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The starting rate of pay for this position will depend on experience and qualifications.
The grade range for this position is:
           HIRING RANGE
(Minimum      15% Minimum)      Market          Maximum
$21.66            $24.91                   $26.10          $32.36

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 his or her own team), and have regular and reliable attendance that is non-disruptive.
  2. Use independent judgment in reviewing development and zoning proposals to ensure that the projects are in compliance with the City's ordinances and policies. Advise citizens and developers on the most appropriate process and documentation for their particular proposal. Offer design solutions and creative ideas to assist the developer or citizen in making any changes necessary in order to meet with City requirements.
  3. Review building permits for commercial and multi-family structures.
  4. Review, approve and stamp development proposal responses to the applicants/developers, for the purpose of moving a project through the development process in a timely manner.
  5. Assist the general public with development questions and/or explain the intent and scope of a proposed development. Investigate and respond to citizen questions or complaints relating to zoning or land use issues.
  6. Attend preliminary meetings with developers and design professionals, prior to project submittal.
  7. Prepare and present staff recommendations and write comprehensive reports and memos related to planning issues and policies regarding developments within the City's jurisdiction at public meetings.  Present projects to various boards and be prepared to answer questions.
  8. Responsible for facilitating meetings and representing the City at assigned board or commission meetings.
  9. Conduct site inspections to ensure development has occurred in accordance with approved plans.
  10. Coordinate activities between Code Compliance, Engineering, Building Safety and the City Planning Division to ensure citizen complaints are resolved.
  11. Assist in a variety of long range city planning activities such as updating existing land use plans, adoption of new plans, revisions to development and zoning code and other urban design and neighborhood planning initiatives.
  12. Analyze data and research to generate policy solutions and identify development trends.
  13. Review sign permits and zoning confirmation requests for compliance.
  14. Perform other relate duties as required or assigned.
Secondary Job Duties
  1. Secondary duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in related field does not require related experience; or Bachelor's degree in non-related field plus three years directly related experience.
  2. AICP certificate preferred.
  3. Valid Driver's License.
  4. Effectively communicate with others orally and in writing often under complex conditions that require good judgment.
  5. Must possess the ability to make clear, effective public presentations.
  6. Ability to work with mathematical concepts and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  7. Must be proficient in the use of a computer and software programs such as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.  Must be able to become proficient in the use of GIS applications and other software programs. Must be able to effectively operate standard office equipment.
  8. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee regularly is required to move from location to location; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Vision abilities to perform essential functions.
  9. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally required to traverse uneven terrain such as undeveloped land or construction sites.

Full position description available here.


The County Planner assists in all Planning Department matters including conducting research, maintaining the planning databases and addressing planning questions from a variety of both external and internal sources. The County Planner’s primary duties include providing administrative support and project reviews for the Planning Department. The position of County Planner is the entry-level position within the County Development Department.

Minimum Qualifications & Skills

Education: Bachelor's degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study.

Experience: Candidates must have a minimum of (1) year of experience working in a planning office or other related field. A master's degree in a related field can substitute for the experience requirement.

Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for the minimum requirements noted above.

Licenses/Certificates: The County Planner must possess a valid Arkansas State Driver’s License. It is highly desirable for the County Planner to possess a Notary Public for the State of Arkansas.

Full position description available here.

To apply: 


This supervisory position plays a lead role in all aspects of development review, from pre-application meetings and rezonings to detailed site and building design. Additionally, the senior planner is a key participant in evaluating the City’s development processes for improvement.

Minimum Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university and three years of related experience. Prefer previous project management and/or supervisory experience.
  • AICP Certification preferred.
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • Effectively community 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, and various boards and committees in a clear, effective manner.
  • Must be able to use mathematics involving the practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions. 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 Hansen and ArcMap. Must be able to effectively operate standard office equipment.
  • While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, and sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities to perform essential functions.
To apply: 


A professional and passionate Planner is needed to become the newest member of the City of Salina’s team! As a member of the Community & Development Services Department, our newest Planner will be will be impactful in the community by implementing the City’s Comprehensive Plan through project management, code administration, case management, and program administration related to social justice, housing, sustainability, historic preservation, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, transportation, and other current and long range planning activities.

Our next Planner will have a commitment to our values, a strategic approach to leadership, continuous process improvement and community service. Other qualifications include:

Education: Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in urban planning, geography, architecture, public administration or related field; AICP certification or AICP candidate status preferred.

Experience: Three (3)–five (5) years of planning experience; familiarity with boards & commissions; current and/or long range planning ability; skilled in Geographical Information System (GIS) preferred.

*This position can both be applied for and hired as a Planner I or II, depending on qualification.

* Visit the City of Salina’s website for more information and the complete job description.

Salary range: $42,515 – 78,645/yr. (DOQ, includes excellent benefits)

How to Apply / Contact


*Resumes, cover letters may be uploaded in online application.

City of Salina Human Resources

300 W. Ash St.

Salina, KS 67401

785-309-5710 Phone

785-309-5711 Fax

Application deadline: 11/19/2020


Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a qualified individual to assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of transportation projects in the Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma region. The selected candidate will work closely with the MPO director, MPO committees, local governments, and transportation providers to develop, the Transportation Improvement Program, Unified Planning Work Program, Bike and Pedestrian Plans, Transit Survey, public involvement strategies, and other administrative and organizational efforts. The MPO is the legally designated organization responsible for developing state and federal transportation plans and programs that address the complex needs of a bi-state region as well as the local needs of the partner jurisdictions.

The MPO Transportation Planner will report to the Executive Director and the MPO Director and will be responsible for job duties specified in the attached job description.

The job will be grant funded position with hours worked between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be occasional night meetings with some travel.

Successful applicants must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Urban/Regional Planning, Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field is preferred as well as is at least two of related experience in the areas of federal, state, or local transportation planning and/or working with government agencies and community groups. Knowledge of GIS and data visualization is also preferred.
  • A valid Driver’s license is required.
  • Auto insurance is required.
  • Must be highly detail oriented, self-motivated, and able to multitask.
  • Must also work as a team member of a dedicated staff.

To apply, please read the attached job description and submit your resume with references to Resumes must be received by close of business on November 2, 2020.

Background check required. EOE


This entry level position is responsible for helping assist, regulate, and approve planning and development activities for the City. This position will assist Director of Planning in the development and review process; reviews rezoning requests, prepares reports and makes recommendations; proposes and revises ordinances, policies and regulations related to planning; and performs various other duties.

Minimum Qualifications & Skills

  • Broad knowledge of such fields as accounting, marketing, business administration, finance, etc. Equivalent to a four year college degree, plus 2 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • American Institute of Certified Planners certification required (or attainable within two years).
  • A successful background check.

Minimum Salary: Pay Grade 109 – Minimum $29,852 ($14.35 per hour)

Applications will be accepted at the Human Resources Department, 300 S Church St, Jonesboro, Arkansas, or on our website (870-933-4640).  Position will remain open until filled.

The City of Jonesboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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