge of federal and state public facilities programs, including DEED, USDA-RD, and EDA programs promoting rural development.
  • Considerable ability to write effectively and follow the plain language initiative.
  • Experience with public speaking and community outreach events.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Skill in using technology, including GIS applications, to enhance work productivity.
  • Ability to find advanced Census and other government data sources
  • Skill in facilitating meetings in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to analyze data and develop charts in Microsoft Excel or spreadsheet software.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Trimble Sketchup, and ArcGIS Online preferred.
  • Ability to interpret local, state, and federal ordinances or statutes.
  • Must be able to write and speak fluently in English.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT

The position has good working conditions in general, but is a diversified job requiring sustained effort related to public contacts, organizational issues, planning and technical areas. The individual must be able to perform reliable work in both independent and team project settings, mainly using a computer to complete projects. This position will require frequent travel throughout the region and occasionally overnights for longer-distance travel. Typical hours are 8:00-4:30, but meetings are common outside of the work day.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

RNDC is a small office of approximately 10 professional staff in a flexible, family friendly environment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.

BENEFITS PACKAGE

Employee benefits include health insurance, health savings account with employer contributions, pre-tax flexible spending account, life insurance, PERA retirement benefit, paid holidays and vacation time, sick leave and additional voluntary benefits available.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelors Degree in Planning, Urban Studies, or closely-related field, plus three years of experience. A Masters Degree may be substituted for two years of experience. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications submitted by Monday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Fill out the online application form and attach a cover letter and resume.
  • Please contact Ashley Aukes at 507-387-5643 or ashley@rndc.org with questions.
  • Resumes will not be accepted without a cover letter and completed application.
  • Posting will remain open until position is filled.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will perform additional reasonably-related job duties as assigned by the executive director. Region Nine Development Commission reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.