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Planning Program Coordinator


Listing Summary

Make a difference and join the DCA Team!  DCA gives employees more to do than merely make a living.  We are serious about helping Georgia's families live more abundantly with a greater sense of hope and achievement.  If public service, a great environment, and the desire to enrich the lives of others motivate you to do your best work, you should consider joining the DCA Team.  


To help build strong, vibrant communities.


For Georgians of today and tomorrow to have the opportunity to live and work in thriving communities.


We are a diverse team of highly competent and committed professionals who strive to help people and communities thrive through technical expertise, innovative thinking, and a passion for making a difference.  Team members are at their best when collaborating and supporting each other as they perform challenging and dynamic work


General Description

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is seeking an Atlanta-based Planning Program Coordinator for its Community Development Team in the Office of Community Planning, Research, and Geoanalytics. Our office implements a variety of programs impacting city and county governments, regional commissions, local authorities, partner organizations, and internal clients.  We administer the State’s requirements related to local and regional comprehensive planning, service delivery strategies, development impact fees, arbitration and filing of municipal annexation actions, Government Management Indicators Survey (GOMI) and several other programs.


This position will work on a flexible, collaborative team and manage the office’s educational offerings and outreach functions.  The programs managed by this position include: the PlanFirst program; Community Planning Success Stories and Best Practices; the Community Planning Institute (CPI); etc.


While it is not necessary for the candidate to be an expert in community planning or local government operations, this is not intended to be an entry-level position.  The ideal candidate will have at least a few years working within or providing support to local governments.  Because the selected candidate will be a liaison between our program staffers and our primary partners (cities, counties, regional commissions, authorities), a background that provides an understanding of the needs and unique perspectives of local officials and their staff will be very helpful in undertaking the assigned work programs. 


Because of the outwardly focused nature of this position, automobile travel around the state (some of which will be overnight) will be necessary.


Minimum Qualities:


  • Knowledge of Microsoft’s suite of office software
  • Excellent writing, and presentation skills
  • Skill in oral and written communication including a high level of comfort in public forums
  • Solid interpersonal skills and ability to interact with internal and external partners
  • Attention to detail; excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative, and be a problem-solver
  • Ability to work well on interdisciplinary project teams requiring flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to provide timely and accurate responses to inquiries
  • A strong interest in event planning
  • Experience developing educational programs and conducting community outreach/engagement
  • Knowledge of Georgia, its communities and regional commissions and the State’s processes and regulations related to local government management and operations (community planning, government finance, economic development, regulatory compliance, etc.)

Agency-Specific Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND One year of experience required at the lower level Prgm Consultant 1 (GSP090) OR any other combination of education and professional experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the job.


Preferred Qualifications:

We will give preference to applicants who in addition to meeting the agency specific minimum qualifications possess at least one of the following:

  • Master’s degree in City/Urban/Rural/Community/Regional Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, or another directly related field.
  • A relevant professional certification or eligibility for certification; and/or,
  • Three or more years of experience working with a local government, regional commission, or consulting company serving these organizations in implementing the programs over which our office has oversight.


**To be considered for a salary offer above the entry level (if a range is posted), the successful candidate MUST have most of the education and experience qualifications shown as preferred. To receive an offer at the top of the range posted, experience must exceed preferred level. Offers will not exceed the top amount posted.


Position Requirements:

We may ask selected candidates for a writing sample prior to scheduling an interview.  We may also ask selected candidates to conduct a short, educational presentation to DCA team members during the interview.  Job candidates for this position will be subject to a criminal background check, educational degree check, reference checks, and (because travel is required) a motor vehicle records check prior to the extension of a job offer.



Open Until Filled; Apply ASAP. Position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified






This position is currently designated as a hybrid (part in-office and part remote/Telework) position.  This position is full time (40 hours per week) and may require occasional overtime.  Local periodic travel may be required. 




Sedentary Work – Ability to exert 10 - 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.



NOTE: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Due to the large volume of submissions received by this office, information concerning application and/or interview status cannot be provided.  Selected applicants will be contacted for next steps in the interview process.  Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.  This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

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