Location: Madison, WI

Community and Cultural Resources Planner

Salary: $65,988.26 - $78,305.76 Annually

Closing: 08/24/21

General Description
This position is primarily responsible for effectively engaging residents and community partners in actively planning for the future. It will connect and support residents in developing and implementing plans and programs, such as small area and topical plans, arts and cultural activities, and the preservation of diverse histories. It will involve a variety of related activities and other professional planning level assignments, as well as data and information gathering, analysis, and presentation. The position requires the ability to work effectively with diverse residents, business groups, developers, City boards and commissions, the Common Council and staff from other City agencies. Work is performed under general supervision of the Principal Planner for the Neighborhood Planning, Preservation and Design Section, and will work closely with senior planners, the Historic Preservation Planner, and the Arts and Culture Administrator.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
Establish and maintain effective communications and positive working relationships with a variety of community groups, organizations and other stakeholders (especially underrepresented communities) to build and maintain healthy and inclusive neighborhoods.

  • Assist or lead the preparation of planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs, and implementation strategies.
  • Serve as a liaison with the public, community groups, neighborhood-based and community service nonprofits, government agencies, developers and elected officials in developing a variety of special area plans.
  • Represent the department at meetings of civic, business, and community groups and public agencies.
  • Create and organize illustrative, graphic, and written materials for presentation and provide visual recommendations and/or solutions to the Plan Commission, other governmental agencies, and the public to clearly communicate concepts and proposals.
  • Facilitate the implementation of plan recommendations and support efforts, such as coordinating events, managing websites and databases, and administering grant programs.

Provide professional staff support to the Arts and Culture Administrator and the City’s arts and culture program.

  • Prepare reports, presentations, and research to the Arts and Culture Administrator for use by the Common Council, Madison Arts Commission and its subcommittees, and community groups.
  • Prepare, distribute, and update the public art database, promotional materials for City sponsored public art installations, events, and programs.
  • Assist the Arts and Culture Administrator in curating, planning, promoting and administering the Municipal Building Art Exhibition Program, Percent for Art Projects, other temporary and permanent public art projects, and other City sponsored opportunities in the arts.
  • Assist in negotiating and monitoring contracts with artists, arts organizations, or other organizations related to Public Arts Program.
  • Coordinate, promote, and host various public arts events, including public input sessions, exhibits, and workshops, as assigned.

Provide professional staff support to the Preservation Planner and the City’s historic preservation program.

  • Assist in the administration of the Historic Preservation Ordinance, including performing reviews of Certificate of Appropriateness applications and associated Building and Zoning Permits for properties with historic designations ensuring compliance with the Ordinance, interpreting and explaining Ordinance requirements to applicants, and recommending modifications as appropriate.
  • Provide staff assistance to the Landmarks Commission, and other City boards, committees, and commissions, including preparing and presenting staff reports to those bodies.
  • Prepare public participation materials, including social media pieces, handouts, walking tours, and other community education products.

Provide general assistance on other city-wide activities.

  • Provide general and technical assistance (including research analysis) to other professional staff within the Planning Division and other agencies on other planning activities as needed, including general research.
  • Serve on multi-agency City teams, such as Neighborhood Resource Teams, Racial Equity and Social Justice teams, and others.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two (2) years of related experience in planning, historic preservation, architecture and/ or municipal art administration.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, Historic Preservation, Arts Administration, Community Development, Real Estate Development, Civil Engineering, or other related studies or programs.

If an applicant does not possess the degree above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:

  • Four (4) years applying the following: Theories, principles and practices associated with planning, historic preservation, architecture and/ or municipal art administration

The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore, successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with multicultural communities. For a complete list of the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position of Planner 2, please visit the classification specification online.

Special Requirements

  • Ability to meet the transportation requirements of the position.
  • Incumbents will be expected to attend meetings and provide presentations outside the normal work schedule, including evenings and weekends. Employees can flex schedules in order to accommodate these meetings as work permits.
  • While not required, Planning Division employees are encouraged to pursue professional accreditation(s) associated with one or more of the core duties of this position as agreed to with the Principal Planner

How to Apply
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Please note there are supplemental essay questions on the job posting. Those can be accessed here.