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Regional Planner

Northwest  Iowa  Planning  &  Development  Commission  (NWIPDC)

Spencer, Iowa

Posted 9.12.17

The Northwest Iowa Planning & Development Commission (NWIPDC), a Regional Planning Agency/Council of Governments for a nine (9) county region in northwest Iowa, is looking to hire a professional individual for a planner position. This position will specialize in Hazard Mitigation planning, GIS, and Community Development.


Minimum requirements are a degree in Urban/Regional Planning, Public Administration or related professional field. Job duties include: technical and advisory municipal and county work, grant writing, administration for federal and state grants, hazard mitigation planning and project administration, community development and zoning, transportation planning, and Safe Routes to School administration. The candidate must have good public speaking and presentation skills and comfortable working with city councils, Boards of Supervisors, and the general public. Written and oral communication skills are a must. Starting salary is $49,754.


For more information about NWIPDC, go to NWIPDC is an equal opportunity employer. Submit resume and cover letter by October 2, 2017, to: Ted Kourousis, Executive Director; NWIPDC; P.O. Box 1493; Spencer, Iowa; 51301 or at

Director of Transit

Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments

Waterloo, Iowa

Posted 8.30.17

The Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Transit. Responsibilities include the delivery of daily transit services by training, assigning, and supervising Iowa Northland Regional Transit Commission (INRTC) bus drivers; maintaining the mechanical operation of a fleet of 20+ light duty buses and vans; ensuring compliance with regulations and safety rules, and administering and monitoring a variety of contracts. Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration/Management, Public Administration, or related field and a minimum of two years' experience in a supervisory position. Transit management experience preferred. Ability to obtain and maintain a Class C CDL with passenger endorsement is mandatory.



Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management, Public Administration, or related field preferred;


Work Experience: Minimum of two years of experience in a supervisory or management position; transit supervision or management experience preferred or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.

Required licenses, registrations and certifications: A Class C CDL driver’s license with a passenger endorsement; a driving record that allows the employer to provide continued liability insurance coverage must be maintained.



Work is performed 50 percent outdoors and 50 percent indoors with the indoor work being performed in an office setting. Work includes working at a desk for extended periods of time, working with computers and other office equipment, moving throughout an office complex and from place to place throughout a six‐county area, and working directly with the public and elected and appointed public officials. Work may also involve frequent interruptions.



Minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Start and finish times may vary dependent on assignment. May be required to work additional hours or to change hours with minimal notice and to work evenings and/or weekends to attend meetings or as required for the operation of the agency. Frequent travel throughout the six‐county region and occasionally to various locations within the state is required.


Applications may be requested by calling (319) 235-0311 and will be accepted until the position is filled. See full job description.


Hometown Pride Community Coach – Warren County

Contract Position for Keep Iowa Beautiful & Warren County Hometown Pride Steering Committee

Warren County, Iowa

Posted 8.30.17

Keep Iowa Beautiful and the Warren County Hometown Pride Steering Committee seek a Community Coach for the established Warren County Hometown Pride program. The coach will work with ten communities, economic development and the county to facilitate and advance development and enhancement plans. Candidates from within Warren Co. are discouraged. View all job responsibilities.



Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s  degree  in  Public  Administration,  Planning,  English,  Journalism, Social Science, or a related field.
  • A  minimum  of  three  years  of  community  planning  or  economic  development experience.
  • Grant writing, research, and grant management experience.
  • Demonstrated success of effectively leading change through strategic planning.
  • Proven ability to work with and listen to groups.
  • Proven   ability   to   successfully   engage   and   collaborate   with   community volunteers,   elected   officials,   and   the   media   in   community   projects   and programs.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, Planning, English, Journalism, Social Science, or a related field.

Required Competencies/Traits

  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills, including excellent listening skills.
  • Must be Microsoft Office proficient (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Must  possess  leadership  skills  and  a  self-motivated  personality  with  a  strong goal to succeed.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate.
  • Residents from Warren Co. are discouraged


Position Type: This is a contract position for consulting services and should not be viewed as a staff position of Keep Iowa Beautiful. Hours of work and days of work are flexible. Evening and weekend work will be required as job duties demand.


Work Environment: This job does not have a formal office and significant travel to the Warren County communities is required. The community coach will be required to provide transportation. When working in the various Warren County communities, work space will be provided.


Compensation: Compensation for this position is $60,000 to $70,000 annually dependent on  qualifications. Additional compensation will not be provided for travel and office expenses.  Benefits are not included, as this is a contract position. A four and one-half year contract is desirable.


Timing: Preferred start date of October 1st, 2017.


To Apply: The deadline for application is 4:30 pm on Monday, September 11th, 2017, or until position is filled. Please address cover letters and resumes to Diane Hall, Steering Committee Chair, and submit electronically to If you have questions about the Hometown Pride program, please contact Gerald F. Schnepf at (515) 323-6507 or

Planner - Solid Waste & Environmental Services Department

East Central Iowa Council of Governments

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Posted 8.7.17

The purpose of the position is to provide general planning services to local governments in a six county region in the areas of, hazard mitigation planning, waste management, watershed planning, and other areas as assigned. Activities include the provision of planning services and technical assistance to communities, development of funding proposals, and fulfillment of administration and reporting requirements for various projects. This position is under the general supervision of the Solid Waste & Environmental Services Director. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing hazard mitigation plan updates for countywide/multi-jurisdictional areas, which includes:
    • Developing a planning process and timeline that meets contract requirements and local priorities
    • Facilitating planning meetings and public input
    • Completing plan research, maps, and writing
    • Facilitating the plan review and approval process with IHSEMD and FEMA
    • Coordinating the plan adoption process for all participating jurisdictions
    • Grant administration
  • Assisting with other planning and public engagement activities in the areas of hazard mitigation, waste management, watershed planning and other areas as assigned
  • Preparing and/or assisting with funding proposals and program administration for hazard mitigation, waste management, watershed planning activities, and other areas as assigned
  • Providing staff support to planning and advisory committees
  • Making presentations to a variety of groups, organizations, boards, and committees
  • Completing other job-related duties as requested by the Solid Waste & Environmental Services Director


Qualifications: BA or BS and two years of experience, or MA or MS and one year of experience in planning, public administration, and/or natural sciences. Knowledge of principles and practices of public planning and an understanding of local governments and elected leadership are desirable. Skills should include:

  • Computer skills including word processing, database, spreadsheets, presentation software, and GIS software
  • Ability to track and coordinate multiple activities/tasks
  • Ability to work with elected officials and a variety of public and private organizations
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing
  • Capacity to analyze and identify trends from statistical and other data
  • Capacity to create programs that will achieve identified goals
  • Ability to travel within a six county region


Salary: Mid $40,000s, with benefits


To apply, send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Executive Director


700 16th Street NE

Suite 301

Cedar Rapids, IA  52402




Iowa Association of Councils of Governments 400 East Court Ave, Suite 126 Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 868-0133
The Iowa Association of Councils of Governments is the trade association for the 17 Councils of Governments (COGs) in Iowa.
Iowa Association of Councils of Governments 400 East Court Ave, Suite 126 Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 868-0133
The Iowa Association of Councils of Governments is the trade association for the 17 Councils of Governments (COGs) in Iowa.
Iowa Association of Councils of Governments 400 East Court Ave, Suite 126 Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 868-0133
The Iowa Association of Councils of Governments is the trade association for the 17 Councils of Governments (COGs) in Iowa.
Iowa Association of Councils of Governments 400 East Court Ave, Suite 126 Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 868-0133
The Iowa Association of Councils of Governments is the trade association for the 17 Councils of Governments (COGs) in Iowa.