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[Posted 2021-10-10]

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - OMAHA-COUNCIL BLUFFS METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING AGENCY (MAPA)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Omaha–Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) is seeking a motivated and experienced planning professional to lead the agency’s community and economic development activities. The Community and Economic Development Manager will be responsible for setting departmental goals, prioritizing workload, and supporting staff members. The Manager participates in planning activities involving collection, analysis, and preparation of data, and development of conclusions; as well as creates and maintains channels of communication with citizens and public officials. The Manager will partner with the Heartland 2050 Coordinator to coordinate department activities with the Heartland 2050 Regional Vision. The Manager supports the Executive Director to promote agency services to communities.

Some Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports the Executive Director to develop and implement program goals and policies.
  • Directs and supervises the activities of professional and technical personnel engaged in planning, technical assistance and programming involving: economic and community development, disaster recovery, housing, land use, natural resources and various assignments related to other planning projects and programs.
  • Provides overall technical direction for major planning programs within the agency.
  • Coordinates and participates in the specific planning activities involving the investigation, development, implementation, and projection of programs and policies of regional concern.
  • Attends and develops job related meetings; creates and maintains channels of communication with citizens and public officials.
  • Maintains staff liaison with federal, state and local governmental representatives; oversee staff relationships with partner agencies. ● Provide presentations and direct public meetings as needed.
  • Coordinate departmental activities with the Executive Director and other departments.
  • Assist Executive Director and Director of Finance with development of departmental and grant budgets; providing updates to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors on departmental activities.
  • May perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Some Requirements Include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Business field preferred and/or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years experience progressive experience in planning, community development or public administration, supervisory experience preferred
  • Experience in federal or state program grant writing and administration, particularly federal-aid community development funding.
  • Demonstrated experience working as a company or agency liaison with project partners, governmental agencies, and, to a lesser extent, the general public
  • Knowledge of practical application of the principles, practices, and techniques of regional planning and planning research.
  • Knowledge of the administration and organization of the various governmental units within the MAPA area.
  • Knowledge of the regulations, standards and procedures that relate to planning and community and economic development.
  • Skill in the presentation of findings, conclusions and recommendations orally, and in writing.

Compensation & Benefits:
he starting salary ranges from $70,000 - $110,000 annually, depending upon qualifications and experience. This is a full time exempt position. MAPA offers generous employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family friendly work environment with a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our office is located close to downtown Omaha, in a transit-oriented and bicycle-friendly environment. MAPA reserves the right to hire at an appropriate level. MAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Applications and resumes will be accepted through Sunday, November 21 . For more information on MAPA see our website www.mapacog.org.

A complete job description can be found at mapacog.org/calendar/news/now-hiring-community-economic-development-manager/.

Additional information for the position and how to apply: PDF Version 



[Posted 2021-09-24]

ASSISTANT PLANNER - TRANSPORTATION - OMAHA-COUNCIL BLUFFS METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING AGENCY (MAPA)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: MAPA is seeking a transportation planning professional to assist with ongoing transportation planning functions of the agency. This position is responsible for entry level planning and community development work with significant supervision. The position involves research, data gathering and analysis, drafting reports and studies, assisting in the preparation of plans and financial assistance applications, assisting with public engagement activities, and limited project management.

The candidate should possess strong verbal and written skills in order to communicate technical information effectively to the public and work effectively with stakeholders, partner agencies, and elected officials. The successful candidate will be able to develop and maintain strong working relationships. The candidate must be self-motivated and able to work and develop skills independently.

This position requires a bachelor's degree in urban planning, public administration, civil engineering or related field with one years’ experience (including internship experience) in transportation planning, city planning or another relevant field. A master’s degree may substitute one years’ experience. The candidate should possess knowledge of transportation planning principles, public engagement, and related federal, state and local guidelines and regulations. Candidates must be a self-starter and problem solver and should possess skills in Microsoft Office, GSuite, and/or web-based systems. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience is beneficial, but not required.

The Omaha metro area is a vibrant region with a low cost-of-living, highly-rated schools, and many exciting initiatives underway. A career at MAPA is an opportunity to work in an interesting field and make a difference in the region for years to come.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct planning related research, collect data, and report findings to others.
  2. Compose statistical tabulations, charts, graphs for use in studies, plans, and financial assistance applications.
  3. Assist in preparation of reports, studies, and plans.
  4. Assist in preparation of financial assistance applications.
  5. Involved in some elements of project administration and administration of federal transportation funding programs.
  6. Communicate with communities, state and federal agencies, other agency partners and staff.
  7. Makes occasional presentations.
  8. Performs other related work as required and assigned.
  9. Represents agency with various professional associations and regional organizations.
  10. Represents agency in presentations to boards and committees of member agencies and partner organizations

This is a full time hourly position. Starting pay ranges from $21.50 - $29.00 hourly, depending upon qualifications and experience. MAPA offers generous employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family friendly work environment with a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our office is located close to downtown Omaha, in a transit-oriented and bicycle-friendly environment. MAPA reserves the right to hire at an appropriate level. MAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Applications and resumes will be accepted through Sunday, October 17. For more information on MAPA see our website www.mapacog.org.

A complete job description can be found at www.mapacog.org.

Additional information for the position and how to apply: PDF Version