The Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department is looking to create an innovative and dynamic team of hardworking, committed individuals with a passion for carrying out community goals. The Planning Department is pleased to announce an opportunity for the position of Advanced Plans Division, Senior Planner – Demography and Data Analyst. This position may be filled as a Senior Planner or Associate Planner (based on qualifications).
This is a key position, primarily responsible for providing demographic data reports and analysis; serving as the liaison for the U.S. Census Bureau; and working with various entities to produce annual progress reports and/or updates to the Comprehensive Plan. The Advanced Plans Division is responsible for research projects, area planning, and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Comprehensive Plan. It is one of four divisions in the Planning Department.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Department (MAPD) is a consolidated City-County Department, providing professional planning services to both local governments. The Department has an annual budget of approximately $1.7 million; 17 positions; and four divisions. Applicants are encouraged to review the department webpage at www.wichita.gov/planning for more information about the department and projects.
The Greater Wichita region is a fantastic community. With an aviation heritage spanning more than 100 years, it is a community built on entrepreneurship and innovation. The Wichita region offers an amazing quality of life with a low-cost of living. The region boasts wonderful parks, more than 100 miles of bikeways, multiple museums, fabulous dining opportunities, hundreds of annual events, and more. Check out www.choosewichita.com for more information.
Current Department Projects
Census and Demographic Information
The Planning Department provides demographic analysis, estimates, and reports for the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, and various planning initiatives. The Department serves as a liaison for Census data verification and comments.
Places for People Plan
In June of 2019, the City and County approved the Places for People Plan, the Urban Infill Strategy for the City and County. It recommends investment in areas largely established prior to the 1960s. The Planning Department is currently working with community stakeholders to identify, review and recommend updates to the zoning code based on this plan. The Planning Department also provides assistance for implementation of the Wichita Land Bank and Wichita Affordable Housing Fund.
Zoning and Subdivision Cases
The Planning Department is responsible for administering the City and County processes for zoning changes and platting. This involves accepting applications, providing staff support to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (and sub-committees), distributing public notices, and more. The public meetings for subdivision and zoning cases occur on alternating weeks throughout the year. The Current Plans Division processes approximately 500 cases per year and consists of four staff positions. It is supported by three divisions in the Planning Department and is substantially involved in many long-range planning initiatives.
Applicants are encouraged to review the department webpage at www.wichita.gov/planning for more information about the department and projects.
$54,655.00 - $97,176.00 Annually
This is professionally accountable and responsible work involving assignments in the field of urban and regional planning, focusing on comprehensive, neighborhood, current, transportation, and historic preservation planning initiatives. Work performed includes significant plan project management and planning case management responsibilities, involving technical, administrative and programmatic elements. Work is performed independently, receiving assistance from a supervisor as needed. Work is directed and reviewed through the establishment of goals and subsequent evaluation of progress toward goal attainment.
A master's degree in planning and a minimum of two years of related planning experience. Advanced degrees in architecture, civil engineering, geography, urban studies, public administration, law, economics or similar areas with ties to urban or regional planning may be considered. An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be considered.
Candidates that do not meet the required qualifications for Senior Planner will be considered and position would be filled as an Associate Planner with the requirements of a master's degree in planning or advanced degrees in architecture, civil engineering, geography, urban studies, public administration, law, economics or similar areas with ties to urban or regional planning may be considered.
Offers of employment are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical, which includes drug screening, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a criminal record check.