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Community Development Senior Planner


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Position Title: Senior Planner
Department: Community Development Department
FLSA Status: Exempt
Closing Date: June 8, 2023
Reports to: Community Development Director
Position Profile: The City of McDonough is a beautiful municipality located in Central Henry County Georgia and just a short distance from the bustling Atlanta metropolis. We are growing and excited to announce that we are recruiting for the position of Senior Community Planner to join our Community Development team. A successful candidate must possess an in-depth knowledge of the key principles of community development including, but not limited to, annexation, rezoning, variance application review, processing plan reviews and review and sign off of permits, code enforcement, resolution of zoning complaints. The individual in this position will provide research, technical and organizational support to the Community Development Director and other support staff. The position requires an individual to possess the capability of interacting with builders, contractors, developers, planning commissions, other city departments and the general public. The City of McDonough is a great place to live, work and play! We are looking forward to meeting candidates who are seeking to join an organization that strives for excellence in the services we provide to our citizens, the community and to our valued employees. We offer competitive salary ramge and the most comprehensive benefits packages of any city and/or municipality. If you are seeking an employment opportunity where you can excel, grow, and thrive then the City of McDonough invites you to apply for this amazing opportunity.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
 Provides operational and technical support to the Community Development Director in the preparation of annual or periodic comprehensive plan updates and other technical studies and reports.
 Provides technical and administrative support to the Community Development Department, City Boards, Municipal Planning Commission, Board of Zoning, Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission and other City departments.
Provides assistance to the general public in the planning process, accepts, verifies, and logs applications and fees and reviews for annexations, rezoning, variances, plan reviews and other planning department functions, and maintains safekeeping procedures for the
Review developmental plans for compliance with applicable City Ordinances and/or Codes.
 Prepares and maintains departmental forms used in the application process for annexations, plan reviews, rezoning, variances, special exceptions, and other departmental functions.
Assists in the preparation of monthly reports, forms and correspondence for the Community Development Planning and Zoning Division.
 Review and sign permit applications, occupational tax (zoning verification), and home occupations in accord with City Codes.
Enforces City Ordinances related to planning and zoning issues.
 Attends evening meetings as needed and assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
 Knowledge of City Planning principles and ordinances.
 Knowledge of local, state, and federal government programs and processes.
 Knowledge of the social and environmental impact of planning decisions on communities.
 Knowledge of the legal foundation for land use regulations.
 Knowledge of the interaction among the economy, transportation, health and human services, and land-use regulation.
 Skilled in the use of computer and software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, photo editing programs, Adobe Photoshop, graphics manipulation programs including Adobe Illustrator, SketchUp, geographic and information systems such as ARC Info.
 Skilled with using programs to conduct analysis and to produce materials of the highest quality and accuracy that may be presented to the public, petitioners, and the Mayor and City Council.
 Skilled in the use of modern office practices, methods, equipment, and standard administrative functions and procedures.
 Ability to learn methods, techniques, and equipment as applied to city planning, urban design, transportation planning and growth management generally.
 Ability to analyze demographic information and to accurately discern trends in population, employment, and health.
 Ability to learn and assess emerging principles and practices in city planning, urban design, and zoning administration.
 Ability to envision alternatives to the physical and social environments in City neighborhoods.
 Ability to perform research, including reading, interpreting, and analyzing maps and plats, and to compile and organize planning information.
 Ability to prepare clear and concise reports and maintain accurate records and departmental files and to consistently maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
 Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and orally to articulate planning and related public policy issues to a wide variety of audiences.
 Ability to interpret and follow oral and written instructions quickly and accurately.
 Ability to work independently without specific instructions and with minimum supervision.
 Ability to meet and interact tactfully and courteously with the public and remain composed when addressing difficult situations, either in person, telephone and/or email.
 Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, elected officials, business owners, builders, contractors, and the general public.
 Ability to conduct field inspections for compliance with applicable ordinances.
 Ability to operate City vehicles and equipment safely and efficiently in the performance of duties and to maintain all required licenses and certifications.
Education & Certification(s):
 Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the field of Urban Planning, Public Administration, or a related field.
 Master’s Degree in one of the above fields is highly desirable.
 Five (5) years of direct Community Development experience.
 Valid State of Georgia Driver’s License & acceptable MVR
 Ability to successfully pass a criminal & credit background check.
Personal Attributes:
 Must possess a sense of confidence and self-assurance to perform the work.
 Must be a quick thinker with the ability to resolve complex issues promptly.
 Must be able to apply principles such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.
 Able to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable
Physical Requirements:
 Work may require extended periods of sitting, standing or walking.
 May require the need to reach, bend, stoop, squat, crouch, and walk over rough surfaces or terrain and some exertion is when climbing.
 Ability to lift a minimum of twenty-five pounds.
 Use of tools/equipment and average physical agility and dexterity.
Environmental Conditions:
 Duties are normally performed in an indoor office environment.
 Position requires a moderate amount of outdoor work to conduct field visits, tours, facility inspections and work-related travel activities.
 The candidate in this position may also be exposed to construction activity such as high-noise levels, moving vehicles, dust, mud, machinery, and insecure walkways and platforms.
 Work may also require wearing protective clothing and equipment to include but not limited to a helmet, gloves, googles and protective footwear.
 Some exposure to outside seasonal and inclement weather conditions.

The City of McDonough, Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

To Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:
Submissions must be received by the closing date at the top of this announcement

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