Community Development Specialist- Planner

Southwest Iowa Planning Council

Atlantic, IA United States

SWIPCO seeks someone passionate about improving the lives of rural Iowans to join our team as a Community Development Specialist – Planner.  The ideal candidate must be caring and want to build the future of our region and be an active participant in change.  All of the work is done in rural, small town settings and SWIPCO planners are expected to seek out and enjoy connecting with the community.  At SWIPCO, planners are doers, and although traditional planning is at the core of the position, there are also many project management opportunities open to this position.  From day one the incumbent will be immersed in multiple disciplines from disaster recovery, housing, recreation, to foundational services such as water, sewer, and broadband.  This is a permanent, full-time career track position with excellent potential for growth.  This is not a temporary or grant limited position. 

SWIPCO is expanding due to the workload of our organization.  We do have major projects related to Covid and Flood recovery, and this position will be involved with those but the primary emphasis is working with our core clients, the cities and counties of the SWIPCO region.  A background in planning is preferred but other disciplines will be considered, including but not limited to public administration, social work, environmental studies, political science, geography, and business administration.  Most important to the position are the abilities to think and act quickly, prioritize work, research thoroughly, write effectively, and present information clearly. Types of work include but are not limited to: grant applications and management for infrastructure and housing projects, hazard mitigation planning, city zoning, comprehensive and strategic planning, and regional transportation planning. Knowledge of federal funding programs such as FEMA and CDBG is ideal but training will be offered to the right person.  The work station is at our Atlantic, Iowa offices and the position involves significant travel throughout the 8 county region.  Occasional telework is possible but is not the default work location.  Salary is $42,000 DOQ with excellent benefits package.   

Potential candidates should visit for more information. To apply submit a cover letter, application, resume, and three references to by July 28, 2021.

ABOUT SWIPCO: The Southwest Iowa Planning Council was formed in 1975. Our goal is to promote regional cooperation as well as to serve the counties and cities within our region with community and economic development activities to improve the quality of life for all of southwest Iowa. Southwest Iowa Planning Council's mission is to serve as the regional catalyst fostering sustainable community and economic improvements. This statement encompasses everything SWIPCO strives for in regional cooperation and betterment through community development, housing assistance, and transportation services. Utilizing the mission statement and the three focus areas, three goals were developed:

1. Improve Community Assets and Infrastructure.

2. Promote and Enhance Economic and Business Development Climate.

3. Maintain and Improve the Quality of Life for Residents.

About our Planning Department:  Our planning team currently consists of a community development director, Covid and Flood recovery coordinators, a planning technician, and a grants specialist who provide multiple types of planning assistance and services for member cities and counties.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Not Required
Economic Development and Revitalization
Salary Range

Contact Information

1501 SW 7th st