City of Oklahoma City, OK

NOTE: Applications/resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to applications/resumes received by May 26, 2021.

DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION: The City of Oklahoma City is currently seeking an experienced planner to serve as the City’s Homelessness Strategy Coordinator. This Senior Planner position is located in the Homelessness Section of the Housing and Community Development Division of the Planning Department. This position will engage and coordinate community and service agency partners in the work of implementing the Comprehensive Strategy to Address Homelessness; work directly with partner agencies and City staff to reduce the occurrence of homelessness in Oklahoma City; coordinate and participate on implementation teams; track and report progress toward implementation goals; complete analyses and research as needed and manage and help develop a new “A Better Way Program” providing employment and training.

JOB SUMMARY AND ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: This job is located in the Homelessness Program, Housing and Community Development Division the Planning Department with the City of Oklahoma City, and is under the direction of an immediate supervisor. Senior Planner is a professional classification requiring well-developed skills in research; verbal and written communication; project design; and knowledge of and skill in applying procedures, objectives, and variables related to city planning. Essential job functions include: performing numerous administrative and technical functions in support of the assigned job functions including project design; data acquisition by field survey and research; data compilation, analysis, and summarization; and the presentation of facts in both verbal and written form. This position may attend meetings and/or represent the City and department as a participant on or advisor to various boards, commissions, official policymaking bodies, and citizens’ groups and may provide functional supervision to less experienced employees. The Senior Planner may also make policy recommendations based both on the analysis of current trends and hypotheses of future circumstances. Senior Planners specialize in one or more areas of expertise, which include long-range planning, transportation, urban redevelopment/revitalization, urban design, environmental planning, historic preservation, current planning, and community or economic development. Senior Planners in all disciplines are responsible for writing or presenting formal and technical reports, working papers, project budgets, contracts, and other correspondence. Reports, conclusions, and recommendations may become or be used to establish official City policies or ordinances.

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 or submit 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 principles of city planning.
Knowledge of and skill in determining appropriate research designs, including methodologies, indicators, and data presentation.
Knowledge of and skill in identifying and assessing social, economic, demographic, and related trends that affect planning processes.
Skill in organizing research data.
Skill in assessing the overall impact of proposed site plans on land use and area development.
Skill in the accurate interpretation and analysis of research data.
Skill in compiling and writing technical reports.
Skill in examining and analyzing a wide array of public variables and concerns.
Skill in relating to people from various professional fields and diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
Skill in verbal communication of acquired data, analyses, and recommendations.
Skill in the critical review of substantive work products.
Skill in devising solutions to community needs.
Skill in determining and examining policy alternatives.
Skill in establishing realistic priorities to make effective use of resources.
Ability to conduct wide-scope studies within limited time frames.
Ability to supervise assigned work activities.
Ability to travel.

Experience working with cities and partner agencies to address homelessness or provide services to those who are homeless.
Associate's degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Business, Finance, Sociology or related field and five (5) or more years of professional homelessness program experience.
Experience in facilitating community involvement in homeless solutions, including experience in public speaking, and giving presentations to citizens groups and elected/appointed officials.
Experience with creation of presentations and documents through use of various publishing software and mapping with GIS.
Three (3) or more years of project management experience.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Primarily in-doors 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.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Applications accepted on-line at OKC.GOV - Careers - Jobs Open to the Public.

Job Details

Job Function
Project Manager
Position Type
Full Time

City of Oklahoma City


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

Form of Government