Regional Planner/Senior Planner – Charlotte, NC | 3.5.20

Name of Employer: Centralina Council of Governments

Employer Website:

Charlotte, NC

Job title: Regional Planner / Senior Planner

Job Details / Description:

Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) seeks an energetic, self-directed individual to assist in the coordination of land use, transportation, public engagement, and economic development projects related to outcomes from the CONNECT Our Future Regional Growth Framework. Projects will primarily focus on transportation choice, including transit, freight, and emerging transportation technologies, as well as the creation of land use plans, the development and update of local zoning and subdivision ordinances, and assisting local governments with a variety of planning related projects.

The successful applicant will understand the importance of positive relationships with local communities and agencies in the region and exhibit strong customer service and problem-solving skills. Position requires project management skills and internal drive.

CCOG is an innovative regional planning agency located in Charlotte, NC. CCOG has a membership that includes 60+ local governments throughout the Greater Charlotte Region and works with individual communities and leads major projects that transcend local and regional boundaries.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs intermediate professional planning, research, analytical, and technical duties in the Centralina Council of Governments’ Planning Department. The planner will manage and work within teams on a variety of planning initiatives, will plan and coordinate meetings, workshops, and other events, will research trends and emerging issues on program activities, prepare and present reports and program recommendations, clearly communicate internally and externally on program areas, and provide technical assistance in a variety of planning areas. Successful candidate must have a thorough knowledge of principles and practices of planning as applied to transportation and land use planning systems and processes as well as general planning principles. Required Skills include a general knowledge of government, laws, and services pertinent to planning processes; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at the federal, state, regional, local levels, and elected officials; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to lead various meetings and events, make presentations and answer questions at public or project meetings; coordinate the preparation of or prepare presentations, charts, maps, graphs, and other illustrative materials for presentations to elected officials, public, and other stakeholders; perform a variety of duties including research, drafting plans and reports, grant development and administration, etc.; ability to read and interpret topographical and other maps. Demonstration of project management and/or graphic design skills desired.

Hiring Salary: $43,270 – $52,590 depending on qualifications and experience with excellent benefits including Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System; 401-K; paid sick and vacation leave; 11-12 paid holidays per year; excellent medical, dental and vision insurance; disability and life insurance; etc.

Job Candidate Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a field of study in planning, public policy, urban design, public administration, or related field and at least three years of experience; or a Master’s degree in planning, public administration or related field and at least two years of experience. Applicants with additional experience may qualify for the Senior Planner position. AICP highly encouraged. Local government planning department experiences is desired.

Position requires possession of a valid driver’s license. Position also requires the ability to physically perform the functions of standing, walking, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions and the ability to lift 20 pounds of force occasionally. In addition, the position requires the visual acuity to be able to prepare data, proof work, and do extensive reading.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Venecia Rock White at with the subject line “Regional/Senior Planner Position.” Deadline: Open until filled with rolling interviews. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Posted on

March 5, 2020

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