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Planner, Principal (Stormwater and Technical Assistance

Atlanta Regional Commision

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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, natural resources, services for older adults, and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the Atlanta metropolitan area for a prosperous future.
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (District) is part of ARC’s Natural Resources Department. It is responsible for integrated water planning for the 15-county metro Atlanta region and provides technical assistance to utilities and local governments for the implementation of the District’s 2022 Water Resources Management Plan (2022 Plan). The 2022 Plan integrates water supply and conservation, wastewater management, and watershed management into a single, planning document to maintain sustainable water resources for the region and our downstream neighbors.
The Stormwater Principal Planner will split time between supporting Stormwater/ Watershed objectives from the 2022 Plan and the implementation of the District’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) that facilitates local implementation of Action Items in the 2022 Plan. Support for Stormwater/Watershed objectives includes understanding current and proposed changes to regulatory requirements, providing technical support to District communities, participating in watershed initiatives, and implementing the District’s new Stormwater Forecast tool. This position will work with other staff as well as local government technical staff in support of regional and local educational needs.
• Implement the District’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP). Conduct one-on-one meetings with local governments and utilities and develop workshops and other capacity building offerings either internally or with external partners to support implementation of the 2022 Plan.
• Provide high-level technical assistance to local jurisdictions in the development and implementation of stormwater programs which will include providing guidance and education on the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual (e.g., stormwater BMP design principles) with emphasis on green infrastructure and nature based solutions;
• Provide high-level assistance for flooding and non-point source pollution issues across the region and state;
• Work in ArcGIS Pro to collect, verify, and analyze land-use, hydrology, and watershed data.
• Create visually appealing and interactive web map applications and dashboards to communicate project results using ArcGIS Online.
• Organize, research, analyze, interpret, and summarize programmatic data.
• Write reports, summaries, and other narratives.
• Conduct and/or attend trainings and educational workshops on topics related to stormwater management. This includes developing curriculum and materials as needed;
• Attend various meetings throughout the region, as well as periodic presentations delivered at ARC or partner agency committees and board meetings (occasionally work-related commitments will occur outside of normal business hours);
• Work effectively with cross-functional teams, including engineers, planners, scientists, and stakeholders to deliver stormwater/ watershed solutions; and
• Perform other duties assigned to support department and agency goals and objectives.
• Proficient in GIS applications related to land use and stormwater management;
• Understanding of stormwater, green infrastructure, non-point source pollution, and Integrated Water Management concepts and watershed modeling;
• Proficient in the use of stormwater design tools including basic modeling practices;
• Familiarity with stormwater rules and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels;
• Ability to manage TAP program and complex projects involving multiple stakeholders;
• Ability to independently think through assignments comprehensively and creatively;
• Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present complex technical data in a clear understandable manner to various stakeholders in multiple formats;
• Ability to present to a variety of audiences, from small groups of internal technical staff to larger groups of external public and private stakeholders;
• Skill in oral and written communications as well as public speaking;
• Excellent analytical and organizational skills; and
• Proficient in standard office equipment, Microsoft Office, and related software applications;
• Possess strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and conflict resolution skills.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (equivalent combination acceptable):
• Valid Georgia driver’s license
• Master’s degree in urban or regional planning, economics, architecture, landscape architecture or related field;
• Five (5) years’ experience in stormwater management design, engineering, plan review, inspection, policy development. OR
• 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 Regional Planning, Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Health Hydrology, Land Use Planning, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, or related field;
• Professional Engineer (PE) or Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) credentials.

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