Job Opportunities

City of Decatur - Planner Position
Closes 6/14/19




Decatur, AL (pop. 54,844). Incorporated in 1826, Decatur boasts a rich heritage and a dynamic future enhanced by industrial growth and development in surrounding cities.  Right next to Interstate 65, Huntsville International Airport (with intermodal system) and the Tennessee River, Decatur is a prime location for business and industry.  Located in the heart of the Tennessee Valley, the City is convenient, affordable and boasts a high quality of life.  Residents and visitors alike enjoy Decatur’s economic prosperity, cultural diversity and a strong community spirit.  The City provides a full range of municipal services including Police & Fire/Rescue, Building, Community Development, Planning, Engineering, Finance, Revenue, Human Resources, Street & Environmental Services, Parks and Recreation and Economic Development.  Utility services are provided through a separate Municipal Utilities Board. With a rich heritage and dynamic future, Decatur continues to pursue economic prosperity, cultural diversity and community spirit to make it – the City of Opportunity.


The Mayor, City Council and City staff have an established culture of professionalism and respect for the others’ role in the organization. The organization is dedicated to providing high-quality services that positively impact Decatur residents, businesses, and visitors.  The City is seeking a candidate that is excited to participate in the advancement of Decatur’s “One Decatur” Community Development Plan while bringing a positive and energized attitude into a collaborative work environment.  The City’s operating budgets total around $63.8 million. The City’s equalized assessed value exceeds $962 Million and has a bond rating of AA by Standard & Poor’s Corporation and Aa2 by Moody’s Investor Services Inc.


The experienced Planner position is responsible for managing and performing professional planning functions and providing leadership in the day-to-day planning department.  Additionally, the Planner position is expected to coordinate the development of comprehensive plans and coordinate the selection of consultants and steering committee members for the City. 


The Planner will also: research gather data, and prepare reports, presentations, publications, spreadsheets, tables, and charts; prepare and review packages for various public meetings, including Planning Commission and Parking Authority and will review meeting minutes and prepare reports for City Council.  This position will also review census materials in preparation to present council and voting districts for review.  Additionally, this position is charged with researching and preparing amendments to the zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations.


The ideal candidate will have:

·        A minimum 5 years’ experience in urban planning, zoning regulations, economic growth and community development.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Architecture, Planning, Construction, Engineering or related field.  Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Possess a current AICP certification OR willingness and ability to obtain and maintain.


The salary range is $47,024 – 71,552 and actual starting salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates should immediately apply online with a cover letter, resume and contact information for five professional references.   Document submission deadline is June 14, 2019.  Electronic Submissions are required.  Apply at  For Questions, Contact: Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHRUSA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL  60062. Phone: (224) 282-8310 Email: The City of Decatur is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Click HERE to Apply!