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Project Manager Special Projects


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Salary Range:$52,681.41-$70,224.75

The mission of the Department of City Planning (DCP) is to enable high-quality, sustainable, and equitable growth and development of Atlanta by facilitating more options for travel, abundant housing for all people, thriving neighborhoods, exceptional design in architecture and public spaces, preservation of historic resources, innovative regulatory practices, safe and durable buildings, attentive customer service and public engagement in all our work. 

We advance that mission in the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) by building trust, promoting healthy neighborhoods, and delivering high-quality community development programs. You will join a team of active and qualified professionals in the areas of affordable housing, neighborhood economic development, small business development, food systems, and city planning. Our team is passionate about this work and making the city a more equitable place. In this role, you lead the development and execution of key documents and studies which inform policies and decisions impacting neighborhoods across the city. You are a key team member with City Planning’s efforts to strengthen and invest in neighborhoods.


  • Lead the process of updating and in some cases reconceptualizing various publications produced by OHCD in recent years related to affordable housing, neighborhood change, and various tools needed to drive community revitalization.
  • Gain an understanding of the data which can be used to help frame and communicate these stories. Become skilled in accessing and manipulating this data for storytelling purposes.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop a deep understanding of their work and how to communicate the challenges and opportunities of various programs and initiatives to a broader audience.
  • Assist the OHCD team in tracking program effectiveness, using goals and strategies to improve and address equity, community health, and sustainability.
  • Use project and program management methods to scope work, create project plans, communicate with stakeholders, manage risks, monitor progress, improve processes, and manage resources.
  • Develop a working knowledge of, and manage, program budgets and the procurement process.
  • Cultivate good relationships with partners in other departments of city government, developers, civic leaders, and potential funders.

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • community development best practices, including equity planning.
  • technical writing to reach a range of audiences. 
  • local, state and federal data sources to help communicate trends and needs related to community development issues.
  • principles of project and program management.
  • local government structure, processes, purpose, and requirements.
  • community-based and participatory models of community development.


  • strong written and oral communication.
  • detailed oriented and organized.
  • flexible and adaptable team player.
  • willing to learn, attend training, and ask for help.
  • Microsoft Office 365.
  • Adobe.

Ability to: 

  • communicate complex ideas clearly and succinctly.
  • administer reliable operations self-sufficiently with minimal supervision.
  • use best practice and evidence-based interventions to improve program delivery.
  • clear roadblocks in a way that improves relationships and systems.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, urban planning, public policy, communications, or a related field with 3 years of professional experience.

Preferred Education & Experience 

  • Master’s degree in public administration, urban planning, public policy, communications, or a related field with 3 years of professional experience.

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