Position will be open until filled. Interviews begin December 1st.
This position is for urban planners with a passion for community planning, public engagement, and data-driven tools and analyses. Our small team works on community planning projects while leading several statewide programs that help communities focus on how they grow, reduce risks, and sustain their natural resources. Public participation is the foundation to all of our programs, and we believe that participation connects the dots across levels and addresses wider goals for resiliency, sustainability, and quality of life. The hire will also be a key member of the CHARM program. CHARM is an interactive, GIS-based sim-city style mapping platform for helping elected officials and community stakeholders understand local hazards and strategies for long-term planning.
We are seeking applicants who bring a well-rounded professional background and who thrive working as part of a team. Strong analytical and technical skills in planning need to be supported by soft skills in stakeholder engagement, relationship building, and facilitation. We collaborate extensively with federal, state, and local agencies on a variety of forward-thinking grant-funded programs. Though we are part of a state agency, our team’s small size allows us to approach projects like a start-up, with opportunities for professional growth as our programs develop. The position is based in Houston-Clear Lake, TX and may require frequent travel as allowed by travel restrictions. The annual salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and experience. Benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, generous medical insurance package, and retirement program options.
- We are seeking candidates with 4-8 years of experience, with progressively advancing work responsibilities. A minimum of 4 or more years of relevant planning experience is required.
- The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in urban planning or allied discipline. AICP and CFM certifications are valued but not required.
- Bring planning experience in one or more of the following areas: comprehensive planning, land use, development ordinances, resource management, or natural hazards management;
- Have demonstrated knowledge and skills in planning methods, plan writing, ordinances, analyses, and research;
- Understanding of geospatial analysis methods and experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and data;
- Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with staff, elected or appointed officials, decision-makers, and program partners;
- Facilitation skills for community workshops, public meetings and project committees;
- Excellent oral, written, and visual communication skills for preparing and presenting complex subject matter material to technical and non-technical audiences;
- Strong interest in culturally informed and equitable disaster recovery and community development strategies;
- Experience with project development, program and budget development, grant writing is welcomed;
- Able to manage and work on several projects or issues simultaneously while meeting project deadlines and working within a team environment;
- And, able to make sound independent decisions within established program guidelines.
- Hires must be able to travel overnight for project work and planning meetings.
- The hire may be required to supervise staff and interns.
Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer