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Associate or Senior Planner

City of Columbus - Bartholomew County, Indiana Planning Department

Columbus, IN United States

How to Apply
URL: http://jobs.columbus.in.gov


Columbus, Indiana, population 50,000 is well known for its architectural innovation, community collaborations, engaged public, and high quality of life. The City is a regional center for financial services, health care, employment, entertainment, and shopping. For more information about our community visit our visitor center website at https://columbus.in.us.

Our Planning Department is a best practice leader in Indiana, with six recognitions for how we plan, communicate, and innovate since 2010. Our staff of 10 provides long-term community planning, development review, and floodplain management for Columbus and Bartholomew County. We value a positive, team-focused workplace culture, commitment to the profession and our community, and creative problem solving. We are currently accepting applications for either an Associate or Senior Planner (based on education and experience). For more information about the Planning Department visit https://www.columbus.in.gov/planning.

Application Instructions:

Application Deadline: December 12, 2022 (interviews to begin immediately)

This position may be filled as full-time or permanent part-time, at the discretion of the Planning Director. Full-time applicants are preferred.

Candidates must apply online at: http://jobs.columbus.in.gov. Please note the two listings for this position Associate or Senior Planner, for those seeking a full-time position, and Part-Time Associate or Senior Planner, for those seeking a permanent part-time position.

A completed application, as well as a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, uploaded as attachments, are required. Documents must be in the form of a .doc, .pdf, or .jpg in order to upload.

If you need assistance or accommodation in completing the online application, please call or email Human Resources at 812.376.2570 or humanresources@columbus.in.gov.

Questions about the position may be directed to Jeff Bergman, Planning Director, at 812.376.2550 or jbergman@columbus.in.gov.

Position Summary:

This staff member provides problem solving, creative thinking, leadership, and research skills for a variety of community-based land use and transportation planning initiatives. Typical assignments include the organization, facilitation, management, and/or completion of small area plans (corridor plans, neighborhood plans, etc.) and studies of specific policy or regulatory topics. Assignments may result from unique or large-scale development proposals, changes in Indiana and/or federal law, or emerging local issues. This person serves as project manager for both internally-resourced and consultant-aided projects. This person may also participate in and/or initiate community outreach events and serve as Planning Department liaison to community interest groups. Specifically, this position serves as the City of Columbus Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Coordinator, responsible for assisting and advising Plan implementation across multiple City departments. The position also supports, as needed, planning initiatives of the Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).

An Associate Planner in this role would be expected to complete the typical duties with a moderate amount of supervision.

A Senior Planner in this role would be expected to complete tasks with a comparatively greater level of independence and have greater direction over special projects initiated by the Planning Department.

Typical Duties:

  1. Organization, facilitation, management, and/or completion of plans and studies relating to development, land use, transportation, and/or other community planning issues.
  2. Collection & analysis of data in the areas of demographics, land use, transportation, quality-of-life, housing, urban design, the natural environment, and related topics.
  3. Design and authorship of professional-quality planning documents.
  4. Presentation of studies and reports on a variety of community planning topics and issues.
  5. Identification of, and participation in, periodic training and educational events designed to advance local understanding of community planning issues.
  6. Coordination of City of Columbus Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan implementation, including the consideration of related plans for the Columbus People Trails, Safe Routes to School, etc. This includes the facilitation of the periodic review and update of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. It also includes providing input on and facilitating discussion of development projects, road projects, etc. with significant bicycle and/or pedestrian components throughout the CAMPO planning area.
  7. Facilitation and organization of meetings of the Columbus Bicycle & Pedestrian Infrastructure Team including establishing agendas and completing necessary follow-up. This includes on-going coordination with the City of Columbus Engineering, Parks, and Public Works Departments as well as the other community partners.
  8. Participation in regular Planning Department project review meetings and coordination of special project initiatives with other Department projects and proposed developments under review.
  9. Representation of the City, County, and/or Planning Department as a liaison to one or more planning-related interest groups.
  10. Driving at times in a City vehicle to various locations on behalf of the Planning Department and to work-related events.
  11. Other duties, as assigned by the Planning Director. This description is intended to provide a general overview of typical duties, as well as the complexity of the work to be performed by this staff member. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or specific tasks and other duties are typically assigned dependent upon the needs of the office.

Employee Benefits:

In addition to competitive, market-based salaries, the City of Columbus offers a generously-financed retirement pension program and comprehensive health insurance for full-time employees. The City also offers all employees the possibility of flexible work hours and professional development support.

The City of Columbus is a qualified public service employer for student loan forgiveness through the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Part-Time employees may work up to 1,559 hours per year, if scheduled by their supervisor, and are eligible to apply for any full-time positions in the Department.


An Associate Planner in this position shall possess a bachelor's degree in urban planning, geography, landscape architecture, urban design, public policy, or a related field of study. Working knowledge of word-processing, graphic design, mapping, and publishing computer software is required. They shall also demonstrate a working knowledge of planning concepts and issues and a general knowledge of local government operations. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are also required.

Qualifications for a Senior Planner in this position, in addition to those listed above, include a minimum of 2 years of comparable work experience. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is also desirable for a Senior Planner.

Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Comprehensive or Long-Range Planning
Salary Range
$45,305-56,631 (Assoc.) / $56,631-67,957 (Senior)

Contact Information

Jeff Bergman
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