The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.
The Community Development Department works closely with local governments across the 11-county region to help address a range of land use, development, and transportation challenges. The Department is seeking a highly motivated and collaborative self-starter to join its team. The ideal candidate will have a mission-oriented mindset, excellent written and verbal communication skills, graphic design and GIS skills, and knowledge of the principles and techniques of local planning, including an understanding of the application of regulations.
The position performs entry- level professional planning duties including gathering, compiling, and analyzing data; coordinating project logistics; and facilitating data collection and report writing. As assigned, work may include reviewing documentation and processing member applications for assigned programs and initiatives; providing technical assistance to member organizations; organizing and facilitating meetings; assisting with program administration and project management; researching and compiling information and statistics; and preparing documents, reports and other forms of information and communication tools.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Reviews and verifies program documentation for participants; meets with participating community representatives, conducts site visits to perform evaluations; reviews and approve applications or advise on application rejections;
- Assists with program initiatives including researching new initiatives, compiling information, updating data, assisting local planning agencies, and/or receiving and processing program invoices;
- Facilitates stakeholder processes and task force meetings including organizing meetings, establishing agendas, preparing backup materials, coordinating speakers, and collecting input;
- Prepares original documents and written materials including reports, newsletters, local comprehensive plans, and/or press releases;
- Assists senior level planners, supervisors and managers with meeting content, presentations, meeting coordination, project management and/or stakeholder relations;
- Work as part of multidisciplinary teams and contribute to projects;
- Completes other technical, analytical, GIS-related, and administrative projects as needed;
- Performs other duties as assigned to support agency goals and objectives.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND COMPETENCIES:
- Knowledge of urban and regional planning and planning analysis;
- Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research, and data gathering and analysis;
- Knowledge of applying urban and regional planning practices and principles;
- Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with local project sponsors and partner organizations and communicate effectively;
- Ability to independently think through work assignments comprehensively and creatively;
- Ability to work effectively under pressure, with multiple deadlines and changing priorities;
- Ability to organize, prepare and maintain reports, schedules, records and files;
- Skill in authoring and preparing original reports, mapping products, technical documents and presentations.
- Skill in utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
- Skill in gathering data, analyzing findings and applying logic and reason;
- Possess strong organizational skills and attention to detail; excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent management skills and the ability to juggle competing priorities;
- Possess excellent analytical and organizational skills;
- Proficient in standard office equipment, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and Project), and related software applications.
- Bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, economics, architecture, landscape architecture or related field
An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.
- Master’s degree in urban or regional planning, economics, architecture, landscape architecture or related field
- Previous work experience in planning, public policy, economic development, and/or research
- GIS and InDesign proficiency
In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:
- Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines
- Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Department, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Department, or Agency
- Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals
- Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact
- Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues' Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues' success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $52,407-$89,092 no SS deductions except for Medicare portion, approx. 1.45% of salary)
Interested candidates should apply at atlantaregional.org
ARC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, religion or disability in employment or the provision of services.