Planner I (Neighborhoods and Economic Development Focus)

$34,342 - $53,599 yearly
  • City of Amarillo
  • Amarillo, TX, USA
  • Dec 11, 2019
Full time Entry Level Government Strategy-Planning

Job Description

Seeking to fill one entry level planning position, that will primarily be focused on long-range planning, neighborhoods, and economic development.  Other positions in the department include the director, assistant director, manager, MPO administrator, senior planner (MPO) two planner II's (one current, one neighborhoods/economic development), one planner I (current), one planning tech, and two admin tech's.  

Position Description:
- Under direction of the Planning and Development Services Manager, this position is responsible for performing professional and technical city planning work in matters related to long-range planning and economic development.
- Assists in administration of planning and development services related ordinances.
- Reviews case proposals for conformance with ordinances and regulations and prepare staff reports and recommendations.
- Resolves outstanding issues with the development community relative to submittals.
- Conducts field evaluations and assessments.
- Interacts with other city departments, utility companies, and elected/appointed officials.
- Organizes and conducts meetings with staff and developers.
- Prepares reports and recommendations; researches, formulates, and writes ordinances; assists in and gives presentations; coordinates steps related to plans and studies; and prepares draft updates to elements of planning documents.
- Assists in urban planning efforts as it relates to developing, maintaining, and implementing the City's policies regarding revitalization and supporting the Boards and Commissions involved in the same.
- Completes advanced professional and technical assignments related the City's efforts at local economic development with an emphasis on enhancing and expanding the City's tax base and the community's quality of life.
- Long range planning emphasizes revitalization efforts of downtown, adjacent neighborhoods, and commercial corridors.
- Cross training with current planning job duties.
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned. 


Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Planning, GIS, Architecture, or related field.
A minimum of two years of related experience is preferred. GIS Certificate preferred. Valid Texas Driver's License required.

"The City may consider all related education and/or experience in determining an applicant's minimum qualifications and starting salary." 

- Must display effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Must maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public.
- Familiarity with office type software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, or similar programs).
- Familiar with engineering and architectural terminology is preferred.
- Knowledgeable in the use of engineering and architectural scales.
- Ability to operate highly technical computer applications, such as GIS or CAD.
- Ability to operate computers for data entry and word processing.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to operate small office equipment, including copy machines or multi-line telephones systems.
- Knowledge of the fundamental principles, concepts and practices of city planning.
- Ability to conduct and summarize research, and review/understand technical documents.
- Knowledge of ability to use Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Google and Sketch-Up for creating materials.
- Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops.
- Skilled in researching, analyzing, generating data and formulating conclusions related to urban planning and/or community development.
- Skilled in overseeing group projects as well as simultaneously managing personal workload.
- Demonstrated ability to multitask, perform advanced analysis, and verbally or in writing convey complex information to a variety of audiences.