Planner I

East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA)

Dubuque, IA United States

Planner I

Under the supervision of the Director of Transportation, Planning, and Transit, the Planner I provides professional planning work in a variety of areas including but not limited to: grant writing and administration, transportation planning, land use planning, comprehensive planning, environmental reviews, and Brownfields redevelopment.  Job duties will include working with elected officials, city and county governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and the general public.


  • Conducts research and coordinates with agency, local, state, and federal staff in the development and implementation of programs, plans, and projects.
  • Performs work contained in annual Planning Work Programs and Transportation Improvement Programs.
  • Performs transportation studies and analyses.  Assists in planning activities and provides technical assistance to local and regional transit systems. Conducts and gathers public input on transportation and planning projects. Conducts traffic related studies and counts as required by local governments.
  • Attends/coordinates appropriate meetings in the region such city councils, chambers of commerce, county supervisors, non-profits, and other such boards.
  • Assists in the preparation of grant applications on behalf of local governments, transit systems, ECIA, and assists with overall grant administration.
  • Coordinates with local governments and partners to implement region-wide special initiatives such as Keep Iowa Beautiful and Parks to People. Maintains project records and prepares periodic reports.  Assists in preparing project budgets and monitoring programs.
  • Prepares and administers grants in support of ECDC, ECIA, local and region-wide projects (e.g.: EDA, EPA, Brownfields, CDBG).
  • Assists with East Central Brownfields Coalition Meetings, develops content for brownfields website and outreach materials, assists with planning brownfields trainings for communities, attends community meetings to plan for potential brownfields projects, assists in identifying brownfield sites, and collects relevant data for inclusion in a brownfields inventory.
  • Assists in the development, maintenance, and utilization of ECIA’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and uses GIS to create maps, site plans, and other visuals.
  • Operates and utilizes computer programs and applications including: Microsoft Office, database management, transportation network modeling, and GIS.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of various transportation network models.
  • Assists local governments in the research, preparation, and adoption of plans and studies including but not limited to comprehensive plans, land use plans, and zoning regulations. This includes assisting with the public input collection and preparation of land use and zoning maps.
  • Provides relevant information to local elected officials, general public, and staff through individual and group sessions, newsletter articles, emails, and mailings.
  • Prepares grants in support of local government projects such as recreation and historical grants and safe route to school grants.
  • Assists with the preparing and submitting environmental reviews
  • Performs related work as required.


Bachelor’s degree in planning or related field plus two years of experience. Preference will be given to experience in community and regional planning or transportation planning related studies. Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, including land use/zoning and transportation/transit planning.  Ability to work independently and in a team environment and systematically compile technical and statistical information, analyze the results, and write and present clear and concise reports. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees; supervisors, local, state and national officials; and the general public. Attend meetings both in and out of the office, travel in the day and the evening and to attend overnight meetings in other cities. Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously. Ability to facilitate in-person and virtual public participation activities. Ability to create graphic designs, development strategies, and render site plans via sketches and/or computer graphics is desirable.  Possess valid driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle, a clean driving record and be insurable under ECIA’s insurance policies. Salary range: $56,328-78,290, plus benefits.  Resumes to by July 30, 2021

About ECIA

The East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) is a council of governments, formed in 1974 with the goal of developing regional solutions for local governments facing similar problems. ECIA is an evolving organization, continuously creating new programs and initiatives. ECIA is committed to working with member governments, their citizens, and others to empower eastern Iowa communities and enhance the quality of life in Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, and Jackson Counties. ECIA provides numerous planning, technical, and management resources to assist local governments in reaching and implementing decisions. Services provided by ECIA cover six broad categories: Community Development, Economic Development, Transportation Planning, Housing Assistance, Employment and Training, and Rural Transit Services.  ECIA's transportation planning services include serving as region's Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA).  ECIA is committed to promoting and supporting a diverse workplace.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Women, minorities, and qualified persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Other Specialty
Salary Range

Contact Information

7600 Commerce Park
Dubuque, IA
United States
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