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Regional Planner

Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission

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Regional Planner

SCOPE: This is a professional position responsible for performing and assisting in performing regional and local planning duties in the Planning Department of the Regional Commission.

RELATIONSHIP: This position interacts with agency staff, member governments, local officials, other public and private agencies and officials within the Region, state and federal agency personnel, and other individuals.


  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with member governments, agencies, co-workers, and the general public.
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of city, county, and regional studies/plans requiring research and planning recommendations on topics, including land use, housing, and transportation.
  • Produce lay-outs and prepare or assist in the preparation of charts, maps, and other displays for use in planning documents or for public presentations; make public presentations on plans/projects; provide information, answer questions, and record comments.
  •  Provide socioeconomic and demographic assistance to other staff, and public and private agencies within the Region.
  • Assist member governments and other staff with identifying, developing, and implementing needed plans, studies, or reports.
  • Develop, research, and write, assigned topics, elements, or other planning documents.
  • Interact with government officials, engineers, and other professionals to gather research and information.
  • Conduct demographic and other research; gather, analyze, and interpret data and information; respond to public queries regarding targeted area demographics.
  • Assist in updating or preparing comprehensive plans, solid waste management plans, transportation plans, housing studies, , hazard mitigation plans or other tasks.
  • Provide or assist in providing technical planning and plan implementation assistance to the RC and its member governments.
  • Provide or assist in providing project development, technical research, data gathering, technical writing, reporting, and related duties necessary in the provision of planning technical assistance.
  • Prepare, or assist in preparing, city, county, and regional studies, plans, and reports requiring research and planning recommendations.
  • Make public presentations on plans/projects, and facilitate local stakeholder input and other community involvement in plan, document, and report preparation as required.
  • Research funding opportunities and sources for local governments and the RC.
  • Assist local governments and others in the development of quality projects and grant applications to meet identified needs
  • Prepare funding applications as necessary.
  • Guide local governments and others in the organization/modification of projects to better meet funding source guidelines.
  • Assist local governments and others in developing/implementing surveys, support documentation, sources of match, and other items necessary to develop more fundable projects.
  • Perform research, develop data and information, and analyze and interpret these items and other information necessary to improve projects, applications, reporting, and/or grant/project administration, or otherwise assist local governments.
  • Maintain files, documentation, develop reports as necessary, and perform other tasks necessary for quality applications and project administration.
  • Organize and carry out project administration, including developing and implementing policies, developing, and publicizing RFPs, RFQs, and public advertisements, moderating public hearings, overseeing project construction, or other tasks.
  • Perform other tasks or duties as assigned.


Knowledge and proficiency in principles and practices of general regional and community planning. Must have skills in interpersonal and public relations; research and analysis; interpretation of data; use of computers and job related presentation software; and excellent oral and written skills.


This position requires a Masters Degree in Planning, Public Administration, or a related field, or a similar Bachelor’s Degree and two years relevant experience.

The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission provides services to 17 counties and 62 cities with offices located in Eastman and Baxley, Georgia.

Interested persons should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to

Applications for the position will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates for the position will be subject to a criminal background check, motor vehicle license verification, and a pre-employment drug screening and skills assessment.

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The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission is an equal opportunity employer

The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission is an equal opportunity employer



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