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[Posted 2021-03-09]

Associate Planner - City of Kearney

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under administrative supervision, performs technical work in the preparation and implementation of planning and community development programs. Work varies and requires interpretation, judgement, and discretion within prescribed standards.

TYPICAL DUTIES: Advise and confer with architects, builders, engineers, realtors, attorneys, contractors, and the general public regarding City development policies, standards, and guidelines; review site development plans for compliance with zoning regulations; review subdivision plats for compliance with subdivision regulations; work closely with the City Planner to gather, analyze, and present information in the form of written, graphic, or oral reports; work regularly with limited information; maintain digital records of historic files; complete novicelevel GIS map updates; assist in preparation for and attend meetings and hearings for Planning Commission and Development Review Team including processing applications and submittal materials, preparing staff reports and meeting minutes; assist City Planner with planning document updates, research and draft ordinances for review, etc.; provide backup coverage for Permit Technicians as needed and assigned; perform overtime as required and other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, officials and the public. (Daily)
Regular timely/punctual attendance. (Daily)
Maintain and exhibit discretion at all times when handling confidential information. (Daily)
Prepare, organize and file records, reports and other documents. (Daily)
Maintain and improve knowledge of office procedures, machine operations, city operations and policies. (Daily)
Exercise sound judgment in decisions and interpretations. (Daily)

REMARKS: The above position description is intended to describe the duties of an employee in general terms and does not necessarily describe all of his/her duties.

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 8, 2021

Application and details available at www.cityofkearney.org.

PDF Document for the City of Kearney Associate Planner Position
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[Posted 2021-03-09]

Planner - City of Council Bluffs

Summary: An employee in this position is responsible for current and long range planning, zoning, code enforcement, urban development, growth management, and Geographic Information System (GIS) duties. The position includes the coordination of activities with various City departments, designers, contractors, and the public. Work is performed under the immediate supervision of the Planning Manager.

Some of the Essential Duties and Responsibilities (additional information in the PDF below):

  • Attends, as required, Court, City Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, and City Council meetings
  • Schedules meetings, prepares agendas, and generates minutes
  • Prepares and forwards staff reports for the City Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the City Council
  • Drafts amendments and recommendations on planning documents, subdivision, zoning, sign, and related ordinances
  • Proposes land use and zoning amendments in order to carry out adopted plans
  • Coordinates with other City departments and County GIS, prepares maps using GIS software, and maintains related databases for the department
  • Reviews and comments on building permits, other City licenses and use permits, and sign permits relative to use, historic, and design requirements
  • Works with the consultants, other Department staff, and state and federal agencies in completing Section 106 review and environmental review processes
  • Responds to citizenry questions through written and verbal communications

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed 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.

Please visit the City’s Employment Opportunities page to apply for this position. The application deadline is March 19, 2021.

The City’s Employment Opportunities page can be found at the following link:The City’s Employment Opportunities page can be found at the following link: https://mss.councilbluffs-ia.gov/MSS/employmentopportunities/default.aspx

PDF Document for the City of Council Bluffs Planner Position 


[Posted 2020-08-14]

Community Relations Liaison /Project Coordinator - Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) seeks resumes from qualified individuals who are inspired by the future and what it could be and want to be part of a team to help shape it. Consider joining us by acting as the Community Outreach Liaison/Project Coordinator for MAPA and the Heartland 2050 Vision.

Specific areas of work include: execution and follow-through including project management, meeting new people and winning them over, creative problem solving and finding alternative ways to succeed, relationship building through strong personal and presentational communication, serving as a connector while seeking opportunities for collaboration, and a firm commitment to ensuring all individuals and communities have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to attain their full potential.

MAPA is the Council of Governments serving a six-county MAPA region (Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties in Nebraska and Mills and Pottawatomie Counties in Iowa). MAPA performs work related to planning, community development, and transportation and other issues of regional significance.

