Resilience Planner I
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Houston (Clear Lake), TX United States
We are hiring for two planning positions: an entry-level planner (Resilience Planner I) and an experienced planner (Resilience Planner II). Our planning team leads and facilitates planning assistance projects and community workshops.
We are a community-facing Texas A&M program whose mission is to help communities work through and plan for their environmental and development challenges. By planning with innovative technology, facilitation, and training, our CHARM approach puts dialogue and data-driven insights at the forefront of our work with community stakeholders and elected leadership. Over the last decade, our planning program has grown from a small technology pilot project to become a model for community planning adopted by state and federal agencies. We are now undertaking a significant multi-year investment to build next generation tools that support collaborative community planning around the pressing resiliency issues of today and tomorrow.
Working with innovators and problem solvers, you will have opportunities to develop your professional planning skills, manage projects, and face on the ground challenges in partnership with communities. We offer a highly competitive benefits package, including paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave, very generous medical insurance, and employer contributions to your retirement savings.
Position will be open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
As a Resilience Planner I, you will use your planning knowledge to contribute to a variety of projects, including CHARM Resiliency Workshops, local planning projects, and technical assistance projects. We welcome well-rounded applicants from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds who will enhance our program’s impact and assist communities in identifying innovative approaches to resiliency and risk reduction.
- You will contribute to direct planning assistance in partnership with communities including ordinance and plan writing, plan research and GIS analyses, and mitigation project identification exercises.
- You will have a bachelor’s degree and one year of experience or a master’s degree in one or more planning areas, such as land use, development standards, comprehensive planning, hazards, community economic development, and environmental planning;
- Knowledge of planning research, technical analyses, and ordinance and plan writing;
- Interest in state and federal policies and resources for disaster recovery, hazard mitigation best practices, and culturally informed and equitable disaster recovery and community development strategies.
Community Engagement and Planning Facilitation
- You will regularly organize and facilitate collaborative planning processes, meetings, and workshops with local officials, staff, and other stakeholders and represent our programs in relationship-building efforts with communities around the state.
- Knowledge of process design for outreach and facilitation for working with a variety of stakeholder backgrounds;
- Knowledge of participatory methods and participatory GIS;
- Excellent facilitation and interpersonal skills for community workshops, public meetings and project committees;
- Strong oral, written, and visual communication skills for educating complex subject matter material to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences.
Project Management and Program Development
- Our organizational culture encourages distributed leadership and professional growth at all staff levels through opportunities to manage and develop projects. You will collaborate closely with TCWP program staff, contribute directly towards the strategic development of TCWP programs, and build relationships with partner organizations.
- You will bring demonstrated skills for effective collaboration and relationship-building with coworkers and external stakeholders;
- Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind;
- Ability to multitask and use critical thinking to help develop projects;
- Ability to work independently or in a team environment;
- Familiarity with grant writing and management.
Anticipated hiring range is $44,000-$54,000. Salary is commensurate with experience, education, skills, and responsibilities.
Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer