Regional and Local Government Planner – Hickory, NC

Name of Employer: Western Piedmont Council of Governments

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Hickory, NC

Job title: Regional and Local Government Planner

Job Details / Description

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) is currently seeking energetic, self-motivated, and detail oriented candidates for the position of Regional and Local Government Planner. The WPCOG is an innovative and forward-thinking organization dedicated to addressing planning issues for the region. Situated in the beautiful rolling hills and mountains of western North Carolina, with ample opportunities for recreation, shopping and dining abounding in the region, makes the area an ideal place to call home. The region contains great natural resources from the slopes of Grandfather Mountain to five major lakes along the Catawba River. The region contains a population of about 365,000 in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.

The position provides professional urban and regional planning contract work for members of the COG. Work includes preparing comprehensive planning recommendations; conducting planning, water quality, land use, open space, and zoning studies; analyzing data, ordinances, laws and policies and developing recommendations, evaluating programs and preparing and presenting reports; and providing technical assistance to the local government members. The employee will serve as a contract planner and may develop new projects and seek funding to support them. Work requires thorough knowledge of the planning field and independent judgment and initiative in the performance of duties.

The starting salary is $44,574, and a full benefits package is provided (eligible for up to a 5% increase with successful completion of probationary period). The WPCOG participates in the N.C. Local Government Retirement System.

Job Candidate Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in planning, geography, engineering or related field required; Master’s degree and AICP preferred. Ability to communicate with general public, professional staff and elected/appointed officials in oral/written forms. GIS knowledge preferred.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and WPCOG application to Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources, Ashley Bolick, at WPCOG, P.O. Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603 no later than 5:00 PM, Friday, August 18, 2017. Emailing application materials is acceptable, Questions can be directed to Ashley at (828) 485-4221. Final candidates will be subject to an interview process. The WPCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted on

August 8, 2017

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