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    Long Range Planning and Special Projects Manager, CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE, AR

    Job Duties

    1. Provide good customer service to both internal and external customers, maintain positive and effective working relationships with other City employees (especially members of their own team), and have regular and reliable attendance that is non-disruptive. Other essential duties of this position include the following:
    2. Perform supervisory responsibilities which may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City's policies and applicable laws.
    3. This position coordinates long range/project planning and implementation efforts including, but not limited to: master plans; neighborhood, corridor and other small area plans; intergovernmental agreements; revisions to land-use regulations; feasibility studies; redevelopment and enhancement projects; consultant agreements and scopes of work; citizen participation activities; and grant development and applications.
    4. Coordinates with other divisions and departments and outside jurisdictions to implement the vision, goals and strategies/actions of the City's approved comprehensive plan, master plans, neighborhood, corridor, and other small area plans.
    5. Coordinates, recommends, reviews, and develops revisions to land-use codes and related ordinances.
    6. Researches, compiles, interprets, and analyzes a variety of information and statistical data and materials.
    7. Works closely with task forces and community groups to gather input and develop consensus on planning projects and initiatives.
    8. Conducts land use, demographic, economic, and other research activities on a broad range of community and planning subjects.
    9. Prepares technical reports and presents findings and recommendations to Mayor and City Council, Planning Commission, task forces, and other community groups.
    10. Oversees and Coordinates the City's historic preservation efforts.
    11. Coordinates interdepartmental and outside agency efforts related to long range/project planning projects.
    12. Responds to citizen complaints, requests, and inquiries in an appropriate manner.
    13. Represents the Department and the City in interdepartmental and inter-jurisdictional settings.
    14. Develops new ordinances and meets goals and policies set forth by Mayor and City Council, makes recommendations regarding policy decisions based on experience and sound planning principles.
    15. Coordinates and assists in neighborhood planning, revitalization and preservation activities, including conducting background research and data collection.
    16. Prepares and reviews maps, drawings and other graphics including making property site and field visits; prepare property site plans, zoning plans and sketches in ArcGIS and planning related software; and maintain and update official City maps, including the zoning, overlay district, and similar maps
    17. Assist the Department Director as needed.
    18. Perform other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from four-year college or university in City and Regional Planning or related field and eight years of progressively responsible management and administrative experience in municipal planning and development, at least three of which were at a supervisory level. Master's degree in City and Regional Planning preferred which may substitute for four years of progressive experience.
    2. Valid Driver's License.
    3. AICP Certificate required within 1 year of employment.
    4. Effectively communicate with others orally and in writing, often under complex conditions that require good judgment.
    5. Must possess public presentation skills to provide presentations to staff, the public, various boards and committees, and City Council in a clear, effective manner.
    6. Must be proficient in the use of a computer and software programs such as word processing and spreadsheets and must be able to become proficient in the use of other related software programs such as permit tracking software and ArcMap. Must be able to effectively operate standard office equipment.
    7. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walking and sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and color vision.
    8. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

    To Apply:

    Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner, CITY OF BENTONVILLE, AR

    Job Summary

    The Bentonville Parks and Recreation is seeking a leader to fill an immediate vacancy for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner. The Department is seeking an individual who shares our commitment to enriching lives though recreation, leisure and culture. The future incumbent will be responsible for managing the City’s comprehensive trails program, which includes implementing city master plans including, but not limited to: the Connect Bentonville Plan, the Master Street Plan and the Play Bentonville Master Plan; grant writing and grant management, long-range trail planning, trail design, trail construction, and trail standards. Essential to the position is the collaboration and coordination with other City departments, County and regional agencies, community groups and various stakeholders.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Possess a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture or civil engineering from accredited college or university; and a minimum of 2 + years of experience in the project management of soft and hard surface trails, active transportation and trails and pedestrian circulation planning. Demonstrated knowledge of various types of trail construction materials and methods, storm water management, plant materials, horticultural practices and plant associations. Also a demonstrated knowledge of industry standards as well as innovative technologies (trail erosion control, native plant revegetation, signage and wayfinding, trail construction materials, sustainability etc.) ideologies, practices and methodologies. Is proficient in use of information systems technologies, such as ArcGIS, AutoCad, Adobe Photoshop, word processing, spreadsheet development, virtual and in person presentations.

