Central Mississippi Planning and Development District | Pearl, MS
Pearl, Mississippi


The Central Mississippi Planning & Development District is searching for qualified candidates to fill the Planner position.

Classification: Non-Exempt
Department: Planning
Reports to: Director of Planning and Management

This position is responsible for technical planning work involved in making long-range planning studies. The work involves contact with local municipal and county officials to ascertain their needs and formulate a compelling planning study. Incumbents assigned to this classification are responsible for forming comprehensive plans and programs for utilizing land and physical facilities of areas within the District.

Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions:
Assists with preparing and updating comprehensive land use plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and other plans and reports.
Provides technical assistance and information to municipal and county government officials and the general public regarding development regulations, including re-zonings, ordinance amendments, site plans, conditional use permits, variances, and other proposals.
Interprets and applies applicable state, county, and local codes, ordinances, and regulations.
Attends numerous meetings, conferences, and seminars to view models and examples of projects that could be used within the District and for general educational development.
Building Collaborative Relationships
Diagnostic Information Gathering
Technical Expertise
Analysis & Problem Solving
Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this position will occur mainly in an office environment, the employee may travel by automobile and be exposed to changing weather conditions.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently lifts and moves up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.

Other Duties
Collects statistical data and prepares reports, including graphic illustrations and maps of census information, land use, tax base data, and occupancy rates.
Conducts field evaluations and assessments.
Works and communicates with various agencies and organizations to stay informed on projects that will assist jurisdictions and organizations in the District.
Assists Division Director in various functions related to implementing long and short-range programs or projects within the District.
Serve as backup and supplemental assistance for designated duties within the Planning Division.

AAP/EEO Statement
CMPDD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those duties from the position if those duties are related, similar, or a logical assignment of the position.

Job Requirements

Required Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a related degree. Certification as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a master’s degree preferred.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of planning, including transportation and land use planning, and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations.
Considerable knowledge of computer hardware and software systems such as Microsoft Office, internet applications, and GIS.
Oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to present findings to various boards and committees.
Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions.
Ability to exercise tact and good judgment when dealing with others and make sound decisions.
Ability to express ideas and opinions clearly and concisely.
Must have and maintain a valid Mississippi driver’s license.

Salary & Benefits

**Best Benefits Package Available** Employee-only Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance paid 100% by the company! The first year of work accrues over 30 paid days away from work with our generous Vacation time, Sick time, and Holidays.

Salary Based on Experience

How to Apply

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