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Posted: 05/04/2016

City of Oxford, MS
Panning & Development

Planner II
Professional Opportunity
Oxford, MS


Oxford, MS

City of Oxford Job Description

City Planner Mid-Level (3-5 years experience)


Division: Planning                           Essential: N

Grade Number:                                FLSA: Exempt N

Location: City Hall                           Date:  4/20/2016


Job submission requirements- resume, cover letter and samples of technical support writing. Please email technical support writing to braxton@oxfordms.net.


Purpose of Position

The City of Oxford, MS seeks a Level 2 (Mid-Level) Planner to work in the Planning Department under the supervision of the Director.  Primary tasks will include substantially complex development review and work with historic preservation commissions.  Great opportunity for an enthusiastic and capable planner to live and work in one of the most dynamic and charming small cities in the South, also the fastest growing city in Mississippi.


The minimum requirements for the position are a masters degree in urban planning from an accredited university program, with a degree or additional education in historic preservation desired.  AICP Certification or progress toward AICP expected.


Major Duties and Responsibilities


Supervision Received

The immediate supervisor for this position is the Director of Planning for the City of Oxford. 


Supervision Exercised

The person in this position may have limited supervision over an administrative assistant as necessary to carry out the functions of this position.



Meet with potential developers, assess development proposals (site plans, special exceptions, rezonings), prepare staff reports, present reports to Boards and Commissions (Planning Commission, Board of Aldermen) as required.


Provide support to Historic Preservation Commissions, meeting with potential applicants, coordinating and evaluating proposed projects with consultant reviewer.



Work with Historic Preservation Consultant as Certified Local Government Coordinator for the City.


Research, write, draft zoning text amendments on an as needed basis, for presentation to the Planning Commission and Board of Aldermen.


Planning and coordination of neighborhood scale planning efforts.




Must have experience writing and presenting staff reports to boards and commissions, and working with developers and the public    


Strong work ethic, initiative, dependability, and desire to excel in in a fast-paced work environment are vital traits.


Knowledge, skills, and Abilities



General knowledge of city planning principles and structures.

Familiarity with city codes and ordinances, functions and operations of municipal government, and state land use laws required within six months.


Skills and Abilities

Skill with standard office computer software and working knowledge of ArcGIS required; some proficiency with Adobe, AutoCAD, and SketchUp software preferred. 


A strong work ethic, initiative, dependability, and desire to learn a broad spectrum of tasks in a fast-paced work environment are vital traits.


Excellent writing skills necessary (reports and letters) including proper grammar, spelling, and use of English in speaking and writing.  General math skills, ability to read maps and understand development plans expected.


Special Requirements

Ability to work well in a team environment and build good working relationships with City staff

Ability to make decisions within specified time limits and meet specified and required deadlines

Ability to communicate effectively and calmly with residents, developers, elected and appointed officials; maintaining composure in heated situations

Ability to maintain confidentiality and work independently

Willingness to follow department and City policies and procedures


Tools and Equipment Used

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please apply at the following link: https://secure3.saashr.com/ta/6123858.jobs?ShowAllOpenings PLEASE NOTE: Job submission requirements- resume, cover letter and samples of technical support writing. Please email technical support writing to braxton@oxfordms.net.
Braxton Tullos
Phone: 6622322453
Fax: 6622322453
107 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655

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