Job Opening: Planner I Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Planner I

This position offers a minimum starting salary of $42,432 in a City nationally recognized for its quality of life and low cost of living.

Cedar Rapids is a vibrant urban hometown – a beacon for people and businesses that are invested in building a greater community for the next generation”. Come work with a City so dedicated to building a greater community that we made it our vision statement! Check us out, we are the ideal home for a Community Development Planner looking for a challenging fast pace environment and the ability to make a difference , as we continue to grow and recover from the flooding of 2008.

We offer a generous benefits package that includes: free employee dental care and low cost family dental care, low cost health and prescription coverage, flexible benefits plans, 11 paid holidays, a comprehensive wellness program with free annual screenings for you and your spouse, an IPERS retirement package, deferred compensation, flexible leave and tuition reimbursement.

To be considered for the exceptional opportunity you must meet the following criteria:

  1. The ability to communicate to a diverse range of people from non-technical neighborhood groups to City Council to fellow MPO members. Exceptional communication is required and you must address your level of comfort and experience in communicating in writing and orally to a variety of stakeholders.
  2. Project management experience taking an initial proposal through to finish with limited senior level guidance.
  3. The ability to thrive in a fast paced ever evolving climate, with adaptability and quick turnaround times for projects.
  4. The ability to juggle Local Government and an MPO work and projects simultaneously.
  5. Hands on experience with travel demand modeling software is strongly preferred but an ability to learn and theoretical knowledge will be considered.
  6. A minimum of 4 years of experience as a Planner

An application is required per City policy but to ensure complete consideration please supply a cover letter or tailored resume to address how you meet each of these six requirements.

To help you gauge your interest please visit our website to learn more on the specific examples of job duties and additional details on qualifications for this position at:

Details on the Community:

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa, which translates to a stimulating work environment that offers room to grow and develop professionally. The City of Cedar Rapids offers a supervisory training curriculum and professional development courses throughout the year. We believe in upward mobility for our employees and the diversity and size of our organization provides real opportunity for advancement – even in times of economic uncertainty.

Cedar Rapids offers its residents a chance to experience small town life in a big city setting. Our community centered festivals and farmers’ markets add to the rural atmosphere but our diverse economic base has made us the second largest city in Iowa. Cedar Rapids was recently recognized nationally by Forbes Magazine as the number one city for projected job growth.

Cedar Rapids offers a variety of cultural and recreational amenities too. Enjoy a healthy life style in a city that has every sport and club imaginable, extensive walking and biking trails, a skate park, 6 swimming pools and 74 recreation areas (including 4 golf courses). And don’t worry about running out of things to do, Cedar Rapids is centrally located and you can be in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, St Louis, or Kansas City, within a few hours.

Cedar Rapids is the kind of community where you can enjoy a superior quality of life. Purchasing a home costs 40% less than the national average; property and violent crime rates are low and more than half of our community members enjoy commute times of less than 15 minutes. Visit to see how we compare to other top cities around the nation.

All of this adds up to one great place to live, work and play!

For more information on what it is like to live in the Cedar Rapids or the Corridor area visit or

Visit our website to download an application:

Submit your completed application to: [email protected]

Applications accepted until: July 20, 2012 at 4 pm CST.

Pre-employment drug screen required.

Assistance provided to disabled individuals upon request

Equal Opportunity Employer

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