City Planner

Mar 25, 2021Job Opportunities

The City Planner is a professional position responsible for all aspects of the Planning Department, to include supporting the Planning Commission, developing plans for community development and sustainability, and administering applicable city code under the supervision of the Public Works Director.

SALARY: $67,604 – $83,869; DOE


  1. Alaska Public Employee Retirement System (PERS)
  2. Group Health Insurance and Life Insurance
  3. Optional 457 Deferred Compensation
  4. Employee-Priced Recreation Facility Access
  5. Tuition Reimbursement*
  6. Annual/Sick Leave accrual and paid holidays

QUALIFICATIONS: Two (2) years’ administrative experience writing analytical reports, completing targeted research and delivering customer service. Valid Alaska driver’s license, or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment.  Preference given to candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, or related field; experience in municipal planning and land use; experience with Geographical Information System (GIS); and/or American Institute Certified Planners (AICP) certification. Two (2) years’ progressively responsible experience in mid-to-upper level management.


  • Performs all municipal land use-related activities including, but not limited to, zoning, platting, subdivisions, variance, conditional use permits, and land disposal; administers all related permits.
  • Interpret City ordinances, regulations, and requirements and determine the applicability of the Cordova Municipal Code to proposed projects and development activities.
  • Fulfills all tasks required to support the Planning Commission: schedules and publicizes meetings, prepares, and compiles all agenda-related documents, attends and records meetings, and drafts minutes for Commission approval.
  • Provides information to the public for all municipal planning issues, including, but not limited to zoning, land use, permitting, property information, and subdividing property; assists with real estate and financing transactions.
  • Reviews building permits for zoning compliance and performs field inspections as necessary.
  • Performs required quasi-judicial and legislative duties including writing memos, reports, white papers, resolutions, and ordinances for the Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Performs code enforcement related to zoning and land use.
  • Creates and delivers oral presentations and reports to the Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Maintains Geographical Information System (GIS) data.
  • Administers city land disposal process through the Planning Commission and City Council, to include advertising, title research and closing.
  • Facilitates negotiations between interested parties and the city for lease, purchase, permitting and other similar contracts.
  • Coordinates with Finance Department for the billing and collection of lease and permit fees.
  • Monitors adherence to approved budget; provides annual budget recommendations to Public Works Director.
  • Prepares and maintains land use studies, records, and maps, including the City’s official zoning map, land disposal maps, and land information data.
  • Prepares, updates, and implements all community planning documents.
  • Maintains productive working relationships with City staff, elected and appointed City officials, outside agencies, and the community at-large.
  • Provides quality customer service in a professional, courteous, and efficient manner.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, this position is subject to a pre-employment drug screening and a background check (criminal history, verification of education and employment history).

TO APPLY: Download a City application and complete job description, which includes necessary knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions. Interested individuals should submit a City application, cover letter and resume to Samantha Greenwood, Public Works Director, Applications accepted until position filled.