Program Planner (PDI Division)

City of Oklahoma City, OK

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DEPARTMENT INFORMATION: The Program Planner position is located in the Comprehensive Planning section of the Plan Development and Implementation Division (PDI) of the Planning Department and is under the general direction of the division head. PDI is a collaborative section of the Planning Department with highly interactive teams for Transportation, Comprehensive Planning, and Neighborhood and Commercial District Revitalization. This position is responsible for managing and coordinating research, projects, programs and initiatives that implement and maintain the City's comprehensive plan and support City Council priorities. The position includes assembling project teams, tracking and reporting implementation progress, performing analysis and annual reports on the status of the plan and processing plan amendments.

JOB SUMMARY AND ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: This job is primarily located in the Planning Department with the City of Oklahoma City and is under the general direction of a department or division head. Program Planner is a technical professional classification requiring the application of advanced technical and administrative skills in a specialized planning functional area. Program Planners coordinate projects, supervise specialized planning functions and prepare official documents or reports based on extensive, comprehensive research. Essential job functions include: performing numerous administrative and technical functions in support of the assigned job functions; assessing numerous variables, both abstract and concrete, to coordinate project efforts for long-range or current planning programs, requirements or proposals; providing staff with verbal and written administrative and technical instructions to promote the optimal efficiency of work projects; attending meetings and/or representing the City and department as a participant on or advisor to various boards, commissions, official policymaking bodies, and citizens’ groups to relate or promote the City’s position in technical or administrative areas; and reviewing complex data, studying trends, collecting information, and preparing specialized reports or documents based on in-depth knowledge and research. Employees of this classification have frequent contact with City officials and staff, citizens’ groups, and other professionals and may officially represent a Division Head in his/her absence.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Active Duty Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve Forces who are not currently employed full-time by the City of Oklahoma City shall receive five (5) points added to the passing score on an initial selection process. Qualified applicants must upload a copy of their DD Form 214 or NGB Form 22 indicating discharge type/character of service at the time of application.

Job Requirements:
Knowledge of administrative, technical and management principles of the assigned function.
Skill in coordinating planning functions for long-range or current requirements.
Skill in supervising and/or coordinating work activities of subordinate staff.
Skill in assessing a wide variety of information for operational feasibility.
Skill in verbal and written communication using tact and diplomacy.
Skill in relaying both technical and non-technical information effectively.
Skill in preparing complex statistical and narrative reports.
Skill in disseminating complex data before various officials, boards and citizen groups.
Ability to make decisions or responses related to the assigned specialty.
Ability to think logically.
Ability to travel.
Willingness to assume responsibility for work products and decisions made.

Master's Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography or related field.
Five or more years of professional planning experience.
Experience developing and/or implementing comprehensive plans; project management experience related to comprehensive planning; and experience working with multi-disciplinary teams.
Experience giving public presentations to citizens, professional organizations, boards and elected officials on comprehensive planning issues.
Experience in GIS, Adobe CS and other graphic software skills, including familiarity with collecting statistical data, analyzing data to identify trends and predicting future needs, particularly as it relates to demographic profiles and economic growth statistics.

Primarily indoors in a climate-controlled environment.
Outside occasionally; may be exposed to heat, cold, humidity, rain, etc.
Occasionally required to work beyond normal working hours.
Subject to frequent, local travel.
Subject to occasional, out-of-town travel to attend meetings, seminars, etc.

NOTE: Typical City employee working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, working hours vary (may require work to begin before 8:00 a.m. and/or end beyond 5:00 p.m., and/or may require work on weekends and holidays), and are subject to change, based on the duties and location of the position and the business needs of the assigned work unit/department.

Hearing and speech enough to communicate effectively by telephone or in-person.
Near vision enough to read and draft written communications.
Mobility enough to continuously move one’s self from place to place when conducting field surveys.
Far vision enough to accurately determine the condition of various transportation systems, traffic congestion, etc.

If you require reasonable accommodation at any time during the hiring process, please notify one of the Human Resources Department Representatives by calling 405-297-2530.

The City of Oklahoma City is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity and inclusion. The City of Oklahoma City will not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex (to include sexual orientation and gender identity and/or expression), age, genetic information, disability or political affiliation.

Job Location: 420 W. Main, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Project Manager
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City of Oklahoma City


420 W Main St
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-4435
United States

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