COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT / REGIONAL PLANNER
Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments
Salary: $52,413 - $68,098
Located in Kelso, Washington, the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments serves the communities primarily within the southwest Washington counties of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum. The region offers residents a comfortable, small-town lifestyle with access to the many outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities to be found on the Pacific Coast, the nearby mountains, and the two major metropolitan cities of Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG) is a voluntary association supported by a membership of 36 entities made up of counties, cities/towns, ports, school districts, utility districts, fire districts, economic development councils, a community college, 911 public authority, chambers, and nonprofit agencies in the region. CWCOG has a highly varied work program with initiatives undertaken in the areas of long and short-term regional and local planning, transportation and economic development planning, community development, technical assistance, and a wide array of contractual services. CWCOG is a board-directed organization and has a 2020 annual budget of $1.02 million and employs approximately 6.5 FTE's.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Development Planner is a general planning position responsible for research, development, and the implementation of plans, studies, and recommendations pertaining to transportation, land use planning, comprehensive planning, community development, housing, urban growth management, demographic information, economic development, environmental issues, and other regional and community planning areas. A planner filling this position will conduct data research and analysis, prepare reports, work with local jurisdiction staff, committees, planning commissions, and the public, assist with development of scopes of work for agency contracts and grant applications, and author plans and studies.
A bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a similar field, and 3-5 years of planning experience. Experience related to transportation, economic development or city planning is a plus. A graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a related field, and GIS experience is preferred.
For a complete position profile and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. To apply, click on "Apply Online" and follow the directions provided. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: March 15, 2020 (open until filled).