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Senior Community Planner

Gwinnett County

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Job Description
Under the direction of the Deputy Division Director, the Community Planner will join a team responsible for designing and implementing community-based planning processes, with the goal of identifying neighborhood needs, developing goals and strategies, and creating implementation plans. This position serves as the liaison and champion for neighborhood revitalization. The position administers a broad range of neighborhood and community development functions, which will result in improved quality of life for Gwinnett’s residents. 

Essential Duties

  • Analyzes census, land use, housing, and real estate data as a basis for community planning, and prepares maps, charts, and other graphics to make informed planning decisions
  • Participates in the preparation and development of small area plans, topical studies, grant applications and other planning efforts to support the implementation of the 2045 Unified Plan. 
  • Identifies planning needs in various neighborhoods and develops short-term and long-term strategies to enhance quality of life in the neighborhoods
  • Manages the Gwinnett Community Planning and Neighborhood Support Program and related Place-Making Grant
  • Prepares, administers, and implements local, regional, state, and federal grant programs including the Livable Centers Initiative, the Community Development Block Grant program, and the mTAP program
  • Facilitates community engagement activities, such as community meetings, workshops, pop-up events, and charrettes to gather community input and promote transparency in the planning process. Tasks include but are not limited to developing agendas, managing logistics, and creating meeting materials
  • Serves as a liaison between the County and neighborhood associations and community organizations, identifies potential community leaders and maintains a contact database for the County
  • Collaborates with community stakeholders, including civic associations, business groups, neighborhood groups, community members, and other relevant organizations to present information on planning initiatives, gather input and ensure efficient implementation of various planning strategies and policies
  • Develops a working knowledge of various County departments that provide services to the community, and communicates updates on County plans, projects, initiatives, and services to the community
  • Collaborates with relevant County departments to ensure the integration of planning initiatives with other governmental functions, such as transportation and infrastructure development

Public Speaking Duties

  • Facilitate community engagements, meetings, workshops, and pop up events
  • Serve as a liaison between the county and neighborhood associations
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders, business groups, and organizations

The grade for this position is 103. Salary will be dependent on education and experience.
Effective 4/11/2023, this position is eligible for the Employee Referral Program.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration AND
  • Three years of community-based planning and neighborhood development or a related field
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above will also be considered

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in urban planning, urban design/architecture, public administration, business administration or fields related to community and economic development
  • Minimum five years of full-time experience in community-based planning and neighborhood development or a related field
  • Understanding of community issues related to land use, transportation, parks, trails, economic development, and affordable housing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of comprehensive planning, small area planning, and planning principles, practices, and trends
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above will also be considered
  • Strong written and verbal communications and project management skills
  • Experience in building consensus and developing independent programs and policies in a fast-paced environment
  • AICP Certification or desire to acquire within 12 months

For information related to position-specific essential duties, knowledge and skills, and physical requirements, please click here.  
Note: The class specifications listed on this website are not the official class specifications for Gwinnett County and are subject to change.



Department of Planning & Development
The Planning and Economic Development Division is responsible for managing major economic development initiatives, supporting small businesses, maintaining Gwinnett’s 2040 Unified Plan, creating and implementing master plans, and providing support to the County’s existing neighborhoods through community-based planning and community engagement initiatives.

For more information about this department, please click here. 
About Gwinnett County

Welcome to Gwinnett County — one of America's fastest-growing counties for the past 20 years. Our dynamic and exciting county combines the best of big-city living with the comforts of the suburbs.
The county's population in 2000 was about 588,448 and we’ve only continued to grow since then, with the population expected to reach one million by the year 2022.
Gwinnett has many advantages, beginning with its location and road system. The county is just 45 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Thanks to this location, 80 percent of the U.S. population is within a two-hour flight. Georgia Highway 316 has been extended to Athens, reducing travel time to the University of Georgia to 25 minutes. Gwinnett's infrastructure includes more than 2,750 miles of roadways to provide excellent mobility for our residents.
The County Administrator and County Attorney are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and serve at its pleasure. To implement the Board's policy directives, the County Administrator uses a management team consisting of members of his immediate staff and 14 department directors. The 14 departments that make up the executive side are Police Services, Fire and Emergency Services, Corrections, Communications, Support Services, Financial Services, Community Services, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Law, Planning and Development, Water Resources, Child Advocacy & Juvenile Services, and Transportation. Each department is run by a director who is charged with managing operations in a manner which stresses the County’s values.
In addition to the executive side of County government, certain services are provided through Constitutional officers and independent elected officials. These external offices are created by the Georgia Constitution or through state law. In Gwinnett, they include the Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, District Attorney, Solicitor, Probate Court Judge, and Chief Magistrate.
Gwinnett is the preferred community where everyone thrives!
Gwinnett proudly supports our vibrantly connected community by delivering superior services.
Integrity: We believe in being honest, building trust, and having strong moral principles.
Accountability: We believe in stewardship, transparency, and sustainability.
Equity: We believe in fairness and respect for all.
Inclusivity: We believe in engaging, embracing, and unifying our communities.
Innovation: We believe in continual adaptation of technology, process, and experience.

 Hiring Process
Gwinnett County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information regarding our hiring process, please click the links below:

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Gwinnett County is committed to creating a diverse workforce.  As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information (including sex), race, color, national origin (including ancestry), gender (identity and expression), sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status (including pregnancy), disability, military or veteran status, religion, political affiliation, immigration status, homeless status, or any other category protected by law.
For questions about recruitment, or to request a reasonable accommodation during the application, interview, or testing process, please call Human Resources at 770-822-7915 or email

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