City of Oxford Job Description
City Planner Mid-Level (3-5 years experience)
Division: Planning Essential: N
Grade Number: FLSA: Exempt N
Location: City Hall Date: 4/20/2016
Job submission requirements- resume, cover letter and samples of technical support writing. Please email technical support writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose of Position
The City of Oxford, MS seeks a Level 2 (Mid-Level) Planner to work in the Planning Department under the supervision of the Director. Primary tasks will include substantially complex development review and work with historic preservation commissions. Great opportunity for an enthusiastic and capable planner to live and work in one of the most dynamic and charming small cities in the South, also the fastest growing city in Mississippi.
The minimum requirements for the position are a masters degree in urban planning from an accredited university program, with a degree or additional education in historic preservation desired. AICP Certification or progress toward AICP expected.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The immediate supervisor for this position is the Director of Planning for the City of Oxford.
The person in this position may have limited supervision over an administrative assistant as necessary to carry out the functions of this position.
Meet with potential developers, assess development proposals (site plans, special exceptions, rezonings), prepare staff reports, present reports to Boards and Commissions (Planning Commission, Board of Aldermen) as required.
Provide support to Historic Preservation Commissions, meeting with potential applicants, coordinating and evaluating proposed projects with consultant reviewer.
Work with Historic Preservation Consultant as Certified Local Government Coordinator for the City.
Research, write, draft zoning text amendments on an as needed basis, for presentation to the Planning Commission and Board of Aldermen.
Planning and coordination of neighborhood scale planning efforts.
Must have experience writing and presenting staff reports to boards and commissions, and working with developers and the public
Strong work ethic, initiative, dependability, and desire to excel in in a fast-paced work environment are vital traits.
Knowledge, skills, and Abilities
General knowledge of city planning principles and structures.
Familiarity with city codes and ordinances, functions and operations of municipal government, and state land use laws required within six months.
Skills and Abilities
Skill with standard office computer software and working knowledge of ArcGIS required; some proficiency with Adobe, AutoCAD, and SketchUp software preferred.
A strong work ethic, initiative, dependability, and desire to learn a broad spectrum of tasks in a fast-paced work environment are vital traits.
Excellent writing skills necessary (reports and letters) including proper grammar, spelling, and use of English in speaking and writing. General math skills, ability to read maps and understand development plans expected.
Ability to work well in a team environment and build good working relationships with City staff
Ability to make decisions within specified time limits and meet specified and required deadlines
Ability to communicate effectively and calmly with residents, developers, elected and appointed officials; maintaining composure in heated situations
Ability to maintain confidentiality and work independently
Willingness to follow department and City policies and procedures
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