Community Planner


The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB), which is the regional transportation policy, planning, and programming agency for the six-county greater Birmingham region, is seeking a planning professional to fill the position of “Community Planner.”

The Community Planner is an entry-level position that works in the Community Planning group.  The Community Planning group is staffed by an interdisciplinary group of professionals that develop progressive community-based plans for municipalities in the six-county Birmingham region.  The Community Planner works under the supervision of the Principal Planner.  This position requires participation in various activities that address the issues of land use, zoning, housing, community renewal, economic development, health impacts, transportation and infrastructure, and the conservation of resources.  The position requires interacting with government agency staff, elected officials, mayors and the public to communicate details of plans, programs, and projects.


Duties and Responsibilities:

As a Community Planner for the RPCGB, your duties may include the following activities:

  • Coordinates with the Senior Planner and/or Principal Planner on community planning projects from conception to completion.
  • Develops multiple community and comprehensive plans that communicate goals, strategies, actions and other policies that can be implemented as they relate to land use, zoning, housing, transportation, economic development, etc.
  • Prepares for, attends, facilitates and summarizes public meetings and steering committee meetings with government officials and the public. Maintains public involvement databases.
  • Utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to conduct quantitative analyses and mapping of land use, zoning, demographic, environmental and transportation-related data.
  • Develops and publishes documents (in Word and InDesign).
  • Prepares and delivers presentations to the public, Planning and Zoning Commissions and City Councils.
  • Conducts analyses of demographic, economic, land use, and transportation data to identify community problems, issues and opportunities in study areas that can be mitigated through planning.
  • Designs visual aids in the form of report templates, renderings, diagrams, geographic information systems (GIS) maps, and charts to help communicate complex planning concepts and project ideas.
  • Designs public outreach activities to obtain community input (for both online and in-person feedback).
  • Conducts field investigations and parcel by parcel data collection analyses.
  • Interprets and applies zoning ordinances; writes updates to zoning ordinances and prepares new ordinances such as form based codes or overlay districts and design guidelines.


Type of Skills Required:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)
  • Proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Proficiency in or working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop)
  • Familiarity with or working knowledge of Google SketchUp


The ideal candidate will possess a wide range of analytical and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate excellent written and verbal skills, presentation skills, and a substantial knowledge of the principals and techniques of regional, community and urban planning, zoning ordinances and public outreach tools and techniques. Finally, the ideal candidate should possess knowledge of the SmartCode/Form-Based Code, and the roles of local, state and federal government organizations, including Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).


The ideal candidates for Community Planner will have credentials and experience as follows:

Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in City/Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture or Architecture is strongly desired. Related planning fields such as urban studies, geography, public policy or equivalent experience may be considered. A Master’s Degree in one of these fields is preferable.


Candidates should have at least one (1) year of experience acquired through employment or internships/co-ops in the urban planning domain.


If you are a skilled individual ready to contribute to the Birmingham region’s future, please combine your cover letter, resume, and work samples (optional) and send (email preferred) to:

Ms. Ricki Hall
RPC of Greater Birmingham
Two Twentieth Street North, Suite 1200
Birmingham, AL 35203
ATTN: Community Planner Position

The Regional Planning Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position open until filled.