    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

    How to Apply

    To read the full position description and apply online, please visit:


    Fayetteville, Arkansas


    Job Summary

    The Planner is responsible for reviewing proposed land development submittals to ensure safeguarding of the public’s health, safety, and welfare through enforcement of Washington County’s ordinances, regulations, and zoning.


    • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university and two to three years related experience and/or training is preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience. The incumbent must have general knowledge of principles and practices of Urban and Regional Planning.
    • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills in order to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, contractors, developers, realtors, surveyors, engineers, title companies, general public, Planning Board members, Quorum Court members, and other officials.
    • Must be able to learn, explain, and provide correct information about Current Planning Practices, Subdivisions, Variances, Zoning Regulations, Administrative Lot Splits, Large Scale Developments, Planning Office Statistics, Mapping Information, Floodplain Information, and Future Land Use Information within six months of hire.
    • The incumbent must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills when dealing with the public, and must be able to effectively communicate with others orally and in writing, often under complex conditions that require good judgment.
    • Must possess public presentation skills to provide presentations to staff, the public, various boards and committees, the Planning Board and Quorum Court in a clear, effective manner.

    Full position description available here.


    How to Apply

    Please apply online:

    Assistant Director of Planning and Development, CITY OF CONWAY, ARKANSAS

    The City of Conway, a vibrant and progressive community located in central Arkansas, 31 miles northwest of the state capital of Little Rock, is accepting resumes for an Assistant Director of Planning and Development to join the city’s planning team. Conway, with a population of over 65,000, is home to three universities: the University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, and Central Baptist College. Conway is a rapidly growing community that has more than doubled in population since 1990, seeing growth in residential, retail, technology, and medical sectors. Conway offers a dynamic quality of life with a lively downtown, quality schools, and exceptional recreational opportunities.

    This position reports directly to the Director of Planning and Development. Responsibilities include primary management and coordination of the city’s development review processes; staff support to the Planning Commission and City Council; helping support the mission of the department’s assigned board and commissions; assistance in updating or revising zoning, subdivision, signage, and overlay district regulations; assistance with other staff in small area studies and long-range planning; and general assistance in managing department staff and resources. Conway uses many progressive planning tools and is committed to developing a more walkable and livable city.

    Position Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, geography, computer science, cartography, or a related field and 5 years related experience and/or training. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
    • Strong written and verbal communication.
    • Excellent customer service skills.
    • ESRI GIS skills preferred.
    • Adobe Creative Suite and visualization skills preferred.
    • AICP Certification preferred.

    Compensation commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package. A background investigation will be conducted before employment can begin. Please submit a completed application and resume with salary history to: Human Resources: City of Conway; 1111 Main Street; Conway, AR 72032. E-mail:; fax 501-358-6325.

    The City of Conway is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran, political status, or other legally protected status.

    Submitted resumes will be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

    How to Apply

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    Planning Technician, CITY OF BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS


    Job Summary

    Bentonville is located in one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. In the past 20 years, Bentonville has transformed itself from a sleepy small Arkansas town to a bustling center of commerce and innovative entrepreneurialism, making it a community of choice in Northwest Arkansas. Bentonville is home to a robust parks and trails system, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and world-class mountain biking facilities, with more development and amenities on the way daily.

    The City of Bentonville Current Planning Division seeks applicants for its Planning Technician position. The Planning Technician serves as both the initial point of contact for the development process and the backbone of the current planning division. An entry-level planning position, the Planning Technician is an excellent opportunity to grow your career with one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.


    • Knowledge of City regulations and policies for residential, and commercial development.

    • As required, confers with local authorities, civic leaders, and land planning and development specialists to devise and recommend arrangements of land and physical facilities for residential, commercial, industrial, and community uses.

    • Makes recommendations to Senior Planners, Planning Services Manager, and Community and Development Director on governmental measures affecting land use, public utilities, community facilities, housing, and transportation to control and guide community development and renewal.

    • Confers with clients, engineering personnel, and architects on community development projects.

    • Under the direction of the Planning Services Manager, reviews and prepares staff reports on development applications.

    • As required, analyzes site plan proposals and recommends modifications and changes.

    • Assist with the development of reports and presentations to various boards and commissions. 


    Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or five (5) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    How to Apply

    To apply, please send a resume and supporting documentation to You may also apply online at:

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