Community Development Planner

Open: October 12, 2021

Close:   until filled

Classification: Non-Exempt

Nature of Work

Under the supervision of the executive director, the Community Development Planner is responsible to learn and then implement planning efforts related for certain state and federal grant applications and project administration, and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies, involving the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission.

            Responsibilities performed on a daily and/or weekly basis include:

  • Provide information and programs on current Economic Development and Infrastructure issues facing local governments;
  • Analysis and research on various state and federal grant opportunities;
  • Develops and implements local training sessions to access federal, and state funding opportunities concerning economic development;
  • Seek and secure funding for meeting economic development needs of the region;
  • Serve as a liaison between Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission, state, federal and local governments working on economic development, and infrastructure issues;
  • Research funding opportunities for a monthly service bulletin;
  • Provide administrative support to Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission creating materials required to ensure productive meetings;
  • Implement existing federal and state grant projects;
  • Prepare progress reports for state and federal grant programs;
  • Performance of any other tasks assigned.

This job description is a general description of essential job functions.  It is not intended as an employment contract, nor is it intended to describe all duties someone in this position may perform.  All employees of the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission are expected to perform tasks as assigned by executive director.


            A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major emphasis in public administration, community development or related fields is preferred but not required.  One year of relevant experience may be substituted for each year of preferred education.  Applicant must possess strong writing skills, an eye for detail, and the ability to plan and coordinate.  A strong interest in community and economic development issues, an ability to work well with people and excellent communication skills.  Applicant must be self-motivated, knowledgeable about environmental issues, have a working knowledge of the Pioneer Trails Region and an ability to work independently. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is required.  Preference will be given to applicants with direct, recent, verifiable experience in Community Development Block Grant, and Economic Development Administration. Must possess the ability to work well with co-workers, commissioners and the desire to work in a team atmosphere.  Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements

            Constant use of hands and arms to type and write in order to complete necessary paperwork.  Must be able to drive and/or ride long distance; nighttime driving is necessary.  Must be able to converse in English by phone and in person with the public.  Diction must be clear and audible for presentations.  Must be able to sit long periods of time.  Must be able to lift boxes and displays weighing approximately 15-30 pounds.  Must be able to kneel to go through files in lower level cabinets.  Must be able to visit various municipalities throughout the region.  Must be able to travel overnight alone.

Note:  Please notify Pioneer Trails RPC of your interest prior to submitting your resume electronically.  Unannounced Resume attachments will not be opened. Phone 660-463-7934

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