Heartland 2050 is a long-range vision for the future of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area. In the coming years, the region will experience dramatic demographic changes and face increased challenges related to the workforce. The Heartland Vision addresses these issues through collaborative leadership, a quality growth strategy for transportation and housing, and an eye toward improved access to opportunities for all.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as project manager for Heartland 2050 Implementation Committees and work groups.
    Provide facilitation and support.
  • Work with Heartland 2050 stakeholders to prioritize goals and activities and identify funding opportunities for implementation.
  • Facilitate Heartland 2050 action teams to execute projects and initiatives.
  • Represent MAPA at community meetings and connect Heartland 2050 strategies to community-based projects.
  • Coordinate with MAPA staff to enhance public outreach and participation. Commit to listening to underrepresented and marginalized populations to ensure all voices are included in the planning process.
  • Identify opportunities for partnership with cities, counties, states and other stakeholders in public participation.
  • Establish strategic partnerships and collaborations to further the Heartland 2050 vision and initiatives.
  • Ensure that equity is a regional goal and that progress towards this goal is measured in MAPA’s planning work. Coordinate the development of an organizational equity assessment to be conducted annually.
  • Assist in identifying opportunities to include robust representation from communities of color in MAPA Boards, committees, stakeholder groups.
  • Assist with creating and maintaining a comprehensive communications strategy for Heartland 2050.
  • Assist with Heartland 2050 events, to include the Summit, Speaker Series, and Learning Site Visits.
  • Must be able to work independently with good time management and organizational skills.
  • Good written and verbal communications skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external customers required.
  • May perform other related duties as required and assigned.

 Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, Communications, Planning, Public Administration, Public Relations or similar program preferred and/or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 2-5 years program management and facilitation experience.
  • Technology of Participation (TOP) Facilitator and IAP2 certifications preferred.
  • Knowledge of the 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, committee facilitation and project management.
  • Experience in community development/economic development as a community organizer
    Ability to coordinate all phases of a specific program with other programs of MAPA,consultants and others.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials, public and private agency employees, groups interested in planning, diverse populations, and the general public, as well as fellow employees.
  • Highly organized individual who takes pride and ownership of work.
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills.
  • Outgoing personality who enjoys working with/helping people.
  • Ability to work well as a team member.
  • Skills in Google Apps for Business, Microsoft Office, Zoom, (or other virtual platforms).
  • Knowledge of Wordpress preferred.

MAPA reserves the right to hire at an appropriate level and duties may be adjusted to fit the candidate’s qualifications. Salary Range: $50,000 - $75,000. MAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Position will remain open until filled.

Job Type: Full-time

For more information on MAPA see our website www.mapacog.org


[Posted 2020-08-14]

Economic Development Planner-Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) seeks resumes from qualified economic development planning professionals to provide COVID-19 recovery assistance to economic development agencies in the MAPA region.    Specific areas of work include:  collaborating with economic development partners to  determine the economic impacts of COVID-19;  assessing needs; developing best practices and strategies;  updating the MAPA certified economic development strategy relative to future pandemics;  assisting in the development and management of a revolving loan fund; and community outreach.   This position is a grant funded position that is approved for at least two years with a possibility of a longer duration depending on approved future projects.  

MAPA is the Council of Governments serving a six-county region (Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties in Nebraska and Mills and Pottawattamie Counties in Iowa).  MAPA performs work related to planning, community and economic development, and transportation and other issues of regional significance.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Grant and sub-contractor management.
  • Coordinating with economic development partners identify impacts of COVID-19, assessing needs, and county-wide and regional recovery strategies related to the current pandemic and similar future events.
  • Disseminate information on disaster recovery programs, services, and planning tools. 
  • Assist economic development partners in applying for disaster-related funding assistance from state and federal sources.
  • Provide project management assistance on state and federally funded economic development projects.
  • Interest and knowledge of small business lending programs. 
  • Ability to establish positive working relationships with staff, economic development professionals, state, and federal agencies, etc.
  • Assist in regional planning and resiliency efforts related to the current pandemic and similar future events.
  • Assisting with community outreach.

Requirements Include: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in community and regional planning, public administration, or a relevant degree with one to two years’ experience.   
  • Experience with economic development programs is desired but training will be offered to the right person.
  • Must be able to work independently with good time management and organizational skills.  
  • Good written and verbal communications skills and ability to work effectively with internal/external customers required.

MAPA reserves the right to hire at an appropriate level.  This position will be filled at the Associate or Planner level based on qualifications.   MAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  Position will remain open until filled.

For more information on MAPA see our website www.mapacog.org