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The Inclusive Planning Division is hiring two Planner Senior positions:
Position 1: will work on key housing policy, planning, and research activities. This position will support the implementation of housing plans and programs, report on progress towards housing goals, and collaborate with diverse communities through various planning processes to elevate and promote housing affordability and equity. This position will perform research and analysis to calibrate affordable housing incentive policies, develop and evaluate proposals to further housing affordability, and synthesize complex information for a variety of audiences including City Council, Boards and Commissions, and community organizations.

Position 2: will work to support long-range planning activities of the department. Specifically this position will implement Imagine Austin by coordinating and working with other city departments, tracking and analyzing indicators, performing GIS mapping and research, producing reports and presentations, engaging with diverse communities through long-range planning processes, and synthesizing complex information for a variety of audiences including City Council, Boards and Commissions, and community organizations
Applicants who are invited to interview will be required to share an example of a past work product that demonstrates their ability to perform spatial data analysis and visualization.
Working with the City of Austin provides a number of benefits including medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

Requested Information:
When completing the City of Austin employment application, be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
  • A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.
  • A résumé and cover letter are required but will not substitute for a complete employment application.

Pay Range $28.01 – $36.41

Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and experience presenting or reporting complex information in an engaging and understandable manner
  • Proficiency in Geographic Information Systems software such as ArcGIS, experience using research and data analysis to inform decision making, and strong data interpolation and management skills
  • Knowledge of systemic inequities and institutional racism and experience applying principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in housing, planning, and affordability work
  • Experience collaborating across disciplines and with diverse communities towards a shared goal
  • Ability to develop and evaluate housing and planning proposals and policies with an equity and systems change approach
  • Experience and/or knowledge of plan development, implementation, and evaluation with an equity and systems change approach
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
  1. Coordinates division/section activities with other division/sections.
  2. Researches information as requested and or needed. Reviews analyzed data to discover patterns and/or discrepancies.
  3. Assists in developing operating procedures. Assists in developing division/section budget.
  4. Assists in developing and evaluating plans, criteria, etc for a variety of projects, programs, and activities.
  5. Investigates consumer/citizen complaint to determine validity. Speaks as City representative before public groups.
  6. Reviews complex plats and site plans for compliance with policy codes, ordinances, standards, etc.
  7. Answers more complex citizen questions and provide assistance.
  8. Interprets/explains/enforces City policies & procedures, building/land development codes, specifications, ordinances, etc.
  9. Attends City Council, board, and etc meetings to provide technical advice and assistance. Coordinates activities of various boards, committees, etc.
  10. Writes informational reports. Writes/draft legal documents, i.e., contracts, regulations, ordinance amendments, resolutions, etc.
  11. Develops, utilizes, and modifies complex transportation planning models. Reviews complex traffic impact analyses.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
Perform as Lead Case Manager. May coordinate the activities of other planners.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of the principles of community and urban planning.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State laws relating to planning and urban development.
  • Knowledge of City practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Skill in planning and organizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software.
  • Ability to make formal presentations of program and/or project recommendations.
  • Ability to work under the pressures of rigid and/or short work cycle.
  • Ability to maintain confidentially.
  • Ability to develop and implement long-range plans.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.

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